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Seven-time All-Star forward Grant Hill, 40, announced his retirement ending his 19-year career in the NBA.
"You get to a point where you just don't want to do it anymore but I've enjoyed it," said Hill on TNT's pregame show before Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.
Hill signed a two-year, $4 million contract with the Los Angeles Clippers last year but had often alluded at retiring over the summer.
He played only in 29 games this season while battling various injuries, his fewest since 2006, and saw action in only one playoff game when the Clippers' lost 118-105 to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 6 of the first round.
He averaged 15.1 minutes and 3.2 points per game off the bench for the Clippers.
Hill was one of the best basketball players in the world in the late 1990s after winning two national championships at Duke, an Olympic gold medal with Team USA at the 1996 Olympics and earning five All-NBA honors and the 1994-95 Co-Rookie of the Year Award.
Despite dominance in his first six seasons with the Detroit Pistons, in which he averaged 21.6 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 6.3 assists, his next twelve seasons were injury plagued, as he averaged just 13.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.6 assists per game. His career almost ended with the Orlando Magic during the 2005-06 season because of ankle injuries and the hernia that occurred due to it.
Hill finishes with career averages of 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.2 steals in 33.9 minutes per game in stints with the Clippers, Pistons, Magic and the Phoenix Suns. He played in 1,026 total NBA games (972 starts) and connected on 48.3 percent of his field goals, 31.4 percent from behind the 3-point line and 76 percent of his free throws over his career.
Grant Hill Retires after 19 NBA Seasons