The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guards Isaac Hamilton and Scoochie Smith to Exhibit 10 contracts for training camp. These contacts are different than typical two-way contracts. An Exhibit 10 contract guarantees that a player will earn a $50,000 roster bonus if he is waived by the team and signs with their G-League affiliate. They must remain on the G-League roster for at least 60 days in order to receive the bonus. This contract can also be converted to a two-way contract.
After going undrafted in 2017, both Isaac Hamilton and Scoochie Smith played for the Canton Charge last season. Hamilton averaged 11.5 points, 4.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game for the Charge. Smith averaged 14.3 points, 8.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game, shooting 51.9% from the field and 52.3% from three. Scoochie also played for the Cavs’ Las Vegas Summer League team this year, where he averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Each NBA roster is allotted two two-way contracts. Currently, the Cavs have 2018 un-drafted signee Billy Preston signed as one of the deals. The other currently belongs to John Holland. Most likely, Scoochie, Isaac and Holland are all competing for the second two-way contract. The Cavs also have another Exhibit 10 contract available for training camp.
While Billy Preston may end up playing a massive role for the Cavs in the future, given his talent level, it’s unlikely that any of the other players listed will make much of an impact. Scoochie made some fantastic plays in the Summer League this year but was inconsistent throughout. We’ve already seen a lot of John Holland, so I would prefer the last two-way contract slot to go to Scoochie, solely because he has the most upside out of the three.
Plus, who doesn’t love the name Scoochie?