DALLAS -- Mavericks guard Doug Christie is apparently considering retirement because of his recurring sore left ankle.
Christie went home to Seattle last week to have the surgically repaired ankle examined by his personal physician. He missed the final 24 games last season for Orlando because of bone spurs in his
ankle that were removed.
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said Tuesday that he expects to know within a few days what Christie will do. Retirement is an option, he said.
"His doctors say the ankle is OK, but not perfect," Cuban said. "Doug is deciding what he wants to do. ... He'll either decide to rehab it or go a different direction."
The 35-year-old Christie, in his 14th NBA season, signed a
three-year contract with Dallas in August, but only the $3.15
million for the first season is guaranteed.
Christie played the first seven games this season for Dallas,
averaging just 3.7 points and 2.0 assists a game. He got permission
to go home and hasn't been with the team the last three games,
including Tuesday night's 102-93 victory over Houston.
After playing at Pepperdine, Christie was drafted by the Sonics in 1992. He played for the Lakers, Knicks,
Raptors, Kings and Magic before signing with Dallas after
Michael Finley was released by the Mavericks to save $51 million in luxury taxes.