HoopsHype Lester Hudson rumors

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Lester Hudson update: Opposing team executive saw my tweet earlier and says he's heard Warriors interested. Also, speculated they may have interest in Leandro Barbosa. Suns could be interested in both too, exec added. Sulia

July 27, 2012 Updates

Spoke with representatives for former Cavs & Grizzlies guard Lester Hudson on Thursday. Hudson, an unrestricted free agent, has drawn interest from several teams, said Tyler Glass -- although Glass politely declined to elaborate. "The conversations were in confidence," Glass said. "But we feel good (about chances of Hudson getting signed before start of training camp)." Sulia

Hudson was surprised he wasn't signed for the entire season by Cavs. He signed a 10-day contract in late March, then received a second 10-day after averaging 12.7 points, hitting a couple big shots and inspiring Cavs owner Dan Gilbert to offer praise via Twitter. But the Cavs cut ties with Hudson after the second 10-day, and he finished the year by playing three games for the Grizzlies. Hudson scored 9 points on 3-6 shooting in his return to CLE on April 24. The Thunder are said to be among the teams interested. No word on the Cavs or Grizzlies. Sulia

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Lester Hudson left the Cavaliers this week after the expiration of his second 10-day contract because, according to sources close to the situation, Hudson didn't want to sign a deal with a team option for next season, as Cleveland preferred, unless he was receiving more guaranteed money in 2012-13. Such contracts are commonplace around the league on late-season signings. Among the recent players to sign such two-year deals -- which are offered to give teams an extra trade chip as much as anything because the second year of the contract is not fully guaranteed -- are Boston's Sean Williams; Charlotte's Jamario Moon; Houston's Courtney Fortson and Diamon Simpson; and the Cavaliers' Manny Harris and Donald Sloan. ESPN.com

April 20, 2012 Updates

The Grizzlies signed free agent guard Lester Hudson, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Hudson (6-3, 190) averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.2 minutes in 13 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season after signing the first of two 10-day contracts on March 30. The 27-year-old poured in 24.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 2.00 steals in 32.4 minutes over a three-game tear from April 6-10, including a career-high 26-point performance on April 8 at New Jersey. NBA.com

When that contract expired on Thursday, Glass and Hudson chose not to re-sign with the Cavaliers. Instead, they signed for the rest of the season with the Grizzlies, Hudson’s hometown team. “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,” Glass said. “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.” Akron Beacon Journal

The Cavaliers did not offer any guaranteed dollars for next season, but neither did the Grizzlies. Instead, the Cavs offered to sign Hudson for the rest of this season and offered him a non-guaranteed deal for next season. It’s similar to the deals signed by Manny Harris and Donald Sloan. Glass, however, wasn’t interested. “We just didn’t feel like giving up a year of his freedom for eight days,” Glass said. Akron Beacon Journal

A league source said the Cavs tried to keep Hudson the rest of the season. Apparently, the crux of the matter was they weren't willing to give him guaranteed money for next year. He's listed at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds, but in reality, he's a shade over 6-foot. Even though he can play both guard spots, he's more of a shooting guard. News-Herald

April 19, 2012 Updates

Guard Lester Hudson will not finish the season with the Cavaliers. Hudson, whose second 10-day contract expired on Wednesday, likely is heading to another team, although it was not clear yet where. His agent, Tyler Glass, said he had been pressing the Cavs to sign Hudson for the rest of the season before his second 10-day contract ran out. The Cavs were interested, but on their timetable, and the two sides were unable to reach agreement on Thursday. Cleveland Plain Dealer

April 9, 2012 Updates

As expected, the the short-handed Cavaliers signed guard Lester Hudson to a second 10-day contract, Cavs general manager Chris Grant announced Monday. Although they could have signed him for the rest of the season _ and eventually may do that _ the Cavs opted for a second 10-day to remain flexible in case any of their injured players are able to return. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Jason Lloyd: To the surprise of no one, Byron Scott said he expects #Cavs to re-sign Lester Hudson tomorrow. His 10-day deal expires tonight. Twitter

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