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Cavs claim Livingston, release Sloan; Varejao ruled out vs. Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 25, 2012
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The Cavaliers released Donald Sloan on Tuesday to make room for Shaun Livingston, whom they claimed off waivers from the Washington Wizards.

The Cavaliers’ muddled scenario at backup point guard became a little clearer Tuesday when the team claimed Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Washington Wizards and released Donald Sloan.

The Cavaliers, coincidentally, are in Washington tonight to face the Wizards.

Livingston, 27, is a combo guard who appeared in 17 games for the Wizards (four starts), averaging 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. The 6-foot-7, 175-pound guard was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 draft, but the Cavs will be the fifth team he has played for since the start of the 2008-09 season.

Sloan was signed out of the Development League in March and was averaging 4.1 points and 1.9 assists this season. He was playing on a non-guaranteed contract and knew he was vulnerable to be released at any point.

Also, Anderson Varejao did not travel with the team Tuesday night to Washington and has been ruled out of Wednesday's game. It will mark the fourth consecutive game he will miss despite coach Byron Scott hoping a week of rest would be enough to get him back on the court.

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