Cleveland Cavaliers won't have Jerrelle Benimon at camp after all

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With Tristan Thompson a virtual lock to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers in some way, shape or form before the 2015-16 NBA season, the NBA Finals runners up effectively have just one roster spot open as they prepare for training camp.

Recent reports had suggested that one man who would challenge for the depth role would be 24-year-old power forward Jerrelle Benimon - D-League reporter Chris Reichert claiming the former Idaho standout signed a camp deal with the Cavs.

No go

However, in something of a surprise move, it now looks like Benimon is set to reject the offer to prove himself with the Cavaliers in favor of a move to the Far East.


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Global basketball publication Sportando is reporting that Benimon, rather than taking his chances in the NBA, will be heading to China for the upcoming season:

"Jerrelle Benimon will continue his career in China with Foshan Lions, a source told Sportando," wrote E. Carchia.

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With Quinn Cook, Jared Cunningham and D.J. Stephens all reportedly in contention for the coveted Cleveland roster spot, it looks like Benimon has opted for the guaranteed pay check of CBA basketball.

Missed opportunity?

The choice though will still raise a few eyebrows considering the timing of the forward's decision. 

Coming off an impressive season in the D-League in which he averaged 19.8 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, it looked like, at 24, this was the perfect time to make the jump to the NBA.

The Chinese league does finish earlier than its US counterpart however, so don't be surprised to see Benimon - a two-time CAA player of the year - return to the States in 2016.

Cavaliers fans: Is your roster now better than the one which lost out to the Warriors in the 2015 Finals? Have your say in the comments below...

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