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 signedDerrick 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)
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:
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.