Tuesday, June 14, 2011
None of the Mavs want to retire
By Tim MacMahon
DALLAS -- None of the Mavericks plan to ride off into the sunset with their ring.
Jason Kidd has made it clear that he has no intention to retire at the tender age of 38. In fact, he hopes to play at least another year or two after his contract expires following next season.
Peja Stojakovic and Brian Cardinal, two other Mavericks who are admittedly nearing the end of their careers, both said they hope to stay in Dallas. They're both free agents this summer.
"I haven’t thought about that yet," Stojakovic said of retirement. "I still enjoy the game. Even though I’m not the same player and I have to understand who I am at this point of my career, I still enjoy being out there. I still enjoy competing.
"Being part of something special was unbelievable for me this year."
Stojakovic signed with the Mavs for the veteran minimum in the middle of the season. Cardinal signed a nonguaranteed minimum deal last summer and earned the right to stick with the team all season. He'd be happy to get the same offer again.
“Cash in? Geez, I’m just looking to survive another year," Cardinal said. “I’d love to stay here. It’s the best group of guys I’ve been around."