The Cleveland Cavaliers added another player to the training camp mix on Monday, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, with the signing of veteran guard A.J. Price, who will back up Kyrie Irving should he make the final squad.
Price, a 6-2 point guard who played collegiately with the Connecticut Huskies, was a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves with Kevin Love last season, but saw just 99 minutes of action in 28 games, missing 13 games following an appendectomy. Prior to that, he was with the Washington Wizards for one season after having spent his first three campaigns with the Indiana Pacers.
In his five seasons of action, Price has primarily been a reserve, averaging just under six points and roughly two assists per game. His most productive campaign was with the Wizards, where he started 22 of the 57 games he played, and averaged 7.7 points and 3.6 assists.
Price’s turmoil-laden career at Connecticut was marked by two major situations, the first coming as a freshman, when he suffered a near-fatal brain-aneurysm. After recovering, he was arrested the following year in connection with the theft of laptops from UConn dorm rooms. He was suspended for the remainder of that season, and later given probation, with the charge later expunged.
The scouting report on Price states that he thrives in his limited role as a playmaker and handles the ball well. However, criticism about his lack of drive to the basket is cited when noting his very average outside shooting percentage of 37.8 percent.
The Cavaliers unofficially get their preseason going a week from Wednesday (October 1), when they hold a Wine & Gold scrimmage at the Quicken Loans Arena. Four nights later, the team will face Maccabai Tel Aviv, new head coach David Blatt’s former team.