Source: Jazz trade Murphy, 2 others to Cavs

Former Florida forward Erik Murphy played in 24 games during his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls before being claimed off waivers in April by Utah.

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Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8:09 p.m.

CLEVELAND — A person familiar with the trade says the Utah Jazz have sent Erik Murphy and two other players with non-guaranteed contracts to Cleveland for guard Carrick Felix in a deal to give the Cavaliers more assets to go after Kevin Love.

Murphy, a former University of Florida player, was drafted 48th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 2013 NBA draft. After being cut by Chicago in early April, he was claimed off waivers by the Jazz. The 6-foot-10 forward played in just 24 games last season and scored six points.

The Cavs sent Felix, a second-round pick in 2015 and $1 million to the Jazz for Murphy, guard John Lucas and forward Malcolm Thomas, said the person who spoke Tuesday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams are not commenting on the deals.

The moves will allow the Cavs to clear $3.3 million in salary cap space.

Cleveland has been in talks with Minnesota about a blockbuster trade for Love, hoping to team the All-Star forward with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Yahoo was first to report the trade to Utah.

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