Charge Acquire Barford, Move Up In Draft

Official Release | September 12, 2019

CANTON, OH – The Canton Charge, powered by the Cleveland Cavaliers, acquired the rights to G Jaylen Barford and the 12th overall choice in next month’s NBA G League Draft from the Greensboro Swarm in exchange for the rights to G Kobi Simmons and the 14th overall pick originally belonging to the Capital City Go-Go.  The trade is not subject to a physical.

“We are excited to acquire the rights of a dynamic scorer and athlete like Jaylen plus move up a couple slots in the draft as well,” said Charge General Manager Brendon Yu. “We wish Kobi the best as he continues his basketball journey.”

Barford (6-3, 202, Arkansas) played in 47 games for the Swarm last season (18 starts) and averaged 17.7 points on .437 shooting with 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 steals in 25.1 minutes per game.  He spent last training camp with the Charlotte Hornets after two seasons with the Razorbacks that saw him earn First Team All-SEC honors in 2017-18.  The Charge now hold the rights to the #9 & #12 overall picks as well as two third round choices in next month’s NBA G League Draft.

Simmons spent last training camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers before coming to Canton as an affiliate player for the 2018-19 season.  Kobi played in 35 games with the Charge and averaged 17.2 points on .440 shooting with 3.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 31.9 minutes per game.

The 2019-20 Charge training camp roster, promotional schedule and single game ticket sales will be announced at a later date.  For Charge Nation Memberships, group outings, game day promotions and up-to-date information, head to or call 866-444-1944.  The Canton Charge are part of the Cleveland Cavaliers organization and are also owned by a group led by Cavaliers Chairman and Quicken Loans Founder and Chairman Dan Gilbert. The group also owns and operates the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, who play their games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in downtown Cleveland.

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