Uniform and Logo History

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From 1970-74, the Cavaliers wore gold at home and wine on the road. The word “Cavaliers” featured a feathered treatment of the letter “C.” The logo used the words “Cleveland Cavaliers” written around a basketball, and featured the silhouette of a Cavalier figure thrusting a sword.

The next uniform debuted in the 1974-75 season and sported short horizontal stripes of wine, gold and white stacked on the sides of the shirts and shorts. “Cavaliers” was spelled in block letters on both home and road jerseys.

A metallic gold was introduced in 1980 and was the primary color of the home uniform; wine remained the color on the road. This uniform also featured two horizontal stripes across the chest and the word “Cleveland” in block letters.

The colors changed to burnt orange, white and royal blue in 1983-84. The home uniform was white with orange numbers while the road uniform was orange with white numbers. Additionally, the word mark reflected a new logo, with the word “Cavs” featuring the letter “V” designed like a basket.

In 1987-88, the numbers and lettering on the home jersey changed to blue, as did the body of the road uniform, which sported “Cleveland” in block letters.

Upon moving into Gund Arena for the 1994-95 season, the Cavaliers adopted white home jerseys with light blue splashed across the torso. The word “Cavs” featured the same lettering as is used now, but in orange with a black line; numbers were black. The black road uniforms also had the blue splash, the word “Cleveland” in orange and white numbers. That year, the team adopted the logo featuring a basketball arching into a stylized net, placed above the word “Cavs.”

A minor change was made for the 1997-98 season, as the team name appeared in black with an orange line on the home shirts and in white with an orange line on the road shirts.

The uniforms worn for the final time on April 16th 2003, were introduced for the 1999-2000 campaign.