Cavaliers Sign Free Agent Guard Chris Crawford

Cavaliers Sign Free Agent Guard Chris Crawford

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The Cleveland Cavaliers signed undrafted free agent guard Chris Crawford to a partially guaranteed two-year contract today, according to Shams Charania of the basketball website, RealGM.

Crawford, who will turn 22 on September 30, is a 6-4 guard who played four years of college basketball for the Memphis Tigers, averaging 8.7 points and 3.3 assists during his collegiate career. During his time with the Tigers, he hit nearly 37 percent of his three-point shots, and made a name for himself with his defensive play, collecting 221 steals at Memphis.

The rookie went undrafted in June’s NBA Draft, primarily due to a belief that he would have problems being able to create a shot. However, he was soon signed by the Houston Rockets for their summer league team in Orlando, where he saw action in five games. In his first appearance, he tallied 20 points (8 for 13 from the field) and connected on a trio of three-pointers. In his final four appearances, his scoring output dropped to 10 points per contest.

Crawford is expected to be in the mix for a reserve role behind Kyrie Irving, and will likely be battling Matthew Dellavedova for playing time once training camp gets underway at the end of the month.

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