Farewell, Taylor: Suns waive reserve forward Griffin

Taylor Griffin's time in Phoenix proved to be short-lived. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

In a shocking unexpected totally predictable personnel move Monday, the Phoenix Suns waived little-used reserve forward Taylor Griffin.

In what may have been among the shortest press releases in team history (all of two sentences), the Suns announced the move and provided Griffin’s rookie season stats:

Griffin appeared in just eight games for the Suns as a rookie in 2009-10, averaging 1.3 points in 4.0 minutes.

Not much time on the hardwood for the University of Oklahoma product, but still more experience and statistical accomplishment than his younger brother Blake, who was taken No. 1 overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2009 NBA Draft and proceeded to miss the entire 2009-10 season with a knee injury.

This moves comes as no surprise, as Griffin hasn’t shown much growth in his time with the Suns, nor has he displayed that he brings any value to the team outside of practice. As expected entering Summer League play, Griffin was essentially playing for his roster spot and didn’t do enough to keep it. In five games, Griffin averaged 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

Griffin was originally drafted by the Suns 48th overall in the 2009 NBA Draft. His exit could open up a roster spot for an undrafted Summer League player.

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