Cavs Re-Sign SF Alonzo Gee To Multiyear Deal, Will He Provide Leadership in 2012-13?
According to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed swingman Alonzo Gee to a three-year worth just under $10 million.
Gee, 25, would average 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and shoot over 40 percent from the field at 41.2 in 63 games for Cleveland.
Gee’s contract, which expired on June 30, stated that he wanted to remain with the Wine and Gold.
Cleveland, who shared a mutual interest in retaining the third-year player out of Alabama, made retaining Gee’s services their top priority in free agency.
An undrafted free agent, Gee would play a total of 11 games with the Washington Wizards and five with the San Antonio Spurs before signing with Cleveland in 2010.
Gee would be named 2010 D-League Rookie Of The year and All-NBA D-League second team after averaging 21.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals for the Austin Toros.
Gee would also shoot 50.9 percent from the field and 39.3 percent from three-point range.
In re-signing Gee, the Cavaliers retained their most important free-agent, as Gee’s combination of outside shooting, athleticism and explosiveness will prove to be a valuable asset for a young Cavaliers team that may have two rookies in Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and two second year players in Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson on the floor.
If anything, Gee will be counted on to become a leader in 2012-13, with Gee back in the fold, Cleveland’s chances of contending in the Eastern Conference just got a little better.
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