Cavaliers waive Edy Tavares

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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Wednesday they have waived center Edy Tavares.

The 25-year-old big man was a late addition to the club last April, with the club signing Tavares and cutting Larry Sanders in a corresponding move.

His lone appearance came on the same night of his signing. Tavares, who played 24 minutes, recorded 10 rebounds, six blocks and six points in a 99-83 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Tavares was a late bloomer, picking up a basketball for the first time at the age of 17. After playing in Liga EBA and Liga ACB, he declared for the draft in 2013 and was selected with pick No. 43 by the Atlanta Hawks.

Tavares was named a D-League All-Star in 2017 behind Defensive Player of the Year efforts.

In a corresponding move, the Cavaliers have signed guard Isaac Hamilton. The UCLA product went undrafted in this year’s draft and played for the Indiana Pacers at Orlando Summer League.

Despite having a semi-new look to the team this time around, the Cavaliers are projected by many, if not all, to come out of the East, which would be the fourth straight year doing so.

The Cavaliers swapped guards, trading Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas and more in the summer. Not to be outdone, the Cavaliers signed former MVP Derrick Rose to a deal as he looks to rejuvenate his career in a big way. Finally, once Dwyane Wade and the Chicago Bulls agreed to a buyout, the veteran guard joined forces with former teammate LeBron James.

The Cavaliers, who have won one title in the last three trips to the Finals — with both losses coming to the hands of the Golden State Warriors — open up the regular season on Oct. 17 against the Celtics.

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