One week after making three selections in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that each of their three first-round rookies will be included on the team's roster for the Salt Lake City Summer League, which begins Monday.
The entirety of the Cavs' first 2019 Summer League roster is as follows:
- G Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman
- F Jaron Blossomgame
- C Marques Bolden
- G Phil Booth
- G Sandy Cohen III
- G Darius Garland
- F Jalen Hudson
- F Anthony Lawrence II
- G Naz Mitrou-Long
- G Malik Newman
- C Dylan Osetkowski
- G Kevin Porter Jr.
- F Dean Wade
- F JaCorey Williams
- G/F Dylan Windler
- G/F Yovel Zoosman
Of the Cavs three incoming first-round picks -- Garland, Porter and Windler -- it's worth noting that Garland appeared in just five games during his freshman season at Vanderbilt due to a meniscus injury. Although the No. 5 overall pick is believed to be fully healthy, some had speculated that he would sit out the Summer League in an effort to ease himself back into full basketball workload.
While it remains to be seen whether or not Garland will play in Salt Lake City, his inclusion does leave the door open for a possible Summer League debut.
Also of note: Cavs head coach John Beilein will be coaching his team in the Summer League -- a practice not common in the NBA. But with the former Michigan head coach arriving in Cleveland without any previous NBA experience, the Summer League could serve as a platform for him to become more accustomed to his new league.
Neither third-year forward Cedi Osman nor second-year point guard Collin Sexton will play in this year's Summer League. Of the Cavs' 16-player roster, only Blossomgame possesses previous experience playing for Cleveland at the NBA level.
The Cavs' Salt Lake City slate will consist of the three following games:
- Mon., July 1 San Antonio vs. Cleveland 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT)
- Tues., July 2 Cleveland vs. Utah 9 p.m. ET (7 p.m. MT)
- Wed., July 3 Cleveland vs. Memphis 7 p.m. ET (5 p.m. MT)
In addition to the Salt Lake City Summer League, the Cavs have also announced that they'll be participating in the Las Vegas Summer League, which runs from July 5-15.