In my July 16th post highlighting the ESPN article on Rashad McCants, I wrote that McCants was playing on the Cleavland Cavaliers Summer League team and had to DNPs. But according to this article from Brian Windhorst from The Plain Dealer, McCants did not show-up to play – literally.
Former lottery pick Rashad McCants was scheduled to join the Cavs for their first summer league practice on Sunday. He did not show up and the team didn’t hear a reason for days. It is now believed McCants didn’t report for personal reasons, but it caught the team by surprise.
“I have not seen him; he never showed up,” Pressey said. “I was kind of looking forward to seeing the guy, he’s a heck of a talent.”
And while McCants might have a ton of talent, he does not seem to have a ton of intelligence.
In the ESPN article by Chris Palmer, you are made to feel that there is no good reason why McCants is not in the league. McCants is too talented, he has never been arrested, he is like by teammates and there are many players who have been arrested that are playing in the NBA. But somehow, McCants can not find a job.
But there seems to be an explanation for him mot making it to Vegas. In this article by Bob Finnan from The News-Herald, McCants decided not to come because his mother became ill.
“He had a family issue with his mother being ill,” said McCants’ agent, Lindsey Maxwell, of Washington, D.C. “His mother just took ill last Thursday. He felt it was best to take care of his family. He returned to Carolina.
“We’ve been in contact with the Cavs. They’ve been aware for a while.”
McCants is planning to be in Las Vegas on Sunday for the Tim Grgurich camp.
“(Not showing up) doesn’t help his cause any,” Maxwell said. “We think he’s still a productive player in the NBA.”
I hope that his mother is recovering and that she will be OK, but the timing is very unfortunate.
In the ESPN article it also states that McCants turned down a 10-day contract and a stint in the NBDL, and now this.
Why should a team give you a chance if you can’t show the courtesy to contact the team and let them no the situation, it would be the professional thing to do.