Liggins was likely just an extra piece in the trade to make the financials work out between both the Clippers and Rockets. It remains to be seen if the Clippers will ultimately keep him on the roster for the 2017-18 campaign, as his contract isn't currently guaranteed. If he does, however, stick with the Clippers, Liggins would likely be nothing but a deep reserve behind the likes of Lou Williams and Jamal Crawford at shooting guard. The Clippers could also add another piece during the upcoming free agency, which further complicates Liggins' eventual role with the team.
The Mavs opted against picking up Liggins' option for next season, but he's still able to be traded before the free agency singing period, which begins Saturday morning. A defensive-minded guard, Liggins has bounced around between Orlando, Oklahoma City, Miami, Cleveland and Dallas since entering the league in 2011, but he's yet to find a permanent home, due in part to his struggles on the offensive end. While the Rockets likely won't commit to Liggins long-term, management apparently views him as a valuable enough piece to warrant a trade and prevent him from receiving other offers as a free agent.
Liggins' option will not be picked up by the Mavericks, Tim MacMahon of ESPN reports.
This decision is unsurprising, as Liggins played in just the final two games of the season with the club. He was signed due to a plethora of injured and rested players. The Kentucky product played 79 games with the Cavaliers before ultimately being waived. He finished the season with an average of 2.4 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.9 assists, and 0.7 steals across 12.3 minutes per game.
Liggins will be available for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies, Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News reports.
After he was claimed off waivers by the Mavericks on Tuesday, Liggins didn't end up seeing the floor later that evening in the team's loss to the Nuggets, but he was part of the contingent that traveled to Memphis for the season finale. With the Mavericks ruling out five players for the contest, Liggins should make his team debut Wednesday and see a decent amount of run off the bench. Liggins' contract isn't fully guaranteed for 2017-18, so he'll be viewing Wednesday's game as an opportunity to stake his claim to a roster spot heading into training camp next fall.
Liggins was waived by the Cavaliers over the weekend so the team could sign Dahntay Jones, and he'll now join the Mavericks. The swingman's deal isn't fully guaranteed for 2017-18, so it's a low-risk move for the Mavericks to bring him aboard and see if he can crack the roster in training camp next fall. The Mavericks play Tuesday against the Nuggets and Wednesday against the Grizzlies before the season draws to a close, and it's unclear if Liggins will play in either contest.
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