Felder, 22, was a second-round draft pick last year. Cleveland paid $2.5 million just for the right to draft him.
In return, the Cavs are getting the draft rights to Europeans Dimitrios Agravanis and Sergii Gladyr. But this deal was made solely to clear roster space and save cash in salary and luxury tax penalties. It#8217;s a $12 million savings for the Cavs.
#8220;It#8217;s a tough situation,#8221; coach Tyronn Lue said. #8220;These are the hard times of being a coach. Of having to deal with situations like this. It#8217;s definitely tough and just trying to figure it out.#8221;
Cleveland was to play the Orlando Magic in the preseason finale at 7 p.m., and both players were told they are not playing tonight because they are being traded, two sources said.
As far as draft choices go, the Hawks will get a 2019 second rounder from either the Lakers or Timberwolves #8212; whichever is worse #8212; and a 2020 pick from the Trailblazers that is so protected Atlanta will likely never get the pick.