When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Philadelphia 76ers center Spencer Hawes on Thursday, it opened up a roster spot. Today, the team filled that spot by signing power forward Arinze Onuaku to a 10-day contract.
#Cavs sign F Arinze Onuaku of Canto Charge to 10-day contract
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From the Cavaliers press release:
Onuaku has appeared in 26 games (eight starts) for the Charge this season, averaging 14.4 points on .622 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 1.0 block in 24.2 minutes per game. He currently ranks second in the D-League in field goal percentage and fifth in rebounds and was selected as a 2014 D-League All-Star. The 6-9, 275-pound forward/center has 11 double-doubles on the NBADL season. He appeared in three games for the New Orleans Pelicans this season, averaging 1.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 8.3 minutes per game.
Onuaku has spent this season with the Canton Charge. He was also a teammate of Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters at Syracuse. Onuaku also spent time this season playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.
As for his time with the Charge, Onuaku has had a few big games. Most notably, he went 11-11 from the floor in December against the Erie BayHawks.
Still, he is slow footed with a limited skill set and it’s unlikely that he has been signed to anything more than fill a roster spot. When this 10-day contract expires, the Cavaliers will be able to sign Onuaku to two more 10-day contracts before deciding if they want to sign him for the remainder of the season.
What is odd about the signing is that the Cavaliers are currently thin on the wing and could use another body in case of injury. And while Waiters and C.J. Miles’ injuries are not anything to be worried about overtime, it is clear that Cleveland is thin at that spot right now. At power forward, the Cavaliers have Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett taking up the majority of the minutes. Also, Hawes, Tyler Zeller and Anderson Varejao (who is currently out with injury) taking up minutes in the front court.