Kyle Guy may be a needed piece for the Cavs if a Ben Simmons trade happens.
The Cavs signed former Virginia guard Kyle Guy to compete for a two-way contract and join the likes of Tacko Fall and RJ Nembhard as players vying for the last spot on the team. A move that may be desperately needed if a trade with the 76ers ends up netting the Cavs, Ben Simmons.
Most rumors that surround the deal have Simmons heading over in exchange for guys like Isaac Okoro, Collin Sexton, and/or Darius Garland. So it’s entirely possible that to make the deal work, some guards get sent over in the deal. If guys like Sexton, Garland, or Ricky Rubio (or any combination of them) get sent over, then Guy will be an extremely needed piece to the team for the remainder of the season.
Granted, there’s no guarantee that the trade happens and if it does, there’s no guarantee that Guy is in Cleveland when it does.
Kyle Guy would be a decent player for the Cavs after a Ben Simmons trade
Guy went No. 55 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft and showed a lot of promise as a shooter while at Virginia, playing alongside Thunder’s breakout player Ty Jerome, and winning a National Championship along the way. The two players play similar styles but Jerome is bigger than Guy.
Guy was the better shooter in college, but Jerome has been the better shooter in the pros. If Guy is going to not only earn one of those two-way contracts but become a potential piece in a post-Ben Simmons world, then the Cavs are going to need him to start hitting his shots.
In college, he hit 42% of his shots for his career, peaking in Junior year where he shot seven three-point shots per game and hit nearly 43% of them. Since entering the pros, however, Guy is hitting only 26% of his shots from behind the arc, and didn’t hit one at all as a rookie. Granted, he only played in seven games that year but the point stands.
Guy has to be consistent if he hopes to earn a contract. The Cavs could certainly use a two-guard who can shoot, but as Guy is 6’1 and would be behind three other players at point guard, hitting his shots is the only way he can get on this team.
With or without Simmons already on the roster.