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There will be a new face on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the coming days.
Cleveland general manager Koby Altman will need to add another player to reach the NBA-mandated 14 players (not including players on two-way deals). The Cavaliers currently have 13 players on their roster.
Per NBA rules, teams are permitted to have less than 14 players on their roster for up to two weeks before being required to get back to the minimum of 14.
The team signed G League guard Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract in February after carrying a 13-man roster for two weeks. His deal expired overnight March 3, meaning the Cavaliers will be required to add an additional player soon.
With Kevin Love (broken hand), Larry Nance Jr. (hamstring), Tristan Thompson (ankle), Rodney Hood (back) and rookie Cedi Osman (hip) all ailing, the Cavaliers (39-29) could use a healthy body, if nothing else.
Cleveland may opt to sign a player to another 10-day deal to fill its 14th roster spot, then could wait until the regular-season schedule winds down to add one or possibly two veteran players for the playoffs.
That makes sense financially, too, as adding any player would increase the Cavaliers’ already-massive luxury-tax bill, as reported by Bobby Marks of ESPN.
Marcus Thornton will have a 10-Day amount of $46,080 but count towards the luxury tax at $83,129. The 10-Day amount will cost the Cavaliers an additional $353K in luxury tax costs. Cleveland now has a tax bill of $50.3M.
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 22, 2018