A veteran of 15 years, Michael Finley is apparently eying a return to the NBA. Does he have a realistic chance of playing again, and if so, what are some likely destinations for the accomplished two guard?
Finley retired back after the 2009/10 season after a storied career which saw him play with the Phoenix Suns, Dallas Mavericks, San Antonio Spurs and Boston Celtics.
The 6’7” Finley played his college ball at Wisconsin before getting selected in the first round by the Suns in 1995. He averaged 15.0 points per game in his rookie year but was then shipped off to Dallas, where he went on to have a very productive time.
Finley was a mainstay in the lineup for eight seasons with the Mavericks. He averaged 22.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in the 1999/2000 season and also averaged over 20 points per game in 1997/1998, 1998/1999, 2000/2001 and 2001/2002.
Then Finley’s role began to change as he got older. He moved on to the Spurs and became more of a role player, albeit a successful one under Gregg Popovich. His averages plummeted, but he ended up finally wining that coveted NBA title in 2007 with San Antonio, as the Spurs dominated.
After a brief stint with the Celtics in 2009/2010, Finley finally decided to call it quits, and then moved into a front office job with the Mavericks after convincing Mark Cuban that he could be an asset for the organization.
Like many retired pro players though, Finley is getting the itch to play again and has been working out vigorously in hopes that he can make a return and be a reliable veteran presence off the bench for a contender.
Only time will tell if that actually become a reality though.