The NBA offseason is often a slow, grueling wait for basketball fans until the next season gets underway. With the exception of big name free agents signings, there’s usually nothing notable that happens. This current offseason has been much different because NBA stars have been tearing it up in the Drew League. Notable superstars include LeBron James, Demar DeRozan, Darius Garland and Isaiah Thomas to name a few. Three of the players on this aforementioned list have a connection to the Cleveland Cavaliers organization.
Let’s begin with The King. Although he missed 26 games last season as the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, LeBron showed no signs of rust or nagging injury during his appearance at the Drew League. In his first time playing there since the 2011 NBA lockout, LeBron put up a monster stat line. He finished with 42 points on 50% shooting to go along with 16 rebounds, four steals and three assists. During this game he was teamed up with Chicago Bulls guard Demar DeRozan and the two of them helped lift their team over the opposition winning by a margin of just two points. Safe to say that The King has once again returned to his throne and will be a scary sight for opposing defenders next season.
Then there’s Isaiah Thomas. Most recently Thomas played for the Charlotte Hornets, but back in 2017 the All-Star guard was playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers. In the past, Isaiah Thomas has struggled with injury that stems from a hip surgery he had a few years ago. This led many front offices to believe that he’d regressed as a basketball player and was no longer capable of high caliber play. It’s safe to say that Isaiah Thomas has since shut those critics up, especially considering his most recent outburst in the Drew League. Thomas took part in a Drew League game recently during which he exploded for 45 points, two rebounds and five assists. On top of that, he dropped in seven three point bombs, a familiar sight for those who know how good of a player Isaiah Thomas can be when healthy. It’s also worth noting that as of right now, Thomas remains a free agent so there’s possibility for a potential reunion with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously at his age, I don’t see any team giving Isaiah Thomas a max contract offer, but he’d be a great veteran presence that could provide a spark off the bench when starting point guard Darius Garland needs rest.
Ultimately, the Drew League makes a slow offseason that much more interesting for basketball fans. More than that though it allows us to see former Cavs superstars as well as potential free agent signings.