The Cavaliers waived guard Manny Harris today in a mild surprise. Harris has missed all of training camp with a burn on his right foot suffered during the lockout and is expected to miss another week or two. The Cavs also waived guard Kenny Hayes, bringing the roster to 15.
Unless they pick up a free agent waived by another team, it would seem Mychel Thompson has made the team as an undrafted rookie.
Harris appeared in 54 games for the Cavs last season (15 starts), averaging 5.9 points and 2.6 rebounds in 17 minutes per game. Like Thompson, Harris was an undrafted free agent last season. He was playing on a non-guaranteed contract this season.
Harris suffered a type of freezer burn on his foot while visiting Nike's facilities in Oregon in November. Team doctors were unable to treat him because of the lockout and Harris initially tried to let the burn heal on its own. He eventually received a cream to rub on it from a physician in Detroit, but by the time he showed up to training camp two weeks ago, Cavs coach Byron Scott knew Harris would be unable to participate in camp.
Scott said following the Wine & Gold scrimmage on Sunday that Harris could still make the team without a training camp, but it didn't happen.
Before the move was made, Scott was asked Thursday if he would be hesitant to waive Harris since he would likely be picked up by another NBA team, while Thompson would return to the Development League.
"The biggest thing right now is who we think is best for the team at this particular point," Scott said.
Clearly they believe that player is Thompson, who averaged 14.6 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior last season at Pepperdine. He might be a better perimeter defender than Harris showed to be last season and Scott has stressed defense throughout this training camp.