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Cavaliers waive DeAndre Liggins, reportedly considering signing Anderson Varejao

Joel Embiid, DeAndre Liggins, Kevin Love

Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, tries to get around Cleveland Cavaliers’ DeAndre Liggins, center, and Kevin Love during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)


The Cleveland Cavaliers announced on Sunday that they had waived guard DeAndre Liggins. The Cavaliers informed Liggins of their decision after he had made the trip with the team to Atlanta for Sunday’s matchup.

News of Liggins’ release has sparked speculation around both motive for the move and who might be next to fill the Cavaliers’ open roster spot.

Via Twitter:

Cleveland is apparently considering signing former Cavalier Anderson Varejao. Starting center Tristan Thompson has been out with a sprained thumb, but the Cavaliers have not played veteran big man Larry Sanders meaningful minutes since he was added in March.

You can never have enough redundancy in the playoffs, but Cleveland might not be too hot on Varejao. The 34-year-old didn’t look brilliant in his time with the Golden State Warriors this past season.

Still, there’s slim pickings for the Cavaliers at this time. They can’t sign any player who was waived after March 1 if they want them to be eligible for the playoffs, and they have to sign someone soon before the regular season ends and the playoff rosters are set.