The Cavaliers waived DeAndre Liggins and are looking to fill their open roster spot — and may have done so already.
That and all the latest news and views from around pro hoops.
Per Cleveland.com: “The Cavs plan on signing one of the many playoff-eligible guys by Wednesday’s deadline. But there are a few different questions the front office needs to answer first.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Will they opt for a big man, understanding that Larry Sanders, who has spent most of his time in the D-League since being signed by the Cavs in the middle of March, is a long way from helping?”
Per Cleveland.com: “Or will the Cavs go back to the point guard route, giving them insurance for Kyrie Irving’s achy knee, especially given Deron Williams’ up-and-down play since signing in Cleveland?” (Full report.)
Per The Step Back: “The Cavaliers will use open roster spot to sign veteran Dahntay Jones, per a league source.”
Per Hoops Rumors: “This move looks similar to one Cleveland made at the end of the 2015/16 season. The Cavs signed Jones on April 13 last year, just before the regular season ended. After playing 42 minutes and scoring 13 points in the Cavs’ final regular season game, the veteran swingman went on to appear in 15 playoff games for the team.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “With three days remaining in the regular season, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index favors the Celtics to emerge with the No. 1 seed in the East.”
Per ESPN: “NBA teams had won their last 1,005 games when entering the fourth quarter with a lead of 25+ points before Cleveland’s unraveling today.”
Per Cleveland.com: “Cavs fast fact: They are 2-9 on the second night of back-to-back games on the road this season, but the last time they were in this situation they beat Boston 114-91 last week.” (Full report.)
Per ESPN: “After failing to protect a 26-point fourth-quarter lead in their 126-125 overtime loss to the Hawks on Sunday, several members of the Cavaliers found fault in the officials for contributing to their collapse.”
Per ESPN: “It wasn’t a foul on my sixth foul,” said LeBron James, who fouled out with 1:52 remaining in overtime and the Cavs up by three, for contact with Atlanta’s Paul Millsap while jostling for rebounding position. “I knew I had five [fouls]. I knew the ball was going long. So I may have grazed Millsap a little bit, but I mean, throughout the course of a game [that happens]. I didn’t push him or anything like that.” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “As for the bench, Deron Williams has been a bust. I’m not sure why Iman Shumpert even plays anymore. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue needs to find some solutions with the rotation. He’s done a poor job of that lately.” (Full column.)
Per Amico Hoops: “You know things are bad when fans are begging Lue to play Derrick Williams or give Larry Sanders a real chance. Remember, neither was on the roster three months ago. Heck, Sanders wasn’t even in the NBA.” (Full column.)
Cavs reminiscent of 1983 Sixers, who finally broke thru and won title, then experienced multiple meltdowns following season. It ended badly.
— Sam Amico (@AmicoHoops) April 9, 2017
Per the Dallas Morning News: “Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was at New York earlier this week for the NBA board of governors meeting and he said the subject of resting key players was a major topic. And he was assertive, as he usually is.”
Per the Dallas Morning News: “It really comes down more to a scheduling issue than anything else, and my contribution was that, when you schedule marquee games for TV, look at the schedule first and don’t put somebody who has been on a long trip, traveled a lot of miles or obviously going to be less than fresh, because when we schedule those games, it’s on us,” Cuban said. “I remember [years ago] we were on TNT on the fourth game in five nights. Who’s dumb enough to schedule that? That’s just stupid.” (Full report.)
Per Yahoo Sports: “Sources: Pistons signing guard Lorenzo Brown of D-League, releasing Beno Udrih. Udrih had productive season for Detroit before injury Sunday.”
Per Suns.com: “The Phoenix Suns have signed guard Elijah Millsap to a multiyear contract. The two-year NBA veteran played with the Northern Arizona Suns this season and was the Suns’ NBA Development League affiliate’s leading scorer in the team’s inaugural campaign.” (Full report.)
Per Philadelphia Inquirer: “Brett Brown shot down reports that Ben Simmons grew two inches and is 7 feet tall or a shade under that.”
Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: “No, he is not [7 feet tall],” Brown said. “I don’t believe so. I feel like I’ve shrunk. I can feel comfortable saying no, he has not grown to 7 feet. I wish he had.”
Per the Philadelphia Inquirer: Former Sixer World B. Free told the Cavaliers broadcast team on March 31 that ‘it seemed like Ben Simmons grew about another two inches since he’s been here.'” (Full report.)
Per Amico Hoops: “Kent State forward Jimmy Hall will be among the 64 prospects attempting to impress NBA general managers and scouts at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week in Virginia.” (Full report.)