April 23, 2014

NBA News: Cavs acquire Shaun Livingston off of waivers

Late on Christmas night, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they have claimed guard Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Washington Wizards, waiving guard Donald Sloan to clear the roster space. 

Livingston, 27, has appeared in 17 games (four of which were starts) for the Wizards, averaging 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7, 175-pound guard out of Peoria Central (IL) High School is in his eighth NBA season and has career averages of 6.6 points on .457 shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.4 minutes over 341 games (110 starts).

In 2007, Livingston — the fourth-overall pick in 2004 — tore three of the four ligaments in his left knee, requiring 8-to-12 months off of the floor. He has played for seven other teams (one in the NBDL) since returning to the game of basketball. This past October, it was Livingston who had been outplaying Jeremy Lin in Houston, only to be released in order to, per Yahoo! Sports, avoid a point guard controversy. He was waived once again, this time by the Wizards, for Shelvin Mack.

Donald Sloan played in 20 games this season, averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12.9 minutes per game. Sloan was signed by the Cavs from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on March 16, 2012 and has appeared in 53 games (11 starts) during his two-year NBA career, averaging 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. He had a back-and-forth depth-chart battle with guard Jeremy Pargo, but seemed to have fallen out of favor due to the defense and scoring ability of his competitor.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    So we’re picking up the Wizards’ throwaways now? I guess the Cavs really can go deeper into the crevice.

  • Roosevelt

    I always had a soft spot for Shaun Livingston, and I thought that the Cavs should pick him up and hope for a return to his earlier potential. I think the earlier potential ship has sailed, but hey, why not get him as a seventh man?

  • Dave

    You’d rather have Donald Sloan? My guess is they decided that picking him up was going to cost the Cavs basically nothing, so why not give it a try?

  • King Me

    I’m okay with this. Feels like an upgrade from Sloan, but nothing too exciting.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Possibly… Sloan at least knows our offense. If I had to choose between the untalented guy who knows our offense and the untalented guy who doesn’t, I’ll go with the one who knows the offense. I know Livingston had great talent once upon a time, but after his surgeries he’s been no better than your average D-League star (i.e. Sloan).