Miami Heat forward Shane Battier is set to retire from the NBA following the Playoff Finals and take up a role with ESPN as a college basketball analyst after his 13-year career in the league.
The 35-year old said a couple of months ago that it would take "an act of God" to stop him retiring this summer, and unfortunately for Heat fans that moment just hasn't come as the former Duke man will hang up his sneakers.
The deal with ESPN has yet to be announced, but according to The Big Lead it is set to be announced following the completion of the Finals. Battier was offered the chance to run for Senate in his home state of Michigan, but turned down the offer and is set to stay in basketball.
On Thursday, Miami and Battier will kick off the series to try and complete a remarkable treble of titles in a row.
Battier was a key piece on those teams from the last two years from a defensive point of view but has found himself getting less and less minutes this year under Coach Spoelstra. He played under 10 minutes in 3 of the games against the Pacers in the Conference Finals.
Battier is an incredibly intelligent player and he proved it time and time again over his career. Something tells me he will be a star come March Madness next year.