The Cleveland Cavaliers, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo, are signing guard Sam Merrill to a 10-day deal to fill their last roster spot. Merrill has been with the Cleveland Charge this season after he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 G League draft.
Merrill, 25, has been a pro since 2020 after a four-year college career at Utah State. He won a title with the Milwaukee Bucks in 2021. He hasn’t played much in the NBA — just 36 total games — but has put up good G League numbers. He’s an especially good three-pointer at 42.8% for his career in the G League on good volume. In 17 games this year, he’s averaging 15.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Merrill feels like a depth signing for the Cavs. He is just on a 10-day late in the season for a team with a set rotation, so don’t expect him to see real minutes. But he could play in garbage time and is at least another healthy body in case in the Cavs need it. With Dylan Windler on G League assignment, another body isn’t the worst idea in case something does happen.
The Cavs have yet to officially announce Merrill’s signing.