Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 Written by BOB FINNAN rfinnan@MorningJournal.com @BobCavsinsider, writer
The heavy lifting is over. The Cavaliers finally announced the signing of No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett on Tuesday. They have 13 players under contract heading into training camp on Oct. 1.
No. 19 overall selection Sergey Karasev, a swingman from Russia, and second-round pick Carrick Felix were signed several weeks ago.
Terms of the three contracts weren't released. However, according to the rookie-wage scale, Bennett signed a two-year, $10.89 million deal. Included in the contract are two team options, and a qualifying offer worth $9.5 million in 2017-18.
The 6-foot-8, 240-pound power forward will earn $5.32 million next season and $5.56 million in 2014-15.
Bennett, recovering from a torn labrum, is expected to be ready for camp.
He's the first Canadian-born player that went No. 1 overall in the draft. The UNLV product starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference's Freshman of the Year.
Cavs coach Mike Brown said he expects to play Bennett strictly at power forward for at least the start of his rookie year.
Karasev signed a two-year, $3 million deal that also includes two team options. The qualifying offer is worth $3.51 million in 2017-18.
The 6-7, 203-pounder led Russia to the gold medal in the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. He's expected to compete for backup minutes at small forward and shooting guard.
Felix, who played well for the Cavs' summer-league team, was the 33rd overall pick from Arizona State.
The 6-6, 210-pounder earned second-team All-Pac 12 honors and a spot on the Pac 12 All-Defensive team.
He signed a four-year, $3.28 million deal. He'll earn $510,000 next season and $816,482 in 2014-15. His contract worth $947,276 in 2015-16 is not guaranteed. The Cavs own a team option on his $1,015,696 contract in 2016-17.