DECEMBER 21: The Cavaliers have officially signed Kornet and Anderson to 10-day deals, the team announced today in a press release.
DECEMBER 19: The Cavaliers are targeting big man Luke Kornet and forward Justin Anderson for potential 10-day contracts, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic (Twitter link). Cleveland would use hardship exceptions to sign the two NBA veterans, who are both currently playing in the G League with separate teams.
The news comes in the wake of Jarrett Allen, Lamar Stevens, Dylan Windler, Denzel Valentine and RJ Nembhard all entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols on Sunday. In addition to those five players, Evan Mobley and Isaac Okoro are also in the protocols for Cleveland.
Kornet, a 7’2″ center, holds NBA experience with the Knicks, Bulls and Celtics. In 10 games for the Maine Celtics this season, the 26-year-old has averaged 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds and 27.4 minutes, shooting 51% from the floor.
Anderson, a five-year veteran, has made stops with the Mavericks, Sixers, Hawks and Nets. In his 11 games with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, he’s averaged 14.3 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He was also the No. 21 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
The Cavaliers are 19-12 and didn’t have enough players for their game against Atlanta on Sunday, causing the contest to be postponed. The team is still going through the re-testing process, according to Charania. As of Sunday night, the league has over 60 players in its health and safety protocols.