Forward Josh Howard, who is facing major knee surgery, has been released by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the team announced Thursday.
Howard, 32,suffered the second knee ligament injury of this career on Dec. 14 when he tore an ACL against the New Orleans Hornets. Originally diagnosed as a hyperextended knee, further tests showed it to be more severe.
"I feel really bad for him," Wolves coach Rick Adelman said of Howard, who was signed on Nov. 16. "He had worked so hard to get himself back. He was shocked when he found out."
Howard has played nine NBA seasons for four teams. He has averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 rebounds.
This season, Howard has averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.8 minutes a game during 11 games.