The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a major roster overhaul since the trade deadline. They traded away six players to multiple teams, bringing in four new faces and creating roster space in the process. However, they did not clear cap space, and instead will have to pay major cash for going over the luxury. Still, after all the trades, the Cavaliers were down to 13 players on their roster, giving them the option to go to free agency to pluck two more new players.

Ex-Celtics draftee agrees to sign with Cavs

On Wednesday evening, the Cavaliers did just that, signing former Celtics draftee, young guard Marcus Thornton, to a 10-day contract.

Thornton, 25, was drafted 45th overall by the Boston Celtics in 2015 but did not make the team. He has since played in the G-League.

He played a season with the Sydney Kings, and then spent half a season with the Maine Red Claws before signing a two-year deal with Italian team Consultinvest Pessaro. He later came back to the states to play for the Canton Charge on November 3, 2017.

Thornton has been averaging 18.8 points per game for the Canton Charge this season, playing well enough to entice the Cavaliers to sign him. At the shooting position, Thornton figures to play behind J.R. Smith and Jordan Clarkson. Since his contract is only for 10 days, the youngster will have to impress enough to remain on the roster.

Cleveland’s roster now stands at 14, as they are likely to bring in one more player before the start of the playoffs.

Cleveland’s final roster spot?

The Cavaliers initially wanted to fill the 14th spot on their roster with Kendrick Perkins. Rumors surfaced during the trade deadline that Perkins was likely to sign with Cleveland because they wanted a locker room presence.

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers bypassed the idea of bringing back Perkins and have gone with a younger player. In fact, since the deadline, Cleveland’s roster is now, on average, a year younger, making them a more athletic team.

With one more spot remaining on the roster, perhaps the Cavaliers will go after a big man. Andrew Bogut remains unsigned since being waived by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier in the season.

If the Cavaliers need a defensive big with the ability to run, they could once again turn to Bogut, who was last heard to be drawing interest from the Celtics and San Antonio Spurs.

The Cleveland Cavaliers can also just choose to stay with 14 players to avoid paying more money.