Six days before opening night, the Cavs have signed forward Emanuel Terry, according to a press release from the team. Terry, 23, is a 6’9”, 220-pound forward who played in summer league with the Nuggets and was with Denver in training camp until being waived three days ago.
Terry went undrafted in the 2018 NBA Draft after playing for four seasons at Division II school Lincoln Memorial University. LMU is located in Harrogate, Tennessee and Terry was a Division II All-American there in 2018. That season, he averaged 16.9 points per game while shooting 71.1 percent from the field. He also averaged 10.3 rebounds and 2.2 blocks.
In summer league, Terry stood out due to his versatility on defense. He averaged 7.4 points, five rebounds and 0.8 steals per game. He also appears to have hops:
His performance at summer league earned him a training camp spot, but he was an odd man out due to the Nuggets having 15 guaranteed contracts and their two two-way contract slots filled.
With the Cavs, Terry could have a shot to fill the team’s one open roster spot. What is more likely, however, is that he will end up playing for the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ G-League affiliate.
Cleveland does have its two-way slots currently filled by Billy Preston and John Holland.