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Cavs trade Richard Jefferson, Kay Felder to Hawks

Cavs to trade Jefferson, Felder to Hawks
Cavs to trade Jefferson, Felder to Hawks
Posted at 11:21 AM, Oct 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-14 11:54:43-04

Their roster overloaded, the Cavaliers are trading Richard Jefferson and Kay Felder to save money.

Cleveland has agreed to send Jefferson, Felder, two second-round draft picks and $3 million to the Atlanta Hawks in a move that will allow the Eastern Conference champions to avoid paying $12 million in luxury tax penalties, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Friday.

In return, the Cavs have acquired the draft rights to forward Dimitrios Agravanis and guard Sergey Gladyr, the Cavs said in a news release on Saturday. 

Jefferson and Felder were both on Cleveland’s bench for Friday night’s exhibition finale at Orlando. Jefferson did not return to the sideline for the second half, but Felder did. Neither logged any minutes.

Derrick Rose, who joined the team this offseason, said he was unaware Jefferson and Felder had been traded.

“Wow,” Rose said upon hearing of the deal. “My journey is different but it’s a business and I understand it. While they were here they were great guys.”

Cleveland’s roster filled up quickly after the club also signed Dwyane Wade, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon during the offseason. The Cavs needed to clear two roster spots before Tuesday’s season opener and they’ve been looking for a team to do business with for several weeks.

The 37-year-old Jefferson spent two seasons with Cleveland, which signed him as a free agent in 2015. He was a key contributor during the 2016 championship season, coming off the bench to provide an offensive spark. He appeared in 79 games last season, averaging 5.7 points in 20.4 minutes.

Felder was selected in the second round of the 2016 draft. He played in 42 games for Cleveland last season, averaging 4.0 points.

Any chance Felder had of working his way into the rotation ended when the Cavs signed Rose and Calderon, who will handle the team’s point guard duties while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a back injury.

“These situations and decisions are some of the toughest to be in and have to make. Certainly, both RJ and Kay are two guys we also wanted to have here with us this season," said Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman.
 
"RJ embodies all of the things you could want in a veteran player and teammate. His consistent success at a very high level over many years is a reflection of the kind of high quality player and person he is. His steady leadership, great attitude, dependability and performance helped us win an NBA Championship and we are grateful for all of his contributions on the court and within our locker room. Kay is a young, hard-working, talented player who has the potential for a bright and long future in this league as well. His daily dedication and hard work are going to help him greatly.”
 
“We thank RJ and Kay and wish them the very best as they move on to the next chapter of their NBA careers."