NEW YORK – The Phoenix Suns of the NBA said on Saturday that they activated forward/center Jackson Vroman and in doing so waived Japanese guard Yuta Tabuse. The Suns roster now stands at 13 players.
Tabuse averaged 1.8 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.8 assists in 4.3 minutes over four games this season.
The 173-cm, 75-kg guard made NBA history on Nov. 3 in the season opener against the Atlanta Hawks by becoming the first Japanese-born player to appear in an NBA game when he scored seven points in 10 minutes played.
Tabuse, who missed 16 games due to a right quadriceps strain, was activated off the injured list on Dec. 10.
“We appreciate Yuta’s contributions this season and recognize that he has a lot to offer an NBA team,” Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo said on the Suns’ official Web site.
The decision “has been made in part to satisfy his need to develop and that comes with the opportunity to play consistently. This is by no means the end of the line for Yuta and we will monitor his progress closely,” he said.
Tabuse also posted a message on the site, saying: “I’m very grateful to the Suns and their fans for the opportunity here. I am disappointed that I will not be able to continue to be part of this team, but I have learned that I belong on this level. I’m looking forward to continuing my career and building on my NBA experience.”
Vroman, a 208-cm, 110-kg rookie, averaged 1.4 points and 1.6 rebounds in five games this season. He was placed on the injured list on Dec. 7 with a left groin strain injury and missed six games.
The Suns, at 21-3, are the hottest team in the league so far this season. Phoenix has won its last eight straight games.