A.J. Price

Timberwolves waive Jeff Adrien, Wizards waive Glen Rice Jr.


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


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: Kenyon Martin to meet with Bucks head coach Jason Kidd; Cavaliers also interested


Kenyon Martin played for the Knicks last season, but was limited to just 32 appearances due to injury.

At Summer League in Las Vegas, Martin said he was feeling “night and day” from the way he did while battling ankle issues last year, and expressed hope that he would return to the Knicks this season.

But 30 games in, he remains unemployed.

Martin has had conversations with the Rockets and the Grizzlies, but received no commitments as a result. An upcoming meeting with a former teammate, however, may be his best chance of catching on with someone for the remainder of the season.

From Charles F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A source confirmed Tuesday that Kidd has a meeting scheduled with NBA veteran Kenyon Martin, a former teammate of Kidd’s with the New Jersey Nets.

The source characterized the discussions as preliminary but the Bucks are lean at the power forward position due to the season-ending injury suffered by rookie Jabari Parker and several injuries (broken nose, concussion) to veteran power forward Ersan Ilyasova. Center Larry Sanders also has been out the past three games due to illness but is expected back fairly soon.

The Bucks are at the league maximum of 15 players and would have to create a roster spot if they decide to sign Martin.

The lack of a roster spot appears to be the biggest hurdle to Milwaukee inking Martin, even to a 10-day contract which teams can offer beginning Jan. 5.

Nate Wolters and Kendall Marshall are the only ones in place who don’t have any guaranteed money owed to them beyond this season. But Marshall plays regular minutes in the rotation, and it’s unclear if Milwaukee would be interested in giving up on a second-year player like Wolters simply to take a chance on a veteran like Martin whose ability to produce at this stage of his career his questionable, at best.

Meanwhile, Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports reports that the Cavaliers may also be interested in obtaining Martin’s services.

The Cavaliers also have some interest in Martin, a source said. Cleveland, however, is not in a rush to replace injured forward-center Anderson Varejao, who was recently lost for the season because of a torn Achilles’ tendon. If the Cavaliers do decide to open a roster spot to replace Varejao, either guard A.J. Price, forward Louis Amundson or center Alex Kirk is expected to be waived, a source said. Martin, who has averaged 12.5 points and 6.9 rebounds in a 14-year career, recently expressed interest in playing for Cleveland after Varejao was injured.

This really comes down to just how capable Martin is of contributing. If he looks good in workouts, once the 10-day contract option becomes available to teams next week, it’s likely that someone gives him a shot.

Report: Pelicans in talks to sign point guard Gal Mekel

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The New Orleans Pelicans signed forward Dante Cunningham earlier in the day on Thursday, but they might not be done making moves. According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, they’re also closing in on Israeli point guard Gal Mekel.

Mekel played for the Mavericks last season, but was waived before the season started to clear a roster spot for J.J. Barea. He was on the Pacers’ radar before they eventually signed A.J. Price. In his rookie season in Dallas, Mekel averaged 2.4 points and 2 assists per game in 31 games.

Cavs claim A.J. Price off waivers


The Cleveland Cavaliers claimed veteran point guard A.J. Price after he was waived by the Indiana Pacers, according to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Price was with the Cavs during training camp but was waived before the start of the season. The Pacers picked him up after suffering a rash of injuries, and in 10 games with Indiana, he averaged 10.5 points and 2.7 assists in 19.3 minutes per game.