Former Kansas Jayhawks forward and former five-star recruit Cliff Alexander will play for the Brooklyn Nets in this year’s NBA Summer League. Chicago sports blogger Xavier Sanchez reported the signing on his personal Twitter page, citing “many sources.”
— Xavier Sanchez (@Xavier_Sanchez4) June 27, 2015
After a freshman year in which he averaged 7.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game before voluntarily sitting out the latter half of the season due to an eligibility issue, Alexander declared for the NBA Draft and went unselected on Thursday night. He will now join many undrafted rookies in the summer league and have to go above and beyond to prove that he does deserve a roster spot.
Alexander does have size at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds and if he has indeed signed with the Nets, he could very well find himself in an ideal situation. Brooklyn is likely about to lose center Brook Lopez in free agency, and Mason Plumlee was just sent to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal for first round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson. Moreover, power forward Thaddeus Young is also a free agent and may choose to sign elsewhere.
Thus, depending on what Nets GM Billy King decides to do in free agency and how well Alexander performs in the Summer League, the former Jayhawk could have a legit chance of making an NBA roster.
Of course, Campus Sports will update Alexander’s status as more information becomes available.
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