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Report: Cavaliers signing D.J. Stephens

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J.R. Smith apparently made it through the weekend without getting waived, guaranteeing his 2015-16 salary.

Tristan Thompson will almost certainly return to the Cavaliers next season, too – whether he signs long-term or accepts the qualifying offer.

That will give Cleveland 14 players with guaranteed salaries.

The 15th and final regular-season roster spot will be determined in training camp. The Cavaliers have already added Quinn Cook, Jared Cunningham and Jerrelle Benimon.

Now, D.J. Stephens joins the competition.

Zach Links of Hoops Rumors:

D.J. Stephens has agreed to a training camp deal with the Cavaliers, a league source tells Hoops Rumors.

To clarify, a player can attend training camp only with a valid NBA contract. If Stephens makes the team, his contract will carry over. The training-camp deal allows Cleveland to pay Stephens just $6,000 if he gets injured. Otherwise, his contract would become guaranteed until he’s healthy. Training-camp contracts must also be for one year and unguaranteed.

When Stephens left Memphis in 2013, his ball skills were far below NBA caliber. What Stephens had: Incredible athleticism. His 40-inch no-step vertical and 46-inch max vertical still top the DraftExpress database, and his sprint time ranks fifth. But he’s just 6-foot-5, tiny for a power forward.

Stephens had a 10-day contract with the Bucks in 2014 and has also played overseas. If the Cavaliers waive him, they can assign his D-League rights to their affiliate, the Canton Charge. That’s probably the most likely outcome.