The Cleveland Cavaliers lost LeBron James, but they got themselves a new point guard.
Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania confirmed that the Cavaliers finally got their third man at point guard. Yes, they landed Isaiah Taylor with a one-year deal. “The Cleveland Cavaliers and guard Isaiah Taylor have agreed to a one-year deal, league sources tell Yahoo. The Cavs have looked to add another point guard over past week,” Charania said.
The Cavs were looking for a veteran backup right behind George Hill and Collin Sexton. Taylor is good at drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line. Colton Jones even said that he’s even better than LeBron James when it comes to this.
“He is adept at getting to the free-throw line. In fact, Taylor led all Atlanta players last season in free-throw rate with a mark of 0.361. Free-throw rate is the player’s number of attempts from the charity stripe divided by their number of field-goal attempts. For comparison’s sake, Taylor’s FT rate was better than that recorded by LeBron James of the Cavaliers last season, 0.336,” he said.
“In nine starts for the Hawks, Taylor’s numbers increased, as he averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 assists, shooting 43.4 percent from the field,” Jones added.
The Cavs still haven’t made a blockbuster deal, but they’re pretty active after LeBron left the team. Kevin love got a four-year contract extension worth $120 million. Channing Frye is back in the team, too. David Nwaba and Sam Dekker sure make a nice addition to the team.
Cleveland may have lost the four-time MVP, and general manager Koby Altman said that “years where you’re non-competitive aren’t fun.”
“And I know that’s hard to build a culture that way and we’ve had a great culture of winning because of LeBron and that infrastructure that he brings right away. And I’d like to capitalize on that,” he added.
Well, the team will keep playing, and they will sure find a way to live without the king.