Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) – A good nights rest went a long way for Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, who has had a change of heart as to playing a couple of his new players against the Bucks tonight.
Scott announced after shootaround that new forward/center Marreese Speights and guard Wayne Ellington could see playing time vs Milwaukee.
The announcement comes just 24 hours after Scott declared that the new Cavaliers would have to wait till Tuesday to take the floor.
So why the change of mind?
“I’ve always had the ruling that you had to have at least one practice, but that rule was for guys who were injured,” Scott explained. “So I said ‘you know what, they were not injured, they were traded,’ so they are both available to play tonight.”
Speights comes to the Cavs, now his third team in just five seasons, after appearing in 40 games for Memphis, putting up 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest.
“Cleveland’s always been a team that I wanted to come to, and they always wanted me to come to,” Speights said. “I’m excited to be here and excited for this young team.”
The Cavs have been looking for a big man to help out since the loss of Anderson Varejao, and they feel that Speights can fill the void.
“Just his size can help us,” Scott said. “Then the fact he’s a guy that can make shots from the outside, he’s a little bit bigger than I thought he was size-wise, which is good, because we need that size.”
Ellington comes to the Cavs after playing in 40 games for Memphis, starting five, and putting up 5.5 points per game to go along with 1.3 rebounds in 16.9 minutes.
“I think I am a pretty smart player, like to play the game the right way,” Ellington said. “I have a winning mindset, so I think I can help in those areas.”
The puzzle for Scott will be to find playing time for Ellington, as he’s already got C.J. Miles to back up Dion Waiters at the two, or vice versa depending on who he plans on starting.
Miles, who missed Tuesday’s win over Boston with a virus, was on the floor for shootaround, but Scott said while he is feeling much better, he’s still a game-time decision.