Sonics Activate Cleaves, Waive Kutluay
January 31, 2005


SEATTLE - The Seattle SuperSonics have waived guard Ibrahim Kutluay and activated guard Mateen Cleaves from the injured list, General Manager Rick Sund announced today.

Kutluay, 31, who was signed as a free agent on Sep. 22, played in five games after being activated from the injured list on Dec. 14. In 12 minutes of action, he grabbed one rebound and committed two turnovers. Kutluay became just the fourth Turkish player in NBA history when he made his debut on Dec. 22 vs. Denver. He missed the season's first 21 games with patellar tendinitis in his left knee.

Cleaves, 27, was placed on the injured list with a strained left shoulder when Kutluay was activated. Re-signed Nov. 5 after being waived at the end of training camp on Oct. 28, Cleaves played 13 minutes in eight games while active. He scored two points, grabbed two rebounds and handed out two assists, making his only field-goal attempt.

The Seattle Sonics & Storm manages the Puget Sound region’s professional basketball franchises – the NBA’s Seattle SuperSonics and the WNBA’s Seattle Storm. The organization oversees all sales, marketing, finance and basketball operations for the teams. The Basketball Club of Seattle LLC owns both teams.