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NBA Rumors: Michael Finley Reportedly Chasing Comeback

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 22:  Michael Finley #4 of the San Antonio Spurs looks down in Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Suns during the 2008 NBA Playoffs at the AT&T Center on April 22, 2008 in San Antonio, Texas.  The Spurs won 102-96.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Mac LeesburgContributor IIINovember 23, 2012

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. 

ESPN's Marc Stein has reported that since being injury-free and inspired by the success of Rasheed Wallace, Finely's longtime agent Henry Thomas is pitching him to multiple franchises. 

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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