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An 8-year NBA vet Jon Leuer is wrapping his career following a series of injuries at just 31. He announced his retirement via his personal Instagram account on May 24th, posting a childhood photo of himself on a basketball court. 

“I love the game of basketball. I still want to play, but I know deep down it’s not the right decision for my health anymore,” reads the bittersweet message. “The past 3 years I’ve dealt with a number of injuries, including 2 that kept me out this whole season. It’s taken me a while to come to grips with this, but I’m truly at peace with my decision to officially retire”.

Leuer suffered ankle and numerous other injuries, which forced him to play only 49 games over the past three seasons.

“As disappointing as these injuries have been, I’m still thankful for every moment I spent playing the game,” he continues in his Instagram post. “Basketball has been the most amazing journey of my life. It’s taken me places I only could’ve dreamed about as a kid. The relationships it brought me mean more than anything. I’ve been able to connect with people from all walks of life and forged lifelong bonds with many of them. What this game has brought me stretches way beyond basketball. I’m grateful for this incredible ride and everyone who helped me along the way”. 

Leuer was a second-round pick out of Wisconsin for the Bucks in 2011. He averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds a game for the Pistons in the 2016-17 season and solidified himself as a trustful and talented player.  He played for Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers. Memphis Grizzlies, Phoenix Suns, Detroit Pistons, and, according to the TMZ report, earned more than $37 million, mostly through his three-year contract the Pistons.

As the COVID-19 quarantine continues, Jon Leuer stays in Minnesota with his wife, donating thousands of meals a week to their local community. 

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