Cavs point guard Baron Davis was diagnosed with a herniated L2-3 disc in his back and remains sidelined indefinitely as Friday's amnesty deadline looms. In addition, Manny Harris will miss two weeks with a burn on his right foot from an accident at the Nike facility in Oregon he suffered before training camp began.
The injuries may put their roster spots in peril. Without counting any camp invites, the Cavs have 16 players under contract and must release one prior to the Dec. 24 deadline to set rosters for the regular season. Harris has yet to practice with his teammates, but was out shooting after practice Wednesday during the portion the media is allowed to watch. Scott is hopeful Harris can return to practice sometime next week, ahead of the official diagnosis.
"It's hard when you have all these other guys out here on the floor and he's not on the floor," Scott said. "I want him to be able to get out there because it would be a shame to have to let go of a guy that hasn't had his chance to fight for his job. But the bottom line is when we have to make decisions, we're going to make the decisions for the best of this team."
Harris was an undrafted rookie free agent last year and is still working on a non-guaranteed contract. Scott said Davis initially injured the back prior to camp and felt it tighten on the first day of workouts last Friday.
Both players may have made it back to the court by now if not for the lockout, which left team training facilities and medical staffs off-limits to players.
"If there wasn't a lockout, he'd probably be a whole lot better," Scott said of Davis. "But it is what it is. The lockout happened, we couldn't have our hands on our players and when you do that, a lot of times things hit you when it's over that you're not really ready for."
Scott insisted the Cavs haven't yet decided what to do with Davis, although the deadline is two days away. When asked directly if he wants Davis on the team, Scott said he wants what's best for everyone.
"I love Baron, but I also want the best for him and the best for this team and the organization," Scott said. "Whatever we do is fine with me."