Cleavland gets their SG
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Free agent Larry Hughes informed the Washington Wizards that he's leaving them to join the Cleveland Cavaliers, the guard's agent said Friday.
``I can confirm that he is committed to coming to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers,'' agent Jeff Wechsler said in a telephone interview.
``We're still negotiating, but we've told Washington that he's not coming back there,'' Wechsler added.
A member of the Wizards' so-called Big Three, along with Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison, Hughes helped Washington reach the playoffs for the first time since 1997. The Wizards' first-round defeat of the Chicago Bulls was the franchise's first playoff series victory since 1982.
Hughes made the NBA's All-Defensive team after leading the league in steals with a 2.89 average and was second on the Wizards in scoring last season at 22 points.
He also averaged 6.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists during his third season in Washington.
``Larry's agent informed us that he will not be returning to the Washington Wizards,'' Wizards spokesman Zack Bolno said. ``Obviously, we provided Larry with a very fair and meaningful offer.''
The Cavaliers have been looking to sign a shooting guard to complement star LeBron James.
Cleveland already lost out on Ray Allen of the Seattle SuperSonics and Michael Redd of the Milwaukee Bucks, who both decided to re-sign with their current teams.
Cavaliers spokesman Tad Carper declined to comment on Hughes, saying the team is not speaking about the free agency process.
Hughes has averaged 15.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists over seven NBA seasons with Washington, Golden State and Philadelphia.