If a leaked image of the Cavaliers supposed new uniforms is to be believed, the team is going to take the court this upcoming season sporting a bolder, more modern look.
The hubbub started Tuesday when Cleveland photographer and filmmaker Joshua Teplitz tweeted a photo of a mannequin wearing a never-seen-before Cavs uniform. He deleted the tweet a short time later, but not before uniform aficionados got a look-see.
The photo inspired one of them, Conrad Burry of sportslogos.net, to create full-view mockup of the wine “Icon” jersey. He also used the leaked photo along with inside info he said he had gathered previously to create a mockup of the white “Association” uniform.
The wine uniform, traditionally worn on the road, is striking, with navy accents and “Cleveland” emblazoned in gold across the chest in the team’s new, aggressive font it unveiled two months ago. There are also whimsical lines going down on the sides of the jerseys and shorts. Nike, who is taking over for Adidas as the NBA’s uniform provider, has a presence with multiple swooshes.
The white uniform, usually worn at home, isn’t as eye-popping. The biggest difference from the previous design, besides the obvious change in font, is the use of the word “Cavs” instead of “Cavaliers” on the front.
Both styles also have the team’s new primary C-Sword logo on the shorts and, as part of an advertising agreement, the Goodyear wingfoot on the jersey.
While it remains to be seen if the photo and the resulting mockups are to be trusted, the Cavs still have a few tricks up their sleeves. In addition to the wine and white uniforms, the team will unveil at least two more additional unis. And, since the Cavs have made a point of adding black to their repertoire of official colors, it’s a good bet there will be an all-black uniform among them.
For now, we’ll have to wait until the Cavs officially unveil their new threads later this summer.