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Report: Clippers waive former Kentucky, Gonzaga star Kyle Wiltjer

Houston Rockets forward Kyle Wiltjer (30) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Denver.
Houston Rockets forward Kyle Wiltjer (30) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 18, 2017, in Denver. AP

Former Kentucky and Gonzaga standout Kyle Wiltjer was waived by the Los Angeles Clippers, The Vertical’s Shams Charania reported on Saturday.

Charania cited anonymous sources in his report.

Wiltjer, who played for the Houston Rockets as a rookie last year, was traded to the Clippers late last month as part of the deal for star guard Chris Paul.

He averaged 5.8 points and 2.3 rebounds in four games for the Clippers in the Las Vegas Summer League this month. Wiltjer was 2-for-10 from three-point range.

Wiltjer split time between the Rockets and their NBA developmental league affiliate, during his rookie NBA season.

He averaged 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds in 3.1 minutes per game in 14 appearances with Houston. In 22 games for Rio Grande Valley, he averaged 20.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 blocks while shooting 37.7 percent from three-point range and 86.4 percent at the free-throw line.

The Portland, Ore., native was a freshman on UK’s 2012 national championship team. As a sophomore, Wiltjer was named Southeastern Conference Sixth Man of the Year after averaging 10.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Wildcats.

Wiltjer, who transferred after two seasons at UK, averaged a team-high 20.4 points to go with 6.3 rebounds as a senior at Gonzaga. He shot 43.7 percent from behind the three-point line while helping the Bulldogs reach their sixth Sweet Sixteen in program history.

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