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The Cleveland Cavaliers have added a third point guard, according to a report.
Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports the Cavaliers have agreed to a one-year deal with Isaiah Taylor. He will join veteran George Hill and eighth overall draft choice Collin Sexton as point guards on Cleveland’s roster.
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.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 10, 2018
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Taylor, signed to a two-year contract last October, averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 17.4 minutes in 67 games for the Hawks last season, shooting 41.8 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc and 69.9 percent from the free-throw line.
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.
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.
Here is Taylor throwing down one of three dunks he had last season:
Isaiah Taylor going 🆙 for the dunk!!!! pic.twitter.com/9nK5P9uuaC
— FOX Sports: Hawks (@HawksOnFSSE) March 23, 2018
Taylor went undrafted out of Texas in 2016. He signed a two-way contract with the Houston Rockets on Feb. 27, 2017 and spent most of that season with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, Houston’s G League affiliate, though he did sit out a large number of games because of a groin injury.
Taylor was waived by Houston on Oct. 13, 2017 and signed a multi-year deal with Atlanta four days later. In between seeing action in 67 games for the Hawks last season, he also spent time with their G League squad, the Erie Bayhawks.
In those four games, Taylor averaged 21.3 points and 10.3 assists per game, while shooting 49.3 percent from the field. The BayHawks went 3-1 in those four games. Taylor scored 29 points and handed out 16 dimes in a victory against Delaware.