After having the best season of his career, Cavs point guard Darius Garland just got paid.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Klutch Sports, Garland agrees to a five-year, $193 million rookie max extension, which can become worth $231 million with All-NBA escalators.
This is the largest contract in team history.
Last season, the 22-year-old Garland, who was a first-time All-Star in 2021-22, averaged a career-best 21.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 8.6 assists per contest.
The third-year guard is the face of the franchise and led the team to their best record since 2017-18 at 44-38 as Cleveland fell to the Nets and Hawks in the play-in tournament. Garland played like one of the best guards in the NBA last season, and he appears to have the character and work ethic to only get better.
Cavs sign first-round pick Agbaji and second-round pick Mobley:
On Saturday, the Cavs announced that they have signed guard Ochai Agbaji (6-5, 215), who was selected by Cleveland with the 14th pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Agbaji started in all 39 games this past season as a senior at Kansas, averaging a Big-12 leading 18.8 points and 5.1 rebounds in a team-high 35.0 minutes.
Also, the team announced on Saturday that they have signed rookie forward Isaiah Mobley to a two-way contract, and on Sunday, Cleveland announced that they have signed guard R.J. Nembhard to a two-way contract.
Nembhard (6-5, 200), who went undrafted out of Texas Christian University in 2021, originally signed a two-way contract with Cleveland on Oct. 16 and appeared in 14 games for the Cavaliers this past season.
The 6-10 Mobley, who was selected in the second round(49th pick) of this year’s draft, appeared in 32 games (all starts) as a junior for USC this past season, averaging team-highs in points (14.2) and rebounds (8.3) in 34.1 minutes. His brother Evan Mobley was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection for the Cavaliers this past season and was selected with the 3rd pick by the Cavaliers in the 2021 NBA Draft.