The Cavaliers have signed rookie big man Marques Bolden to a 10-day contract, the team announced today in a press release. Cleveland opened up a roster spot overnight when Tyler Cook‘s second 10-day deal expired.
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Bolden, who went undrafted out of Duke in 2019, joined the Cavaliers for training camp and was a candidate to be converted to a two-way contract at the end of the preseason. Ironically, it was Cook – having just been claimed off waivers – who beat out Bolden for the team’s second two-way slot in October. Now, Bolden is replacing Cook on the 15-man roster.
After being cut in the fall, Bolden joined the Cavs’ G League affiliate, the Canton Charge. In 28 games at the NBAGL level this season, he has averaged 9.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, and 1.4 BPG in 18.4 minutes per contest.
Cleveland’s 15-man roster currently consists of 13 players on fully guaranteed contracts, along with two – Bolden and Alfonzo McKinnie – on 10-day pacts. McKinnie’s second 10-day deal with the club will expire this weekend, at which point the Cavs could open up the 15th spot on their roster if they don’t re-sign the swingman to a rest-of-season contract.
Bolden will earn $50,752 on his 10-day contract, which will run through February 8.