According to international reporter David Pick, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign shooting guard John Holland after he was waived by the Boston Celtics at the end of August. He reportedly will have a chance to make the Cavaliers’ roster.
After going undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft out of Boston University, Holland played in various European leagues before coming back stateside last year to join the Canton Charge of the NBA D-League. In 37 games with the Charge, he averaged 16 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. He was scooped up by the Boston Celtics in April and played one minute in one game for the team, a playoff loss to the Atlanta Hawks. In his one minute of action, Holland attempted one three-point shot (which he missed), but otherwise recorded no other measured statistics.
Coming off an NBA title, the Cavaliers certainly don’t need to add much in the way of additional playoff experience to the team, but in Holland they have added a playoff specialist — a player with exclusively playoff experience. All jokes aside, because the Cavaliers lack compelling depth at the shooting-guard position, Holland will have a chance to make the roster with a strong preseason.
Cleveland returns the core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love that helped lead them to last year’s NBA title, but are not currently considered the favorite for the 2016-17 title with the Golden State Warriors adding Kevin Durant to their already formidable core of Stephen Curry, klay Thompson and Draymond Green.