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Cavaliers sign Carrick Felix to deal, he will make roster

Carrick Felix

Cleveland Cavaliers second round draft pick Carrick Felix answers questions at his introductory news conference with top pick Anthony Bennett at the NBA basketball team’s training facility in Independence, Ohio Friday, June 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)


Carrick Felix was a bit of a surprise draft pick when the Cavaliers plucked him out of Arizona State early in the second round.

But they like the swingman, enough that he has a contract that will keep him on the roster this year, reports Bob Finnan of the News Herald (on Sulia).

The Cavs signed the second-round pick from Arizona State to a reported four-year contract, a league source confirmed on Monday…. The No. 33 overall pick in the 2013 draft will earn $510,000 in 2013-14, about $20,000 more than the league minimum.

There are guarantees on future years of the deal, although if they are fully guaranteed remains to be detailed.

What Felix brings is defense — he did that pretty well at Summer League in Las Vegas (not exactly a bastion of great defense). He averaged 7.2 points a game on 40 percent shooting, plus the 6’6” swingman had 5.4 rebounds a game.

It all was enough to impress new coach Mike Brown and get Felix a shot. We’ll see if he can carve out a roster spot long term.