Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has been all over training camp roster news this week, and his latest blurb last night featured a battle at the guard position:
With about a week left in training camp, one of the looming decisions is whether to carry two or three point guards. The Cavs must release two more players before the start of the season, but those cuts aren’t expected to come until after Tuesday’s preseason finale.
Scott is willing to carry three point guards, but it’s becoming clear that either Sloan or Pargo will likely be released at the end of training camp.
In the article, Lloyd reported straight from Scott that Dion Waiters will play shooting guard exclusively during his rookie season, saying that “He has enough on his plate.” Thus, this battle is for Kyrie Irving’s main backup and the hopeful 12 minutes per game.
Of course, the 26-year-old Pargo was a more “high-profile” offseason acquisition, arriving in a July trade with Memphis along with a future second-round pick for D.J. Kennedy. The Gonzaga product’s older brother Jannero also had a journeyman career in the NBA.
Meanwhile, Sloan, 24, who was a D-League call-up last season, shined in garbage spots last season behind Irving. A product of Texas A&M, he has a nonguaranteed contract this year. Pargo’s contract is worth $1 million, but Lloyd said the Cavs likely would have no problem parting ways with him if he lost the battle.
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