Cleveland Melvin Rumors

On Tuesday, the Erie BayHawks announced that they had waived Chris Smith, brother of Knicks’ swingman J.R. Smith. As it just so happens, Smith’s roster spot won’t go unoccupied for all too long. According to a source, has learned that Erie has claimed former DePaul star Cleveland Melvin from the D-League Player Pool. Despite leaving DePaul earlier this year, Melvin had only continued to build on what was an impressive collegiate career through 20 games this season as well. En route to averaging 16.7 points per contest, the forward had emerged as a long-range shooting threat, able to help his team spread the floor. He was shooting a career-high 47% from downtown, and was swatting away 1.6 blocks per game — also a career high.