It’s official – Jordan McRae is now one of the Cleveland Cavaliers!
NBA star Jordan McRae is now an official member of the Cleveland Cavaliers roster – joining the likes of two-time NBA champion LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) February 28, 2016
Quite a few rumors have circulated online in recent weeks about Jordan McRae finding a brand new team to call his home team. However, the fact that he is a confirmed addition to the Cavaliers may come as a shock to quite a few NBA fans and critics.
According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Jordan McRae reportedly signed a 10-day contract deal with the Cavaliers. His first game wearing a Cavaliers jersey actually took place on Sunday when the Cavs faced the Washington Wizards.
It is true that the Cavaliers were not able to walk away from that particular game with a victory — which would have been a major highlight for this new chapter of Jordan’s journey working alongside LeBron James. However, he was still able to add quite a few impressive stats to his career record even though he did not play very long in his big debut.
According to the report, Jordan McRae played for seven minutes during the Cavaliers’ big game against the Washington Wizards on Sunday, which ended with the Cavs losing by 14 points (113-99) as the visiting team in Washington, D.C.
However, during that seven minutes, Jordan McRae was able to score eight points. He was perfect from the free throw line — hitting all three of his attempts. When it came to his overall shooting from the field, Jordan nailed two of his four shots.
The start of the 24-year-old’s journey as a professional basketball player in the NBA started when he was signed to the San Antonio Spurs.
McRae was chosen with the 58th overall pick during the 2014 NBA Draft by the Spurs. However, on draft night, he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers — joining the team officially during the 2014 NBA Summer League. Within the four games that he played for the 76ers, Jordan McRae was able to average 21 points and 2.5 rebounds in addition to 1.8 steals and 1 assist.
During an interview with NBA Australia, Jordan McRae opened up about his initial reactions to being selected in the NBA Draft — the starting point of a back-and-forth, up-and-down roller coaster ride of a career thus far.
“I didn’t know where I was gonna land and (just like anybody else) I was hoping that I was gonna hear my name called. That’s just something that every basketball player dreams of. To actually get drafted, it meant a lot to me. I had a lot of family around, and hearing my name called, everybody was feeling happy. It was definitely a moment [that] I won’t forget.”
In August of 2014, Jordan McRae signed with an Australian team — Melbourne United.
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When asked by NBA Australia about his thoughts and feelings about not getting to the NBA right away, McRae explained the benefits of playing in Australia — a career move that he admitted was an option from the start of his journey.
“I knew Australia was an option the whole time from talking to my agent, and talking to Philly; I knew that there was a chance that I wasn’t going to go [straight to the NBA]. From talking about Europe, and Russia, and working out what was the best fit for me, knowing that Coach Brown has a good relationship here. Also knowing that this season is only six months, and you play one game a week, so it’s just getting a lot of opportunities to lift weights, and really focus on my body during the week—rather than having three or four games—it was good for me. Plus, it’s about to be hot here, too!”
Perhaps Jordan McRae’s journey with the Cleveland Cavaliers will allow him to finally make a big name for himself in the NBA — especially if LeBron James is able to lead the team back to the NBA Finals this year.
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