Shortly after announcing that the team had waived Damyean Dotson, the Cavaliers agreed to sign guard/forward Denzel Valentine to a two-year deal. The second year of Valentine’s agreement is non-guaranteed.
Shams Charania of The Athletic first broke the news. Reports of Cleveland’s interest in Valentine, and other rumored players like Garrison Mathews, floated around general manager Koby Altman‘s objective to bolster the backcourt.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are signing guard Denzel Valentine to a partially guaranteed two-year deal, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Valentine was the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NBA draft and provides wing depth to the Cavaliers.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 11, 2021
Valentine was drafted by the Bulls with the No. 14 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Heavily featured in the Bulls rotation during his sophomore season, Valentine quelled high expectations by year’s end after totaling 27.2 minutes a game, and only averaging 10.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.
His 2017 campaign proved to be his most productive, prior to watching his play time in Chicago begin to dwindle. Valentine averaged near 13 minutes a game in 2019 before a shortened campaign — on behalf of a knee injury — segued Valentine out of a starter’s role by 2020.
Despite lukewarm career averages from Valentine (7.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists), Cavs fans have some hope to draw from the sharpshooting guard.
Valentine’s ability to stretch out the court as a viable wing shooter adds plenty of stock off the bench.