Cleveland Cavaliers Assign Cedric Simmons To Rio Grande Valley

NEW YORK, Jan. 2, 2008 – The Cleveland Cavaliers assigned forward Cedric Simmons to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry announced today. Simmons is the 22nd NBA player assigned from the NBA to the D-League and the 26th assignment of the 2007-08 season. Simmons is scheduled to play his first game with the Vipers on Friday Jan. 4, when the team travels to play the Austin Toros.

Simmons, a 6-9, 235-pound forward, has appeared in four games for the Cavaliers this season and is averaging 2.8 rebounds in 10.8 minutes per game. Simmons also appeared in three preseason games with Cleveland.

“We are happy to have the ability to put Cedric in game situations like this. This gives Cedric a great opportunity to finish the last step of his rehab from his ankle sprain,” Ferry said.

Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 NBA Draft, Simmons played in 43 games for the Hornets during the 2006-07 season before being acquired by Cleveland on Sept. 29, 2007. During the course of his 47-game NBA career, Simmons is averaging 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.3 minutes per game.

Simmons joins a Rio Grande Valley team with a 9-5 record on the season. The Vipers are in second place in the Southwest Division behind the Austin Toros.