On a day during which the Dallas Mavericks are engaging in a great deal of non-basketball fun, they are also engaging in basketball business, having been awarded DeAndre Liggins off waivers from Cleveland.
Liggins played in 61 games (19 starts) this season with the Cavaliers before he was placed on waivers Sunday.
Liggins, who at 29 could be termed a "journeyman,'' has averaged 2.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 0.6 minutes and 9.8 minutes in 118 games over the course of his NBA career with the Orlando, Oklahoma City, Miami and Cleveland.
Liggins, A native of Chicago, was a three-year player at the University of Kentucky.
Liggins (6-6, 209) was originally drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He is playing under the terms of a contract that has a vet’s minimum team option for 2017-18. Liggins has a reputation as an improving outside shooter and a quality perimeter defender, even against quick point guard types.
“Liggs gave us a lot,” coach Tyronn Lue said as quoted by ESPN in explaining the decision to waive him in favor of pursuit of someone who can help Cleveland in the playoffs. “We inserted him into the starting lineup to change our defense to get Kyrie off the ball and to pick up full court, be aggressive defensively -- he was really good for us. Hopefully he gets a chance to go somewhere else and get an opportunity to play.”
Liggins will wear jersey No. 14 for Dallas, and that won't be ceremonial unlike the jersey No. 9 retired Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo will wear tonight during a tribute appearance in the Mavericks' final regular-season home game. Read more about that story here, and discuss the Liggins acquisition here.