Cavs to sign Edy Tavares, release Larry Sanders

The Cleveland Cavaliers are making one final roster move before the playoffs begin.

To make the move, they had to release a player to open a roster spot:

For those who don’t know who Edy Tavares is, he’s a 25 year old center from Cape Verde. He was a second round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. He’s been playing professional basketball since 2009. He’s 7’3 and possess a 7’9 wingspan.

He played in 11 games his rookie season with Atlanta in 2015. He averaged 2.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and .6 blocks per game.

Tavares was recently with the 905 Raptors in the NBA Developmental League. In 48 games (41 starts), he’s averaging 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He was named a D-League All Star for his season. In the playoffs, he’s currently averaging 8.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks per game.

As for Sanders, I’m guessing the Cavaliers didn’t see any hope or potential that Sanders would make any kind of impact for them during the postseason run. Sanders signed with the team in March and was back and forth between the Cavaliers and the Canton Charge.

In four games with the Charge, Sanders averaged 6 points, 8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. He only appeared in five games with the Cavaliers, averaging 2.6 minutes, 0.8 points 0.8 rebounds and 0.2 blocks per game.

The team will make the Tavares signing as well as the Dahntay Jones signing official on Wednesday and I’d expect both would be available to play for the season finale Wednesday night against the Toronto Raptors. 

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