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Cavaliers release Tarence Kinsey


INDEPENDENCE — The addition of Anthony Parker and Jamario Moon led to the subtraction of Tarence Kinsey.

The Cavaliers on Wednesday waived the 6-6, 189-pounder, who averaged 2.0 points and 0.8 rebounds while playing 5.5 minutes in 50 games last season.

The 25-year-old Kinsey, who previously spent parts of two seasons with the Memphis Grizzlies, is a swingman type like Parker and Moon, both of whom joined the Cavaliers through free agency.

Kinsey, who was charged with driving under the influence in Tampa, Fla., in late June, had a contract for $855,000 for next season, but the money was not guaranteed. Waiving him now increases his chances of finding work with another NBA team.

Kinsey saw mop-up action in nine playoff games in 2009, averaging 0.4 points in 1.2 minutes.

The South Carolina product played well for Cleveland in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, starting all five games and averaging 12.8 points and 4.4 rebounds in 24.2 minutes.

The release of Kinsey leaves the Cavaliers with 12 players under contract. Second-round pick Danny Green, another swingman type, is expected to become the 13th.

Teams can carry as many as 15 players during the regular season, leaving open the possibility the Cavaliers could re-sign a veteran like Wally Szczerbiak or Joe Smith.

Power forward Leon Powe, who won’t be able to play until at least January due to microfracture and ACL surgery, is another possibility.

Contact Rick Noland at (330) 721-4061 or rickn@ohio.net.

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