Cavaliers dump vets; Napier, Fredette on the move | Inquirer Sports

Cavaliers dump vets; Napier, Fredette on the move

/ 03:15 PM July 27, 2015

Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat passes during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Shabazz Napier #13 of the Miami Heat passes during a game against the Philadelphia 76ers at American Airlines Arena on February 23, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

Cleveland made some moves on Sunday (Monday Manila time) and unloaded Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller, and two future first-round picks to Portland for cash considerations, according to reports.

Seen as a salary dump move, the Cavaliers basically took nothing in return and freed themselves from any salary obligations to bolster the runner-up core they had from last season.

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The Trail Blazers, who are rebuilding after the departure of long-time star Lamarcus Aldridge, are expected to waive both Haywood and Miller.

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Studs who had exceptional collegiate careers also found themselves on the move.

Miami shipped second year guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic in exchange for a conditional second round pick.

The 24-year-old University of Connecticut alumnus was a part of the Heat’s last ditch effort to entice Lebron James to re-sign last year, but with Miami locking up Goran Dragic for five-years, he found himself on the outs.

Napier struggled to translate his collegiate game, a sensational outing in the 2014 NCAA tournament, in the NBA and only averaged 5.1 points and 2.5 assists before a sports hernia injury sidelined him at the end of the season.

He, though, had good showing in the Las Vegas Summer League and should be a welcome addition to Orlando’s youthful guard rotation which has Victor Oladipo and Elfrid Payton.

Meanwhile, Jimmer Fredette signed to a training camp deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

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The sharp-shooter from Brigham Young University, who was also named as the 2011 National College Player of the Year, has failed to find a stable home in the NBA after being drafted by Milwaukee at 10.

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Playing in Sacramento, Chicago, and last season with New Orleans, Fredette gets a much needed career reboot as he joins the championship-caliber roster of the Spurs, who are willing to gamble on a youthful shooter in their already stacked roster.  CFC

TAGS: Basketball, Cleveland Cavaliers, Goran Dragic, Jimmer Fredette, LaMarcus Aldridge, Mike Miller, off season, Orlando Magic, Portland Trail Blazers, Shabazz Napier, Sports, Trades

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