The Cleveland Cavaliers have continued their busy offseason, reportedly signing undrafted point guard Chris Crawford to a two-year deal. This report is according to RealGM.com.
Crawford, 21, is a 6-foot-4-inch guard who played college basketball at the University of Memphis. In the summer league, he played with the Houston Rockets averaging 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in five games. Chris Crawford didn’t generate much draft buzz after four years at Memphis where he averaged 8.7 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds as a senior last season.
Crawford will look to compete for the Cavs second- or third-string point guard spot with Matthew Dellavedova. It is likely that Dellavedova will be the backup point guard, while Crawford fights for the third string and one of last remaining spots on the team. Another option remains the Canton Charge, the Cavs’ D-Leauge affiliate in which GM David Griffin envisions a pipeline of talent that simply needs time to grow. NBA teams can assign a few players waived before the regular season to their D-League team as long as another D-League team doesn’t hold their rights. This, in turn, would allow the Cavs to control Crawford’s development in the event they choose to take said route.
The deal is reportedly for two years and includes partial guarantees, ensuring that the Cavs maintain their roster flexibility in the event another veteran wishes to join the fray. In the event Ray Allen wishes to be the next member of the Wine and Gold, it would be safe to assume that the current plans would swiftly change.