Cavaliers unlikely to use remaining $3 million of Irving trade exception

The Cleveland Cavaliers are unlikely to use the remaining $3 million left of their Kyrie Irving trade exception, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

The Cavs got a $5.8 million trade exception last summer from the Boston Celtics in the deal that sent Irving to Boston in exchange for Isaiah ThomasJae Crowder, Ante Zizic and a draft pick.

Cleveland used $2.8 million of the trade exception to acquire Sam Dekker from the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Cavs have until Wednesday to use the exception. The team has 12 guaranteed players on the roster, with roster spots 13 and 14 reserved for David Nwaba and Rodney Hood.

Cleveland agreed to a free-agent deal with Nwaba on Aug. 1, but the terms of his contract are contingent on the Hood signing.