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Kenny Kadji, Henry Sims battling for big spot on Cavaliers' roster

By Jason Lloyd Published: October 9, 2013

INDEPENDENCE: Kenny Kadji had the better stat line, but that doesn't necessarily mean he has pulled ahead of Henry Sims in competition for the final "big" spot on the roster.

Kadji had 15 points and five rebounds in 12 1/2 minutes Tuesday, while Sims had 4 points and a rebound in 6 1/2 minutes, but Cavs coach Mike Brown turned to Sims first and didn't play Kadji until the second half.

Brown said not to read too much into his decision to go to Sims first, he just needed a center in the game to play alongside Anthony Bennett and Tyler Zeller was unavailable. Sims is more of a natural center than Kadji, but Brown thought Kadji could play center despite being more of a power forward.

Where does all of this leave DeSagana Diop? Behind. That was obvious when Brown played him for the game's final 3 1/2 minutes, yet that was all it took for Diop to look exhausted. It doesn't look as if he has much of an NBA career left.

If the Cavs fall in love with both Kadji and Sims, they could keep both of them -- likely at the expense of a third point guard like Matthew Dellavedova. It's probably more realistic to think Sims and Kadji are battling for one spot on the roster.

As for Kadji, he said he received more than 50 text messages following Tuesday's game. His favorite, he said, came from his mother, Annie.

"You're still not very good," she told him. Now that's motherly love.

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