Baron Davis was released by the Cavaliers using the amnesty provision on Wednesday night, making him a free agent. The move erases $28 million off the Cavs' cap and can give them roughly $7 million in cap space to use between now and the trade deadline.
A byproduct of the move signals the beginning of the Kyrie Irving era, since Irving will likely take over the starting point guard duties immediately.
"We want to thank Baron for his professionalism while he was here," Cavs General Manager Chris Grant said. "This moves gives us additional flexibility this year and next year and it’s one of the characteristics that we have looked at as we move forward with this team."
Davis averaged 13.9 points and 6.1 assists in 15 games with the Cavs last season (nine starts), but will best be remembered as the piece that landed the Cavs Irving. The Cavs acquired Davis and an unprotected lottery pick from the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline in February for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon. The Cavs spun that pick into Irving atop the draft.
Davis never practiced with the Cavs this season. He arrived with a back injury that was diagnosed today as a herniated L2-3 disc. He is expected to miss a significant amount of time because of the injury.