EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -The New Jersey Nets waived guard Mateen Cleaves on Wednesday, reducing their preseason roster to 17 players.
Cleaves, a former Michigan State star who has played for four NBA teams, signed with the Nets on Oct. 1. He played in three preseason games, including one start, and averaged 4.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
He led the Spartans to the NCAA championship in 2000 as a senior. The point guard was Michigan State's only three-time All-American and was a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year. He was the MVP at the 2000 Final Four and 1999 Big Ten tournament.
Cleaves was drafted by Detroit with the 14th pick overall and played for the Pistons, Sacramento, Cleveland and Seattle over six seasons. Before joining the Nets, he played professionally in Russia.
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