Cavs signing NBA champ to take Kevin Love’s roster spot
HeThe Cleveland Cavaliers are making moves as they push to lock in a top-four seed in the Eastern Conference. After watching Kevin Love get bought out and join the Miami Heat, the Cavs are bringing in another NBA Champion. This one is former Milwaukee Bucks reserve Sam Merrill, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
“The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign guard Sam Merrill to a 10-day contract out of their NBA G League Charge affiliate.”
Merrill has been with the Cleveland Charge and is being brought in on a 10-day contract, so it will be interesting to see how much run he gets over the next week and a half.
Merrill has been a bright spot for the Charge this year and could see some minutes on the bench with the NBA team.
Sam Merrill has been averaging 16.4 points on 46.9% shooting and is also hitting on 43.7% of his three-point attempts with the Cleveland Charge this year.
A possible much-needed shooting punch for the #Cavs and now his hard work is going to pay off.
— Evan Dammarell (@AmNotEvan) March 1, 2023
Merrill was with the Bucks in 2020-2021 and won the NBA title, then he went to the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021-2022 but appeared in just six games. He played sparingly in eight postseason games for the Bucks, but he has been sensational this season for the Charge and is at least worth a look as Cleveland decides what to do for the playoffs.
Merrill just played for the Charge in the loss against Stockton, and he finished with 17 points and five assists on 5-12 from the field and 4-11 from the three-point line.
The Cavs head home to face the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night, and Merrill should be on the bench and ready to see some more NBA action.
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