Cavs officially sign Denzel Valentine

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Denzel Valentine, the team announced on Wednesday.

The deal had been rumored for weeks, and according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, it’s a partially guaranteed two-year deal.

Last season, Valentine averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 62 games (three starts) for the Chicago Bulls. He scored in double figures on 21 occasions, including a career-best seven straight double-digit scoring performances from February 3-15.

Valentine spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bulls. He has played in 232 regular-season games (45 starts) with career averages of 7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in 19.8 minutes. His 342 three-pointers rank 13th all-time in Bulls franchise history. His best season was in 2018, when he averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.

After a four-year career at Michigan State, Chicago originally drafted the 27-year-old guard with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

The 6-5 Valentine could help the Cavs off the bench at the guard and small forward spots.

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