The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a decidedly quieter summer than their NBA Finals counterpart, the Golden State Warriors, despite actually winning a championship in that series.
The Cavs have made some moves in recent days for Mike Dunleavy and Chris Anderson. These deals have addressed some positions of need after losing reserve big man Sasha Kaun and backup point guard Matthew Dellavadova.
Many thought that after watching the Dubs go out and secure the best available free agent in Kevin Durant, the Wine and Gold would answer with a blockbuster deal of their own.
Cleveland is playing the long game and biding their time to see if they can get it done without making a big splash. But, general manager David Griffin, is keeping an eye on the developing trade scenarios in case of emergency.
The trade exceptions that Griffin has collected loom large for the club and the organisation. With their move today, waiving Dahntay Jones, the space has been created to absorb another player.
Jones only played in a few games for the NBA Champions but, he played a crucial role in game six of the NBA Finals.
He came off the bench and scored five straight points to help steady the home team. The journeyman guard also drew two fouls on the Warriors’ Draymond Green.
No one could have expected that the little-used guard would play such a big role in the championship round. He also will hold a strange place in franchise history as he hit the record setting three-pointer in the game that saw the team set the NBA record for threes made.
The entirety of the 35-year-old’s $1.6 million contract would have become guaranteed on Monday for the 2016-17 season. There is still hope within the organisation that he could return if he clears waivers.