Pippen retirement expected Tuesday
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Seven-time All-Star and six-time World Champion
Scottie Pippen is reportedly expected to announce his retirement from the
Chicago Bulls Tuesday.
According to a story in the Chicago Sun-Times, Pippen has one year worth $5
million left on the two-year deal he signed last year. He previously told the
Times that he would not waive that salary, forcing the Bulls to buy out the
Pippen spent 12 seasons in Chicago and helped guide the Bulls to six NBA
Championships in the 1990’s. He was named an All-Star seven times while he
played for the Bulls.
The 39-year-old Pippen was an unrestricted free agent after the 2002-03
campaign and returned to the Bulls. Injuries limited him to just 23 games last
season for Chicago.
The 17-year veteran agreed to come back and re-sign with Chicago so he could
end his career where it first started and help mentor the young players
currently on the Bulls.
Pippen left the Bulls on bad terms after the 1998 season following their sixth
title in eight years. After head coach Phil Jackson left and Michael Jordan
retired for the second time, Pippen was sent to Houston in a sign-and-trade
deal by former general manager Jerry Krause. Chicago acquired Roy Rogers and a
conditional second-round draft pick for Pippen.
The Central Arkansas product spent the 1999 campaign in Houston where he
averaged 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game.
Pippen, who was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, was then traded to
Portland on October 2, 1999 for Walt Williams, Stacey Augmon, Kelvin Cato, Ed
Gray, Carlos Rogers and Brian Shaw. He had spent the past four seasons in
Pippen was drafted with the fifth overall choice by Seattle in 1987, but his
draft rights were immediately traded to Chicago in exchange for Olden Polynice
and future draft picks.
He was a member of both the 1992 and 1996 gold medal-winning United States
Olympic Basketball Teams. Pippen has also been named to the All-NBA First Team
three times as well as being named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team a total
of eight times.
For his career, Pippen has averaged 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists
in 1,178 contests. In 208 career playoff games, Pippen averaged 17.5 points,
7.6 assists and 5.0 rebounds.