Grizzlies G Dickerson to retire

Updated: October 25, 2003, 1:20 PM ET

MEMPHIS, Tennessee - Memphis Grizzlies guard Michael Dickerson will retire due to chronic pain caused by groin and sports hernia injuries, the team announced Saturday.

The Grizzlies will clear a roster spot by officially waiving Dickerson on Monday.

"This is a sad day for me," Dickerson said. "I am grateful to the entire Grizzlies organization for their unwavering support and encouragement throughtout my career."

Limited to just six games last season, Dickerson had not played this preseason.

"Michael (Dickerson) has been a tremendous team member, and we will miss his contributions to our organization," Grizzlies president of basektball operations Jerr West said. "We really appreciate his hard work and dedication to the team during the last three years and his attempt to play with us."

Acquired in a three-team trade in August 1999, Dickerson has career averages of 15.4 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per contest in 212 games.

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