The Cleveland Cavaliers will bring guard Markel Brown to training camp, according to The Vertical’s Shams Charania. Brown has agreed to a deal with the Cavaliers that will put him up against guys like Cory Jefferson and DeAndre Liggins as he battles for a roster spot.
The former Brooklyn Nets guard has not made much of a mark in the NBA, but he fits the profile of someone who could potentially fill a role for the Cavaliers. He’s more athletic than any of their guards, and he can provide the defensive intensity that they lost when Matthew Dellavedova went to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The problem is that, outside of dunking, Brown is an unimpressive offensive player. If he doesn’t make the team, it will probably be because Cleveland does not think it can help him fix his jump shot.
A few weeks away from training camp, the Cavaliers’ backcourt rotation is a bit of a question mark. Kyrie Irving is the starting point guard, obviously, but shooting guard J.R. Smith remains unsigned. Outside of Iman Shumpert, Cleveland will not necessarily have another proven guard on the roster — Mo Williams is reportedly considering retirement. This could mean there’s an opportunity for rookie Kay Felder, former D-League star Jordan McRae or Brown to get regular minutes for the defending champions.
Source: CBS Sports / Cavs reportedly sign Markel Brown to training camp contract