Robert Traylor Found Dead In Apartment In Puerto Rico, According To Team

Robert Traylor, the former University of Michigan standout and short-time NBA forward, was found dead in his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, according to Traylor's club (via Scott Schroeder). The big man affectionately known as 'Tractor' Traylor due to his size and strength was just 34 years old.

A cause of death and confirmation from Puerto Rican officials are not yet available. After starring at Michigan, Traylor was the sixth pick in the 1998 NBA Draft. On draft day, the Dallas Mavericks traded Traylor to the Milwaukee Bucks for Dirk Nowitzki, relatively unheralded at the time. Traylor struggled to make an impact at the NBA level, constantly struggling with both his weight and a heart defect that required aortic surgery in 2006.

Traylor moved to Europe around that time, where he played in Turkey (where he was the MVP of the All-Star Game in 2009) and Italy. He most recently starred for the Bayamon Vaqueros of Puerto Rico's domestic club.

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