Like all NBA teams, the Cleveland Cavaliers might look very different over the next few years, with several rookies, trades, and acquisitions on the horizon.
Soon, they could welcome Australian star Luke Travers to the team.
He has been technically part of the organization since 2022, although he is still playing in his home country.
Cavaliers General Manager Mike Gansey told the NBL that Travers is headed in the right direction and, therefore, is still on a path to the NBA.
“We’re excited. He’s someone we think could be a future Cavalier at some point and that’s why we’re taking all the time to get him better,” Gansey said.
To emphasize that point, Gansey is heading overseas to watch the young player perform on Thursday night.
Travers’ journey to the NBA is still on track 📈@cavs General Manager Mike Gansey will be in the building tonight watching Travers in Throwdown XXIII 🤝
— NBL (@NBL) December 14, 2023
The Cavaliers selected Travers as the 56th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft and he did some great work for them in the Summer League that year.
Travers impressed with 6.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.2 blocks, and 1.2 steals during his five games.
Some people thought that Travers would immediately make an impact on the team.
However, Cleveland always planned to let Travers play for a couple of more seasons in the Australian NBL, where he could continue to develop until the Cavaliers needed him.
As of now, he is still playing down under and recently signed a three-year contract with Melbourne United after spending years with the Perth Wildcats.
When the time is right, the Cavaliers could benefit from Travers because he is celebrated for his versatility and his ability to shoot and guard multiple positions, both in the paint and at the perimeter.
The Cavaliers aren’t ready for him just yet, but they are keeping a close eye on Travers.