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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

Boyer Reed: No decision on whether to sign Lester Hudson to another 10-day deal has been made, but BScott told GM he though Lester "was doing great." Twitter

April 8, 2012 Updates

Guard Lester Hudson has made such an impact on the Cavs he deserves to get signed for the rest of the season, with perhaps an option for next year. He had a career-high 23 points on Friday in Toronto. He's a stat-sheet stuffer, too, with a lot of rebounds and assists. He's worth a longer look. News-Herald

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Hudson qualified academically for his junior year and played well, but he had already failed a grade once before. He was 19 and no longer eligible to play high school basketball. When that was taken away, so was the desire to excel academically. Hudson eventually dropped out of school, believing his basketball career was over. He fell in with the wrong crowds, although he insists he never joined a gang and never took or sold drugs. “If I wanted to, I could,” he said. “But I never thought about selling drugs.” Akron Beacon Journal

He is an undersized shooting guard by NBA standards, but he has totaled 21 points in the Cavs’ past two games. He’s not a natural point guard, although Scott has tried him there in each of the past three games. He isn’t as polished at the point as fellow recent signee Donald Sloan, but Scott has seen enough out of Hudson to know he wants to see more. “He hasn’t been here that long,” Scott said. “Everything he’s learning is on the fly. He makes a couple of mistakes out there when we run certain plays. He’ll run the wrong way, and then all of a sudden he’ll get it and go back the other way.” That’s only natural. Hudson has been running the wrong way, only to later correct himself, all his life. Akron Beacon Journal

March 31, 2012 Updates

It took awhile for the biggest night in Lester Hudson's basketball career to make news. On Nov. 13, 2007, Hudson became the only player in NCAA history to record a quadruple double. He had 25 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals in Tennessee-Martin's 116-74 victory over Central Baptist. "It was a great accomplishment for me," said Hudson, who signed a 10-day contract with the Cavaliers on Friday after averaging 33.6 points a game in China this season. "I don't know how I got it. I was just out there playing hard. I knew I had to get one steal. My coach and the media were telling me, and the guy who did stats said I needed one more steal and one more assist. I got the steal and assist on the same possession." The phone started ringing the next day. "Everybody was calling me -- ESPN and all the magazines," Hudson said. "It was good for me." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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