Report: Cavs waive three players, roster cut to 16 players
With the regular season almost upon us, the Cleveland Cavaliers have some decisions to make. On Thursday, General Manager David Griffin and the Cavs announced the waiving of three players from the roster in a post-practice press release this afternoon.
Here are the three players waived:
1. 6’3″ (Guard) Markel Brown
Brown appeared in six preseason games for the Cavaliers, where he averaged 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.
The former Oklahoma State Cowboy was selected with the 44th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The 24 year-old Brown made some flashy plays for the Cavs this preseason, but it seems Cleveland’s executives weren’t ready to bring on another shooting guard.
2. 6’9″ (Forward) Jonathon Holmes
Holmes played six preseason games this year for the Cavaliers, averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.
Holmes, 23, was a four-year man at The University of Texas and went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft.
With an already crowded Cavaliers front-court, Holmes had an uphill battle in securing a spot on the team.
3. 6’9″ (Forward) Cory Jefferson
Jefferson played in six preseason games this year for the Cavaliers, with averages of 7.7 points, and 5.2 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.
The former Baylor Bear stand-out was selected with the 60th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs.
Jefferson’s drive and ability to rebound the basketball intrigued the Cavs, but in the end, there just wasn’t enough room for the talented big-man on the roster.
The Cavs roster is now down to 16 players, and the Cavs have some decisions to make with DeAndre Liggins, John Holland, and Dahntay Jones.
The Cavs have waived M. Brown, C. Jefferson, J. Holmes. Likely J. Holland to be cut next, final spot between D. Jones & D. Liggins
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) October 20, 2016