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Cavs waive center Edy Tavares

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The expected move trims the Cavs’ roster to 19.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived center Edy Tavares, the team announced in a press release on Wednesday. The Cavs now have 19 players on their roster, including 16 guaranteed contracts.

This was an inevitable move. Tavares’ deal was non-guaranteed for this season, so the odds of him sticking around were already slim to none. And because the team acquired Ante Zizic this summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, they already have a young backup center to develop.

What comes next for Tavares is unclear. Raptors 905, who he played for in the G-League last year, hold his rights still - meaning he cannot go directly to the Canton Charge and remain in the Cavs’ system. If he clears waivers, the Cavs could sign him to their one remaining two-way contract slot.

Tavares appeared in two preseason games for the Cavs. He averaged two points and two rebounds in 4.9 minutes per game. He signed with Cleveland on April 12 last season and appeared in one regular season game.