The ink is dry on Chris Grant's biggest free agent signing of the off-season. Alonzo Gee will be dunking in Cleveland for two more years, maybe even three.
In a deal structured to reward Gee for his development, while at the same time not over-committing in terms of years, Alonzo is scheduled to earn $3.5 million in 2012-13, $3.25 in 2013-14 and another $3.25 in 2014-15 if the Cavs exercise a team option they hold in year three.
That's a winning contract for Chris Grant based on where the market could've gone for Gee. At the same time, for Alonzo, a $10 million deal with $6.75 guaranteed over the next three years is also realizing the NBA hoop dream. A dream that had to seem pretty elusive at times only a few years ago in the D-League.
Gee, 25, cashed in by posting career bests in scoring (10.6), rebounding (5.1), assists (1.8), steals (1.3), free throw percentage (.788) and minutes per game (29.0) in 63 games (31 starts) during the 2011-12 season. In his 31 starts, the 6-foot-6, 219-pounder increased his averages to 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.7 minutes per game.
“From the start of free agency, we made it clear that re-signing Alonzo was important to us and we’re happy we’ve been able to do that,” Grant said. “Alonzo has worked very hard to make the most of the opportunities he has had thus far and it has been great to see his development and growth as a Cavalier. We’re excited he will be part of our team as our young group of players continues to grow together.”
Off the court, Alonzo Gee has developed good relationships with Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson. I'm sure the Cavaliers two rookies from a season ago are glad to have Gee back in the fold, and he is too.
“I am excited to be back with the Cavs and be a part of what is being built here in Cleveland", Gee said in a statement released by the team. "I wanted things to work out for me to be here and I’m really happy that they did. I’m really thankful that the Cavs gave me an opportunity and I can’t wait to get back to work with Coach Scott and our coaches and my teammates.”
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