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August 6, 2012
With a dozen NBA seasons in the books and a championship ring to show for it, Brian Cardinal knows his days in the league are numbered.
The 35-year-old Dallas Mavericks forward in unsigned for next season.
"We'll see what happens here in the next couple months," Cardinal said this weekend, after playing in Purdue's Alumni Game. "I'd like to play another year. But it's been an awesome ride, (playing) 12 seasons when the average career is three or four seasons. It's been exciting.
"I would like to play another year, but at the same time, I never thought I'd have gotten to play 12. But my days ahead of me in the NBA aren't nearly as many as those behind me. We'll see. We'll keep our fingers crossed and see what happens."
Cardinal has long made clear his hopes to one day return to his alma mater once his playing days are through.
During the lockout last year, he interned with the John Purdue Club and maintained a presence around the team. In the past, Coach Matt Painter has considered Cardinal for positions on his coaching staff, as well.
"Ultimately, I'd like to be back here in some capacity," Cardinal said, "to be part of the university, maybe the John Purdue Club, and with the team, maybe doing some mentoring. The same sort of things I did during the internship, then hopefully be able to expand it and do some community outreach programs. It's an exciting time for the team and an exciting time for myself and the family and I look forward to the next phase whenever it is."
One of Purdue's most popular player ever, Cardinal said he is not certain a position in the athletic department is waiting for him once he does retire.
"You never know," Cardinal smirked. "Who knows? We'll see."
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