Cavs Rumors: The Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning NBA champions, will begin their training camp in less than three weeks. But there is still a lot of competition for the 15th and final roster spot ahead of the new season.
According to Cleveland.com, Markel Brown, the latest addition to the training camp roster, is likely to battle with Cory Jefferson and DeAndre Liggins for the final roster spot.
The Cavs begin their preseason on October 5 against the Orlando Magic.
Assuming that J.R. Smith gets signed over the next weeks, the Cavs roster looks like this:
1. LeBron James, 2. Kyrie Irving, 3. Kevin Love, 4. Tristan Thompson, 5. Richard Jefferson, 6. Chris Andersen, 7. Kay Felder, 8. Iman Shumphert, 9. Mike Dunleavy Jr., 10. James Jones, 11. Jordan McRae, 12. Mo Williams, 13. Channing Frye.
Smith and one of Brown, Jefferson or Liggins will complete the 14th and 15th roster spots. It’s a foregone conclusion that Smith would be re-signed in the coming weeks.
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Technically, McRae doesn’t have a guaranteed contract. But he’s expected to make the roster.
“When training camp begins at the end of the month, Brown will get a chance to compete for a spot on Cleveland’s 15-man roster. The Cavs currently have 12 fully guaranteed contracts and continue to wait on free agent sharpshooter J.R. Smith,” reported Cleveland beat writer Chris Fedor.
Cavs Rumors: 13-man roster?
According to ESPN.com, there is a possibility that the Cleveland Cavaliers take only 13 men into the new season.
“The Cavaliers have 12 players on the roster with fully guaranteed salaries for 2016-17. That will increase to 13 if and when they re-sign J.R. Smith. The Cavaliers might start the season with just 13 players on the roster as a way to keep their 2016-17 tax bill as low as possible,” wrote Nick Silva.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who covers the Cavs, told the Washington Post recently that J.R. Smith would skip training camp but sign a contract just in time for the new season.
“I feel like he will sign before the regular season – I’m not sure about training camp. His agents don’t have a problem holding people out … The Cavs want him back, he wants to go back to the Cavs,” said Windhorst.
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