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Steven Hunter done for the season

According to the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Grizzlies center Steven Hunter will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury. From the article:

“Veteran center Steven Hunter has left the team and will not return for the rest of the regular season.

Hunter, who is dealing with a knee injury, is in Chicago rehabilitating with personal trainers. The Griz granted Hunter permission.

“We talked to him about what was best for him in terms of getting in an environment where he could focus on getting ready for next season,” Wallace said.”

The 28-year old Hunter, a former first-round pick of the Magic, failed to do much on the court in the final season of his contract. Hunter only managed 2.5 points and 2 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game, and failed to shoot 40% from the field or 55% from the free-throw line. Hunter hasn’t done much in his NBA career so far -- the best of his eight seasons was his 06-07 campaign, when he averaged 6.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 22.9 minutes per game. This is the last year of Hunter’s 5-year, 16.24 million dollar contract, which he originally signed in 2005. Hunter has only played in 40 games over the last two seasons, and Memphis will reportedly not have him back next season. A seven-footer will always attract some interest, but Hunter’s remaining NBA days may be numbered.