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NBA Rumors: Cavs to make Toney Douglas No. 1 back-up guard

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Tony Douglas signed only a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers but is confident he would win the back-up point guard slot behind star Kyrie Irving. The Cavs are still involved in many rumors regarding their final roster with J.R. Smith still unsigned.

With Douglas coming from free agency, the Cavs will solve the problem at the back-up guard spot after losing Matthew Dellavedova to the Milwaukee Bucks this offseason.

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“I’m an NBA player. I’m confident in everything I do,” Douglas said to Amico Hoops. “I’m a veteran player. I can play defense, lock up, hit open shots, run the offense and find guys when they’re open. I can do all that.”

The Cavs’ offseason is not yet over with the Smith drama regarding his new contract still not settled. Rumors claim that Smith wants a $15M per season deal but thus far no agreement has been announced.

But with Douglas in the roster, the Cavs will have additional depth in the guard rotation. Douglas played for many NBA teams already in his seven-year NBA career, which included stints with the New York Knicks and New Orleans Pelicans, his team the last two seasons.

Douglas had short stints with the Houston Rockets, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat, where he played with LeBron James.

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He played in 61 games for the Pelicans last year averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 20.7 minutes per game. Douglas will battle for the back-up PG role against Kay Felder, a 21-year-old point guard.

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