Australia has another NBA signing as Deng Adel joins ClevelandJanuary 15, 2019
Melbourne-raised swingman Deng Adel has earned a dream call-up to the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers signing him on a two-way deal.
Adel found basketball with the Sunshine Longhorns in Melbourne's west, beginning a journey that saw him leave home to chase his NBA dreams playing college basketball alongside good mate Mangok Mathiang at University of Louisville before moving to into professional basketball this season.
Deng, 22, went undrafted but impressed at the NBA Summer League with Houston Rockets and also won many admirers at Melbourne United where he trained for part of the off-season while visiting family.
United coach Dean Vickerman said he would sign Adel in an instant if he was ever available but also tipped him to make the NBA after he signed a pre-season deal with the Toronto Raptors.
Despite not earning an NBA deal with Toronto, Deng backed himself to earn a call-up to the NBA signing with the Toronto's highly successful G-League side Raptors 905 in the hope he could be signed to the NBA.
The Cavaliers made that dream come true on Tuesday [AEDT] when they signed him and can move him between their NBA roster and their G-League affiliates Canton Charge.
He will also join fellow Australian Matthew Dellavedova on Cleveland’s roster.
Fellow Aussies Mitch Creek (Long Island Nets) and Isaac Humphries (Erie BayHawks) are also on G-League rosters and hoping to earn NBA 10-day deals in the coming weeks as teams begin trying out players.
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