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Ryan Hollins Waived by Cavaliers

The enigmatic era of Ryan Hollins’ career in Cleveland has come to an end. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that they have officially waived the 27 year old center.

Hollins was acquired along with Ramon Sessions from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Delonte West trade. An extremely athletic big man who was thought to be capable of running the open court, the Cavaliers had hope that he would be a natural fit in Byron Scott’s offense. Unfortunately, the big man never was able to put together the type of consistent output and/or growth to warrant regular playing time.

Hollins, who played college ball at UCLA, seemed rejuvenated when the Cavaliers acquired fellow-Bruin Baron Davis last season, and there was some optimism that Hollins would make the leap this season. Davis was amnestied before the season started, though, and Hollins never showed the same energy and signs of life that he showed last season. As frustration with fans and coaches grew, it lead to this scenario today where the team has parted ways with Ryan, likely to maintain roster flexibility. The Cavaliers’ roster currently stands at 14 now.

[Time Machine: Remember when Ryan Hollins taunted Charlie Villanueva into a lather?]

  • mgbode

    “The Cavaliers’ roster currently stands at 14 now.”

    well, JJ Hickson > Ryan Hollins anyway, right?
    i mean what else could we be clearing roster space for?  makes too much sense.

  • BrownsFanSF

    I love Byron Scott.  If you’re a big, you play tough or you sit.  The JJ Hickson move and the Hollins waiving shows Grant is on board with it too

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Made sense after the season Parker is next, I hope.

  • Harv 21

    Dear Ryan,

    You’re a fine person and God in his infinite wisdom gave you the body and athletecism of a legit NBA center in an era devoid of such creatures. Despite this, we’re attempting to create a culture of hard work and high expectations here, and would rather use the last 20 games to take a flyer on some D-league klutz willing to give some effort, pay attention and attempt to box out and rebound. We’ll be following your future career with the greatest of interest.

    Sincerely, Chris Grant and Byron Scott

  • Hypno_Toad

    From what I hear Byron and JJ didn’t get along well when JJ was here, I don’t see it happening.

  • BrownsFanSF

    Interesting point.  Plus now Byron/Grant can say “See what happens when you don’t listen?  Don’t make us trade you back to someplace awful!”

  • mgbode

    I like that.  Looks like JJ is going to sign with GS though.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I love it.  Play hard and practice hard, or else you get cut.  Hollins is 7 feet tall with fantastic athleticism and a solid jump shot.  You would think someone with those abilities would stick to what they do well and make a career out of it, but instead Hollins fancies himself as a shot-blocker who can get baskets inside… he can do neither of those things.  I’m not sure I’ve ever seen another player of his size get blocked so much or whiff on blocking a shot as often as him.  I imagine that 6’8″ Samardo Samuels destroys him in practice.

  • Roosevelt

    Hollins is a very poor man’s Javale McGee. Except he’s older. 

  • hutch058

    Peace out Ryan!!

  • BrownsFanSF

    Good move for him.  I don’t think Bogut is coming back this year, so besides Lee they have literally no bigs (unless you actually count Biedrins as a “basketball player”), so it is probably his best chance to get back into a rotation.

  • Tsunami

    Hollins played hard.  To say he didn’t is being dishonest.  The guy isn’t a good NBA player but he always played hard.  Not sure why Cavs fans pile on him so much.  They say they want to lose games so they can get a draft pick but they want the guys to give effort.  Hollins gives you BOTH – yet every Cavs fans talks so much crap about him.  Saddens me. We’ve had plenty of guys way more talented that didn’t play hard.  I for one, will miss Hollins.  Although I don’t think this is a bad basketball move.

  • I agree on Byron Scott. I like the fact that he’s secure enough in his position to hold players accountable who don’t try hard. Wasn’t sure what the Cavs were getting when they hired him, but I like his approach.

    It’s interesting, though, that according to today’s PD there are still several players on the team that don’t even know the playbook.

    Could you imagine the uproar if it came out that, three-quarters of the way through the season, there were Browns players who didn’t now the plays?

  • or if a 3rd string QB never got the weekly game plans?

  • DontbringLBJback

    He did play hard sometimes, but he had no growth from last season to this one, he was often out of position on Defense, was always being called for moving screens, and with his size and quickness he has no excuse to be so poor at the pick and roll.  I think the JJ Hickson comparison is not a very good one though.  JJ had some games where he took over.  Most teams in the NBA thought JJ was going to be a serious baller once he developed a little more, and maybe he still could show us something… he’s only 23.  Hollins is 27, and his career will continue, but he will not be anything more than a reserve for mediocre teams. 

  • Garry_Owen

    Nice.  We just got Dabolled

  • Lyon25

    Yeah, who the hell actually expects their 7 ft C to grab more than 2 rebounds in a game? 

  • porkchopexpress

    I’m not prepared for this, when the end comes they say you never are.  I knew next season was a long shot for me and “Holly” but I thought we had these 20 games for me to cherish.  Whether I was watching him not understand how to set a pick and take a foul flailing wildly at a passing defender, or get beaten for a rebound by a man 8 inches shorter who understood footwork and positioning, I felt like it could last forever.  In the end I should have realized I was lying to myself, talking myself into believing that a nuclear rocket comet like Hollins could be caged in by a place as small as Cleveland.  Remember that monster game he had in the win against Miami last year when he poured in a 13/3?  Neither did I, I had to look it up.  God they told me it would be hard but… not.. like.. this.

