The Cleveland Cavaliers have parted ways with Samardo Samuels.
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Sunday afternoon that the team has waived forward/center Samardo Samuels. Samuels was sent down to the D-League a few weeks ago and has never really gotten serious NBA playing time this year. It's kind of a shame considering how hard he worked this summer to get into shape.
Some people are speculating that this is part of a larger move that sets up a trade, possibly involving Anderson Varejao. I don't think that's the case. Non-guaranteed contracts, like the one Samardo had, become guaranteed for the rest of the year after January 10th. The player has to clear waivers before January 10th, so they cut him a few days before that. Nothing more to it, in my opinion.
With an open roster spot, you have to expect another move to be coming. JaJuan Johnson was recently acquired by the Canton Charge so he'd be a guy that I would keep an eye on. The Cavaliers don't have his exclusive rights, but since he is now with the Charge, you'd think they would get first dibs. Also: no other NBA team seems interested in offering him a spot.
The good part of all this is that it means we get a farewell poem from Angelo.