Report: Clippers Forward to Call It Quits After The Season

After 15 years of being one of the NBA's ultimate 3-and-D forwards, it looks like the coming season will be the final one for the Los Angeles Clippers Nic Batum. Reports have the Frenchman retiring after the 2024 Olympics next summer in Paris. 

The 34-year-old is getting set to lead the French squad into the upcoming 2023 FIBA World Cup later this month, and in his last international experience for his home country, will be giving it one more go-round as an Olympian, in France, next July/August, before calling it quits. 

But first, there's a regular season to play in the NBA. Batum's 16th season will be his fourth straight with the Clippers; he's averaged 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24 minutes with LA, while shooting a lethal 39.8% from long distance. 

It was actually Batum's wife, Aurelie, that dropped the news of her husband's impending retirement. 

"Nico decided to end his career (NBA and EDF) after the Olympics. So this is his last season with the Clippers," she wrote. 

Batum was a first round pick of the Houston Rockets in 2008 (25th overall). He began his career in Portland, and played there for seven seasons, before moving to the Charlotte Hornets for five. 

Internationally, he won a gold medal with France at the 2013 EuroBasket, a silver in 2011, and a bronze in 2015. He's led the country to two World Cup bronze medals in 2014 and 2019 and an Olympic Silver at Tokyo in 2021. 

He'll finish out his NBA career trying to get his hands on an elusive Larry O'Brien trophy. 

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