With the Draft over, the Cavaliers are picking through the undrafted free agent market to flesh out their roster for Summer League in Las Vegas. Some deals have started to surface.
So far the Cavs look to be adding Kiefer Sykes, a 5'11 Point Guard and dunk machine from University of Wisconsin Green Bay
Already done, pushed me out the draft to get me there! https://t.co/SfzzbtyHPQ— Keifer Sykes HugōⓂ️ (@ksykesyb) June 26, 2015
John Shurna, a 6'9 sharpshooting forward. After leaving Northwestern, he played professionally in Turkey last year
John Shurna, 3-point specialist, agrees to Summer League deal with #Cavs, per league source. He shot 50 percent from deep in Turkish League.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 26, 2015
Trevor Lacey, a 6'3 guard from North Carolina State
Congrats to @TrevorLacey5 for earning a spot with the @cavs summer league team! #nba #STATEment pic.twitter.com/MuxY6arBXG— NC State Men's Bball (@PackMensBball) June 27, 2015
and Quinn Cook, a 6'2 guard from Duke.
Undrafted point guard Quinn Cook out of Duke has reached a Summer League deal with #Cavs, his agent Jim Tanner informs @Clevelanddotcom.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 27, 2015
These player should be joining second yeard guard Joe Harris, and Cavs rookies Rakeem Christmas and Sir'Dominic Pointer. The status of 31st pick Cedi Osman is unknown right now, as he is still under contract with Efes.
Other than Osman, all of these players fit a similar theme: They're all four-year college players, with the exception of Lacey who transferred from Alabama to N.C. State and had to sit out a year. The Cavaliers are short on both roster spaces, and need for rookies learning on the job, so it is an uphill battle for most of these players. Osman will be staying overseas in all likelihood, Harris is already on the team, and the glowing tones used when speaking of Christmas leaves the impression that GM David Griffin would like to keep him around as well. After that, he spoke to the long odds for Pointer, being picked at 53, and certainly for undrafted rookies and overseas veterans like Shurna, the odds are even longer. The team will be coached by assistant coach Bret Brielmaier.
The Las Vegas Summer league tips off on July 10 and runs through July 20.