McRae was waived Wednesday by the Cavaliers. With the Cavaliers poised to sign Andrew Bogut once he clears waivers at 5:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, the team needed to preemptively open up a roster spot, and McRae was the chosen casualty. The Cavaliers had been looking to find a trade suitor for McRae for much of the season, but after failing to move him, the second-year guard can now be claimed by any team over the next two days before becoming a free agent. McRae, who averaged 4.4 points and 1.1 rebounds in 10.4 minutes per game over 37 appearances with the Cavaliers this season, could generate interest from a club looking to add a developmental prospect to its backcourt.
McRae will start at the shooting guard slot for Thursday's tilt against the Thunder, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports. DeAndre Liggins was originally named the starter, but he apparently injured his tooth sometime between the original lineup announcement and tipoff. McRae has only played in five of the Cavaliers' last ten contests, collecting DNPs by coach Lue's hand. In the past five games that he took the floor for, McRae averaged 4.2 points on 53.3 percent shooting across 12.0 minutes per game. He'll likely head back to the bench once Liggins is healthy.
McRae (coach's decision) didn't play in Wednesday's 116-112 loss to the Kings. McRae enjoyed a productive three-game stint as the starting point guard from Dec. 31 through Jan. 4 when Kyrie Irving (hamstring) was sitting out, but the second-year guard has since dropped out of coach Tyronn Lue's rotation. He has failed to play more than seven minutes in any game in more than two weeks, and hasn't seen the floor at all in any of the Cavs' last three contests. McRae will need another injury to Irving in order to gain much relevance in deeper leagues.
McRae scored 21 points (7-15 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT) with three rebounds, two assists and two blocks over 33 minutes in Wednesday's 106-94 loss to the Bulls. Wednesday marked McRae's second career start as he once again filled in for the injured Kyrie Irving, and he managed to make the most of it, scoring a career-high 21 points. It was his second 20-plus point game in his last three contests, and they both happened to be the only two games McRae recorded over 30 minutes of action. Despite his success, the Tennessee product will probably be returning to the bench soon since Irving appears to be on the mend after participating in the Cavs' morning shootaround on Wednesday.
McRae will start Monday against New Orleans, Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports. McRae will receive his second straight start due to Kyrie Irving (hamstring) suffering from hamstring tightness. During Saturday's 121-109 win against the Hornets, McRae recorded 20 points, four rebounds, and one assist within 31 minutes of play.
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