Cavaliers send Martynas Andriuskevicius to D-League
Cleveland Cavaliers General Manager Danny Ferry
announced today that Martynas Andriuskevicius has been assigned to the
Arkansas RimRockers of the NBA Development League. Arkansas has been
assigned as the Cavaliers’ D-League affiliate for the 2005-06 season.
“We think Marty has made good progress thus far with strength and
conditioning, practice and adjusting to life here in the States,” said
Ferry. “Now we feel like it is the right time for his development process
to take the next step with some real game experience. Marty has worked hard
thus far and impressed us with his commitment to learning and growing.
Hopefully, this will be another positive step for him.”
Andriuskevicius, a 7-2, 240-pound center, was selected in the second round
(44th overall) of the 2005 NBA Draft by the Orlando Magic. The Magic traded
him to Cleveland for a second-round draft pick and cash on June 29, 2005.
He has appeared in one game for the Cavaliers this season and did not score
or get a rebound.
He is the 18th NBA player to be assigned to a D-League affiliate this
season, the third to the RimRockers. He will join Atlanta’s Donta Smith as
NBA players currently designated to the Arkansas roster. Toronto forward
Pape Sow was recalled by the Raptors earlier this week.
Andriuskevicius, 19, hails from Kaunas, Lithuania, the same hometown as
current Cavaliers’ center Zydrunas Ilgauskas. He has played professionally
for the last three years, the last two seasons with Zalgiris of the LKL
League, Lithuania’s senior division. He also competed in Euroleague play
with Zalgiris last season. Andriuskevicius was an early entry candidate for
the 2004 NBA Draft, but withdrew his name from consideration.