While the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be in a whirlwind as we get to the end of the regular season, they made a roster move seemingly out of nowhere on Sunday.
They waived guard DeAndre Liggins to put their roster at 14 and giving them the option to add a free agent that would be playoff eligible.
Liggins appeared in 61 games and averaged 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.
It looks like they have made that decision on who to replace him.
Jones signed with the team at the end of the regular season last year. He appeared in the season finale and scored 13 points in 42 minutes.
He then appeared in 15 playoff games, averaging a little over 3 minutes per game and 1.1 points per game.
Cavs fans will remember Jones for his heroics at the end of the first half in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. He scored five points in 11 seconds to help maintain the double digit lead into halftime and eventually the Cavs won to tie the series.
Cleveland went onto win the NBA championship for the first time in franchise history and Cleveland’s first professional sports championship in 52 years.
Now I don’t know how much of an impact if any Jones will have on the court but it seems as though the team may need another veteran presence. Seems crazy when the majority of the team is veterans but something isn’t right with the team.
It showed up obviously in the 126-125 overtime loss to Atlanta on Sunday afternoon where the team was out scored 44-18 in the fourth quarter.
Many will say the Cavaliers needed another big with Tristan Thompson sidelined with a sprained thumb. I think Thompson will be ready come the start of the playoffs which will be next weekend.
Cleveland.com reported that the team possibly could bring back Anderson Varejao to the team but at this point I don’t see what Varejao could bring to the Cavaliers. He didn’t have a role in Golden State and I think his NBA career is over.
Hopefully the team gets their act together by next weekend or their chances of going back to back will be gone quickly.
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