LOS ANGELES — In a minor roster move, the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign G League player Deng Adel to a two-way contract and waive Jalen Jones, league sources told cleveland.com.
Adel will ink his contract Tuesday, the final day for teams to sign players to new two-way deals, and is expected to report to the Canton Charge.
Jones did nothing wrong with the Cavaliers and everyone in the organization really liked him, including head coach Larry Drew. Jones averaged 5.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 13.4 minutes. He reached double figures in scoring twice over the last six games.
But by rule, Jones started with just 34 days that he could spend with the Cavaliers and those were almost up. A league source estimated that Jones had just 10 days remaining with the Cavs before the team needed to make a decision between signing him to a contract or sending him back down to the G League until that season ended.
This gives the Cavs more time to evaluate Adel, who is considered the best available G League wing, as he will be allowed to spend up to 22 days with the Cavaliers — a number that includes official practices and games.
NBA days for two-way contracts are not allocated. They are prorated. The number 22 is the league’s calculation for proration based on the timing of Adel’s deal.
Adel, 21, was averaging 13.0 points on 42.3 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from 3-point range to go with 5.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.6 minutes with the Raptors 905.
A 6-foot-7 forward out of Louisville, Adel went undrafted in 2018 and signed with the Houston Rockets before joining the Raptors organization.
Jaron Blossomgame, Cleveland’s other two-way player, still has more time that he can spend with the Cavs. But his days are also starting to run out.
A source said the Cavs’ plan for now is to either send Blossomgame back down Canton when his NBA time is up or he could be a candidate for the team’s final roster spot, depending on what happens with Cameron Payne.
Payne signed a 10-day contract on Jan. 6.