Tag: Jared Cunningham

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Report: Second-rounder Sir’Dominic Pointer won’t sign with Cavaliers


The Cavaliers left the NBA draft with three second-round picks, but it seems Cleveland will begin the season without any of them.

The Cavs traded Rakeem Christmas to the Pacers, and Cedi Osman will remain overseas.

The third, Sir’Dominic Pointer, is headed to the D-League.

Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

Sir’Dominic Pointer, the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 53rd pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, will play for the Canton Charge of the NBA Development League, a league source informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Pointer, 23, will not attend training camp with the Cavaliers and instead will report to Canton once its camp opens up, the source said.

The Cavaliers have 13 players with guaranteed salaries plus Tristan Thompson, Jared Cunningham and Quinn Cook. On a max contract or qualifying offer – or maybe even something between – Thompson will almost certainly be in Cleveland next season. That’ll give the Cavs 14 guaranteed salaries.

By declining to take the required tender – a one-year contract, surely unguaranteed at the minimum, a team must offer to retain rights to a second-round pick – Pointer is doing the Cavaliers a favor. He’s allowing them to keep his rights for a year without having to pay him or find him a roster spot. He’s even going to their D-League affiliate, accepting piddly wages rather than pursuing a more-lucrative deal overseas, to give Cleveland greater control of his development.

Perhaps, Pointer agreed to play in the D-League on a condition of being drafted. Maybe the Cavaliers promised him a better-than-tender contract next summer.

But if Pointer had forced the issue and taken the required tender, he surely would have gone to training camp with Cleveland. There, he would have competed with Cunningham and Cook for the final regular-season roster spot. Pointer would have been the underdog, but maybe he would have beaten those two. If not, the Cavaliers would have waived him, which still would have put him in better position. He could negotiate with any NBA team for a contract at that point.

As is, he can negotiate with only Cleveland – which doesn’t have room for him.

That could change next season, or Pointer might be wasting a year helping a franchise that’s not paying him now and might not ever.

Report: Clippers interested in 76ers guard Tony Wroten

Tony Wroten, Spencer Hawes

Anthony Davis is not the youngest player leading his team in scoring this season.

That honor goes to Tony Wroten, more than a month Davis’ junior. The 76ers guard is averaging 17.4 points and 5.3 assists per game at age 21, impressive marks to be sure.

But how valuable is Wroten? Has he truly broken out, or is he just putting up numbers on a tanking team with few other options? After all, Evan Turner was scoring at a similar clip in Philadelphia last season, and he totally fell off after the Pacers traded for him.

For what it’s worth, the Clippers reportedly see something in Wroten.

Dan Woike of the Orange County Register:

The Clippers and 76ers completed a trade earlier today for Jared Cunningham, a mostly financial deal that allowed the Clippers to clear a little room below the hard cap. Wroten wasn’t involved, but that trade at least indicates Doc Rivers and Sam Hinkie can work together.

The Clippers have adequate backup guards in Jamal Crawford and Jordan Farmar, so Wroten would be more of a luxury. It’s tough to see the Clippers, especially with their hard cap, making a deal work. But Rivers has shown a propensity for valuing a deeper bench over future flexibility, so there’s a chance to he takes the necessary steps.

Wroten is under contract for next season, and he’ll be a restricted free agent after that. There’s no urgency for the 76ers to trade him, unless they believe he’s a poor long-term fit with Michael Carter-Williams and this is the time to sell high. Wroten at least won’t interfere with Philadelphia tanking for a high pick this year.

I doubt Wroten winds up in Los Angeles, but the Clippers’ interest is intriguing – whether Rivers just likes Wroten or is searching for a backcourt upgrade.

Timberwolves waive Jeff Adrien, Wizards waive Glen Rice Jr.

Minnesota Timberwolves v Denver Nuggets

Anybody who remained on a roster past 5 p.m. today would have his salary guaranteed for the rest of the season, so several players with unguaranteed or partially guaranteed contracts got their walking papers.

The Knicks waived Lance Thomas, Lou Amundson and Alex Kirk. The Cavaliers waived A.J. Price. The Clippers traded Jared Cunningham to the 76ers, who waived him.

Add Jeff Adrien and Glen Rice to the list.

Timberwolves release:

The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced the team has waived forward Jeff Adrien.

Wizards release:

The Washington Wizards announced today that the team has waived guard Glen Rice.

It’s possible either player, each on a minimum-salary contract, gets claimed on waivers.

Adrien has been reasonably productive in limited minutes for Minnesota this season and for the Bobcats and Bucks last season. Even though they just acquired Timofey Mozgov, the Cavaliers could still use another big man, and dropping Price gives them an open roster spot. Likewise, the Mavericks could use Adrien to hedge if Jermaine O’Neal doesn’t sign with them. The Knicks’ D-League affiliate picked Adrien in its expansion draft, and New York also has roster vacancies.

I’m a little surprised Rice, the No. 35 pick in 2013, has fallen so quickly. His chance to impress was with Bradley Beal injured, but Rice failed to capitalize. Still, he has raw talent and shooting ability that a rebuilding team might take a flyer on.

Little changes for the Timberwolves beyond saving a little money the rest of the season. Do the Wizards reach out to Ray Allen again? Even if he might retire, no harm in asking.

If you’re a Comcast subscriber in Washington, you can stream tonight’s Wizards-Knicks game here.

Cavaliers waive A.J. Price

Cleveland Cavaliers Practice at Baruch College

It’s been a busy week for the Cavaliers.

They traded Dion Waiters in a three-team deal that landed Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in Cleveland. Then, they flipped a first-round pick acquired in that trade and and another first rounder for Timofey Mozgov.

Those moves brought their roster to a full 15 players, so no other moves were imperative to stay below the player limit.

But they made a move on A.J. Price, whose unguaranteed contract would have become fully guaranteed if not waived by 5 p.m. today. Cavaliers release:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard A.J. Price, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today.

This is the third time Price has been waived this season. The Cavaliers signed and waived him, then the Pacers did the same. That time, Cleveland claimed Price off waivers.

If Price goes unclaimed now, he’ll cost the Cavaliers $220,735 in luxury-tax payments for the 41 days he spent on the roster on this contract. If another team claims him, that amount will be cleared from Cleveland’s books. This is the same reason the Clippers traded Jared Cunningham to the 76ers, who waived him, rather than just waiving him themselves. Philadelphia, below the salary floor, doesn’t mind eating that salary and got draft considerations for the trouble.

For the Cavaliers, this was about moving before Price’s contract became guaranteed. What will they do with the open roster spot? Maybe sign someone to a 10-day contract – maybe even Price. Of course, the big fish, Ray Allen, is still available, even if he’s unsure whether he’ll play.

Report: Clippers trade Jared Cunningham to Sixers

Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers really did like Jared Cunningham, the athleticism he brought as a combo guard. They brought him in as a third point guard and he hasn’t seen many minutes — 89 total this season — behind Chris Paul and Jordan Farmar, but he was a good insurance policy.

However, what the Clippers needed more was money and a roster space as they try to get better at the trade deadline.

Rather than cut him outright, the Clippers traded him, reports Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports.

The question yet to be answered is what comes back to the Clippers in this deal (likely a protected second round pick at best).

Cunningham is a fringe NBA player right out of the “everything that the AAU does wrong” mold — he’s an incredibly athletic and very raw basketball player. He doesn’t really have the handles to be a playmaking point guard and he lacks the shooting skills to be a threat as a two guard. The Cavaliers took him with the No. 24 pick a few drafts ago but gave up on his development.

We’ll see if another team will take him on as a gamble or if he is headed to the D-League.