With the NBA season just three days away from opening, teams continue to trim down their rosters to the mandatory 15-man mark. On Saturday night, the Dallas Mavericks, New Orleans Pelicans, and Cleveland Cavaliers all made moves that got them closer to having the 15 they will begin their season with.
For the Mavericks, the team released guards Kyle Collinsworth, Jonathan Gibson, Keith Hornsby, and C.J. Williams, as well as forward Jaleel Cousins. The trio of Collinsworth, Hornsby, and Cousins, were all un-drafted rookies who had strong final seasons at their respective schools last season. Collinsworth was a perennial triple-double threat while at BYU, breaking the all-time NCAA record with 12 such instances. Hornsby averaged over 13 points per game each of his last two seasons at LSU. Cousins is the younger brother of Kings superstar, DeMarcus, and averaged 8.5 points and 7.9 rebounds during his senior season at South Florida.
For the Pelicans, the team released guard Quinn Cook and forward Quincy Ford. Cook is a former National Championship winning guard as a member of the 2015 Duke Blue Devils and is the reigning NBA D-League Rookie of the Year, after averaging 19.6 points and 5.4 assists per game. Ford was an un-drafted free agent out of Northeastern who played with the Utah Jazz’s Summer League team earlier this year.
For the Cavaliers, they waived guard John Holland, who made his NBA debut last season by playing a single minute for the Boston Celtics after going un-drafted in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Boston University. He has also appeared on the Puerto Rican National Team that won a Silver Medal at the 2013 FIBA Americas Championship.