By Eurohoops team/ email@example.com
EuroLeague veteran Carlos Arroyo has decided to retire from professional basketball at 39 years of age, per La Guerra BSN. The Puerto Rican player will join the Big 3 League.
“My game is going down a bit, the age is coming and it’s a game played in half court. It is a league to see each other again, to have fun in a competitive league. It is a slow down at this stage of my life. It’s time to turn the page and go on other things,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo spent five years of his professional career playing in Europe. He participated in 80 EuroLeague games with Baskonia, Maccabi Tel Aviv, Galatasaray and Barcelona, averaging 11.4 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds.
In 2009, Arroyo led Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Israeli League title while earning Finals MVP. Three years later, he won the Eurochallenge Turkish League title with Besiktas and capped the season with another Finals MVP honor. Arroyo won the back-to-back BSL title next season, this time with Galatasaray.
During his stint with Barcelona, Arroyo won the 2015 Spanish Supercup.
In 2001, Arroyo signed his first NBA contract with the Toronto Raptors. He went on to play 603 games in the league with the Raptors, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.