Report: Cavaliers sign DeAndre Liggins

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The Cavaliers’ starting small forward (LeBron James) and shooting guard (J.R. Smith) remain unsigned.

LeBron has already committed to re-signing, and Cleveland will likely take of Smith. After all, Smith is represented by LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul.

In the meantime, the Cavs are adding another wing – DeAndre Liggins.


DeAndre Liggins has signed a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

No matter what happens with LeBron, Smith and likely-to-be-signed second-rounder Kay Felder, Liggins could make the team. Liggins’ D-League rights are already held by the Sioux Falls Skyforce. So this isn’t about the Cavaliers waiving him to assign his rights to their affiliate. They presumably want to give him a tryout for the regular-season roster.

Liggins is a standout defender, winning D-League Defensive Player of the Year last year and in 2014. That’ll be his ticket back to the NBA.

After being drafted by Orlando No. 53 in 2011, Liggins has played for the Magic, Thunder and Heat.

Liggins faced particularly ugly domestic-violence charges in 2013, but the felony charges were dropped when the alleged victim refused to cooperate. Oklahoma City waived him when he was arrested. Miami signed him after the incident.