On Monday, September 10, 2012 the Cleveland Cavaliers announced they had signed free agent guard/forward Alonzo Gee to a three-year, $9.75 million contract. While terms were not disclosed per league and team policy, the Associated Press' Tom Withers reported the specifics of the deal.
Gee, who went undrafted out of Alabama, is proof of the success of the NBA Development League. He played just a handful of games with both the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs before joining the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2010-11 campaign. He had a breakout year last season averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds in 63 games proving his value to the young team.
"From the start of free agency, we made it clear that re-signing Alonzo was important to us and we're happy we've been able to do that," Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said. "Alonzo has worked very hard to make the most of the opportunities he has had thus far and it has been great to see his development and growth as a Cavalier. We're excited he will be part of our team as our young group of players continues to grow together."
As a fan I could not be happier the Cavaliers have brought Gee back. While the team is still young and growing, Gee provides additional depth and has the ability to start when called upon. The re-signing of Gee gives head coach Byron Scott the additional tools he needs to be successful.
"I am excited to be back with the Cavs and be a part of what is being built here in Cleveland. I wanted things to work out for me to be here and I'm really happy that they did," Gee said. "I'm really thankful that the Cavs gave me an opportunity and I can't wait to get back to work with Coach Scott and our coaches and my teammates."
The fact Gee wants to play in Cleveland and acknowledges the building that is taking place within the franchise is additional proof there is a vision and plan in place for the Cavaliers to return to contention. It may not be this season but will certainly happen soon.
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