3:24pm: The Clippers have officially announced the move.
2:08pm: The Clippers have waived center Nikoloz Tskitishvili, Marc Stein of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link). The 32-year-old did not make an appearance in Los Angeles’ first exhibition game of the preseason on Friday night, a 103-96 win over Denver.
Tskitishvili’s one-year, minimum salary deal was non-guaranteed, so the Clippers won’t be on the hook for any funds as a result of releasing the big man. This move reduces the team’s preseason roster count to 16 players, including 14 with full guarantees on their contracts.
This release likely ends the attempted NBA return of Tskitishvili, who had been out of the league since 2006. The 7-footer averaged just 2.9 points and 1.7 rebounds in 7.2 minutes per game during his four-year NBA career, spent mostly with the Nuggets, though he did have brief stints with the Warriors, Timberwolves, Suns, and Trail Blazers before his NBA career came to halt after a camp deal with the Knicks in the fall of 2006 that didn’t result in a regular season roster spot.