Parker, a 37-year old, nine-year veteran who would star in Israel for Maccabi Tel Aviv would announce his retirement Wednesday evening.
Parker, who would be a member of three European title teams for Tel Aviv, would also play for the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors before spending his final three years in Cleveland. During his time in Cleveland, Parker would average 7.2 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 51 games for the cavaliers in the 2011-12 season.
For his career, the 21st overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft for the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets, would average 9.1 points, 2.3 assists in a 494 NBA games. The former Bradley University standout would shoot 40 percent from the field for the Cavs in 2011-12.
Parker’s sudden retirement creates a major void at the shooting guard position—an area of major need—in Cleveland, which could be filled by another sharpshooter in the form of Beal.
Beal, who is rated as the top shooting guard prospect in Thursday’s 2012 NBA Draft, has been rising up various mock drafts boards as high as No.2 to Charlotte—a team that is rumored to be in draft day trade talks–with the Cavaliers.
There is no question that the 6’5, 202-pound Beal would be an excellent compliment to 2012 NBA Rookie Of The Year point guard, Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, and in being only 19 years old, would provide a young and potentially deadly backcourt for the Wine and Gold for many years to come.
If there is a valid reason for the Cavs to make a trade with Charlotte and secure Beal at No.2, Parker’s retirement more than provided it.
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