Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward Robert 'Tractor' Traylor was found dead in his apartment in Puerto Rico, the victim of an apparent heart attack. Traylor, who played at Michigan before spending time with the Milwaukee Bucks, Cavaliers and New Orleans Hornets, was part of the Cavaliers 'Bench Bunch' in 2000-01 when he averaged 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in 17 minutes. Traylor last saw time in the NBA for the Cavaliers in 2004-05.
It was in 2005 that Traylor underwent a surgical procedure on his heart. Concerns about his heart are what kept teams from signing Traylor in the time since the surgery and had spent the past four seasons playing in the Purto Rican League.
Traylor was originally drafted by the Dallas Mavericks #6-overall in 1998 before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks for the rights to Dirk Nowitzki. Traylor spent two seasons with the Bucks before his first stint with the Cavaliers. From Cleveland, Traylor moved on to the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets before spending his final NBA season in Cleveland.
For his career, Traylor played in 438 games and averaged 4.8 points and 3.7 rebounds. Our thoughts go out to the friends and family of Robert Traylor