Though he’s appeared in only one game for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, Sam Merrill has evidently earned himself a long-term commitment in Lake Erie.

According to Chris Fedor of, the Cavaliers plan to sign Merrill to a “multi-year” contract, keeping him in Cleveland.

“#Cavs are signing Sam Merrill to a *multi-year* contract, sources tell,” Fedor tweeted.

#Cavs are signing Sam Merrill to a *multi-year* contract, sources tell @clevelanddotcom.

— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) March 14, 2023

Merill, who won a championship with the Milwaukee Bucks during his rookie season, signed with the Cavaliers on March 2, as reported by Shams Charania and Kelsey Russo of The Athletic. 

“The Cleveland Cavaliers are planning to sign guard Sam Merrill to a 10-day contract out of their NBA G-League Charge affiliate, sources tell me and @kelseyyrusso,” Charania tweeted.

The Cavaliers’ roster opened up for Merrill after Kevin Love‘s surprising buyout left an empty spot. After one season with the Bucks, Merrill was bounced to the Memphis Grizzlies, where he spent another season toggling between the pros and G-League.

This season has been something of a renaissance for Merrill, however. With the Cavs’ G-League affiliate Charge, the third-year guard is putting up 17.5 PPG on 43.7% from three. He’s been an integral part of the Charge’s roster, as well, with a commanding 33.8 minutes per game tally this year.

Cavs Need Improved Three-Point Shooting

Since joining the Cavaliers full-time in early March, though, Merrill has struggled to find much playing time. He’s appeared in just one game, scoring two points in four minutes of duty.

Prior to adding Merrill, the Cavaliers were looking to fill Love’s spot with someone who addressed an area of need for Cleveland.

“#Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said that they’ll have internal conversations with Koby Altman about addressing the open roster spot based on what the team needs the most,” Cavs beat writer Evan Dammarell tweeted before Merrill’s signing was announced. 

In theory, Merrill helps with one of those areas: shooting. The Cavaliers continue to be one of of the league’s mediocre three-point threats, despite adding an offensive dynamo in Donovan Mitchell this summer.

According to Cleaning the Glass, Cleveland’s 36.5% make rate from beyond the arc ranks 16th in the league this season.

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Cavs Signing Former Champ to ‘Multi-Year’ Contract: Report

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