The 35-year-old Christie left the team, which was in Miami to
play the Heat on Friday night, last week to have his surgically
repaired left ankle examined by a personal physician. The team
signed Christie to a three-year contract this past offseason, but
only $3.15 million in salary was guaranteed.
"We appreciate the effort Doug gave us," Mavericks owner Mark
Cuban said Friday by e-mail. "He went through a lot to get back.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out."
Christie's agent, Bradley Marshall, did not immediately comment
after the team announced its move. "Got to call you back,"
Marshall said before hanging up abruptly when reached on his cell
Cuban said the team hasn't made any decision yet about replacing
Christie on the roster.
"We have nothing planned right now," Cuban said.
Christie averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 assists in seven games, all
starts, this season for Dallas. He joined the team after Orlando
waived him in August.
"It was a situation where it just didn't work," Mavericks
coach Avery Johnson said. "It was just good for everybody to have
a chance to move on. Doug came in with the intentions that it was
going to work, but it just didn't work and in a lot of different
Christie missed the final 24 games of last season after having
bone spurs removed from the ankle. He averaged only 6.6 points in
52 games with Sacramento and Orlando -- his lowest scoring average
since being a reserve for the New York Knicks in 1995-96.
He's averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists in parts
of 14 NBA seasons. Christie played at Pepperdine before being
drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 1992, was named to the NBA
All-Defensive first team following the 2002-03 season and the
defensive second team in three other seasons.