As Summer League concluded Friday night, Tyronn Lue spoke with NBA TV about the rest of his plans for the offseason.
“We’re looking for guys that can come in, fit our team, understand how to play the game, make the right play and make the right pass,” Lue told NBA TV.
“We want some two-way guys who can defend and also play offensively.”
Sam Amico of Amico Hoops reported on Saturday night three Summer League invites who are top candidates to be invited to training camp include point guard T.J. Williams, shooting guard/small forward Sir’ Dominic Pointer and forward Casey Prather.
Kay Felder and Edy Tavares will be at training camp as well, but according to Amico, their underwhelming play in Summer League did not help their cases to make the opening day roster.
If Felder or Tavares, whose roster spots are not guaranteed are left off the 2017-18 roster, it could open the door for more acquisitions.
This could especially benefit Williams, who put together an impressive week of play in Las Vegas. Although it’s highly unlikely the Cavs would keep four point guards on the roster heading into the season, it’s possible Williams could essentially take the spot that was originally set aside for Felder and take the third point guard role behind Jose Calderon.
Felder will head into training camp as the favorite to get that spot, but if Williams gets a camp invite, it will be an interesting competition to follow.
Pointer and Prather, who both have reputations as exceptional defenders overseas could provide a shot in the arm to a bench that wasn’t known for its defense in 2016-17.
We’re still a long ways away from anything being decided, but keep Williams, Pointer and Prather on your radar as potential players to make the cut.
Amico also reported Quinn Cook could get another opportunity with Cleveland, as he is on a non-guaranteed contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, who just added Rajon Rondo and may not have room for him on the roster.