Until someone finds the fountain of youth (or a new undetectable steroid), aging NBA players will be forced out of their job every offseason. Basketball is a young man’s game, and a failure to compensate for lost athleticism will guarantee an early retirement.
T̶r̶a̶c̶y̶ ̶M̶c̶G̶r̶a̶d̶y̶, Gilbert Arenas, and Michael Redd washed out of the NBA this year, despite none of the three being older than 33. General managers now prefer to run an untested body rather than play a has-been who commands a higher salary (veteran minimum deals for a 30-something are roughly $1.4 million, compared to $490,180 for an undrafted rookie, according to Hoopsworld). Injury histories and oversized egos are also major factors.
Whose NBA career will be cut short in the next six months? Excluding Grant Hill, Jerry Stackhouse, and Rasheed Wallace (all expected to retire), here are the most likely candidates: