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The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Brunswick County native Cedric Simmons to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.
“We are happy to have the ability to put Cedric in game situations like this,” Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry said in a Jan. 2 press release.
“This gives Cedric a great opportunity to finish the last step of his rehab from his ankle sprain.”
Simmons, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward, injured his ankle in the off-season and had appeared in just four games this season with the Cavaliers. He averaged 0.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots in 10.8 minutes.
In his first two games with the Vipers, Simmons averaged 11.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots in 28 minutes.
The former West Brunswick High School and N.C. State University standout was the 15th overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft. Simmons turned 22 last week.
As a rookie with the New Orleans Hornets, Simmons appeared in 43 games and averaged 2.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes per game.
He was acquired by the Cavaliers on Sept. 29, 2007, in exchange for David Wesley.
The Vipers are based in McAllen, Texas, and are the D-League affiliate for the Cavaliers, Houston Rockets and New Orleans Hornets.