Point guard Derek Fisher has been released by the Dallas Mavericks at his request on Saturday.
The move comes less than a week after Fisher suffered a knee injury.
"In Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, I suffered an injury to my patellar tendon," Fisher said in statement. "The recovery time will be approximately two weeks. With this news and the difficulty I have been having being away from my family, I have asked the organization to waive me so I can return home.
"(Mavericks owner) Mark Cuban has been extremely supportive and has granted me this request. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. From Mark, to Coach (Rick) Carlisle, to the players on the Mavericks' team, I sincerely thank them for the opportunity."
Fisher, 38, said he will not close the door on returning to the NBA, but "my family is my priority and that is where I choose to be."
The 18-year veteran averaged 8.6 point, 3.6 assists and 25 minutes in nine games this season. For his career, he averaged 8.6 points and 3.1 assists.
Fisher, who has played for five NBA teams, made his mark as a key player on the five Los Angeles Lakers' championship teams from 2000-2010.