The Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing their search to find young talent and diamonds in the rough.
The team is already in better shape than it was last time LeBron James left, however the cupboard is still relatively bare with young talent. That’s why it’s not surprising to see the team take fliers on players like Billy Preston.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype, the team held workouts for Tyler Ulis, JaKarr Sampson, Alan Williams, and Marcus Georges-Hunt.
Sources: The Cleveland Cavaliers worked out a number of free agents today, including Tyler Ulis, JaKarr Sampson, Alan Williams and Marcus Georges-Hunt.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) September 5, 2018
Now, holding workouts for these players doesn’t necessarily guarantee that one will be signed by the team.
If there was one name out of that list that makes the most sense, it would probably be JaKarr Sampson. The 25 year old small forward is from Cleveland and has shown glimpses of being a rotation player.
He played just 22 games for the Sacramento Kings last season, shooting well on an incredibly low volume. He has shown athleticism and the ability to be a defender in the past, but hasn’t shown that he can consistently shoot an outside shot.
Tyler Ulis is the other interesting name here. The 5’10” point guard has played 132 games for the Phoenix Suns the last two seasons. However during that time he hasn’t shown an ability to score efficiently, plus his 17.6 turnover percentage on 18.5 percent usage is an eye sore.
Ultimately none of these names will move the needle for the Cavs this season. But it will be interesting to see who they take a flier on and what needs they try to address. At the very least it may provide some insight on future moves or areas where they believe there is a weakness.