The Clippers have announced that they have waived forward Trey Thompkins.
Thompkins was the 37th overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft, selected by the Clippers following an impressive collegiate career at the University of Georgia. Unfortunately though, it never quite worked out for him in Los Angeles.
As a 6-foot-10 forward, who could knock down threes and who averaged 15.7 points per game in his three years at Georgia, Thompkins’ potential was noted coming out of college. But after a rookie season in which he appeared in only 24 games, he hurt his knee at the Vegas Summer League back in July. The diagnosis: bone bruise.
2012-13 was supposed to be a building season for him after looking like a potential contributor in limited time as a rookie and in Summer League, but that all changed when Thompkins struggled to make a timely return from his injury. He has sat out the whole season thus far. He hasn’t gotten into a game. For the most part, he’s barely practiced. Dan Woike of the Orange County Register reports that slow recovery time is one of the reasons the Clippers eventually decided to waive the forward.
The Clippers now officially have 14 players on their roster, leaving an open roster spot potentially to sign someone in the coming days.