Cavs Send Samardo Samuels to NBA D-League's BayHawks
Samuels, a 6-foot-9 rookie power forward out of the University of Louisville, has been assigned to the D-League's Erie BayHawks. The BayHawks, a team that already features Cleveland teammate Christian Eyenga on their roster, have five games on their schedule this week beginning with a back-to-back with the Dakota Wizards beginning Monday night.
After going undrafted in this year's NBA Draft, Samuels had plenty of options when it came to choosing who to play with on the Summer League circuit in hopes of impressing a team enough to earn a spot on a team's training camp roster.
The bruising big man eventually chose to go to Vegas with the Chicago Bulls where he'd average 12.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in five games, his best game coming against top-five pick DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. In that game, Samuels made 6 of 8 from the field on his way to 17 points, seven rebounds and two steals while holding Cousins to 10 points and an abysmal 3-of-15 shooting performance. The Cavaliers were the first team to step up to sign Samuels, though, inking him to a partially guaranteed deal shortly after Summer League had concluded.
The BayHawks will have plenty of familiar faces for Samuels to feel at home with. Along with Eyenga, Tasmin Mitchell and Cedric Jackson both played with Samuels this preseason before being released shortly before the D-League season. It will be interesting to see where his minutes come, however, as the BayHawks already employ two undersized power forwards up front in former Golden State Warrior Jeff Adrien and leading scorer Ivan Johnson.
Hopefully Samuels' time in the D-League, which is expected to last a week for now, is looked back on with more happiness than the last two NBA players who were recalled from the BayHawks.