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Cavs trade Richard Jefferson to Hawks, who immediately waive him

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Cavs trade Richard Jefferson to Hawks, who immediately waive him

CLEVELAND (AP) — Valuable veteran Richard Jefferson has been traded from Cleveland to Atlanta and waived.

The Cavaliers and Hawks finalized their trade on Saturday with Jefferson and guard Kay Felder going to Atlanta with a pair of second-round draft picks and $3 million. Cleveland needed to clear two roster spots and will now save over $12 million in potential luxury-tax penalties.

The teams agreed to terms of the deal on Friday night and got league approval Saturday.

The Cavs, who had to get their roster to 15 before Tuesday's opener, will also acquire the draft rights from Atlanta to forward Dimitrios Agravanis and guard Sergey Gladyr.

Jefferson spent two seasons with Cleveland and contributed to the club's run to back-to-back NBA Finals, appearing in 35 postseason games. He's now a free agent.

After overhauling their roster during a busy offseason, the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions ran out of room for the 37-year-old.

"R.J. embodies all of the things you could want in a veteran player and teammate," Cavs general manager Koby Altman said. "His consistent success at a very high level over many years is a reflection of the kind of high quality player and person he is. His steady leadership, great attitude, dependability and performance helped us win an NBA Championship and we are grateful for all of his contributions on the court and within our locker room."

As they prepare for Tuesday's opener against Boston, the Cavs also released center Kendrick Perkins, who could join coach Tyronn Lue's staff.

The Hawks chose the 6-foot-10 Agravanis in the second round in 2015. The 22-year-old He has played for Olympiacos in the Greek Basketball League since 2013.

The 6-foot-5 Gladyr was selected by Atlanta with the 49th overall pick in the 2009. He has played the past two seasons in France with AS Monaco Basket. Gladyr also played in the Summer League with the Hawks in 2010 and 2013.

Draymond: Cavs 'didn’t stand a f**king chance' against the Warriors

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Draymond: Cavs 'didn’t stand a f**king chance' against the Warriors

You already know this, but Draymond Green is not afraid to say what's on his mind.

So what does the two-time NBA champion think about the Warriors beating the Cavs in five games in the 2017 NBA Finals?

“They didn’t stand a f**king chance," Draymond told Clay Skipper of GQ back in late June. "It pissed me off we didn’t sweep them, though.”

Well OK then.

If the Warriors swept the Cavs, they would have become the first time in league history to sweep through the playoffs.

But they dropped Game 4 in Cleveland 137-116.

"They (the Cavs) don’t come out and hit twenty-four threes and they’re swept," Draymond said. "And that’s the second best team in the world."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade

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Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade

CLEVELAND -- Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are starting together again.

Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue announced Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland's remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed as a free agent with the Cavs, reuniting with James in Cleveland after the two stars spent four seasons together in Miami. He replaces J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.

Lue said Smith "is fine" with the decision.

Wade and Rose will be joined in Cleveland's starting lineup by James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love, who has moved from power forward to center.

Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland's second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to have the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James.