The future is now for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they will be starting the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft point guard Kyrie Irving as they used their “NBA Amnesty Clause” and released veteran Baron Davis on Wednesday night. The “Cleveland Plain Dealer” has reported that the club decided to put Davis on waivers; although they will have to pay the point guard $28 million for the two remaining years on his contract it will not count against the team’s salary cap.
Davis has a bulging disc in his back and could miss up to the next three months. However the Lakers, Knicks and Heat are all reportedly interested in signing the former All-Star after he clears waivers. “The Baron” came to the Cavaliers back in February in the same deal that got them the draft pick from the Los Angeles Clippers that landed them Irving. Cleveland still has three other point guards on their roster with Irving, as well as veterans Daniel Gibson and Ramon Sessions.
The move puts Cleveland under the cap giving them $7 million to bring more talent on the squad. They also have until Friday to use the $14.5 million exception that they acquired when LeBron James signed with the Miami Heat last year. If they do not use it by then the exception will expire. After releasing Davis, Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant told reporters “We want to thank Baron for his professionalism while he was here.This move gives us additional flexibility this year and next and that’s one characteristic that we have looked at as we move forward with this team.”