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Report: Cavaliers likely signing Cory Jefferson

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The Cavaliers offer a dream scenario for fringe NBA players.

Not only is Cleveland the defending champion and still capable of a long playoff run that boosts perception of everyone in the organization, no team has more clear regular-season roster vacancies.*

The Cavs have just 12 players – three fewer than the regular-season roster limit – with guaranteed salaries. J.R. Smith is expected to raise that to 13, but Mo Williams‘ potential retirement could drop it back down.

*The Wizards also have just 12 players with guaranteed salaries.

Jordan McRae and DeAndre Liggins are already signed to deals that aren’t fully guaranteed. Now, it seems power forward Cory Jefferson will also compete for the final two or three roster spots in Cleveland.

Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com:

former Baylor power forward Cory Jefferson will likely attend training camp as a non-guaranteed invitee, a source said.

After being picked No. 60 in 2014, Jefferson played for the Nets in 2014-15 and the Suns last year. Phoenix waived him before guaranteeing his contract, and he went to the D-League – which signals the Cavaliers’ intentions.

Because Jefferson’s D-League rights are already held by the Bakersfield Jam, the Cavs can’t take advantage of a rule that allows them assign the D-League rights of certain players waived in the preseason to their affiliate. Jefferson will be in camp to earn a roster in Cleveland, not Canton.

In addition to clarifying his standing here, Jefferson used his time in the D-League to refine his offense. An improved jumper gives him a chance of sticking as a stretch four.

Report: Suns waiving Bryce Cotton, Cory Jefferson

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The Suns are sinking, and two players with unguaranteed salaries – Bryce Cotton and Cory Jefferson – are getting dumped overboard.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

All contracts become guaranteed for the rest of the season Sunday, so Phoenix is allowing time for Cotton and Jefferson to clear waivers before then. Other players will likely be waived today for the same reason.

Importantly for the Suns, they now have two open roster spots. That could help a team that looks primed to trade. It seems likely Phoenix makes a deal before the deadline, and if that might require waiving Cotton and/or Jefferson to make space, better to do it now while they’re unguaranteed.

Both are fringe NBA players, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see either latch on elsewhere – or even re-sign with Phoenix on 10-day contracts. The Suns just determined they were OK with the risk of Cotton and Jefferson getting away, which seems like a reasonable conclusion based on the limited minutes we’ve seen of these two.