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Some quick dribbles on the Cavaliers’ summer team that’s playing in Las Vegas this week:
1. When it comes to the Cavs in July, Jordan McRae is the man to watch. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard continues to show he can fill it up, averaging 20.3 points through three games in Vegas.
2. McRae erupted for 61 in a D-League game vs. the Canton Charge this past season. He eventually was called up by the Cavs — and scored 36 in the regular-season finale vs. the Pistons.
3. Cavs general manager David Griffin and assistant GM Trent Redden are closely monitoring McRae. The Cavs are hopeful he will become an athletic scorer and regular contributor off the bench. They need another guard after the sign-and-trade of Matthew Dellavedova to the Bucks.
4. Forwards Kenny Gabriel and Raphiael Putney are others to watch, as is rookie point guard Kay Felder, picked up by the Cavs in the draft’s second round.
5. Gabriel spent the past two seasons playing in Turkey. He caught the Cavs’ eye when they were in Turkey to check out 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman. Gabriel was playing for an opposing team and impressed.
6. I had a long conversation with Gabriel and will be writing more about him later in the week. Redden called him a “big wing shooter.” Here’s a quick story on him that’s already been posted: Gabriel takes best shot with Cavs.
7. You can read my quick feature on McRae here: Cavs high on McRae’s continued rise.
8. Also, here’s my talk with Redden about the roster: Cavs take Vegas, aim for summer surprise.
9. The Cavs are 1-2 in summer play and open the tournament portion of the Vegas league Wednesday vs. the Celtics (8 p.m. EST). The game will be televised by ESPN2. Here’s the complete schedule.
10. Last year it was McRae and three years ago it was Dellavedova. Those two beat the odds and played themselves onto the Cavs’ roster, either through the D-League or summer league. Someone seemingly comes out of nowhere everywhere. Someone could do it again.