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Kings, 76ers, Cavaliers make cuts to finalize rosters

12 December 2012: Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Dahntay Jones (30) rests during the Boston Celtics 117-115 2 overtimes victory over the Dallas Mavericks at the TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
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Another cycle of cuts was made ahead of the Monday deadline to finalize the 15-man roster that teams are allowed to begin the regular season with. As a result, the Sacramento Kings, Philadelphia 76ers and defending NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers have all made cuts to help narrow their respective rosters.

For the Kings, the team has elected to keep troubled point guard Ty Lawson, which meant releasing fellow point guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins as well as forward Lamar Patterson.

Farmar is a decade-long NBA veteran, who was originally selected in the first-round by the Los Angeles Lakers back in 2006, where he would win back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. Cousins is a rookie point guard that the Kings took with the second-to-last pick of the 2016 NBA Draft out of Oklahoma. Patterson is a former honorable mention All-American during his collegiate career at Pitt and appeared in 35 games for the Atlanta Hawks off the bench last season, averaging just over 11 minutes per game.

For the 76ers, the franchise released a quintet of players from their ever rebuilding squad, including guards Cat Barber, Dionte Christmas, Brandon Paul and forwards Shawn Long and James Webb, III. The only one with any NBA experience of the bunch is Christmas, who appeared in 31 games for the Phoenix Suns back in 2013-2014. Barber was a First-team All-ACC and honorable mention All-American last season while playing collegiately at NC State.

For the Cavaliers, Cleveland parted ways with longtime NBA swingman Dahntay Jones. The 13-year veteran played in just one game during the regular season last year before appearing in 15 games during the Cavaliers’ postseason run to a championship. Once a first-round pick of the Boston Celtics back in 2003, Jones finally got the ring that eluded him for his career.

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