Mar 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Miami Heat forward Shane Battier (31) wave to the crowd after the game against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Miami won 110-78. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Battier to retire from NBA, join ESPN as college basketball analyst

After a 13-year NBA career, Shane Battier has decided to hang up the sneakers.

It’s something Battier and fans have known for quite some time as just a few months ago, the former Duke talent suggested there would need to be an ‘Act of God’ to prevent him from retiring, but he’s not leaving basketball altogether.

Once of the brightest basketball minds we’ve seen play in the NBA during the past decade or so, Battier is going to take his knowledge and experience to the broadcast booth as he signed multi-year agreement with ESPN to be a college basketball analyst, this according to The Big Lead.

While the belief is that Battier will presumably be on the actual in-game broadcast, it’s possible we could see him in some studio situations where he’d be reunited with former Duke teammate Jay Williams on ESPN’s College Gameday.

Of course, Battier still has a task at hand before he laces up the sneakers one final time and that’s doing what he can to help the Miami Heat win their third consecutive NBA title.

With his Heat contract set to expire in July, it appears the next few games will be the final in a extremely solid career for the former Blue Devil.

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