Power forward Cory Jefferson apparently made on impact on the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of their Las Vegas Summer League team.
According to international basketball reporter David Pick, Jefferson has signed a deal with the Cavs. Cleveland.com reporter Joe Vardon added further context by noting that Jefferson’s deal is a non-guaranteed training camp invite. To date, the team has not formally announced the deal.
Source: Cory Jefferson agreed to deal with Cavaliers. Hearing Eric Moreland is also a training camp target.— David Pick (@IAmDPick) August 31, 2016
Jefferson, who played in college at Baylor, has been in the NBA before. In 2014-15, he spent time with the Brooklyn Nets and last season spent some time with the Phoenix Suns. He also played with the Bakersfield Jam in the NBA’s D-League.
In Las Vegas, Jefferson played in seven games with the Cavs and averaged 5.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. Jefferson didn’t really blow anyone away in Vegas, but he was solid and showcased some skills.
Jefferson, however, probably is a long shot to make the team. With Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and even LeBron James and Richard Jefferson, the Cavs don’t really need another power forward. In all likelihood, Jefferson will get reps during camp and potentially play for the Canton Charge if/when he doesn’t make the team.
Pick also reported that Eric Moreland is on the Cavs’ radar. Like Jefferson, Moreland would be a longshot to make the team if invited to camp. In two NBA seasons with the Sacramento Kings, he has played a total of 11 games while averaging 0.9 points per game.