Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - The Cleveland Cavaliers signed their two draft picks the team announced Thursday evening.
Rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller put pen to paper on 4-year contracts which were a mere formality thanks the the NBA’s rookie wage scale.
NBA rookie contracts are for 2-years and include 2-option years.
While official terms of the deals were not released by the club, Waiters, who was selected No. 4 overall in last week’s draft, will make approximately $3.1 million this season under the new wage scale.
Waiters averaged 12.6 points and 2.5 assists per game in his sophomore season at Syracuse.
He was a surprising pick because he did not interview or workout for the team prior to the draft.
Cavaliers coach Byron Scott called Waiters the second best player in the draft after the team introduced him on June 29.
Zeller averaged 16.3 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during his senior season with the Tar Heels. He will be paid approximately $1.3 million for the 2012-13 season.
The ACC player of the year was the 17th overall pick in the draft.
The Cavaliers acquired the rights to Zeller in a draft night trade from the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for three draft picks.