Cavs’ NBA Rumors: Cleveland Cavaliers actively looking into trade market to boost Cavs point guard depth



The NBA defending champions Cleveland Cavaliers completed their final 15-man roster for the forthcoming regular season by waiving veteran Dahntay Jones.

The Cavs will hit the 2016-17 NBA regular season with 15 professional basketball players on its official active roster. There are no shocking moves on team roster as the Cleveland — with the re-signing of J.R. Smith — have 13 players with guaranteed deals on their contracts. Jordan McRae and DeAndre Liggins were the lone two talents with non-guaranteed contract deals made to the roster.

McRae claimed his one of the final roster spots by playing quite very well throughout the summer and training camp. He is a legitimate scoring machine, who averaged 14.0 points along with 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists in the exhibition games. McRae likely won’t see a lot of playing minutes this season unless there are injuries.

Liggins, on the other side of the ball, secured the last Cavaliers roster spot over rival Jones due to his remarkable performance-level game during the summer and training camp, per The Centrio Times. He is known for his aggressive defense, earning NBA D-League Defensive Player of the Year honors on two separate occasions. Liggins is not a stellar shooter, but he showcased his ability to be a good distributor and solid rebounder.

The Cavaliers kickoffs their regular season campaign with a home opener game against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on October 25th. superstar LeBron James-led Cavs alongside Kyrie Irving, J.R. Smith, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson are expected to be the starting five of the contest. While Kay Felder, Mike Dunleavy, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Chris Anderson will likely be part of the Cavs’ second team.

The Cavaliers would want to upgrade its backup point guard situation, but the franchise currently don’t have a roster spot available for another newcomer as Mo Williams is still on the active roster. The Cavs owe Williams — who recently underwent surgery operation on his left knee — $2.19 million this season should a settlement can’t get done.

Cleveland reportedly would like to part ways with Mo Williams by trading him rather than just waive him to reduce front office luxury tax.

Whether the Cleveland ultimately move Williams or end up releasing him, the organization will probably do something before the end of the year. There are several unsigned veteran point guards in the league that could fit head coach Tyronn Lue’s system, like Mario Chalmers and Andre Miller. —

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