NBA: Big man Leuer announces retirement

Forward Jon Leuer announced his retirement Sunday after eight NBA seasons.

The 31-year-old Leuer didn’t play in the 2019-20 season after being waived by the Milwaukee Bucks in July.

Leuer made his announcement on his Instagram account.

“I love the game of basketball,” Leuer wrote. “I still want to play, but I know deep down it’s not the right decision for my health anymore. The past 3 years I’ve dealt with a number of injuries, including 2 that kept me out this whole season.

“It’s taken me a while to come to grips with this, but I’m truly at peace with my decision to officially retire.”

The 6-foot-10 Leuer played in just eight games in 2017-18 for the Detroit Pistons due to a season-ending ankle injury. The following summer, he underwent surgery on his right knee.

Leuer averaged 6.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 377 games (80 starts) with the Bucks (2011-12), Cleveland Cavaliers (2012-13), Memphis Grizzlies (2013-15), Phoenix Suns (2015-16) and Pistons (2016-19).

Leuer averaged a career-best 10.2 points in 75 games (34 starts) for the Pistons in 2016-17.

Prior to his NBA career, Leuer starred at Wisconsin and was a first-team All-Big-Ten selection in 2010-11 when he averaged 18.3 points and 7.2 rebounds.

He was a second-round draft pick (No. 40 overall) in 2011 by the Bucks.

—Field Level Media

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