As the NBA Finals arrive, it's officially the offseason for all but two teams across the league. That means that while some players are mulling over their next contract, others must decide if it is worth it to bother lacing em' up again. With that in mind, let's identify seven veterans who should strongly consider calling it a career.
7. Jason Terry
The Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard has had one hell of a career. 40-year-old Jason Terry has played 19 seasons in the league, has made the third-most three-pointers in league history, and was a major cog of the 2010-11 Dallas Mavericks championship team. But the Jet no longer has a place on an up-and-coming Bucks team, and he surely won't garner much outside interest up and down the league.
6. Dwyane Wade
The future Hall of Famer still has some game left, but it would probably be for the best if he walked away this summer. At 36 years of age, Dwyane Wade can no longer play his signature above-the-rim style, and while Miami's first round series loss to the Philadelphia 76ers proved that Flash can still get buckets, nobody wants to see an aging legend limp to the finish line. His inability to knock down threes at a serviceable level is proof-positive that the game has fully passed him by.
5. Manu Ginobili
Similarly to Wade, Manu Ginobili again showed us this postseason why he has been such a crucial part of the San Antonio Spurs for the last 16 seasons. But his production now only comes in spurts, and it is finally time for the team to move forward into a new era. Manu left his mark on the game, but the Olympic gold-winning, Euro-stepping pioneer should call it quits this when the season officially wraps.
4. Vince Carter
Gotta give Vince Carter credit, as the guy was perfectly fine with playing 18 minutes per game on a terrible Sacramento Kings team and serve as a mentor for the numerous young players on the roster. Vinsanity just finished his 21st season in the league, which is an unbelievable feat for a player known for his high-flying performances years ago. The eight-time All-Star will be headed for Springfield one day, and while he's shown that he still can play, he's resigned to be a peripheral contributor at best if he opts to keep going.
3. Jamal Crawford
Despite supplying some occasional dribbling highlights, the three-time Sixth Man of the Year is just not a productive NBA player anymore. Jamal Crawford struggled to score with any kind of efficiency, and it is not far-fetched to say that he was the worst defensive player in the league this past year. NBA fans will always love Jamal for his deadly isolations and dagger jumpers, but it may be time to retire and move on to the Big 3.
2. David West
Everyone when remembers when David West passed up on a huge contract to pursue a title with the San Antonio Spurs. It was a moment of self realization for the two-time All-Star, as he knew that his window for contending was closing. West finally got his hardware when he won the title with Golden State last year, and at 37 years of age, that should be enough to let West walk away in peace. Ideally, he'll do it with one last ring.
1. Joe Johnson
It was a shame watching Joe Johnson rot on the Houston Rockets bench as his squad struggled to find offense in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals without Chris Paul. Iso Joe spent years as one of the smoothest, most clutch players in the league, and his accolades include seven All-Star appearances to go with an All-NBA selection in 2010. But it's the end of the line.