Breaking: Cavs sign 54th pick Kay Felder to contract
Felder (5-9, 176), the No. 54 pick of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks, had his rights acquired by the Cavaliers on draft night. He appeared in all seven games (six starts) for Cleveland in the Las Vegas Summer League and averaged 15.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in 29.9 minutes per game.
The Detroit native was the only player in the country to rank in the Top 5 this past season in both scoring (fourth, 24.4 ppg) and assists (first, 9.3 apg) and became just the fifth player in Division I history over the last 20 years to average over 23 points and six assists in a single season. In 2015-16, Felder appeared in 35 contests for Oakland, averaging 24.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.0 steals, while shooting .848 from the charity stripe. Over his three-year collegiate career at Oakland, he played in 101 games with averages of 17.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.6 steals in 35.9 minutes per game. He owns the Horizon League’s career assists mark with 788 over his tenure.
The terms of the contract were not disclosed; however, the Cavs paid a hefty amount to the Atlanta Hawks for the 54th pick (and Felder), so they clearly have him in their future.