The Cleveland Cavaliers, also known as the Cavs, have had several strikingly different logos since they were established in 1970.

Meaning and history

CAVS Logo history

The original CAVS logo, which was used in 1970-1982, depicted a red musketeer with a big gold basketball at the background. The emblem was encircled by the team’s name.
cleveland cavs logo
The 1983 version was a wordmark logo, in which the letter “V” was also a stylized basketball hoop, with a ball moving into it. In the following version (1993), the wordmark was given under the depiction of a basketball hoop with a ball.

The original sword symbol

CAVS symbol
Since 2003, the Cleveland Cavaliers logo has been built around a stylized sword. The original emblem featured a sword over a basketball. This image served as a background for the white team name given in a beautiful script. In 2010, the logotype went through a subtle update including a shift in the color palette.

Current emblem

CAVS emblem
The current logo, created in collaboration with Nike, Inc., was launched prior the 2017/18 season. It depicts a sword going through the letter “C”. The emblem is placed inside a shield shape.


Font CAVS Logo
The wordmark sports a custom typeface, where every letter is unique. The most distinctive letters are probably the first and the last ones.


Color CAVS Logo
Each of the team’s official colors (wine, gold, navy blue, and black) can be seen in its logotype.