Boston Celtics Waive Rick Fox

Boston, MA (September 30, 2004) The Boston Celtics announced today that the club has waived forward Rick Fox, in order to facilitate his retirement from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"We were aware of Rick's medical situation when we made the trade," said Celtics Executive Director of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge. "He has been a true professional and will always be a member of the Celtics family, especially considering this is where he started his career. We wish him well and are confident he will be successful in whatever he chooses to pursue next."

A member of the Celtics for six seasons (1991-97), Fox enjoyed a solid NBA career, posting career averages of 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. The 13-year veteran has spent the last seven seasons with the Lakers claiming three NBA Championships. He returned to the Celtics this summer as part of a five-player trade with the Lakers on August 13. His finest year as a pro came in 1996-97 when he established career-bests in scoring (15.4 ppg), steals (2.20 spg, 4th in the NBA) and three-pointers made (101) and attempted (278).

After being selected by the Boston Celtics in the first round (24th overall) of the 1991 NBA Draft, Fox was named to the 1991-92 NBA All-Rookie Second Team, averaging 8.0 points per game for the Celtics. He also became the Celtics first rookie to start on opening night since Larry Bird in 1979.

According to his spokesperson, Staci Wolfe, "He has been rehabbing diligently all summer in the hopes of returning for the upcoming season, but unfortunately his body is simply not responding."

As far as his future plans Wolfe added, "Fortunately he's in the position of having several options to pursue, in the next phase of his career."

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