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Hoop Heist: Cavaliers still searching for Austin Carr banner missing from spot above arena

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CLEVELAND - Austin Carr's number went from retired to lost.

Cavaliers officials are trying to figure out what happened to Carr's retired No. 34 jersey banner, which vanished from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena and is still missing.

The large banner, which was last seen hanging from a walkway high inside the arena on Monday night during a pro wrestling event, was gone when the Cavaliers hosted the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday.

The Cavs are continuing to investigate the banner's disappearance and plan to install a new one in time for the next home game on Feb. 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Carr currently works as a TV colour analyst for the club, and joked about the stolen banner during halftime of Tuesday's game.

"Maybe I'm coming out of retirement," he cracked.

Carr was the first player drafted by the franchise in 1971. A high-scoring, sweet-shooting guard from Notre Dame, Carr played nine seasons for Cleveland and became one of the most popular players in team history. He overcame a serious knee injury during his time with the Cavs, who retired his number in 1981.

Carr's banner hangs alongside those of former Cavaliers players Nate Thurmond, Bingo Smith, Larry Nance, Brad Daugherty and Mark Price.

The team will retire centre Zydrunas Ilgauskas' jersey later this season.

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