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Trail Blazers center Fabricio Oberto today announced his retirement because of a heart condition.
Oberto has been suffering palpitations related to the condition, according to a statement released by the team. He became lightheaded and dizzy during a game Tuesday. “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,” Oberto, 35, said in the statement. “It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.”
Oberto, a native of Argentina, was in his sixth NBA season. He averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in five games for Portland. He began his career with the Spurs in 2005 and played four seasons with San Antonio. He was a member of the Spurs’ 2007 championship team. Oberto played with the Wizards last season.
Oberto insisted that his contract be converted from guaranteed to non-guaranteed despite the fact that under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement, a player is entitled to his full contract when he suffers a season- or career-ending medical condition, CBSSports.com reports. Oberto is voluntarily forgoing most of his $854,389 salary this season.
“He just absolutely was adamant when we talked about it,” Oberto’s agent, Herb Rudoy, told the website. “He didn’t feel it was correct to be there for a week and get paid for the season.”