The 2016–17 season is underway, and we already miss a handful of prolific players. Kobe Bryant spent all last season on a goodbye tour, while Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett somewhat quietly slipped away into retirement. There really aren’t any other players of their caliber near retirement. (We assume Dirk Nowitzki plans to play at least another year after this season.) However, these 10 aging players could retire when the 2016–17 season concludes.
1. Chris Andersen
Yes, in fact, Chris “Birdman” Andersen still plays in the NBA. After a run with the Miami Heat and a brief stint last season with the Memphis Grizzlies, Andersen signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers and mostly sits on the bench at this point in the season. He’s made it into two games for Cleveland thus far, playing seven minutes per game and averaging four points.
Andersen is 38 years old, and he entered the NBA all the way back in 2002 with the Denver Nuggets. Over the course of his career, he’s endured suspensions for substance abuse; received the reputation of an energy guy off the bench; averaged 5.5 points and 5.1 rebounds; and won a championship ring with the Heat in 2013–14. At this point, we wouldn’t be surprised if this is his final year.