As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Penn State wing Lamar Stevens is coming to the Cavs on a two-way deal.
Undrafted Penn State forward Lamar Stevens has agreed to a two-way deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 19, 2020
Fear the Sword has independently confirmed the news. Stevens was ESPN’s 24th-best undrafted prospect. He’s a 23-year-old, 230-pound 6’8” wing/forward who played four productive seasons for the Nittany Lions, averaging double figures in each season.
The concern is his three-point shooting — he shot just 26.3% on three-pointers last season and 22% the year before. Per KenPom, he was in the top-50 in the nation last season in percentage of possessions last year, so it’s not for a lack of trying. He also turns the ball over at a high clip — he was 495th in turnover percentage last year, per KenPom — and that’ll have to change. His steal percentage (2%) and block percentage (3.8%) do indicate some defensive potential.
Still, Stevens is a fun two-way bet. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s even a G League season, but he’s got the size and ability to score where he could be developed into something.