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Cavs trade 'Birdman' Andersen to Hornets, who release him

Posted February 13

FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2016, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers' Chris Andersen (00) shoots against the Toronto Raptors during an NBA pre-season basketball game in Cleveland. The Cavaliers traded injured center Chris Andersen and cash to the Charlotte Hornets for a protected second-round draft pick. The move made Monday, Feb. 13, 2017, opens a roster spot for Cleveland and gives the NBA champions another asset to use for future deals. (AP Photo/Phil Long, File)

— The Cavaliers traded injured center Chris Andersen and cash to the Charlotte Hornets for a protected top-55 second-round draft pick.

Monday's move opens a roster spot for Cleveland and gives the defending NBA champions another asset to use for future deals.

In a subsequent move, the Hornets immediately announced they waived Andersen.

Andersen, best known for his tattoos and hustle on the floor, suffered a season-ending injury to his right knee during practice on Dec. 16 and underwent surgery. The 38-year-old nicknamed Birdman has remained with the club during his rehab.

Cavs general manager David Griffin has been re-tooling his roster, dealing for shooting specialist Kyle Korver and signing forward Derrick Williams to a 10-day contract. It's a safe bet that Griffin will make additional moves as the Cavs try to defend their title.

The NBA trading deadline is Feb. 23.

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