CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward Alonzo Gee to a contract, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not announced.
Gee, 25, posted career bests in scoring (10.6), rebounding (5.1), assists (1.8), steals (1.3), free throw percentage (.788) and minutes per game (29.0) in 63 games (31 starts) during the 2011-12 season. In his 31 starts, the 6-foot-6, 219-pounder increased his averages to 11.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 31.7 minutes per game.
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“From the start of free agency, we made it clear that re-signing Alonzo was important to us and we’re happy we’ve been able to do that,” Grant said. “Alonzo has worked very hard to make the most of the opportunities he has had thus far and it has been great to see his development and growth as a Cavalier. We’re excited he will be part of our team as our young group of players continues to grow together.”
Gee was named the 2010 D-League Rookie of the Year and to the NBA D-League Second Team after averaging 21.0 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.5 steals in 38.2 minutes while shooting .509 (269-528) from the field and .393 (24-61) from three-point range during the 2009-10 regular season with the Austin Toros.
“I am excited to be back with the Cavs and be a part of what is being built here in Cleveland. I wanted things to work out for me to be here and I’m really happy that they did," Gee said. "I’m really thankful that the Cavs gave me an opportunity and I can’t wait to get back to work with Coach Scott and our coaches and my teammates.”
The former University of Alabama star also played in 11 games during the 2009-10 season with the Washington Wizards. Gee played in a combined 16 games during the 2010-11 season with San Antonio and Washington before signing with the Cavaliers on Dec. 28, 2010 where he played in 40 games (29 starts) and averaged 7.4 points on .462 shooting and 3.9 rebounds in 24.4 minutes per game.