Too much time in an NBA front office may have caused former NBA star Michael Finely to rethink the end to his professional basketball story.
Finley, 39, has been out of the NBA since the 2009-10 season with the Boston Celtics.
The two-time All-Star and 2007 NBA champion competed in 15 strong seasons in the NBA. He finished with career averages of 15.7 PPG and 4.4 RPG.
In the two-and-a-half years since retirement, Finley has occupied the Dallas Mavericks' front office.
After convincing Mark Cuban his skill set was not limited to a basketball court, Finley has been developing his business abilities with Cuban's franchise. But reports suggest that Finley wants to delay life in a suit and tie as long as possible.
Finely's sales pitch to return to action will likely be led by his versatility in the backcourt.
He has played shooting guard and small forward successfully throughout his career. This could be in demand for some teams looking for a 12th man on their bench.
In limited minutes he could be an extra body to spread the floor and crash the boards. Maybe even more valuable would be the leadership the NBA veteran would offer in a young locker room.
The Mavericks are a leading candidate after reportedly offering him a non-guaranteed contract this past training camp, before a minor calf injury set Finley back.
But as the weekly grind of life on the hardwood continues, and injuries proliferate, don't be surprised if more teams chase the former NBA great.
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