The Cavaliers extended a qualifying offer to Alonzo Gee on Friday, making him a restricted free agent, a league source confirmed.
The move was widely expected after Gee set career highs with 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds this season. Cavs general manager Chris Grant has made it clear re-signing Gee is a priority this summer following his breakout season.
"Certainly Alonzo is a primary target to return for us and he's a priority," Grant said. "He did a fantastic job for us last year and continues to grow."
Gee made $880,000 last season and is due a significant pay raise. By making him a restricted free agent, the Cavs have the right to match any offer he receives from another team.
The Cavs have until today to decide whether or not to extend qualifying offers of around $1 million to Semih Erden and Luke Harangody. If the Cavs choose not to, both players will become unrestricted free agents and available to sign with any team.