Ryan Hollins was released by the Cavs on Tuesday in a surprising move that culminated quickly.
Hollins was the starting center just last week, but coach Byron Scott replaced him with rookie Tristan Thompson over the weekend and Thompson had his best game as a pro in Monday's win over New Jersey.
Hollins, 27, will be a free agent after the season and had only a month remaining on his contract. The Cavs bought him out, but Hollins' 7-foot frame and athleticism could get him claimed by another team looking for a big man for a postseason run. He only has about $600,000 remaining on his contract.
Hollins averaged 3.7 points and 2.3 rebounds this season. The Cavs' roster now stands at 14. Although former Cav J.J. Hickson was waived on Monday, it's not believed the Cavs will pursue him with their open roster spot.
A message left with Hollins on Tuesday was not returned.