Mar 14, 2014; Las Vegas, NV, USA; New Mexico Lobos center Alex Kirk (53) reacts to his three point shot against the Boise State Broncos in the first half of the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference college basketball tournament at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Kirk signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers

After competing for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the Summer League, free agent center Alex Kirk was officially signed on Monday according to the official team website. The Cavs have been searching for a free agent center since the off-season started, so the Kirk signing

After three seasons at the University of New Mexico, Alex Kirk went undrafted in this summer’s NBA draft. Over those three seasons, Kirk averaged 10.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, while shooting 53.8 percent from two-point range and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. In his final season at the University of New Mexico, Kirk averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks, while shooting 49.0 percent from the field, 54.4 percent from two-point range and 66.7 percent from the free throw line. Kirk also played 32 minutes per game this past collegiate season. Although he didn’t experience much success from outside the arc, Kirk put up nearly two 3-point attempts last season.

Along with a pretty successful collegiate career, Alex Kirk was also a two-time selection for the All-MWC Defensive Team. After going undrafted he was then named to the Cavaliers Summer League roster. During his time this summer with the Cavs, Kirk played in five games while averaging 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds. Kirk also averaged just over 15 minutes per game, while shooting 52.4 percent from the field.

Although the Cavs have a depleted frontcourt at the moment, Alex Kirk adds some sort of depth to the roster at center and played relatively well during Summer League play this off-season. At the moment it doesn’t seem like the Cavs will be able to add another big man to the roster this deep into free agency, and Kirk doesn’t have the skills or experience to compete right away, but it’s a move that makes sense at the moment.

 

 

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