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Bullets' Skiles hints at retirement after season


LANDOVER -- When Scott Skiles came to the Washington Bullets it gave the team something it hadn't had in years -- a legitimate playmaker. But Skiles' presence in Washington might be short-term.

Playing in his ninth NBA season, Skiles indicated last night that this might be his final year in the league.

"I've played a long time, I'm going on 600 NBA games," he said. "I'm just not sure what I want to do."

Five of those years came in Orlando, where Skiles established himself as a player in this league and helped the Magic through the early stages of expansion.

"My home's in Orlando," he said. "Nobody, when they're 30, wants to up and leave when they settle down."

"I'm almost certain I'll have the opportunity to stay in the league if I want," he added. "We'll see."

A former All-American at Michigan State, Skiles holds the NBA record for assists in a game with 30. His fiery style is why the Bullets traded for him in July.

'I'm not thinking I want to play three more years and get a nice deal," Skiles said. "If I want to play somewhere next year, I'll play next year. I don't feel the same urge."

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