Acquired during the 2012 NBA Draft along with rookie forward Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kelenna Azubuike was waived by the organization on Sunday according to an official release by the team.
The 28-year-old starred with the Kentucky Wildcats during his college days, but went undrafted in 2005 after leaving school early after his junior season. After paying his dues in the D-League without a guaranteed contract, the quick-footed scoring guard finally caught on with the Golden State Warriors midway through the 2006-07 campaign.
Azubuike played in just one preseason game for the Cavs this fall, and chipped in six points and three rebounds in 14 minutes on the floor. Ultimately the odd man out in Cleveland's loaded backcourt at the moment, Azubuike simply does not offer the same long-term value as a number of the first and second-year players on Cleveland's roster. With three preseason games left to play, head coach Byron Scott's roster now sits at 17 players following Azubuike's dismissal.