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The Cavaliers reportedly made several roster moves over the past few weeks and now everything is official.
According to the NBA transactions log, the Cavs have signed shooting guards Sindarius Thornwell and J.P. Macura, swingman Daniel Hamilton and undrafted rookie center Marques Bolden.
Along with that, the Cavs waived shooting guards Malik Newman and Levi Randolph, signed to Exhibit 10 contracts last month.
Newman and Randolph spent last season with the G-League’s Canton Charge and are likely headed back there this season. Since they were signed to Exhibit 10 deals, they’ll receive bonuses of up to $50,000 if they can stick with the Charge for two months.
Thornwell is 6-foot-5 and appeared in 64 games with the Los Angeles Clippers last season, his second in the NBA. His salary of $1.6 million was to become guaranteed July 20, but he was waived two weeks before that. Thornwell averaged just 4.9 minutes a game in 2018-19.
Macura is also 6-5 and appeared in two games with the Charlotte Hornets as a rookie last season. He went undrafted out of Xavier in 2018. Most of his time as a pro was spent with Greensboro Swarm of the G League, where he averaged 16.4 points.
Hamilton is 6-7 and appeared in 19 games with the Atlanta Hawks last season, averaging 3.0 points. He was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets in the second round (No. 56 overall) in 2016, then traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder on draft night. Like the others, he has gotten to know G-League life well.
Bolden is 6-11 and went undrafted out of Duke in June. He averaged 5.3 points and 4.5 rebounds last season as a junior, making a name for himself as a defensive presence next to Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Bolden averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Cavs during summer league.
“Whatever the Cavs want out of me and expect out of me is what I plan to give them,” Bolden told Amico Hoops.
The four signees will all have a shot to make the final roster or join rookie big man Dean Wade as a one of the Cavs’ two two-way players.
The Cavs currently have 13 players under guaranteed contract.
Undrafted point guard Alex Robinson and veteran power forward Jarell Martin are expected to join the four newcomers as training camp invitees without guaranteed deals.