The Cavaliers have signed Chris Quinn, who has played in the NBA before and was playing with the Tulsa 66ers in the D-League this season.
Quinn, who is 29, played college basketball at Notre Dame and has played in 234 NBA games with the Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) and the San Antonio Spurs. He has started 12 NBA games and has a career average of 4.6 points and 1.9 assists in 13.8 minute per game.
This season in the D-League, Quinn was averaging 12.7 points, 6.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game, and he was shooting 47.5 percent from the field.
He is also a very good three-point shooter, and ranks among the top 10 all-time three-point shooters for the Heat. Quinn shot 39.7 percent from behind the three-point arc while with the Heat.
So what does this signing mean for the Cavaliers?
First and foremost, Quinn gives the team more depth. With Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters both out with injuries, the Cavaliers have been very short on guards.
Against the Heat on Wednesday night, for example, guards Wayne Ellington and Shaun Livingston both played very well, but the Cavaliers struggled when they were out of the game. Both guards also tired late in the game from playing more minutes than usual.
If Quinn can come in and give the team even just 5 or 10 solid minutes at guard, he can allow the other guards to get some rest and can help the team a great deal. And if he can hit a few three-point shots and spread out the defense, then that will also help the Cavaliers.
As a veteran, Quinn can also be a big asset to the young team. He has been around the league long enough to help players like rookies Waiters and Tyler Zeller, and hopefully his presence will help the team continue to improve.
Quinn likely isn’t going to set the league on fire, but he looks like a good signing for the Cavaliers. Management has been smart about bringing in other players who have become key contributors for the Cavaliers, and now Quinn will get his opportunity to see if he can help the Wine and Gold.