Cavaliers sign former first-round pick Martin to camp deal

Free agent power forward Jarell Martin appeared in 42 games with the Magic last season.

The Cavaliers have signed former first-round draft pick and free agent power forward Jarell Martin to a training camp contract.

Martin’s contract is not guaranteed, but he is expected to be given a chance to compete for one of the team’s open roster spots.

Martin, 25, is 6-foot-10 and appeared in 42 games with the Orlando Magic last season, averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds.

The LSU product was originally selected by the Memphis Grizzlies with the No. 25 overall pick in 2015. He averaged career-highs of 7.7 points and 4.4 boards in 73 games with the Grizzlies in 2017-18.

As of now, the Cavs have 16 players under contract, with 13 of them on guaranteed deals. Along with Martin, the Cavs are bringing guards Sindarius Thornwell and J.P Macura, and undrafted center Marques Bolden to camp. That would put the Cavs at the 20-man offseason roster limit.

They also have already signed guards Malik Newman and Levi Randolph to non-guaranteed deals. Also, the Cavs still have one of their two two-way slots available.

Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr., John Henson and Ante Zizic are the Cavs’ big men with guaranteed deals. Undrafted power forward Dean Wade was signed to a two-way contract.