Cavaliers release deaf reserve center Allred

Updated: October 8, 2008, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

CLEVELAND -- Center Lance Allred, the first legally deaf player in the NBA, was released Wednesday by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He played four minutes in Cleveland's 104-84 exhibition loss to Toronto on Tuesday.

The Cavaliers also released guard Michael Dickerson, who was excused from camp on Oct. 1 for a personal matter.

Allred was signed to a pair of 10-day contracts last March before the team signed him for the remainder of the season in April. He played in three games and averaged 1 point.

Allred, who played in college for two years at Utah before transferring to Weber State, is writing a book about his disability and growing up in a polygamous sect in Utah.

The Cavs said Dickerson expects to pursue a return to the league in the future.


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