It’s been an eventual Summer League for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Like other teams, the Cavaliers have used the SL as a chance to test out new players, see who works best in rotation, and attempt to figure out play styles and formations that will work well in the regular season.
Some squads in the NBA use their players for only a little bit of time before pulling them completely from the league – this happened with the Orlando Magic, who put Paolo Banchero on the floor for just a few games before retiring him for the rest of the Summer League.
But that isn’t the Cavs’ plan.
I’m told #Cavs had no conversations about shutting down any of their regulars ahead of this summer league game tonight. Wasn’t even a consideration. They want these guys to get valuable reps as they continue to evaluate everything, including who to bring to training camp.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) July 14, 2022
Chris Fedor reports that Cleveland had no conversations about “shutting down” any of their regulars ahead of Thursday night’s game.
Fedor added that it “wasn’t even a consideration.”
The reason being that the team wants these players to get as much time on the floor as possible as they are evaluated and assessed before training camp begins.
So, who made the cut?
Summer League Fun
There is no doubt that Ochai Agbaji has been the breakout star of the Summer League for Cleveland.
That’s no surprise: the team was expecting great things from the 6-foot-5, number 14 pick from last month’s draft.
He has played with efficiency and speed you want from a rookie looking to make his mark.
Second-round pick Isaiah Mobley hasn’t had as fun in the Summer League: he’s been more inconsistent while still showing some promise.
Cameron Young and RJ Nembhard Jr. are a couple of other newcomers who have been getting attention during their Summer League games.
The Cavs have pushed them hard, really taking a good look at each of them before they decide who will be coming back for training camp, which is right around the corner.