The Cavaliers ended up with an influx of players this year after trading for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizic from the Celtics and later acquiring Dwyane Wade. As a result, Tavares' name has been scratched from the roster ahead of the regular season. He's primarily a shot-blocking presence and could make for a deep reserve pickup for another NBA team or could opt to return to prominence in the G-League.
Tavares fractured a bone in his right hand at practice Thursday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Tavares signed with the Cavs prior to the playoffs, as they needed some more frontcourt depth. He has not seen the court in the playoffs, and was not expected to. The severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Tavares played in one game with the Hawks earlier this season, before being waived at the end of October. He's since spent time with the Raptors 905 of the D-League, playing in 48 games, while averaging 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 2.7 blocks across 23.6 minutes. The 7-foot-3 big man possesses incredible size and should provide the Cavaliers a depth option at center that can rebound and operate as a rim protector. The Cavaliers are expected to release Larry Sanders in the corresponding move.
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