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NBA teams can send down their first- or second-year players. Two Cavs fall into that category: forwards Danny Green and Christian Eyenga. A 2009 first-round pick of the Cavaliers, Eyenga signed with them this past week. He averaged 11.4 points in five NBA Summer League games in Las Vegas this month. Green, a 2009 second-round pick, finished his rookie year with Cleveland this past season. “We don’t know what’s going to happen,” Grant said. “We can’t predict injuries or what may happen in the future, but the fact that the teams are so close together certainly helps and it sets up a standard for a relationship that can work both ways.”
Clearly, Grant hasn’t had time to address how the Cavs will continue their relationship with Erie. That’s OK. He plans to make sure the two sides maintain the strong connection they’ve had since Cleveland became an NBA affiliate of the BayHawks in 2008. “The relationship will remain the same,” Grant said during a telephone interview. “We have a strong belief in the BayHawks and the system that’s in place with the (D-League). “We’re proud to be associated with the Erie BayHawks,” he said, “We look forward to continuing the relationship, continuing to grow and expand and support the Erie BayHawks as much as we can.”