Chandler Vaudrin

Chandler Vaudrin To Undergo Surgery On Torn ACL

Undrafted Winthrop guard Chandler Vaudrin, who played for the Cavaliers‘ Summer League team, has been diagnosed with a torn ACL and will soon undergo surgery to repair the injury, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com (Twitter links). The injury occurred in his third Summer League game.

Vaudrin had reportedly agreed to sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Cavs, meaning he likely would’ve attended training camp with the team and competed to earn a two-way contract. Instead, it appears his rookie season will be postponed by a year as he recovers from a major knee injury.

Vaudrin – who grew up in Uniontown, Ohio – filled up the stat sheet with 12.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 6.9 APG in 25 games (31.6 MPG) as a senior at Winthrop in 2020/21. He spent his last two college seasons at Winthrop after playing for the Division II Walsh Cavaliers from 2016-18.

We’ll see if Cleveland still ends up signing Vaudrin to an Exhibit 10 deal — if the Cavs like him enough, they could sign him, waive him, then have him report to the Cleveland Charge as an affiliate player. That would allow Vaudrin to rehab his injury with the Cavs’ G League team while receiving a $50K bonus as a result of the Exhibit 10 agreement.

However, it’s also entirely possible that the deal simply doesn’t get finalized due to the injury. In that scenario, the Cavs could circle back to Vaudrin a year from now.

Cavs To Sign Chandler Vaudrin To Exhibit 10 Deal

Undrafted Winthrop guard Chandler Vaudrin is joining the Cavaliers for Summer League play and will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the team, reports Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com (Twitter link).

Vaudrin – who grew up in Uniontown, Ohio – filled up the stat sheet with 12.0 PPG, 7.3 RPG, and 6.9 APG in 25 games (31.6 MPG) as a senior at Winthrop in 2020/21. He spent his last two college seasons at Winthrop after playing for the Division II Walsh Cavaliers from 2016-18.

Vaudrin was the Big South Player of the Year in 2020/21.

While Vaudrin seems unlikely to make the Cavs’ regular season roster next season, it’s possible the team envisions him playing for its G League affiliate, the Cleveland Charge. His Exhibit 10 contract would make him eligible to earn a bonus of up to $50K if he spends at least 60 days with the Charge.

Draft Notes: Pistons, Timberwolves, Banton, Hornets

Pittsburgh’s Justin Champagnie, Toledo’s Spencer Littleson, UC Santa Barbara’s Jaquori McLaughlin and Florida State’s M.J. Walker are among the players the Pistons worked out on Friday, Keith Smith tweets. The 6’6” Champagnie is ranked No. 63 among all prospects and 10th among small forwards by ESPN. The G League Ignite’s Daishen Nix also participated in the workout. Nix is ranked by No. 55 by ESPN and 10th among point guard prospects.

We have more draft-related news:

  • McLaughlin, ranked No. 93 by ESPN, also worked out recently for the Timberwolves, Darren Wolfson of KSTP tweets. The 6’4” McLaughlin was the Big West’s Conference Player of the Year. Ohio State guard Duane Washington Jr. also visited the Timberwolves, Wolfson adds in a separate tweet. Washington is participating in the G League Elite Camp in Chicago this weekend.
  • Nebraska guard Dalano Banton also received an invite to the Elite Camp, Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated tweets. Blanton averaged 9.6 PPG, 5.9 RPG and 3.9 APG last season.
  • The Hornets hosted several prospects on Thursday, including North Carolina’s Armando Bacot, Dayton’s Jalen Crutcher, Winthrop’s Chandler Vaudrin, Tennessee’s Yves Pons and Washington’s Nahziah Carter, according to Matthew Stephens of the Charlotte Observer. Pons, a small forward, is ranked No. 88.