At halftime of Saturday's Wine & Gold Scrimmage at Baldwin Wallace University Alonzo Gee of the Wine team was traded for Earl Clark of the Gold. It had nothing to do with how either was playing or what the coaches thought of them. It was just another step in the mix-and-match process Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is going through this preseason in order to find a starting lineup. Brown said he likely will start one of the two at small forward in the first half of Tuesday night's exhibition against Milwaukee at The Q with the other starting the second half. He wants to give each a chance to play with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving shooting guard Dion Waiters center Anderson Varejao and power forward Tristan Thompson. He said C.J. Miles is in the mix as well and Miles can play small forward or shooting guard. The coach was asked what he needs to get out of the position. "I just need somebody to step up and be consistent" he said after a practice that lasted nearly five hours on Monday. "I don't need a lot. "When I say consistent I mean first defensively second rebound-wise third a guy who wants to get us extra possessions and then lastly when you get an opportunity to make the most of it without getting outside your box." Brown had Clark in Los Angeles but this is his first look at Gee the incumbent small forward who earned his spot because of his defense. "He's a veteran who has grown and learned a lot in a short amount of time'' Brown said of Gee. "I've been impressed with him. He's a solid guy who can do a lot of things for you and is not afraid to get dirty. In this business you've got to want to get dirty in order to have success.'' Gee is well aware of that and has been amazed at how focused Brown has been the first week of training camp.
Alonzo Gee, Earl Clark will each take a turn as starting small forward for Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Oct 8