As spring turns to summer, there is a peaceful calm at Edgewood Community Center. Today’s hits and yesterday’s favorites are softly piped through the speakers. You can hear the patter of feet on a treadmill upstairs in the distance. A few women are softly conversing after their yoga class in an adjacent room.
This tranquility is a far cry from the pounding basketballs, loud whistles and boisterous banter from the Charge players and coaches during the months of October through April. For the first time in seven seasons, the Charge didn’t make the postseason. The party was over and player exit day was the following Monday after the season finale. After the season, players return to their respective homes and communities for some R&R. Others went overseas and continued their professional career. For Director of G League Operations Brendon Yu, Head Coach Nate Reinking and his staff, the grind doesn’t stop. Each day provides the opportunity for the individual and the organization as a whole to get better.
Although the Charge came up short in their hunt for a title, the Cavaliers were starting to hone in on their journey for a fourth straight NBA Finals appearance. The preseason acquisition of the Brooklyn Nets’ first round pick also made for a unique opportunity in The Land. There is no shortage of work to be done.
Head coach Nate Reinking and Assistant Coach Sam Jones have been fixtures at Cleveland Clinic Courts during this postseason run. 2 Way players John Holland and London Perrantes are working out with the team and helping teammates stay ready. The NBA G League held the Elite Mini Showcase in Chicago that featured Charge star Marcus Thornton. Reinking and assistant coach Melvin Ely were on hand to evaluate talent that may have a chance to join the Cavaliers via a training camp invite or on a 2 Way deal like Holland or Perrantes.
Following the NBA G League Elite Mini Camp, the NBA Draft Combine was held. Several entrants arrived in Chicago to impress NBA teams. However, teams already know the book on most of these players.
“Scouting season never ends,” Brendon Yu said. “We are constantly on the lookout for players that can help the team in the upcoming draft. A lot of these guys we’re seeing at high school all-star events like the McDonald’s All-American Game or the Jordan Classic. Some of these guys we have seen for four or five years now.”
The Cavs and Charge staff leaves no stone left unturned.
“Our scouting staff does a great job of scouring the globe for talent,” Yu said. We have scouts in charge of every collegiate conference and a handful of international scouts. If you’ve played organized basketball at the college or pro level, chances are we’ve seen you.”
In what experts and analysts call a deep draft, the Cavaliers will be in position to add an exciting young piece to a championship caliber roster. The draft will also allow Yu and company to explore ways to add talent to the Charge roster as well.
“There are many players in each draft that have tools to become NBA players, but just need a little more seasoning to get to that level,” Yu said. “The G League is a great developmental tool to help those players develop the skills they need to make that jump. When we talk to these type of prospects, we definitely discuss how Canton could benefit their career and get them introduced to the Cavaliers family.”
Once the 2018 NBA Draft is in the books, the Cavs front office will shift its focus to filling out the NBA Summer League roster, training camp roster and identifying potential 2 Way players. Last season, Charge alum Brandon Paul, Roosevelt Jones and Gerald Beverly suited up for the Cavaliers in Las Vegas. Isaac Hamilton, JaCorey Williams, and Kendrick Perkins arrived in Canton as affiliate players from Cavs training camp. Holland and Perrantes filled the two 2 Way spots.
Yu and staff have their eyes set on a group of players that would certainly look good in Canton if their initial bid at an NBA roster doesn’t work out. The Charge staff also has full support of the Cavs as well. “We’re really all one family up here in Cleveland,” Yu said. “It’s really all hands on deck.”
The Cavaliers will have the eighth overall pick in NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 21 (7 p.m. ET) at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Draft will air live on ESPN and ESPN Radio and stream live on the ESPN App.
The following are the results from NBA Draft Lottery 2018 presented by State Farm:
- Cleveland (from Brooklyn via Boston)
- New York
- Philadelphia (from Los Angeles Lakers via Phoenix)
- LA Clippers (from Detroit)
- LA Clippers
- Phoenix (from Miami)
- San Antonio
- Atlanta (from Minnesota)
- Minnesota (from Oklahoma City via Utah)
- Chicago (from New Orleans)
- Los Angeles Lakers (from Cleveland)
- Golden State
- Brooklyn (from Toronto)
- Atlanta (from Houston via LA Clippers)
- New York (from Chicago via Oklahoma City)
- Philadelphia (from Brooklyn)
- Philadelphia (from New York)
- Brooklyn (from Los Angeles Lakers via Toronto and Orlando)
- Orlando (from Charlotte via Phoenix and Memphis)
- Denver (from LA Clippers via New York and Philadelphia)
- Brooklyn (from Milwaukee)
- Houston (from Miami via Memphis)
- Los Angeles Lakers (from Denver via Chicago and Utah)
- San Antonio
- New Orleans
- Oklahoma City
- Dallas (from Portland via Denver)
- Charlotte (from Cleveland via Brooklyn and Philadelphia)
- Oklahoma City (from Boston)
- Denver (from Golden State)
- Phoenix (from Toronto)
- Philadelphia (from Houston)