When the Cleveland Cavaliers signed Ty Jerome as a depth move in the 2023 free agency period, it was a sensible addition, by way of a two-year, $5 million deal. He’s a nice player to have for stretches you can be viable at either guard spot, should be able to fill in when Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell are being staggered, and can hold up defensively.
Jerome is not going to be a player who is probably going to be involved in any Sixth Man of the Year conversations, but when he’s been able to have chances to do so, he’s been able to contribute for his squads.
The 26-year-old was last on a two-way contract with the Golden State Warriors after spending his second and third season in the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. His rookie campaign was spent with the Phoenix Suns, who acquired him via trade from the Boston Celtics a couple of weeks after the 2019 NBA Draft.
To drive it home, Jerome has not necessarily always been able to stick in situations, and last season, he was on a two-way deal with Golden State. Despite that, he can affect winning for Cleveland if they can find ways to get him early-season time, and with Ricky Rubio’s situation not having clarity at this time, Jerome could potentially be involved more early on, it seems.
We’ll get right into the two primary goals for Jerome next, beginning with the first, which would illustrate he’s finding his way to get rotational time regularly with the Cavs.