Cavs Unveil Three New Alternate Jerseys

by October 23, 2015

Following a pump fake from team owner Dan Gilbert, the Cleveland Cavaliers introduced three new alternate uniforms Thursday.

The new threads feature nods to the organization’s past, while incorporating present-day fashion trends.

The Cavs are also celebrating their 45th season in 2015-16.

From the press release:

As a throwback to the early days, the Cavs will bring back the gold retro Hardwood Classics home uniform the team wore during the 1974-80 seasons. The jersey features “CAVALIERS” across the chest in wine, with wine numbers and lettering, and alternating wine and white block piping on the jersey and shorts. While many fans remember the times these uniforms were originally worn, this updated version will expose younger fans to the early years of the franchise. […] The 2015-16 season will feature six “Hardwood Classics Nights” at The Q, each focusing on a unique aspect of that era. A Miracle of Richfield Celebration presented by FirstEnergy on March 4th will be entirely dedicated to the 1975-76 team who led the Cavaliers to their first playoff appearance and first Central Division title.


The popular “CAVS” wordmark from the front of the team’s jerseys during the 1980’s – featuring the “V” basket with a net and ball – will return this season, this time in gold lettering on a wine jersey. It will include white numbers with a gold outline, and gold lettering on the back. The jersey and shorts will both feature wine and gold trim. This year’s version is an update of a “CavFanatic” jersey worn during the 2009-10 season. […] The uniform will make its debut at the Cavs home opener against the Miami Heat on October 30th. All fans in attendance on Opening Night presented by Kenda Tires will receive a free t-shirt replica of the jersey, courtesy of Cleveland Clinic.


Over the course of the 45-year history of the Cavs, the team has worn three versions of a black uniform: 1994-97, 1997-99 and 1999-2003. The 2015-16 season will mark the return of the black uniform, this time with the present-day logo and sleeves. It will be the first time the Cavaliers will wear a sleeved jersey.