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The Cavaliers have utilized a variety of colors since their inception in 1970, but the franchise’s latest uniform overhaul in 2010 reverted back to its classic wine and gold color scheme during the early years.
For little over a decade, Cleveland’s primary uniforms were gold at home and wine/maroon on the road. From 1974-81, contrasting checkerboard-style piping was on jerseys and shorts. The next alteration came in 1983 when the Cavaliers went New York Knicks style for a 10-year span with a white, royal and orange scheme that included the introduction of the franchise’s new “CAVS” wordmark with a basketball above the V.
After moving to a new arena in 1995, Cleveland added black as a primary color and toned down its royal to a light blue shade. For the first time in franchise history, shorts featured a powder blue splash that wrapped around each leg. Cleveland dropped the effect in 1999 and went with a subdued appearance before another overhaul in 2003, ushering in the LeBron James era with a return to win and gold with stylized lettering and block numerals.
During LeBron’s tenure in Cleveland, the Cavs donned white and wine tops at home and wine and gold jerseys on the road. A “CAVALIERS” wordmark was featured on each set across the chest. The franchise also donned an all-navy alternate for the first time ever during LeBron’s time (2003-10).
The franchise’s most recognizable player’s departure in 2010 made way for another uniform transformation back to styles worn in the 70s. The Cavaliers currently have an all-gold alternate with a “CAVS” wordmark for home games and all-win threads with gold accents on the road.