The Cavaliers completed a trade with the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday sending Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder and two future second round draft picks to the Hawks in exchange for the draft rights to Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergey Gladyr. The draft picks going to Atlanta are Portland’s 2020 pick provided it falls between 56-60 and the less favorable of Minnesota’s 2019 pick and the Los Angeles Lakers 2019 pick. The trade will save the Cavaliers $12.8 million on the luxury tax in 2018.
Jefferson averaged 5.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game for the Cavs last season. Over the past 2 seasons he has made himself a fan favorite and strong veteran presence in the locker room. He and Channing Frye hosted a podcast called “Road Trippin” for fans to enjoy as well as many fun and entertaining snapchat videos. With the abundance of wing players on the team Jefferson made the most sense to remove from the roster. He will look to continue playing and hook on with another contender.
Kay Felder averaged 4 points and 1.4 assists in limited playing time last season. The 2016 second round pick never developed like the Cavaliers had hoped he would. The offseason additions of point guards Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon also made Felder expendable.
The Cavaliers also waived veteran center Kendrick Perkins and undrafted rookie Isaac Hamilton to get down to the regular season roster limit of 15. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue has offered Perkins a spot on his coaching staff. For now he will try to resume his playing career on another NBA roster. Hamilton is G-League eligible and may be signed to the Cavs affiliate Canton Charge.
The final roster is now set for the opening night showdown on Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena vs Kyrie Irving and the Boston Celtics.
Guards: Isaiah Thomas, Derrick Rose, Jose Calderon, Dwyane Wade, J.R. Smith, Kyle Korver, Iman Shumpert
Forwards: Lebron James, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Cedi Osman, Channing Frye
Centers: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Ante Zizic
Two-way contract: John Holland
It is highly unlikely we ever see either Dimitrios Agravanis or Sergey Gladyr in a Cavaliers uniform. Here are some highlights of their play overseas.