The FIBA Americas and FIBA Europe tournaments are ongoing, but most of the Cavs with international ties are not participating for their countries.
Anderson Varejao didn’t suit up for Brazil. Omri Casspi isn’t on the court for Israel as he is rehabbing a knee injury. Tristan Thompson chose not to play for Canada this summer. Turkey is pretty deep in the front court with Hedo Turkoglu, Omer Asik, Ersan Ilyasova, and Enes Kanter. That may not be the reason, but Semih Erden is not active. Jamaica didn’t qualify for FIBA Americas, so no Samardo Samuels.
At least one Cavs related player is participating in these tournaments. Milan Macvan, the Cavs’ recent second round draft pick, is a key reserve for the 4-2 Serbian squad. In a little over 15 minutes per game, he is averaging 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds on 50% fg shooting and 79% ft shooting (58% true shooting). He has registered less than one assist and turnover per game, and does not have a steal or a block yet.
He may never play a game for the Cavs, but I’m rooting for him. Bring home a medal, Milan!
(Update: Seeing as Cavs fans are surely invested in Milan Macvan’s successes and failures; there is disappointing news to provide. Serbia got handled by Spain today, 84 -59, dealing a huge blow to their medal chances. The Gasol brothers were too skilled, finishing with a combined 46 points and 18 rebounds. In 18 minutes, Macvan finished with 6 points on 3 – 8 shooting and also grabbed 5 rebounds. It will take some luck and a Herculean effort by Mr. Macvan in order for Serbia to advance to the final 8. Best of luck!)