    My candle burns at both ends
    it will not last the night
    But ah my foes and
    oh my friends
    It gives a lovely light

  • Harv 21

    not sure how to respond other than wonder if we are talking about the same Hollins. Ryan, right? OK, when he was out of defensive position, which was not infrequently, he sometimes reached in and fouled hard. Never saw him rip a rebound away from anyone, or look like he had any urge to do that, despite his consistent size/reach advantage. All the more damning is his annual game or two with every team when he gives effort on the offensive end and teases the coach with the skillset that lies underneath. Of all the fringe guys who have floated through town I haven’t seen a Cavs player play with such disinterest and get less out of his physical talent since maybe Mel Turpin. Honest.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    You and I have very different definitions of what it means to play hard.  When I think of a guy like that, Andy Varejao’s constant effort comes to mind.  Tristan Thompson arriving early for practice and leaving late… that comes to mind.  Ryan Hollins giving up on a rebound after missing a blocked shot… that’s not playing hard in my book, and he did it all the time.  It’s the reason his rebounding numbers were so low… he was interested in the highlight reel block, but not the run of the mill defensive rebound.

  • Tsunami

    Can you guys read?  Should I repost?  I said it WASN’T a BAD basketball move.  I said he WASN’T A GOOD NBA PLAYER.  Just don’t understand why people are so abusive of the guy.  Trying to make it in the NBA.  A good guy by all accounts.  So he turns the ball over and doesn’t get enough rebounds.  That’s why it WASN’T A BAD BASKETBALL MOVE.  Should we wish he’d never been born?  Should we rejoice that he’s out of a job?  Should we cry endlessly that he doesn’t secure that rebound in that game and then freak out that we are winning too many games and won’t be able to secure a lottery pick?  What is wrong with everyone?

  • M-n-M

    You now have Luke Walton.  The bar has been raised (lowered).

  • Tsunami

    I bet you love Brian Scalabrine too, Harv.  

  • Tsunami

    Anderson Varejao combines otherwordly tenacity with some SERIOUS SKILL.  Hollins plays hard – he’s just not that great of an NBA player.  End of story.  What time does Hollins show up for practice?  What time does he leave?  Oh, you are high on Tristan Thompson now after last night’s game.  That’s wonderful.  

  • swig

    I shed a single tear reading this.  It might have been because I poked myself in the eye swatting at a bug, but it was a tear none-the-less.

  • mgbode

    I, for one, very much hope that he obtains a job.  Any one of our rivals with whom we will be competing would be lucky to have such a man on their roster 😉

  • mgbode

    at least when Luke Walton doesn’t make a good basketball play it’s merely because he lacks that physical talent 🙂

  • mgbode

    I poked myself in the eye too, but there was no bug.  I guess I could have just looked away or clicked on another page though.  Really, a poor decision by me in hindsight.

  • mgbode

    sorry PCE for the above comment.   I didn’t mean it but I could not resist the joke.

  • Ed M

     he averaged 12.5 points and 7 rebounds per 40 minutes of playing time..  the problem was he never got 40 minutes of playing time,  more like 12 minutes per game.   he also shoots 55% on his career.. (while guys like jamison have 25% nights)

    I liked hollins, i thought he was heavily under rated. His defensive presense was obvious to me, the way teams would NOT tear us up in the paint when he was on the court. he also shoots a good percentage from the FT line.

    I hope he has a successful career somewhere. I thought he put up decent numbers for a guy nobody ever passed to. and it’s really hard to rebound when your pf is out on the 3 point line shooting 3’s..  (jamison).  

    sure anderson is a great rebounder and samuels, and tristan are alright even, but all of those guys don’t provide the defense in the paint I just mentioned as a decent 7′ shotblocker…  

    if we moved gee to the 2, jamison to the 3, and varajao/tristan to the 4, and then put hollins at the 5, with kyrie running the point, i think most of our problems would of been solved.

  • Ed M

    I agree tsunami… i think last nights showing is not what we can expect to see from “TT” on a consistent basis.. especially at the 5 spot.  if you look at the new jersey nets lineup yesterday, they didn’t play a center.  brook lopez is out.  so to do that against a centerless team, doesn’t really  impress me enough to warrant “waiving” your most athletic center.  If he does it against the hawks tomorrow night, THEN, i’ll be a little impressed. I think TT and Andy should be PF’s

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Haha, no… I’ve been high on Thompson since the day we drafted him, and my comments on this site will back that up.  I bring that up because I’ve heard of Kyrie, Tristan, Boobie, Andy, and a few other guys being there both early and late working on their skills.  I’ve never heard that about Hollins.  Do you have a personal connection to him?  I just don’t see how anyone who watches the games can say that he plays hard.

  • BenRM

    people like him make 5’8″ guys like me sick. 

    …i wish i were taller….

  • BenRM

    poetry, man