CLEVELAND — The 2019 NBA Draft is one week away, and while the next class of rookies to enter the professional basketball ranks have to wait another seven days before learning where they will ply their trades, the league is drumming up anticipation for the event.
Ahead of the draft, the league’s official hat partner, New Era Cap, unveiled the New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series collection, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ cap is a nod to its wine and gold roots.
The basketball logo in the center of the front of the cap features alternating red and while stripes with “Cleveland” and “Cavaliers” stitched into panels of the ball next to the Cavaliers’ “C” logo. “Cleveland” is in white lettering, while “Cavaliers” is featured in red.
Along with pin featuring the Cavaliers “C” logo with a sword through the middle, the hat features subtle gold and blue stripes connecting the body of the cap to the brim.
“Cleveland Cavaliers,” “Established 1970,” “Cleveland, Ohio” and motto of “All For One, One For All” are stitched with white thread into the right side of the cap.
“As the Authentic Cap of the NBA, we’re excited to be the first piece of team gear that these draftees put on as they begin their journey to become stars in this league,” said John Connors, Director of Basketball at New Era Cap.
“The New Era 2019 NBA Authentics: Draft Series pays homage to the varsity jacket including elements like a custom felt patch, team striping and embroidered team information.”
Hats range in price from $30-$38 depending on the style: snapback, fitted and stretch.
Currently, the Cavaliers hold the No. 5 overall pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, which will take place on Thursday, June 20 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.