October 31, 2014

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Cavs: Cleveland sends Waiters, Zeller to summer school

CLEVELAND — Shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller are being sent to summer school by the Cavaliers.

Both NBA All-Rookie Team selections will be part of Cleveland’s team at the Las Vegas Summer League, whose roster was announced Tuesday. The annual event takes place from July 12-22 and guarantees each squad at least six games.

Dion Waiters

Tyler Zeller

Power forward Kevin Jones and point guard Chris Quinn — fellow members of the 2012-13 Cavaliers — are also on the 11-player squad, as is second-round draft pick Carrick Felix, a swingman from Arizona State.

Three other NBA veterans accepted invitations to play for Cleveland. Shooting guards Jermaine Taylor (Rockets, Kings) and Cory Higgins (Bobcats), and power forward Justin Harper (Orlando) each hope to parlay their participation into a training camp invitation.

Harper was selected by the Cavaliers in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Magic for two future second-round picks. He played in 14 games for Orlando and 48 for the NBA D-League’s Idaho Stampede.

Three undrafted rookies round out the roster in Miami (Fla.) power forward Kenny Kadji, Gonzaga center Josh Heytvelt and St. Mary’s (Calif.) point guard Matthew Dellavedova, a native of Australia. Heytvelt played professionally last season in the Turkish League with Tofas.

Cleveland’s preseason schedule also was released, and includes games at Quicken Loans Arena on Oct. 8 vs. Milwaukee, Oct. 17 vs. Detroit and Oct. 19 vs. Indiana.

The Cavaliers also play at Orlando (Oct. 11) and Charlotte (Oct. 24), and host contests against Charlotte in Canton (Oct. 15), Philadelphia in Columbus (Oct. 21) and Washington in Cincinnati (Oct. 23).

Of more immediate interest to Cleveland fans is the NBA’s free agency signing period, which began at 12:01 a.m. today. Teams have been permitted to negotiate with players since July 1.

The Cavaliers will formally ink Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack and Lakers power forward Earl Clark to multi-year contracts later in the day.

Cleveland also extended a two-year, $24 million contract to 76ers center Andrew Bynum, but the former NBA All-Star has not accepted it.

Dallas remains the frontrunner to land the 7-footer because it is willing to guarantee a longer contract, while the Cavaliers offered one year with a team option for a second. Atlanta native Bynum has also held talks with the Hawks.

Contract Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.