Lester Hudson's agent, Keith Glass, told the Akron Beacon Journal today that had the Cavaliers guaranteed Hudson's contract for the rest of the year after his initial 10-day deal expired, he would have signed it and would still be in Cleveland. The Cavs instead merely offered Hudson another 10-day pact, despite the guard filling in admirably for an injured Kyrie Irving, and Hudson accepted the deal, played it out and today signed with his hometown Grizzlies.
“If 10 days ago, they had just done what I thought they should’ve done, which was guarantee the rest of the year, he would’ve signed it and been there. The way the league works, the way the world works, the word is leverage. I guess they had the leverage 10 days ago and we had some yesterday," Glass said.
Both teams offered Hudson non-guaranteed contracts for next year, and because Hudson chose Memphis, they will control his rights in the offseason.