The 2023-24 NBA season is rapidly approaching and the Cleveland Cavaliers have extended training camp invites to Sharife Cooper, Pete Nance and Justin Powell.
A familiar face, Cooper spent last season with the Cavaliers’ G-League affiliate, the Cleveland Charge. Cooper averaged 21.3 points and 6.3 assists last year earning All-NBA G-League Second Team honors. He is an interesting 22-year-old prospect who has been trying to break through Cleveland’s logjam at the guard position for some time now.
Another familiar player, Pete Nance is looking to follow in his father’s (Larry Nance Sr.) and brother’s (Larry Nance Jr.) footsteps. Nance was featured on Cleveland’s Summer League team this July, posting 7.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game. The youngest Nance has many of the same athletic traits as his brother, but stands four inches taller at 6’11”.
The newest addition to Cleveland’s training camp will be Justin Powell. A 6’6” guard who played for Auburn, Tennessee and Washington State. Powell went undrafted and appeared in two Summer League games for the Miami Heat. With good size for his position and a promising 37% clip from behind the three-point line, Powell is the type of prospect that makes sense for a low-risk training camp deal.
It’s likely all three of Cooper, Nance and Powell will end up with the Charge if they remain within the organization after training camp. The Cavaliers' main roster is nearly full with 14 players signed now that Tristan Thompson has returned. With Emoni Bates, Craig Porter Jr. and Isaiah Mobley occupying all three two-way contracts, it would take an eye-popping performance for one of these guys to earn a spot.
Nonetheless, this is a valuable opportunity for the Cavaliers to evaluate talent and make final adjustments heading into the season.