WASHINGTON (AP) Former Michigan Wolverine and current Washington Wizards forward Loy Vaught, sidelined with back problems, retired on Wednesday.
Vaught had surgery three years ago and never returned to form. He complained of spasms in his lower back during training camp and was placed on the injured list at the start of the season.
Vaught won a national championship with Michigan in 1989 and was drafted 13th overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 1990. He played eight seasons for the Clippers before signing with the Detroit Pistons in 1998.
Vaught was traded to the Dallas Mavericks last year, then was part of the eight-player deal that sent Juwan Howard from Washington to Dallas just before the trading deadline.
Vaught played in 14 games for the Wizards at the end of last season, averaging 3.9 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game. He averaged 10.1 points per game and 7 rebounds per game over his 11 NBA seasons.
Vaught had two years remaining on his contract, which the Wizards have decided to buy out for approximately $11 million.