The Wings and forwards
We’ve discussed Bates earlier but the high profile player is now going to be fighting to make the Cavs team of the future. He will seemingly likely be getting the team’s third two-way contract and probably split his season between the Charge and the Cavs.
The fact that Bates has shared how he lost interest in the game of basketball in previous years but has found the love of the game again of late could be looked at differently from those like us who analyze the team. On one hand, he might just be that and the youngster will be more engaged and excited to play the game.
On the other hand, Bates is just too young to really understand what it will ultimately take to get to the next level and while he can say he’s got a love for basketball again, it will take time and dedication on his part. We will all just have to wait and see how things play out.
If he does find the love again, then the Cavs have gotten quite the steal of the 2023 NBA Draft.
Cedric Henderson Jr.
Henderson started his college career playing at Tennessee Community College after growing up in Memphis. He went on to play at Campbell where he started playing games against college powerhouses like Duke. In that game, while playing for Campbell, he had a double-double against the Blue Devils.
Last season he played at Arizona and the 6-foot-6 guard/forward had a good year. It’s projected that Henderson play overseas, and it’s difficult to expect him to have much of an opportunity with the Cavs long-term but you never know.
His father, Cedric Henderson Sr., was on the Cavaliers before for four seasons, though. The connection there obviously stands out for some fans.
Travers was a second-round pick of the Cavs last draft and he’s back to see what he can do in this Summer League. The Australian still reportedly plans to return to play in the Australian NBL.
If the Cavaliers were to keep him stateside, they’d be getting a player that can play spots 1-4 and that flexibility might be his biggest asset to the team. He’s done well in the NBL and his positional versatility, athleticism and playmaking could help the Cavs down the road.
Fabian White Jr.
White comes to the Cavs after having played for Los Angeles Lakers G League team, the South Bay Lakers. He played his college ball at Houston and was a big part of their success and run in the tournament. The Cougars made the Final Four and White helped get them get there.
He may get a role with the Charge if he can do well in these Vegas Summer League games.