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Cavaliers trade Chris Andersen, cash to Hornets

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LeBron James is reportedly upset the Cavaliers aren’t spending enough.

This is a step in the right direction.

Cleveland is done devoting a roster spot to Chris Andersen, who’s out for the season due to injury.

Cavaliers release:

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded center Chris Andersen and cash considerations to Charlotte for a protected second round pick

Andersen is owed $334,500 by his team the rest of the season. Presumably, the Cavs will cover that amount plus send Charlotte additional cash for its troubles.

The Cavaliers would’ve paid a hefty luxury tax on Andersen’s salary if they waived him themselves. The Hornets can waive Andersen and pay only his remaining salary.

Simply, Andersen would’ve cost Cleveland more than he’ll cost Charlotte. So, both teams come out ahead financially. (The losers are the non-taxpaying teams that would’ve received more in luxury-tax payments if the Cavs had a higher payroll.)

The second-round pick is likely top-55 protecting and included just to fulfill a requirement that each team in a trade receive and send out something.

Given their position as a title contender, the Cavaliers will likely put this savings right back in the team. They signed Derrick Williams with their vacant roster spot, and this opens another. Maybe the next moving is inking workout-winner Jordan Farmar?

Somehow, Ja Morant highlights keep getting better (video)

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Ja Morant is special.

He has already produced a few amazing plays during his rookie year. He has even taken over full games with his flashy play.

But the performance he put on during the Grizzlies’ win over the Cavaliers last night was something else.

Thrice, Morant elevated for show-stopping dunks. He scored only once. But each time, something incredible happened.

First, Morant way up to catch a lob from Jae Crowder, adjusted mid-air and found Jaren Jackson Jr. for a dunk:

Then, less than a minute later, Morant finished a lob from Crowder with a beautiful one-handed slam:

Finally, Morant leaped to posterize Larry Nance Jr., realized that wouldn’t work then threw a spinning behind-the-back pass to Jackson. Though Alfonzo McKinnie blocked Jackson, Morant’s move was dazzling:

If Morant is going to keep putting on shows like this during games, maybe we can forgive him for skipping the dunk contest.

Trae Young gets ankles absolutely destroyed by Dejounte Murray (video)

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The Hawks got Trae Young his desired help, trading for Jeff Teague.

Maybe Young will do his part and step up on defense.

That didn’t happen on this possession against Spurs guard Dejounte Murry.

At least Young continued his breakout season on the other end, scoring 31 points and dishing nine assists in Atlanta’s rare victory in San Antonio.

Tristan Thompson slaps Jae Crowder’s rear end, gets ejected (video)

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What is it about Cleveland athletes slapping butts and getting in trouble?

Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. faces a simple battery charge for slapping a police officer’s backside in LSU’s locker room after the College Football Playoff National Championship.

Last night, Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson got ejected for slapping Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder‘s behind.

Thompson and Crowder got double technical fouls earlier in the game. So, Thompson got ejected with a tech for this incident between free throws.

Though the two are former Cleveland teammates, Crowder didn’t look amused. Crowder doesn’t play.

The Cavs rallied without Thompson, but Memphis won, 113-109.

Kyle Lowry flings in wild 3-pointer (video)

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Kyle Lowry had the ball in his left hand when he felt contact. Not only did he try to sell a foul by flailing his arms, the right-hander tried to draw a shooting foul by hurling an off-balance 31-footer toward the basket.

No continuation. No whistle at all.

But Lowry made the shot, anyway.

Lowry and the Raptors will take it, but they didn’t need a break like that against the Wizards’ dismal defense last night. Toronto won, 140-111.