Having already agreed to a blockbuster trade today, the Rockets have officially made a much smaller deal, acquiring DeAndre Liggins from the Mavericks in exchange for cash considerations. The Mavs confirmed the move in a press release.
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Liggins, 29, spent the majority of the 2016/17 season with the Cavaliers, appearing in 61 games (19 starts) for the team. However, Cleveland waived him during the last week of the regular season, and Liggins was claimed off waivers by the Mavs.
A report earlier this week indicated that the Mavs intended to decline their team option on Liggins, but it appears that option was exercised after all in order to complete this deal. Liggins’ salary for the 2017/18 season remains mostly non-guaranteed, making him a useful trade chip.
The Rockets will acquire Liggins using their excess cap room, which means the team could turn around and trade him again right away. It looks like Liggins may be used as a piece to help make the salaries work in Houston’s Chris Paul acquisition, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see the former Kentucky guard flipped and included in that deal.