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Cavs to waive Jalen Jones, sign Deng Adel

Cleveland is swapping out a two-way player.

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The Cavs are making another changer to its two-way players.

As first reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Cavs are signing guard Deng Adel, currently playing with Raptors 905 in the G-League, to a two-way contract. To make room for Adel, the Cavs will be waiving Jalen Jones.

Adel, a 21-year-old 6’7” forward from Sudan, played three years at Louisville before going pro. In 25 games with Raptors 905, Adel is averaging 13 points and 3.2 rebounds per game while shooting 42.3 percent from the field and 31.3 percent on three-pointers.

Jones, 25, played in 16 games for the Cavs after being signed to a two-way deal. He averaged 5.1 points for Cleveland.

Signing Adel, who would seem to have higher upside than Jones, does mean the Cavs will have only 22 days of a player to instead of the finite number of days Jones had left. Per NBA rules, a two-way player can be with its parent club for 45 days — not games — and that number is prorated based on number of when a contract is signed.

The Cavs also have a decision to make soon about Jaron Blossomgame, their other two-way player who is also running out of days. Per, the Cavs are considering sending to the G-League for a stretch to save his days or sign to the team’s last roster spot depending on what happens with Cam Payne, who is currently signed to a 10-day deal.