The one-and-done trio of Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, and Cam Reddish sucked up most of the oxygen at Duke this past season. They weren’t alone though, as role players like center Marques Bolden were crucial for Mike Krzyzewski’s 2018-19 squad.
Bolden is set to join that trio in the NBA as well. He impressed for the rebuilding Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA Summer League, and last month, was reportedly set to ink an Exhibit 10 deal with the franchise.
That would allow him to play for both the Cavaliers and the G League affiliate Canton Charge. Being on the court vs. riding the bench in the NBA is important for young players.
According to Amico Hoops, that deal is now official, and he’ll be vying for one of the remaining roster spots in Cleveland with some guys in similar situations.
According to the NBA transactions log, the Cavs have signed shooting guards Sindarius Thornwell and J.P. Macura, swingman Daniel Hamilton and undrafted rookie center Marques Bolden.
Along with that, the Cavs waived shooting guards Malik Newman and Levi Randolph, signed to Exhibit 10 contracts last month.
This comes just days after Bolden gave Amico Hoops an interview, in which he said all of the right things about his opportunity with the Cavs.
“I found somebody in the Cavs who obviously has a plan for me,” Bolden told Amico Hoops. “I’m just looking forward to being the best version of myself.”
The unselfish Bolden feels he can do more than just dirty work. He can stretch the floor by hitting open shots and can guard multiple positions. However, he is ready for any kind of role in which the team puts him.
“Whatever the Cavs want out of me and expect out of me is what I plan to give them,” he said.
The biggest thing for Bolden, who dealt with multiple injuries at Duke, is that he says he feels the best he has during his basketball career. Pairing him with a new coach like John Beilein, who comes from a strong developmental college power in Michigan, may be one of the best situations possible for someone like Bolden, as well.