Now that the NBA Draft is in the rear view mirror and the free agent frenzy continues to unfold, the summer league is just getting underway. Typically a common ground for false hopes and overachieving, the summer league allows fans and scouts alike to (hopefully) find that Josh Cribbs like player; but obviously a basketball version. While recent draft selection J.J. Hickson will definitely don the summer wine and gold, there is a name that has caught many of fans off guard: Robert “Tractor” Traylor.
Traylor had two stints with the Cavaliers; one back in 2000, and the second in 2004. He was a fan favorite thanks to his energy off of the bench. And let’s face it. It is a lot of fun watching someone of his size running coast to coast and finishing strong. If he were 6’2″ and 190 lbs, he would be an everyday, run-of-the-mill player. But not Traylor. He’s the “Tractor.”
Now 31-years of age, Traylor has had an interesting go at it since leaving the Cavs. He signed with the Nets, but failed his physical that led to his release. Obviously, his weight was of concern, so Traylor pondered other options.
After a season in Spain followed by a league championship with the Puerto Rican Santurce Crabbers, the big man ran in to a bout of legal trouble pleading guilty to an income tax charge that occurred last January. The fact that he was related (both in friendship and by blood) to a well-known drug dealer in Detroit did not help his case. Money laundering doesn’t look good on a rap sheet, especially when you’re attempting to make a career as a professional athlete.
But don’t let that stop Danny Ferry. The Cavaliers have brought Traylor back for a tryout to see if he has what it takes to make it in the league for his third (and would-be final) stint with the team. I personally do not think that the big man will make the final roster, especially considering that we have drafted a power forward in Hickson. I’m unsure if the team could sign him to a small contract and have him play for our Bayhawks D-League franchise, but it could be an option if Traylor just wanted to suit up, you know…domestically.
But I’m not going to lie. It would be a lot of fun to hear that truck horn one more time during his next check-in…