The Los Angeles Clippers have reportedly waived power forward Kyle Wiltjer, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports’ The Vertical. The 6-foot-10 big man was acquired by the Clippers in the deal that sent point guard Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets. Wiltjer made his Summer League debut with the Clippers on July 7, recording two points and a rebound in the team’s 96-93 victory over the Lakers.
Wiltjer went undrafted in the 2016 NBA Draft and joined the Rockets for the Summer League. After reaching a deal with the club prior to the regular season, he went on to play 3.1 minutes per game over 14 contests in 2016-17. He frequently bounced around between the NBA roster and the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G-League.
Wiltjer, as well as Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins and Lou Williams were all dealt in the Paul trade, which materialized on June 27.
Wiltjer went undrafted after averaging 20.4 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for powerhouse Gonzaga in his final season 2015-2016. Lauded out of prep school, he was ranked as one of the top recruits out of the 2011 class. After playing two seasons with the Kentucky Wildcats and starting just 10 games across his freshman and sophomore seasons, he transferred to Gonzaga.
Aside from dealing Paul and exploring their options with the host of players that were brought back in the trade, the Clippers opened the month by signing Blake Griffin to an extension worth $173 million.
The Clippers were ousted from the playoffs in seven games by the Utah Jazz this past season.