Cleveland Cavaliers gamble on former top prospect
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The Cleveland Cavaliers took a low-risk, high reward gamble following the 2018 NBA Draft when they inked former standout Billy Preston to a deal. 

The 6-foot-10 power forward committed to play collegiately at Kansas, but he never took the floor for the Jayhawks. Following a car accident that spurred an NCAA eligibility investigation, Preston signed to play basketball in Bosnia. He played just three games, however, as he suffered an injury that prematurely ended his season.

If Preston can exhibit the flashes that made him a five-star recruit and McDonald's All-American in 2017, then the Cavs may have gotten a steal. There was very little film to go by, so Preston, who was once projected a mid-second round pick, went undrafted. 

With their lottery pick, the Cavs took Alabama point guard Collin Sexton. In an attempt to replace Kyrie Irving, general manager Koby Altman went with a tough-nosed guard who can play both ends of the floor. Preston, meanwhile, could add to the Cavs’ front court depth.

Both players will be on display during the NBA’s Summer League, although more intrigue will surround Preston than Sexton. Sexton is more of a known commodity, whereas Preston is a dark horse for the club. 

All 30 NBA teams will take part in the Las Vegas Summer League, which takes place from July 6-17 at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

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