Uniform changes hit home: NBA teams are making a wardrobe change, with the traditional home and road uniforms going back in the closet.
The league said yesterday it is eliminating the old apparel designations starting with the 2017-18 season, when Nike becomes the official outfitter. Instead, there will be four primary uniforms for each team.
The home team will pick which of its uniforms will be worn for each game and the visitors will select one of the contrasting ones from their collection. Previously, white uniforms were always the default for home teams.
The first two editions will debut at the start of the season. The “Association” is formerly the home white uniform and the “Icon” is the previous road jersey, featuring the team’s primary color. The other two primary uniforms will be revealed in the coming months.
Also, eight teams will have a “Classic” uniform available in the fall that they can wear at their discretion.
Nike, which is replacing Adidas, says its uniforms are the NBA’s lightest ever and absorb sweat faster, with changes to the neck, back shoulder and armhole to enhance agility. They were tested by members of last summer’s gold medal-winning U.S. Olympic basketball team.
Celtics sign Ojeleye
The Celtics announced the signing of rookie forward Semi Ojeleye yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Taken in the second round (37th overall) of last month’s draft out of Southern Methodist University, the 22-year-old Ojeleye averaged 18.9 points, shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 42.4 percent from 3-point range. He also averaged 6.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 34.1 minutes in 35 games in his lone season at SMU.
Ojeleye was the 2016-17 American Atlantic Conference Player of the Year and a first-team All-AAC p ick.
Cavs ink forward
The Cleveland Cavaliers signed former second-round pick Cedi Osman. Osman played the last five seasons for Anadolu Efes in the Turkish Basketball League. He got a three-year deal worth $8.3 million. Last season, Osman averaged 13.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 35 games.
The 6-foot-8 forward is a defensive-minded player who figures to give Cleveland some depth at the end of the bench in the frontcourt. He was acquired in a draft-night trade with the Timberwolves on 2015.
Osman joins Kyle Korver, Jose Calderon and Jeff Green as signings this summer for the Cavaliers, who have made it to three straight NBA Finals. . . .
The San Antonio Spurs signed forward/center Joffrey Lauvergne, who has played for three teams in his three-year NBA career. The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Lauvergne played for Oklahoma City and Chicago last season. He played 50 games for the Thunder, averaging 5.7 points and 3.7
rebounds before being dealt to Chicago, where he averaged 4.5 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20 games.
Memphis selected Lauvergne in the second round of the 2013 draft before trading his rights to Denver. In two seasons with the Nuggets, he averaged 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. He played for the French national team at the 2016 Olympics.