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Chris Taft - PF/C, 6'10, 261
Retired - Retired after 2013 season
       Date of birth: 03/10/1985
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 42nd pick, 2005
     Out of: Pittsburgh
  NBA Experience: 1 years
  Hand: Right

2005 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 42nd overall by Golden State.
4th August, 2005 NBA Signed a partially guaranteed three year contract with Golden State, for $423,762 in the first season and the final two seasons at the minimum salary.
21st September, 2005 CBA Drafted 16th overall in the 2005 CBA College Draft by Dakota Wizards.
27th October, 2006 NBA Waived by Golden State.
7th January, 2008 D-League Acquired by Rio Grande Valley Vipers.
24th January, 2008 D-League Waived by Rio Grande Valley Vipers due to injury.
3rd November, 2011 D-League Drafted 49th overall in the 2011 D-League Draft by Springfield Armor.
22nd November, 2011 D-League Waived by Springfield Armor due to injury.
6th August, 2012 Finland Signed a one year contract with Korhait Uusikaupunki.
7th December, 2012 Finland Released by Korhait Uusikaupunki.
30th October, 2013 D-League Designated as a returning player by Springfield Armor.
31st October, 2013 D-League Traded by Springfield Armor to Santa Cruz Warriors in exchange for the #47 pick in the 2013 D-League draft (Paul Sturgess).
6th November, 2013 D-League Waived by Santa Cruz Warriors.
When: Where:
2003 - 2005 Pittsburgh (NCAA)
June 2005 - October 2006 Golden State Warriors (NBA)
January 2008 Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
November 2011 Springfield Armor (D-League)
August 2012 - December 2012 Korihait (Finland)
October 2013 Springfield Armor (D-League)
October 2013 - November 2013 Santa Cruz Warriors (D-League)
From blog:

   Anthony Morrow's impending free agency

[...] So as you can see, the case of Morrow is not the first time Golden State has rued not giving a player a third year on their minimum salary contract. On the plus side, though, they did have the foresight to give three years to Monta Ellis. And Chris Taft. And Richard Hendrix. Although the latter two ended up costing the team over $1.5 million for only 17 games played. But you win some, you lose some.

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   Where Are They Now, 2010; Part 65

- Chris Taft

Chris Taft has been out of basketball basically since 2005. Formerly touted as a future number 1 overall pick, Taft eventually slumped all the way down to being only a 42nd pick for the Warriors in the 2005 draft. He played 18 games to begin the season, and averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.5 minutes per game, shooting 61% from the field and 17% from the foul line; however, his rookie season was cut short by back spasms. Taft had surgery for a herniated disc in early 2006, and the Warriors waived him in 2006 preseason with a full guaranteed season remaining on his contract. It was discovered that Taft's recurrent back problems were due to polymyositis, a progressive disease which weakens core muscle strength.

After two years on the shelf, Taft returned in January 2008 when he was acquired by the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League. Taft played 8 games with the team, totalling 100 minutes, 32 points and 20 rebounds. However, in that eighth game, Taft landed awkwardly on an opponent and dislocated his right foot, so that it pointed at an angle that feet shouldn't point at. Taft then got a bone infection in the wound, and was again looking at a lengthy period on the shelf. He has not played anywhere since.

Taft attended a tryout with the quirky Philippines national team in early 2009, but it fell through when it became apparent that Taft had not suitably recovered from his injuries. He continues to try to rehab with the help of polymyositis specialists, and in the interim has returned to the University of Pittsburgh to complete his degree. He is looking to land a summer league berth as the next stage in his comeback.

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