With star point guard Kyrie Irving set to miss the next month of action, the Cleveland Cavaliers have anointed backup Jeremy Pargo as their short-term floor general, as reported by Waiting For Next Year.
Pargo will take the reigns to Cleveland's offense on Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, marking just his sixth career start at the NBA level. Even though he is averaging a measly 2.7 points and 1.3 assists per night over sporadic minutes, the 6'2 Pargo's undeniable athleticism will allow the Cavs to avoid playing at a slower pace without Irving in the fold, according to head coach Byron Scott.
"Offensively I’m not asking him to do nothing he can’t do," Scott said. "I know he can run the show and push the tempo. I know he makes good decisions and if he has open shots, I want him to take them. The game plan doesn’t necessarily change, we just want to do it better."
Pargo was picked up via trade over the summer from the Memphis Grizzlies, but has yet to find a niche in the league after going undrafted out of Gonzaga in 2009. While Scott admitted to the media that reserve guard Donald Sloan may be a better passer, Pargo's defensive intensity ultimately gives him a slight edge for the time being. Daniel Gibson could also factor into the mix at point guard as well, but right now it appears Pargo will be given every chance to succeed while Irving is sidelined.