Report: Former Jayhawk Billy Preston agrees to join the Cleveland Cavaliers


Kansas forward Billy Preston

Kansas forward Billy Preston by Nick Krug

On Saturday evening, nearly two full days after the completion of the 2018 draft, Shams Charania, of Yahoo Sports, reported that Preston had signed a free agent deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The landing spot is notable because, after committing to KU out of high school, Preston compared himself and his game to Cavs star LeBron James. Now, depending on what happens this summer with James' free agency, Preston will get the opportunity to play with or possibly replace James in Cleveland.

Kansas coach Bill Self said Thursday after Preston went undrafted that several NBA teams told him throughout the spring that Preston was a first-round talent, but his inability to showcase himself during his freshman season at KU — stemming from a car accident that called into question his eligibility — ultimately led to various NBA teams passing on him 60 times during the draft.

Preston, at 6-foot-10, 240 pounds, with guard skills and a good shooting touch, has the skill set to both impress and stick in the NBA. And now he knows where he'll get his opportunity to do it, most likely starting in early July during the Las Vegas summer league.

None by Shams Charania


Brian Skelly 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Is this full NBA contract?   A two-way contract like Newman signed?  A G-League contract?   A 10 day contract?

Any specifics?

Pius Waldman 7 months, 4 weeks ago

What he signed was a contract not guaranteed so when the final cuts are made if he doesn't make the 13 player list more than likely then G league

John Brazelton 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Congratulations, Billy. You're got NBA "potential". Can you back it up!

Dirk Medema 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Obviously an attempt to keep LeBron. The Lakers, apparently a major player in trying to get him to free agent over, signed 2 Jayhawks. Everyone knows LeBron needs a Jayhawk in order to win a championship.

Dirk Medema 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I wonder if Billy's contract/performance becomes a model for the move away from the 1-n-done rule. A decade ago, he probably would have been a lottery pick out of HS, but then too many flamed with zero return on investment. The owners are good enough businessmen to know that's no way to run a business.

Allan Olson 7 months, 4 weeks ago

Have to believe his Mommy is elated with this opportunity. No shoe company money yet, however!

Marius Rowlanski 7 months, 4 weeks ago

I hope Preston proves all the nay-sayers wrong.

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