The Cavs waived both Jarell Martin and Marques Bolden on Saturday, trimming the team’s roster to 13 players. The news was first reported by The Athletic’s Kelsey Russo.
As reported by cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs are looking at other cuts around the league and could make a claim ahead of Wednesday’s season opener. One name to look at, per Fedor, is ex-Warriors guard Alfonzo McKinnie.
Martin and Bolden both got chances to play in preseason, but like Sindarius Thornwell, were waived. The frontcourt could be a need for the Cavs due to Ante Zizic’s foot injury that will have him out for a month and the up-in-the-air status of John Henson. With those two out, Cleveland’s only three bigs are Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson. If Henson comes back soon, then that’s less of a concern.
McKinnie is the type of player that would make sense for the Cavs to target. He’s a solid defender, shot nearly 40% on three-pointers last year and has some upside. He was waived so the Warriors could keep former Cav Marquese Chriss.
Cleveland is also second in the waiver wire order, but because the New York Knicks have 15 guaranteed contracts, but are functionally first. Additionally, the Cavs have a $2.7 million trade exception they could use to claim someone. Waivers will be processed Monday at 5 p.m., so look for the Cavs to make a move then.