Tuesday , Aug , 16 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Mavericks waive Michael Finley

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – The Dallas Mavericks waived longtime swingman
Michael Finley on Monday, ending his nine-year run with the club.

The 32-year-old Finley averaged 15.7 points per game in 2004-05 and is a two-
time All-Star. Finely was obtained by Dallas in December, 1996 from Phoenix
and then re-signed following the 2000-2001 season.

“Michael has played a huge role in rebuilding this franchise and taking it to
where it is today,” said president of basketball operations Don Nelson. “This
has been a very difficult process for all of us. We thank him and wish him
nothing but the best.”

Finley parts ways with the Mavericks as a leader in several major categories,
including fourth in points (12,389) and sixth in rebounds (3,245).

“He is a winner in every sense of the word and I am proud to have shared a
locker room with him,” added Nelson.

In the postseason, Finley has started 56 career games, all with Dallas, and
netted 17.8 ppg to along with 5.2 rpg.

Throughout his 11-year career, including two years with the Suns, the product
of Wisconsin has averaged 19 points and 3.7 assists per game.

Dallas used this move as its one-time amnesty exception.