Cavaliers Sign Anthony Johnson, Vonteego Cummings
and Ike Nwankwo to Contracts
Johnson, 6-3, played 28 games with the Cavs in 2000-01. He was selected by the Sacramento Kings in the second round (40th overall pick) in the 1997 NBA Draft. Johnson averaged a career-high 7.5 ppg and 4.3 apg as a rookie with the Kings in 1997-98. A.J. also played for Atlanta and Orlando before he was acquired by the Cavs on January 2, 2001 along with Jim Jackson and Larry Robinson in exchange for Brevin Knight from the Hawks. Johnson averaged 2.8 ppg and 1.4 apg in 34 games with the New Jersey Nets last season.
Cummings, 6-3, enters training camp with three years of NBA experience, having played with the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers. He has a career scoring average of 6.9 ppg and 2.7 apg. Cummings was selected by the Indiana Pacers in the first round (26th pick overall) of the 1999 NBA Draft, before being acquired by the Warriors. He averaged a career-high 9.4 ppg in his rookie season with the Warriors in 1999-2000. Last season, Cummings averaged 3.3 ppg and 1.0 apg in 58 games with the Sixers.
Nwankwo, 6-11, is an NBA rookie having played parts of four seasons in Poland, Turkey, Puerto Rico, the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the CBA, Venezuela and most recently Russia, after playing his college basketball at Long Beach State.