As the Cleveland Cavaliers await for the new players to suit up and pass physicals, Cavaliers have signed forward Kaniel Dickens and guard Billy Thomas from the Colorado 14ers of the NBA Development League.
With only six healthy players available after the big blockbuster deal yesterday, per NBA rules, the team must have a minimum of eight healthy players to be able to play.
“I’ve never been in a situation where we called guys up just to be able to play a game,” Cavs guard Eric Snow said after the morning shootaround. “It’s the NBA, I can’t say I’m surprised.”
Dickens was stunned when he got the call while eating lunch in Denver.
“I dropped my fork and my knife, ran out on my bill went home packed some things and made it to the airport,” he said, joking about the bill. “It just happened so fast.”
In 29 games (28 starts), Dickens has averaged 20.4 points on .472 shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 31.3 minutes per game. Thomas is averaging 15.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 27 games (all starts).
The four newest Cavaliers won’t make their debut until Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Q.