CLEVELAND — Still in party mode after winning the NBA championship, the Cavaliers spent most of Thursday watching the draft before acquiring the rights to point guard Kay Felder from the Atlanta Hawks in the second round.
Cleveland sent cash considerations to the Hawks for Felder, selected with the No. 54 overall pick.
Just 5-foot-9, Felder put up some big numbers for Oakland, averaging 24.4 points and an NCAA-leading 9.3 assists last season, when he was named Horizon League player of the year.
Felder was the only player in the country to rank in the Top 5 this past season in both scoring and assists and became just the fifth player in Division I history over the last 20 years to average over 23 points and six assists in a single season.
The deal was announced by NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum from the league’s draft headquarters at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“We are excited to welcome Kay Felder to the Cavs’ family,” said Cavs General Manager David Griffin. “Kay is a dynamic playmaker, and most importantly, the type of person and competitor that we want to add to our locker room.”
The deal came a day after the team was honored with a parade.
Cleveland entered this year’s draft without any selections, but the club could have a busy summer.
Superstar LeBron James will opt out of his contract, but he’s already said he intends to re-sign for next season.