CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward/center Mfiondu Kabengele (fee-ON-doo cabin-gelly) to a multi-year contract, Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.
Kabengele (6-9, 250) has played in seven games with the Cavaliers this season after signing his first 10-day contract with the team on April 10 and a second 10-day contract on April 21, averaging 3.4 points on .529 shooting from the field, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist in in 9.4 minutes. He also appeared in 23 games for the Los Angeles Clippers this season before being traded to the Sacramento Kings on March 22. Kabengele, who was waived by the Kings on March 25, owns career averages of 2.2 points in 5.3 minutes over 42 games during his two NBA seasons with the Clippers and Cavaliers. The 23-year-old also played in 27 contests (all starts) for the Agua Caliente Clippers of the NBA G League in 2019-20, averaging 18.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.1 steals and 1.9 blocks in 31.2 minutes.
Selected with the 27th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by Brooklyn, Kabengele played two collegiate seasons at Florida State, earning the 2018-19 ACC Sixth Man of the Year award and 2019 All-ACC Tournament First Team honors. He is the nephew of NBA legend and Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo.