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Cavs sign former Orlando Magic power forward Jarell Martin

Jarell Martin at LSU shooting free throws 2015 By Dennis Adair, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

The Cleveland Cavaliers feel that they have enough talent on the roster without having to go out and spend big bucks on famous free agents and thus have had a very quiet offseason.

But Friday, they signed a very good swingman/power forward in Jarell Martin, formerly of the Orlando Magic.

Martin, who is just 25, was selected in the first round of the 2015 NBA Draft out of Louisiana State University by the Memphis Grizzlies, the 25th player taken overall. During his four-year career in the league, he spent the first three seasons with the Grizzlies before being traded in July 2018 to the Orlando Magic.

As a freshman, Martin started 25 of LSU’s 34 games and averaged 10.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 26.2 minutes per game. He ranked ninth in the SEC among freshmen in scoring, and seventh among SEC freshmen in rebounding. He averaged 11.4 points per game in SEC action with 12 of his 18 double figure scoring games coming in SEC play. For his performance, Martin was selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

As a sophomore, Martin led LSU with 16.9 points per game and increased his rebounding to 9.2 per game. He had a career-high 28 points against Florida on February 21. He had 15 double-doubles and helped lead the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament.

On March 25, 2015, Martin declared for the NBA Draft, forgoing his final two years of college eligibility. Many observers from the NBA, felt he should have stayed at LSU one more year.

The talented Martin has played in 184 NBA games, plus in the G League. During his NBA career, he’s started 40, with 36 coming during the 2017-18 season and has averaged 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.