MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Bucks waived forward Keith "Tiny" Gallon on Wednesday, less than four months after selecting him late in the second round of June's draft.
Gallon was the 47th overall pick. He did not play in Milwaukee's first preseason game Tuesday night against Chicago.
"We wanted to do what's right for the organization and for the player," said general manager John Hammond, who wanted to give Gallon a chance to join another NBA team instead of waiting until the end of camp.
Gallon was drafted before the Bucks made several moves to bolster their front court, and he appeared to be a long shot to make the team as soon as he entered camp.
Gallon didn't immediately respond to an e-mail seeking comment from The Associated Press, but did post a short message from his Twitter account, where his location is listed as "On mars."
"Thanks to the Bucks 4 making my dream come Tru," Gallon wrote. "And the Fans and the Haters too."
The 6-foot-9, 290-pound Gallon played a year in college at Oklahoma before declaring for the draft. He was caught up in an NCAA investigation that put his eligibility in doubt over a report his mother was wired $3,000.
Gallon, who was a one-time teammate of Bucks star Brandon Jennings in high school at Oak Hill Academy, Va., has said he knew nothing about the exchange of money. He says he learned it was a loan that was used to pay for his high-school transcripts to be released so he could attend Oklahoma.
The Bucks also cut guard Tory Jackson and forward Billy Rush. Both were signed on Sept. 27 to fill out the training camp roster. The Bucks have 17 players remaining in camp.