The Cavs are reportedly on the verge of re-signing free agent swingman Alonzo Gee to a 3 year $10 million contract. This is good news for a myriad of reasons. Alonzo Gee proved that he has a place in an NBA rotation last year when he averaged 10.6 and 5.1 rebounds in 63 games. Gee started 31 of those games after Byron Scott was left with no choice but to look elsewhere for a starting small forward after the disappointing first half of the season that Omri Casspi had with the club.
Another reason that the contract extension is good for the Cavs is because it appeared as if the discussions had reached a stalemate. It would not have been surprising if Gee begrudgingly accepted the one year qualifying offer from the Cavs and played his way into unrestricted free agency. The most-likely outcome of this scenario is Gee playing out his contract with the Cavs and leaving for another team after that.
Gee had what many considered to be a breakout year with the Cavs. One item of concern is that with the exception of the month of March, his field goal percentage dropped as the year progressed. in fact, he shot a measly 34.1% from the field in 12 games in April. Having said that, Gee has been re-signed to a long-term contract that is reasonable. He is capable of playing the shooting guard and small forward positions. In fact, he posted almost identical stats when he started at both positions (with the exception of assists, steals and rebounds).
Gee signed with the Cavs on December 28, 2010 in what was considered another meaningless undrafted free agent during the dismal 2010-2011 season. He played four games with the San Antonio Spurs prior to signing with Cleveland and he only averaged 0.4 points with the veteran team.
While many players came into the lockout-shortened season out of shape and rusty, Gee made a name for himself and earned a long-term contract with the Cavs. This is impressive because the players were not allowed to have any contact with members of the coaching staff during the owner-imposed lockout.
With the Cavs re-signing Alonzo Gee, the team now has a small forward rotation of Gee, C.J. Miles and Omri Casspi on the team. None of these guys are going to be mistaken for all stars any time soon, but this rotation is a decent stop-gap until the Cavs hopefully draft the best available small forward in the 2013 draft. Alonzo Gee may never be a full-time starter in the NBA, but it should be fun to see his development.
And hell, maybe he can represent the Cavs in the slam dunk contest.
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