Cleveland Cavaliers’ rookie point guard Kay Felder has been placed in the NBA’s concussion protocol following Friday’s practice, in which he endured a contact injury to the head. His status for Tuesday evening’s regular season-opener is slated to be updated during the early stages of that same day.
Players are required to pass a number of tests – including riding stationary bike, jogging, agility drills, and non-contact basketball drills – without presenting any signs of concussion symptoms following the duration of each tests. Cavaliers’ forward Kevin Love had to undergo the same procedure in Game 3 of the NBA Finals a season ago, in which the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead with the first unanimous MVP in point guard Stephen Curry.
As for Felder, he is looking to make his mark in the NBA as an under-the-radar player out of Oakland. The undersized 5-9 floor general had an impactful career with the Golden Grizzlies, which was stamped with a standout senior campaign. Felder averaged 24.4 points and 9.2 assists per contest during last season’s campaign.
He was originally selected by the Atlanta Hawks with the No. 54 pick but had his rights obtained by Cleveland on draft night. With the Cavaliers during the Summer League, Felder chipped in with 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game over a seven-game sample size, six of which he started in.
Cleveland’s already short-handed at the point guard position with little to no depth behind All-Star floor general, Kyrie Irving. The club had already pondered the decision to trade for a point guard to alleviate the pressure off of Felder, but with his status uncertain for Tuesday’s opener, the problem becomes even bigger for Cleveland.