The day before all non-guaranteed contracts became guaranteed, the Cleveland Cavaliers have waived reserve power forward Samardo Samuels. The Louisville product had played in 18 games for the Cavaliers this season, including one start. In 10.9 minutes per game, Samuels averaged 3.2 points per game and 1.6 rebounds per game to go along with 36.7 percent shooting for the field. For his career, Samuels held averages of 5.9 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, and a shooting percentage of 44.5 percent. The Cavaliers are now off the hook for the remaining money on his contract.
With the roster now at 14, the Cavaliers will now have the option of signing a player to a 10-day contract (or contracts) from the NBA Developmental League if they so choose. Secondly, this all but guarantees that guard Shaun Livingston and forward Kevin Jones (both of whom were also on non-guaranteed deals) will stick around for at least the remainder of the season. Both, in fact, received decent playing time against the Rockets, and may be in line to enter Coach Byron Scott’s rotation. Livingston was recently claimed off waivers from the Washington Wizards, while Jones was recently called from the Cavalier D-League affiliate, the Canton Charge.
All other NBA teams will have 48 hours to claim Samuels on waivers and take on the remainder of his contract. If he is not claimed, he will be able to sign with any NBA team that he so chooses.