Cavs waive Hamilton, avoid paying full season salary

Updated: January 5, 2006, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

Zendon Hamilton

CLEVELAND -- Backup center Zendon Hamilton was waived Thursday by the Cleveland Cavaliers hours before the club would have had to pay his full $719,000 salary for the season.

Hamilton averaged 2.3 points and 4.2 minutes in 11 games for the Cavs, who signed him to a non-guaranteed contract before the season. Cavs coach Mike Brown said there was a possibility Hamilton could re-join the club on a 10-day contract.

Before playing the Houston Rockets, the club also activated forward Sasha Pavlovic, who has been out since spraining his left ankle during practice last month. Pavlovic is averaging 1.9 points in 12 games this season.

The 30-year-old Hamilton played in 45 games for Philadelphia last season. He has also played for Toronto, Denver and the Los Angeles Clippers.

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