Timberwolves waive F Eddie Griffin

MINNEAPOLIS (TICKER) Eddie Griffin may have ran out of second chances.

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived the talented but troubled forward on Tuesday.

The seventh overall pick in the 2001 draft, Griffin appeared in just 13 games with Minnesota this season, averaging 1.4 points and 1.9 rebounds. His career has been marred numerous times by run-ins with coaches and the law.

“It was time for both parties to move on,” Timberwolves vice president Kevin McHale said. “It just didn’t work out here in Minnesota. He will be a free agent next year, and we do not have any future financial obligations regarding Eddie’s contract.”

Griffin, 24, was involved in a car crash last March in which he admitted on a store’s security camera that he was drunk. Police on the scene did not administer a field sobriety test or a Breathalyzer.

The Houston Rockets waived Griffin in 2003 after he missed practices and a team flight. He was signed by the New Jersey Nets but missed the entire 2003-04 campaign due to alcohol rehabilitation.

In 2004, he spent 11 days in jail and received 18 months probation for an aggravated assault charge in which he punched and fired a gun at his ex-girlfriend.

The 6-10 Griffin has averaged 7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds in 303 games for Houston and Minnesota.


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Updated Tuesday, Mar 13, 2007