CLEVELAND, Ohio – After a nine-man finally training, the Cleveland Cavaliers have signed Chandler Fodren and Jamorko Beckett in training camp deals, sources told cleveland.com.
With the start of camp at the end of this month, The Cavs hosted a group of free agents for two days of practice – Tuesday and Wednesday. Sources say both Fodren and Beckett attended those sessions, making an impression strong enough on the team’s decision-makers to earn an invite to the camp.
According to NBA rules, Cavs and other teams can bring up to 20 players to training camp. Based on the creation of the current Cleveland roster, and with Fodren and Beckett now joined, there are still two places left. The Cavs will continue to round off the camp roster over the next few days.
Fodren, 25, did outstanding at Union Town Lake High School, earning an All-Ohio Divisional Honors last two seasons. He began his college career at Walsh University in Canton before transferring to Winthrop, where he was named Big South Player of the Year. After coming out without knitting in 2021, Fodren signed a deal with the Caves to play in the Las Vegas Summer League but suffered an AFC Champions League rupture against the Pelicans and spent the last year as well as rehabilitating the injury.
Sources say Fodren, who attended some Cavs games last season, has shown himself to be healthy again during training this week.
A 6-foot-7, Cleveland guard has intrigued Fodren’s mix of size, skill and versatility, while following his recovery and seeing him as a player worthy of at least a closer look in the camp.
The 24-year-old Beckett is a 6-foot-9 forward who flew out of Georgetown in 2021. He signed a two-way deal with the Detroit Pistons last year, and split his time with Motor City Cruises of League G. The NBA. He appeared in 13 games with the Pistons, averaging 3.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.5 assists. Beckett was with the Cavs in the Summer League in July.
Fodren and Beckett will compete for the team’s last place in training camp. They could also be prime candidates to join Charge – the affiliate company of the G League.
Following Cleveland’s recent deal with three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell, Cavas has 14 players on contract for the 2022-23 season, with one NBA roster currently available. Technically, they could create more flexibility with both Dean Wade and Lamar Stevens on unsecured deals, but that seems highly unlikely given their expected roles next season, and how both have evolved since joining the team as free agents who are not determined and critically free. Incredible proxy market. Wade and Stevens were in the mix to start from the small front — a poor position held by Laurie Markanen who was sent to Utah in the blockbuster Mitchell.
The Cavs cost about $2.5 million in luxury tax, which gives them enough room to sign a free agent with more NBA experience if they so choose. The other option is to keep the last place open through training camp, which the front office has done in the past. There is also a couple – junior Isaiah Mobley and RJ Nembhard – on dual contracts, expected to split their time between the Charge and the Cavs.
The Cavs will hold their annual media day on September 26 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Boot camp starts the next day.
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