Carrick Felix sat in the Canton Charge’s locker room on Tuesday when the Cavaliers made their annual pilgrimage to the home of their D-League brethren.
The Cavs shooting guard ought to familiarize himself with the surroundings. There’s a very good chance he’s going to spend some time in the National Basketball Development League this season.
Before the Cavs’ dreadful 92-74 preseason loss to the Charlotte Bobcats on Tuesday, Coach Mike Brown sized up Felix’s chances of going to the D-League.
“Canton might see him a few times,” Brown said.
That’s not necessarily a knock on the 6-foot-6, 201-pounder’s ability. It’s more a testament to how the Cavs have upgraded the shooting guard/small forward spots.
It would take a minor miracle for Felix to crack Brown’s rotation, at least early in the season.
Dion Waiters, Jarrett Jack and C.J. Miles will get minutes at shooting guard, while Alonzo Gee, Earl Clark and Miles will share playing time at small forward. That doesn’t leave any time for the rookie from Arizona State, the 33rd overall pick in the 2013 draft.
“Carrick may not play anyway,” Brown said. “If he proves otherwise, he will play. The reality of it is Carrick is the low man on the totem pole.
“Carrick has to do something very, very special over a long period of time to break (into) the rotation. If he does, I’m happy for him. He has to keep busting his behind and pushing the guys in front of him.”
Brown made the announcement in his pregame talk with the media. This appeared to be breaking news to Felix, whose face looked a bit flushed when reporters informed him of what Brown had said.
“I always think I’ve got a shot,” he said. “We all come here thinking the same thing, and we all play basketball. If I’ve got to be a cheerleader for my teammates and hype them up and get them going, that’s what I’ve got to do.
“I’m here to learn and I’m here to get better. My opportunity’s going to come. If it’s in a couple games, or if it’s in Game 69 or 72, if I get in there for three minutes, five minutes or 30 seconds, I’ve got to go out there and do my best.”
Felix, 23, is sidelined with a sports hernia. He said it’s not serious enough to require surgery. He said he will rest for a week and continue his rehab.
On the other hand, if he’s sent to Canton, he’ll likely enjoy a lot of success. He seemed to have a feeling all along he could be headed to the D-League this season.
“It’s definitely something I’m aware of,” Felix said. “(It’s) something my eyes are open to."