April 23, 2014

Portland Trail Blazers Claim Justin Holiday Off Waivers

One of the great stories of this year’s NBA Summer League for the Cavaliers was a forward from the University of Washington. Well, even though he signed on to be on the team’s preseason roster, he is now heading back west to join a new team. Here’s the report from The Oregonian:

Justin Holiday, a former University of Washington player, will join the Trail Blazers after they claimed him off waivers, the team announced Friday.

Holiday was waived by Cleveland on Wednesday, and Portland got him during the 48-hour waiver period. The Blazers say Holiday will join them Sunday, when they practice at their Tualatin facility before leaving for a Monday preseason game at Sacramento.

Holiday, 23, is a 6-foot-6 guard/forward who gained the reputation of being a good defender for the Huskies. In four years at Washington, he averaged 5.3 points and 3.6 rebound, including 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds as a senior in 2010-11. He is the younger brother of Philadelphia starting point guard Jrue Holiday.

Even though Holiday is an intriguing young wing, there likely was never going to be space on the Cavs’ final roster for him. Hopefully he can get some more opportunities in Portland and maybe we’ll see him back in Cleveland when the Blazers come to visit on Dec. 1.

[Related: Cavs Add Kevin Anderson, Justin Holiday to Training Camp Roster]

Cavs Add Kevin Anderson, Justin Holiday to Training Camp Roster

With training camp starting tomorrow for the Cleveland Cavaliers, and media day taking place right now, there were a couple last-minute additions to the early 2012-13 roster.

PG Kevin Anderson, a 23-year-old University of Richmond product, was on Friday’s preliminary roster. Anderson was the 2010 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and played professionally in France last season.

SG/SF Justin Holiday, 23-year-old University of Washington product who played with the Cavs in the Summer League, then joined earlier today. He averaged 6.4 points in 16.8 minutes in five games in Las Vegas.

The final training camp roster is then the following. Obviously, no starting lineup or depth chart has been announced and positions are a bit flexible for now:

PG: Kyrie Irving, Jeremy Pargo, Donald Sloan, Kevin Anderson
G: Dion Waiters, Daniel Gibson, Kelenna Azubuike
SF: Alonzo Gee, C.J. Miles, Omri Casspi, Luke Walton, Justin Holiday
F: Tristan Thompson, Samardo Samuels, Jon Leuer, Kevin Jones
C: Tyler Zeller, Anderson Varejao, Michael Eric

[Related: NBA News: ESPN Slots the Cavaliers 28th in Preseason Power Rankings]