The Cleveland Cavaliers will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will be broadcast live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
Players expected to compete: Kay Felder, Edy Tavares, T.J. Williams, Andrew White III, Grant Jerrett, Sam Cassell Jr, Gerald Beverly, Roosevelt Jones, Casey Prather, Brandon Paul, Anthony Gill, Sir’Dominic Pointer, Malcolm Thomas
The main focus of the Cavs summer league will be on Kay Felder. Cleveland is lacking young prospects, and there has been some controversy over LeBron and his future in Ohio. If James were to leave Cleveland would need to have some good young talent to replace him.
Undrafted free agent guard Andrew White III could be a contender for a two-way contract for this upcoming season. White, who played at Kansas, Nebraska, and Syracuse, averaged 18.5 points per game as a senior for Syracuse.
Forwards Anthony Gill and Brandon Paul will join the squad in Vegas after playing in Orlando with the Hornets and Mavericks. Paul has been overseas for the past two years but he played for the Cavs’ G-League affiliate, the Canton Charge, in the 2014-15 season. Gill played in Turkey last year, averaging 14.4 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
Former Cavaliers second round pick Sir’Dominic Pointer will try for the third time to make Cleveland’s opening night roster. Pointer played for the Canton Charge in 2015-16 and he played in Israel this past year.
Felder can help his case by following up a strong G-League year with a strong summer campaign. Felder has skills similar to Isaiah Thomas, and if he can embrace that skill set he can turn himself into a legitimate NBA contributor.
Player to Watch: Edy Tavares
Tavares wasn’t given much of an opportunity in little over one season ago in Atlanta, but was given an opportunity in Mississauga. Mississauga? Yes, the hometown of Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors’ G-League affiliate.
Tavares won the League’s Defensive Player of the Year award and averaged 10.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 2.7 blocks per game while being the defensive anchor of the 905’s championship winning team. Cleveland is shallow at the center position and Tavares can fill the void with a strong summer.