According to a report, guard Jordan McRae will remain with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Per Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, the Cavs have picked up McRae’s team option for next season ahead of tomorrow’s deadline to do. McRae’s salary for next season will be just a little bit less than $1 million and all of it is guaranteed.
McRae, 25, was originally signed by the Cavs on Feb. 28 to a 10-day contract and the Cavs ultimately signed him to multi-year contract on March 9. Prior to joining the Cavs, McRae played for the Delaware 87ers in the NBA D-League. A month before he signed with the Cavs, McRae scored a D-League record 61 points in game for the 87ers. He also spent time with the Phoenix Suns and was originally drafted in the second round by the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Draft before having his rights traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Cavs picking up McRae’s option indicates that they think he can develop into a useful wing at a low price. With the Cavs having handle J.R. Smith, Matthew Dellavedova and Richard Jefferson’s free agency this summer, locking in McRae for less than $1 million is a smart, practical move. Unless the Cavs need him to play rotation minutes next year, he could continue to develop under the Cavs’ eye with the Canton Charge in the D-League.
In 15 games with the Cavs, McRae averaged 4.1 points per game. His best game came in the season finale where scored a career best 36 points.