Power forward Kevin Jones and point guard Chris Quinn are both out with concussions, leaving Cleveland without two NBA veterans — and two members of its 2012-13 roster — for the duration of the event.
The seventh-seeded Cavaliers will have 11 players in uniform at Cox Pavilion for their
4 p.m. game against No. 10 seed San Antonio. Both squads went 2-1 in the preliminary round of the 22-team competition.
If Cleveland wins, it advances to the round of 16 and faces either Chicago, New York or Miami on Saturday at 4 p.m. If the Cavaliers lose, they will play Friday at 8 p.m. against either the Los Angeles Lakers or Milwaukee.
Jones appeared in 32 games as a rookie, averaging 3.0 points after making the Cavaliers as an undrafted rookie out of West Virginia. Quinn was signed late in the season and scored 10 points in seven games while backing up All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving and Shaun Livingston.
Jones and Quinn are under non-guaranteed contracts for the upcoming season, putting them squarely on the bubble if Cleveland acquires other free agents.
One player on the Cavaliers’ wish list is small forward Mike Miller, who was waived Tuesday by the Miami Heat under the NBA’s amnesty policy. He will be paid the remainder of his two-year, $12.8 million contract, but it will not count against Miami’s overflowing salary cap.
Cleveland has attempted to trade for 3-point specialist Miller on at least two occasions during his 13-year career, and is strongly considering claiming him off amnesty waivers, according to league sources cited by Yahoo Sports.
Miller, 33, will be awarded to the team that submits the highest blind bid to the NBA office by 5 p.m. today.
The Cavaliers are also expected to sign unrestricted free agent Andrew Bynum to a two-year, $24 million contract this afternoon. The former Lakers and 76ers center is scheduled to ink the deal at Cleveland Clinic Courts, but his introductory press conference could be delayed by a day or two.