The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Wednesday evening that they have waived training camp invites Tasmin Mitchell and Cedric Jackson, reducing their roster to 17 players including fellow training camp invitees Manny Harris, Samardo Samuels and Loren Woods as well as 2009 second round pick Danny Green, whose contract is fully unguaranteed for the upcoming season if waived before opening day.
Mitchell, a 6-foot-7 combo forward out of Louisiana State University, went undrafted in this year's draft but almost immediately decided to sign with the Cavaliers for Summer League where he played all five games and averaged 5.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.2 steals in just over 20 minutes of action.
Jackson, a bit of a surprise for the NBA Development League's Erie BayHawks last season, earned call-ups with the Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs before finishing the season with Washington Wizards. I've never been his strongest supporter, but his D-League averages of 16.4 points, 7.4 assists, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 steals from the point guard spot are nothing to scoff at - though his shooting 42% from the field and 27% from beyond the arc is something at which I'd consider scoffing.
I would consider both strong possibilities to end up with the Cavaliers' D-League affiliate Erie BayHawks this season under the new D-League allocation rule - especially Jackson, who obviously knows how valuable it was to him last season to play in the Cavaliers system because I don't know that he would have received the Spurs and Wizards call-ups had he not first been put on the radar with the Cleveland call-up.
As far as the remaining cuts, I'm going to assume that Woods and Green will eventually be released for the Cavaliers to get down to the 15-player maximum roster limit.