The Cavaliers have been active in the trade market for the past few days trying to find a taker for veteran and currently injured big man Chris “Birdman” Andersen.
Andersen appeared in 12 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds in 9 minutes per game and his season and career potentially may be over after he tore his ACL in December.
On Tuesday they found a taker and dealt Birdman to the Charlotte Hornets along with cash considerations for a conditional 2nd round pick.
Cavs have traded Chris Andersen to Charlotte. Move clears a roster spot to add additional players. Cavs sent cash in deal as well.
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 13, 2017
The reason Cleveland felt the need to deal Andersen was to free up a roster spot to acquire another player whether through a trade or in free agency.
They recently signed Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract after he was waived by the Miami Heat and it seems as though he will have a role and remain with the team for the rest of the season.
In order for them to acquire another free agent guard or a guard in a deal involving a draft pick, they needed to clear another roster spot.
The Hornets have already announced that they will waive Andersen because of his injury and being on the final year of his contract.
After a 14-year career and a few NBA championships as a member of the Miami Heat, at the age of 38 and dealing with a torn ACL and no NBA employer, it appears Birdman may have taken his final flight on an NBA court.