The Cavaliers announced this afternoon that they have signed guard/forward D.J. Kennedy to fill the roster spot vacated by the departure of guard Lester Hudson following his two 10-day contracts. Kennedy, 22, played this season for the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League, averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in over 37 minutes per contest. The 6’6″ Kennedy played four seasons at St. John’s, where he averaged 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds as a four-year starter. Kennedy becomes the fourth player currently on the team to have spent time this season in the development league (Donald Sloan, Manny Harris, Luke Harangody) and could get some playing time with Alonzo Gee’s ankle injury keeping him out of the past three games.
According to the Memphis newspaper The Commercial Appeal, G Lester Hudson will sign with the Grizzlies and will be eligible for their playoff roster-
“Guard Lester Hudson, whose second 10-day contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers expired on Wednesday, is expected to sign with the Griz for the rest of the season. A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Hudson has a verbal agreement to return to his hometown of Memphis.
Hudson, 27, will be eligible for the postseason because he had not been waived. He’ll be added as insurance in the backcourt as veteran sharpshooter Gilbert Arenas recovers from an injury on his shooting hand.”
Apparently, because he was not waived by the Cavaliers, he is eligible for post-season play, provided the Grizzlies put him on the active roster.
According to reports, G Lester Hudson was not offered a deal for the remainder of the season after his second ten day contract expired this week. Hudson will be free to sign with another NBA team, though he would not be eligible for a playoff roster spot.
Hudson averaged 12.7 points, 2.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds in his 13 games with the Cavaliers this season.
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On February 6, the shorthanded New York Knicks topped the Utah Jazz at home. The team’s two best players were inactive, dealing with various issues ranging from personal to health. The hero of the day — and subsequent weeks — was a hardwood vagabond, a scrappy guard who had been bounced from multiple NBA franchises, left to trudge through the murk and muck of the NBDL.
Jeremy Lin, the first American-born NBA player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent, was the protagonist of the ultimate professional sports narrative. Player left for dead on the end of a 15-man roster, cast aside for reasons beyond comprehension, endearing squatters rights on the couches and guest bedrooms of friends, only to shock the world by displaying a skill set that only he had known of or at least been confident in. Injury leads to opportunity and the box score fills up like a hole-laden boat. Headlines soon follow as the spectacle of a D-League player providing such excitement, transcending across fans of all franchises, was a once-in-a-lifetime story.
Or a once in a two-month-span story.
After you see it for the second game, you don’t really get surprised the third and fourth and fifth game. I know what he is. I know what type of player he is. I know he can put big numbers on the scoreboard given the opportunity. That part of his game I know. The other part is trying to get him to understand (that) on the defensive end he has to get better and I thought tonight he was better. So that’s another step in the process of him staying on this level and I know that’s exactly what he wants to do.
- Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott following the team’s 103-90 win over the Charlotte Bobcats. Hudson came off the bench and scored 25 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out six assists. Only one other player in Cavaliers history had that many points, rebounds and assists off the bench in a game: Campy Russell had two such games in the 1975-76 season.
Sunday evening provided excellence of all shapes and sizes. Beautiful outdoor venues and empty arena seats. Pine needle-based approaches and game-saving three-pointers. Leader boards and lottery balls. Consonants and vowels.
Bubba Watson battled Louis Oosthuizen in a sudden-death playoff at Augusta National; both golfers held off a charging Phil Mickelson who — if not for a complete debacle on the fourth hole — would have been right there with them if not a stroke ahead. Jose Bautista, baseball’s best hitter over the last two seasons, had a chance to provide additional heroics, down one run with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning. And there was Lester Hudson, locked into a duel with the world-beating Sundiata Gaines, late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line.
It may not have been in the same historical context as Oosthuizen’s 4-iron stroke from 253 yards out on the second hole — a well-hit Titlest ball that split bunkers and fell at the front edge of the green, only to gradually and gracefully decend toward the hole until it fell into the bottom of the cup for double eagle (or “albatross” as the kids call it) — but Hudson’s 18-point fourth quarter drew equal jubilation. Instead of the misguided high-fives from the collars, straw hats and seersucker in attendance at Augusta, Hudson’s supporters from the dark corners of the world where niche Cavalier fans reside. Those still cheering on as their team limps, literally, toward the finish line. [Read more...]
With Cleveland Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry, you never really know what’s about to happen. The 2008 NBA Draft could be no exception as Ferry prepares to work out plenty of 2nd round caliber prospects.
Danny Ferry is short on NBA drafting experience. Thanks to moves of his predecessors such as trades involving Milt Palacio, Jiri Welsh, Wes Person, etc, the Cavaliers have been short on picks in the Ferry regime. For just the 2nd time in his career, Danny Ferry will get to make a selection in the first round of the NBA Draft. I talked a little bit last week about some of the Cavaliers’ options. But is it possible that spending all that time without picking first round guys Danny Ferry has forgotten what first round talent looks like?
According to Bob Finnan in The News-Herald on Sunday, there are a handful of guys that Danny Ferry is expected to bring in for workouts. One such guys is Memphis PF Joey Dorsey. Finnan writes, [Read more...]