Cavaliers Sign Alonzo Gee
Gee, a 6-foot-6 small forward out of the University of Alabama, has played well everywhere he's been in his brief professional career but always seems to be a casualty of the "numbers game."
As a rookie with the NBA D-League's Austin Toros last season, Gee averaged 21.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals on his way to earning the D-League's Rookie of the Year award. When he wasn't standing out in the D-League, Gee was earning call-ups to the Washington Wizards and San Antonio Spurs.
Gee played 11 games with the Wizards, starting two, and put up solid per-36 numbers with 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds. But when his two 10-day contracts expired and the Wizards faced the decision to either sign Gee for the rest of the season or allow him to become a free agent, they chose the latter. Even though the Spurs had no immediate need for Gee on their active roster, they signed him for the remainder of the season and immediately assigned him to their D-League affiliate, the Austin Toros, so they could monitor his development.
Just like last season, Gee has bounced between San Antonio and Washington. After opening the season with the Spurs, he appeared in just five games before being released. After clearing waivers, he signed with the Wizards and played in 11 more games, including five starts, but was released on Dec. 20 when the team opted to re-sign point guard Lester Hudson following the Gilbert Arenas trade.
As has been typical with Gee, he's landed on his feet, outshining the other five players in Cleveland on Monday night to earn a contract with his third NBA team in as many months.
Hopefully, for Gee, the third time's the charm.