Whether the Cavaliers saw enough from Kyrie Irving over this last week to determine Byron Scott was the only mentor he needed, they figured their veteran PG would probably be sidelined with injuries while under contract here anyways, or they simply wanted to do BD a favor and cut him loose now, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they did use their Amnesty Clause provision to waive Baron Davis late Wednesday evening.
The team issued the following statement on Wednesday regarding the move:
The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard Baron Davis and designated him as the team’s amnesty player, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
“We would like to thank Baron for his contributions to the team during his time in Cleveland,” said General Manager Chris Grant. “He has been an absolute professional since the day he joined the Cavs and we now wish him the best in the future.”
Baron Davis played only 15 games in Cleveland, starting 9, but he won over Cavaliers fans by playing with an attitude and swagger that the team desperately lacked while getting pummeled for the majority of last season. He averaged 14 points and 6 assists per game in process, and some thought he might have a role on this team playing alongside Kyrie Irving and helping him make his transition into the League. I was one of those people initially, but this move is still totally understandable especially with BD out indefinitely right now with a lower back injury. It didn’t look like he’d play much anyways.
What will be interesting to watch now is what the Cavs end up doing with that “additional flexibility” moving forward. Next year I can see them trying to do something with it, this year though? I kind of doubt it. I guess it will also be interesting to see where BD ends up going from here. The Clippers have created a surplus at PG with Chauncey Billups and Mo Williams on a roster that just acquired Chris Paul, so he probably won’t be going there. Lakers might still need a PG though, and the Heat probably do too, so we’ll see.
Good luck to Baron Davis though in all sincerity wherever he goes, appreicate you stopping by BD. All the best.