Mavericks' Doug Christie retires

Dallas Mavericks guard Doug Christie retired on Friday due to a nagging left ankle injury.

Christie was officially waived by the Mavericks, as the two sides apparently came to a contract buyout agreement. Christie had signed a one-year deal worth a reported $3.15 million US guaranteed with Dallas in the off-season.

Christie, a former Toronto Raptor, started the first seven games for Dallas this season before his left ankle started bothering him to the point where he could not play. Last year, he missed 24 games with bone spurs in that same ankle.

He averaged 3.7 points and 2.0 assists with Dallas. In his 14-year career, Christie averaged 11.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.89 steals per game. In addition to the Mavericks, he played for the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Raptors, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic.

He made a name for himself with Sacramento when he was named to the NBA's all- defensive second team three times (2000-01, 2001-02, 2003-04) and the first team once (2002-03).