Cavaliers Waive Marques Bolden, Jarell Martin

Sam Amico

It was an admirable run for rookie center Marques Bolden and veteran forward Jarell Martin, but the reality of the Cavaliers needing to make some cuts impacted both.

On Saturday, Cavs general manager Koby Altman announced the team had waived Bolden and Martin, reducing the roster to 15.

If anyone had a shot to make the team out of the two, most figured it would be Bolden. The Cavs have a shortage at center because of injuries to Ante Zizic and John Henson, and seemed to like Bolden after signing to a free-agent contract after his senior year at Duke.

But like so many players on the edge at this time of year, Bolden became victim of a numbers game.

He appeared in all four preseason games and averaged 4.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.

Meanwhile, Martin is a former first-round pick who is entering his fifth NBA season, appearing in 42 games for the Orlando Magic last year.

The Cavs also announced the signing of undrafted rookie small forward Tyler Cook to a two-way contract on Saturday.