Friday, November 23rd, 2012 at 10:15 am  |  17 responses

Michael Finley Reportedly Wants to Play in the NBA Again

Apparently inspired by old men still hooping like Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse, former NBA guard Michael Finley is reportedly the latest in a long tradition of retired ballers contemplating a return to the court. According to ESPN, Finley is looking to move on from the Dallas Mavericks’ front-office for one last run in the L: “Former NBA All-Star Michael Finley is putting his front-office career on hold in hopes of extending his playing career, according to sources with knowledge of his plans. Sources said that Finley, after participating in NBA pickup games all summer, continues to work out vigorously in pursuit of a contract that would give him one more run as an NBA player before shifting his focus to front-office work. Late last spring, Finley began quietly working as an untitled but prominent member of the Dallas Mavericks’ front-office team. The 39-year-old quickly convinced Mavericks owner Mark Cuban that he has promise as an executive, to the point that Cuban unexpectedly dispatched Finley alongside coach Rick Carlisle and president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson on what ultimately proved to be a failed recruiting mission to try to sign Deron Williams away from the Brooklyn Nets. Finley then continued to work under Nelson through the offseason, but also never stopped training to keep alive his comeback bid. After Nelson publicly acknowledged for the first time in August that both Finley and former teammate Eduardo Najera were working as special assistants to the GM, sources say the Mavericks invited Finley to training camp as a player on a non-guaranteed contract before a minor calf injury scuttled that plan. Finley has since shaken that injury and, through longtime agent Henry Thomas, is pitching himself to teams as a capable shooter off the bench and mentor to young players.”

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  • JML-G

    i was expecting vets trying to get back in the L after successful starts of the season for Sheed and Stackhouse, but cmon – if TMac or even Iverson cant get a deal, than Finley shouldnt get one either.. tho id be happy to see him back

  • roscoe

    Me and mfinely have 2 things in common:

    1) we both want to play in the league

    2) we ain’t going to play in the league

  • Phil8

    Dear JML, it says: capable shoot AND MENTOR.
    I love AI, and TMac just a much as the next guy, but mentor’s they are not.

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  • spit hot fiyah

    he looked very old in the last season he played

  • patrick

    how bout he ain’t goode enuf?

  • Billy Hoyle

    He looked old his entire career

  • danpowers

    so did rasheed wallace. look at him now

  • Ernie D

    Charlie Murphy!!!

  • Alan

    NY ready is waiting

  • RJ

    Michael Finley’s 109 years old.

  • macaroni


  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Lol you cold roscoe

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I believe in you

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I’d give him a tryout

  • j

    i hear bill russell is coming back for another championship.

  • Bored

    Why is this an article? Loads of retired players want to play in the league again.