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Cavaliers waive DeAndre Liggins, then blow 26-point 4th-quarter lead to Hawks

The Cavs sure could have used Liggins’ defense as they were blowing a big lead in Atlanta.

NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a surprising move Sunday by waiving guard DeAndre Liggins.

The former Kentucky Wildcats star has played in 61 games (19 starts) for the Cavs this season, averaging 2.4 points in 12.3 minutes per contest. He was active in four of Cleveland's last five games, but his playing time had dropped off after J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert returned from injuries that allowed Liggins to start for several weeks.

However, just like his time in Lexington, Liggins’ biggest impact has come on the defensive end, where he’s developing into a great NBA defender. That’s what earned him a spot on the Cavs’ roster as final cuts were being made in the preseason.

So of course on the same Sunday that the Cavs waives Liggins, they blow a 26-point fourth quarter lead in Atlanta as the Hawks rallied to a 126-125 win in overtime. Hopefully, Liggins will find a new home very soon.