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Will Cherry Earns First NBA Gatorade Call-Up of the 2014-15 Season

There were a record number of NBA Gatorade Call-Ups last season with 49. This year is off to a quick start as the D-League season hasn't even started and the league has their first one.

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Yesterday, Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers had signed guard Will Cherry to a two-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but Chris Haynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported it as a partially guaranteed deal. The Cavs had to cut guard A.J. Price to make room on the 15-man roster for Cherry.

Cherry played 18 games with Cleveland's D-League affiliate, Canton Charge, last season averaging 11.6 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 44.7 percent from the field and 33.3  percent from 3-point land. He also played five games with the Cavs during the Las Vegas Summer League and finished up third in scoring (behind Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett) at 12.8 points to go with four rebounds and three assists per game.

Cherry played with the Toronto Raptors during the NBA pre-season and though his opportunities were limited, playing only 13.9 minutes per game, many thought the Raptors would keep the rookie point guard. However, after averaging 3.4 points and 1.6 assists the Raptors waived Cherry.

It might seem strange that Cherry has earned a Gatorade Call-Up even before the D-League season has started, however due to him signing a D-League contract it had to be done this way.

No word yet if A.J. Price will look to sign on somewhere with the D-League or whether he will try to land a deal overseas for the 2014-15 season.