The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a slew of injuries this season. With Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao already hurt, Byron Scott found his team lacking even the necessary healthy players to run his practices. The Cavs' coach insinuated that the team would need to sign a healthy body (presumably a guard) on Tuesday afternoon if Dion Waiters' injury forced him to miss any significant time. As you probably know by now, Dion Waiters will be out for at least a week with knee soreness and there's a chance that he misses more time than that.
Desperate for guard help, the Cavaliers will reportedly sign Chris Quinn out of the D-League, according to SB Nation's Ridiculous Upside.
"The source says the Cavaliers will bring aboard NBA veteran and current Tulsa 66ers guard Chris Quinn, who was not seen in uniform on Tuesday night when his team took on the number one seeded Bakersfield Jam."
Quinn is a 29-year old journeyman guard who has had some pretty decent success in the D-League lately.
"Quinn joined the 66ers in January and through 25 games, has led the way as his team achieved a 15-10 record. He's compiled solid averages of 12.7 points and 6.1 assists, all the while shooting 48% from the field, 37% from deep, and 89% from the charity stripe."
I don't really expect the Cavs to ever actually use Quinn in a game unless absolutely necessary, but they needed the body. Once the Cavs cut Josh Selby and Kyrie Irving got hurt, it was just Shaun Livingston at point guard. The injury to Dion Waiters makes it even harder to put together a full practice with healthy guards. Sometimes Chris Grant goes to the D-League in hopes of finding a diamond in the rough, a la Alonzo Gee. But by signing a 29-year old guard with very limited upside, it's pretty clear that the Cavs simply need somebody who knows what he's doing and can learn the system quickly.
The team hasn't confirmed the signing, but I expect that will come at some point tomorrow.