UPDATE: They aren’t releasing him. They have traded him to the Grizzlies.

The NBA career of tall, lanky point guard Shaun Livingston began in 2004 with the Los Angeles Clippers. But despite showing flashes of potential over his three seasons in L.A., the 6′7″ 185-pound Illinois native appeared to be backup material rather than worthy of starting.

Still, his future was bright, especially considering he came straight to the league from high school. The kid was only born in 1985.

Then came his nasty injury. You saw it. Proably the worst thing to look at I’ve seen in the NBA.

Now in 2008-09 he’s been riding the bench with the Heat. Playing just four games, and just 10.3 minutes per outing, Livingston has scored 2.3 ppg, not done much else, and not looked too hot in practice.

And now, the Heat are ready to say goodbye. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Ira Winderman) reports:

The Shaun Livingston comeback is over. At least for now. At least with the Miami Heat. Livingston was informed of his release after Monday night’s 91-84 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at AmericanAirlines Arena, with the team expected to make a formal announcement later this morning… The contract Livingston signed with the Heat guaranteed only $370,000 for this season, a figure that keeps the team below the punitive dollar-for-dollar luxury tax on excessive payrolls.

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