Cavs Legion GC’s Strainer has requested a trade away from the team, sources tell DIMER.
The second-year guard’s request emerged from a desire to move on from the organization after a tumultuous year, sources said. Strainer was prepared to play for Hornets Venom GT after being selected in the expansion draft, but was surprised when the expansion team dealt him back to Cavs Legion GC shortly after the draft.
Strainer was drafted by Cavs Legion in the third round of the 2019 NBA 2K League entry draft at 51st overall. Splitting time as both a point guard and sharpshooter, he averaged 15.9 points per game in the regular season on almost 60% shooting from the field and 52% 3-point shooting. He also averaged just over 4 assists per game.
The team did not protect Strainer following the season’s end, but orchestrated a trade with Hornets Venom GT to reacquire him. Cavs Legion GC sent the 13th overall pick in the 2020 entry draft and a second-round pick in the 2021 entry draft to get back Strainer as well as the Hornets’ first-round pick in the 2021 entry draft.
Cavs Legion GC finished 8-8 in season two, falling short of the playoffs. Outside of Strainer, the team houses a talented roster of oLarry, All Hail Trey and season two Defensive Player of the Year Godddof2k, and will have aspirations of a return to the playoffs in 2020. Former Cavs Director of Esports/Cavs Legion GM Anthony Muraco departed the team following the conclusion of the season. Head coach Austin Peterson, who also works with the G-League’s Canton Charge, is expected to return for his second season at the helm in 2020.
Though an official date has not been announced, the NBA 2K League said the next trade window would open a month prior to the 2020 entry draft and goes through week 12 of the regular season.