The Browns played their first preseason game Thursday and the Indians began a crucial four-game series in Minnesota, but Cavaliers basketball won’t be far behind.
Coming off a 19-63 season after four straight trips to the NBA Finals, Cleveland will begin its four-game exhibition season in less than two months, as it will host Argentina’s San Lorenzo de Almagro on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m. at newly named and renovated Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Assuming they’re healthy, the game will mark the debuts of first-round draft picks Darius Garland, chosen at No. 5, Dylan Windler (No. 26) and Kevin Porter Jr. (No. 30). Veteran college coach John Beilein also will be coaching his first preseason NBA game.
The Cavs’ other home exhibition game will be their final preseason game. They will host Kemba Walker and the revamped Boston Celtics at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15.
Cleveland’s two road exhibition games will be Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena and Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. vs. the Celtics at TD Garden.
San Lorenzo de Almagro, the the reigning Argentinean championship team, is based in Buenos Aires and plays in the League of National Basketball. It will be the club’s second game against an NBA team, having played at Toronto prior to the 2016-17 season.
The last time the Cavs faced an international opponent in preseason play was 2014, when they played Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. The teams also met in 2006. Cleveland’s other international opponents have been Athens Olympiacos (2009), CSKA Moscow (2010) and Montepaschi Siena (2012).
All exhibition games will be broadcast on Fox Sports Ohio.