July 24, 2014

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Cavaliers: Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller to play in Las Vegas Summer League

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

Waiters

Waiters

Zeller

Zeller

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

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 recent 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: 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 games 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 multiyear contracts later in the day.

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

Dallas remained the front-runner 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.

Contact Brian Dulik at brisports@hotmail.com.