Doug Christie was waived by the Dallas Mavericks yesterday, a move that could be a precursor to the veteran guard's retirement.

The 35-year-old Christie left the team last week to have his surgically repaired left ankle examined by a personal physician. The Mavericks were in Miami to play the Heat last night.

The team signed Christie to a three-year contract this past offseason, but only $3.15 million in salary was guaranteed.

"We appreciate the effort Doug gave us," Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said yesterday by e-mail. "He went through a lot to get back. Unfortunately, it didn't work out."

* CAMBY OUT: Marcus Camby, the NBA's leading rebounder, was held out of Denver's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of a bruised right leg.

Camby was injured when he collided with an opponent Wednesday night in Detroit. Besides leading the league with 13.9 rebounds per game, Camby is second in blocked shots (3.31) to Miami's Alonzo Mourning and has posted 10 double-doubles this season.

* GRIZZLIES' MILLER INJURED: Guard Mike Miller left Memphis's game against the Rockets with a head laceration after a collision with Ryan Bowen.

Miller, who had entered a minute earlier, was injured in a scramble for a loose ball near mid-court with five minutes left in the first quarter. He remained on the court face down for several minutes as the Grizzlies' training staff attended to him. Besides the laceration over his left eye, Miller suffered a concussion and did not return.

Miller is averaging 11.3 points off the bench.

-- From News Services

Veteran guard Doug Christie, right, gets the squeeze from Utah's Mehmet Okur. Christie, 35, averaged 3.7 points and two assists in seven games for Dallas.