This morning's been a bit of a whirlwind for the Cavaliers, what with the finalization of the Kevin Love trade and Kyrie Irving making the final Team USA roster. In slightly less important but still interesting news, the Cavs have now also signed Dwight Powell to a contract:
The terms of the contract have not been released, but it is likely your standard unguaranteed 2nd-round contract for the minimum salary of about $473,000.
Powell, a 6'11" forward from Stanford, was initially acquired in a very confusing draft-day deal with the Charlotte Hornets that also included Brendan Haywood joining Cleveland. Alonzo Gee was initially reported to be sent out in the deal, but he was instead sent to the New Orleans Pelicans in a separate deal, and the Hornets received Scotty Hopson and cash considerations instead.
Powell will likely spend the season playing for the Canton Charge in the D-League. Powell averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds in five Las Vegas Summer League games after joining the Cavs, and needs a lot of work as an outside shooter and rebounder before he will be NBA ready. Powell has the potential to be a very interesting player at the NBA level due to his athletic ability and defensive potential, but he's still quite raw, and the Cavs don't have the roster spots right now to make him a regular member of the roster.
This signing means that the Cavs have now signed both of their second-round picks. Joe Harris, the 33rd pick in the draft, was signed on July 23rd.