Apparently, DeAndre Liggins represented himself well with the Cleveland Cavaliers during the NBA Summer League, as RealGM is reporting that he has signed a multi-year contract with the defending NBA Champions.
Coming off of a great season to help lead the University of Kentucky to the 2011 Final Four, Liggins was drafted by the Orlando Magic in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft. The bulk of his NBA experience, however, came with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the 2012-2013 season as he appeared in 39 regular season and eight postseason games.
Liggins has been named the Defensive Player of the Year for the NBA’s Developmental League on two separate occasions (2014 and 2016), both coming after his Oklahoma City run was derailed by domestic violence charges.
According to Liggins’ RealGM player profile page, the contract extends until the end of the 2017-2018 NBA season, with a team option in 2017.
While this does not guarantee that Liggins will make the final cut to open the season with the Cavaliers, it is a step in the right direction and it shows that they have confidence in his ability to contribute to their title defense at some point during the season.
By adding the Cleveland Cavaliers to the list, half of the teams in the NBA now have a former Kentucky Wildcat on their roster.