Following on news today that Kyrie Irving had surgery to remove his wisdom teeth and Daniel Gibson is taking time to recover from concussion symptoms, the Cleveland Cavaliers today announced the signing of former Cleveland State guard D’Aundray Brown.
Brown was a big part of Gary Waters’ legendary backcourt for the last few seasons alongside Trey Harmon and Jeremy Montgomery. In a Horizon League career that stretches back to 2007 (he sat out the 2010-2011 season due to a preseason injury), Brown compiled 91 starts.
Last season – his last — Brown brought legendary defensive backfield presence. He blocked shots at a 2.7 percent clip and had the fourth-best steal rate in the nation with a steal in 5.3 percent of his chances.
The Cavs didn’t announce the terms of the contract.
The Chicago Bulls cut former Milwaukee guard Ryan Allen from their roster on Wednesday after Allen saw less than a minute on the floor in two preseason games. Allen has ties to the NBA that might have helped him earn a tryout, his brother is Tony Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Another Cleveland State alum, Norris Cole, who last season won an NBA championship with the Miami Heat as a reserve point guard has been getting starts in the preseason while Mario Chalmers recovers from injury. But Cole hasn’t impressed.
Some have questioned whether the Heat’s depth of talent could prove dentrimental for Cole.
You can also read about the Horizon’s other alums making their way in the NBA: The Salt Lake Tribune had a nice feature on Butler alum Gordon Hayward, and the Washington Post recently wrote about former Bulldog Shelvin Mack trying to earn a spot with the Washington Wizards.
Update (10/26): Detroit alum Willie Green (class of 2003) was traded from Atlanta to the Clippers in July (source).