Semih Erden is returning to Turkey to play with Anadolu Efes of the Euroleague, the team’s website reported Tuesday. The Cavs did not confirm the report.
Erden, 25, signed a two-year deal with a team option for a third year. He spent two injury-plagued seasons in Cleveland, averaging 3.5 points and 2.6 rebounds in 28 games (nine starts) last season. Coach Byron Scott had high hopes for Erden, but they went relatively unmet.
Scott criticized Erden multiple times last season for not playing hard enough and not giving a strong enough effort. When he was traded from the Boston Celtics to the Cavs two years ago, Erden emphatically denied rumors that he was homesick and wanted to return to Turkey.
Then reports swirled for the past couple of weeks that Erden was returning home to play, reports that his agent denied. Yet that’s where he is going.
The Cavs extended Erden a qualifying offer of about $1 million hours before the midnight deadline Sunday, making him a restricted free agent. The Cavs had the right to match any offer he received, but that obviously only applies to other teams in the NBA. The team would retain his rights should he return to the NBA in the future.
Wes Wilcox, the Cavs’ director of player personnel and the general manager of the Development League’s Canton Charge, is leaving the team to join Danny Ferry’s staff with the Atlanta Hawks.
Wilcox, 33, is expected to be an assistant GM with the Hawks. He joined the Cavs in 2003 as an advance scout.
Teletovic to Nets
Bosnian forward Mirza Teletovic agreed to a three-year deal worth $15.6 million, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. The Cavs were rumored to be in contention to sign him.
He averaged 21.7 points and six rebounds for Caja Laboral of the Euroleague last season.
Jamison visiting Charlotte
Free-agent forward Antawn Jamison is expected to meet with the Charlotte Bobcats soon.
Jamison averaged 17.2 points and 6.3 rebounds last season for the Cavs last season, but he made it clear after the season ended he would not be returning.
He said in January that he was interested in signing with his hometown Bobcats to finish his career there.
Interest in Brandon Roy
A source tells the Associated Press that the Cavaliers are interested in free-agent guard Brandon Roy, who is attempting a comeback.
The Cavs have not yet set up a visit with Roy, said the source who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the sides are only in preliminary discussions. Roy, a three-time All-Star, announced his retirement last season after five seasons with Portland because of chronic knee problems. After sitting out the lockout-condensed season, Roy wants to try and resume his once-promising NBA career.
The Minnesota Timberwolves and other teams have also expressed an interest in Roy.
Roy, 27, averaged 19 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 321 games. He was the No. 6 overall pick in the 2006 draft.
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