The third installment of our series Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods checks in with ex-Cavalier Ira Newble. For part one of our series featuring Damon Jones click here. For part two, featuring Luke Jackson, click here.
Hooping on Foreign Hardwoods: Ira Newble
As of this week he is currently available. Unfortunately for Ira though, thats due to an injury he suffered as recently as last Friday – from what I can tell – that eventually led to his release from the Spanish team he was playing for this season.
He’ll probably be okay financially though. After being inked by the Cavs in 2003 to a multi-year deal, he did bank just over $14.5 million before that contract expired in 2008. A defensive specialist in his time with the Cavs, he played in 230 games, started 100 of them, and averaged 8 points a night during his time in Cleveland.
Last season he played in the Israel Premier League, appearing in 9 games for Bnei Hasharon and averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per contest. For his efforts, he earned Honorable Mention All Israeli League before leaving at the end of the season to play this year in the Spanish Pro League for Caceres CB 2016.
Pictured above speaking with a member of the Spanish media after signing with the club, he played in 3 games this season – the last of which was this past Friday (1-22) – and in those games he averaged 14 points and 3 rebounds.
He apparently got injured, and then either left or was released by the team, and has since been replaced on the roster by former Memphis Tiger Shawn Taggert.