Player News - Cavaliers

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LeBron James may not sign a long-term deal with the Cavs until the summer of 2017.

James is one of the unique talents around the league that can safely sign short-term deal after short-term deal until he feels the timing is right to lockup a long-term contract. The salary cap is expected to reach well over $100 million by 2017, meaning James could potentially sign a max-contract that would pay him roughly $35 million a season. James has a player option for next season, but he will almost assuredly opt out next summer, in order to maximize his potential earnings. He'll be a top-8 selection on draft day.
Sep 1 - 3:20 PM

Tristan Thompson reportedly won't accept less than a max contract from the Cavaliers.

The Cavs have reportedly offered Thompson a five-year, $80 million contract, but the 24-year-old is holding out for a max contract, according to Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report. "A league source tells me that his agent, Rich Paul, has already made it clear to the Cleveland Cavaliers that Thompson will not sign a long-term deal unless it is a max deal," Bucher reported. While Thompson may be looking for a max contract, he isn't worth drafting in standard fantasy leagues as long as Kevin Love is healthy.
Sep 1 - 1:45 PM

Will Cherry has officially signed with Alba Berlin of Germany.

Cherry will continue his tour of Europe after playing in Lithuania last season and can be ignored in standard fantasy leagues. There is always a chance the 24-year-old finds a way back to the NBA, but he shouldn't be on any fantasy radars for now.
Source: Sportando
Sep 1 - 11:39 AM

Quin Cook is expected to participate in Cavs training camp.

After reports that Cook and the Cavs had come together on a training camp deal, nothing was ever finalized on that front. It sounds like Cook's deal will become official before camp, but he faces near impossible odds of making the final roster.
Aug 31 - 9:04 AM

Cavs second round pick Sir'Dominic Porter is expected to play for the Canton Charge of the D-League.

Pointer is not expected to attend training camp with the Cavs, instead reporting to D-League training camp when it opens. Reportedly "intrigued with Pointer's size and defensive tenacity," the Cavs are hoping that an investment now will pay off later.
Aug 31 - 9:02 AM

Will Cherry is expected to play for Germany Alba Berlin.

He was in Lithuania last year after a cup of coffee with the Cavs to start the 2014-15 season. Cherry is very athletic and looked good in Las Vegas a couple years ago, but he's likely going to stick overseas for a while.
Aug 29 - 11:15 PM

If Tristan Thompson elects to sign his qualifying offer with the Cavs this offseason, there's a possibility that he signs with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, according to sources of Michael Scotto.

First things first, there is a ton of speculation in this report, and it all hinges on Thompson not accepting a long-term contract with the Cavs this offseason. If that's the case, we'll still have an entire season of basketball to go before any of this can be considered a remote possibility. If winning a championship is the most important thing to Thompson, it would make the most sense to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, but he could have more marketing opportunities playing the role of the hometown hero in Toronto, Canada. As for fantasy, Thompson won't be worth owning in most leagues playing in a limited role behind Kevin Love in Cleveland.
Aug 27 - 3:35 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew.
Aug 27 - 3:01 PM

J.R. Smith reportedly received a no-trade clause as part of his new deal with the Cavs.

Smith re-signed on a two-year deal, with the second being a player option and due to the nuances of the CBA he got a no-trade clause. Feel free to read this blurb over and over again until you fall asleep.
Aug 24 - 10:36 AM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said that Sasha Kaun could be a rotational player for the Cavaliers this season.

To be clear, Kaun is likely the third center on the depth chart behind Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao, so the minutes won't be there unless Varejao needs more time to recover from his torn Achilles. Kaun is already 30 years old and averaged just 9.9 points and 4.5 boards in Euroleague last season, so we aren't too bullish about his chances of making an impact in fantasy leagues.
Aug 23 - 12:16 PM

The Cavs signed Sasha Kaun to a two-year deal.

Kaun is 30 years old and was the 56th pick back in 2008. The Cavs drafted him and stashed him since. The Russian big man only had 0.9 blocks in EuroLeague last year and is just a career 58.1 percent free throw shooter.
Aug 22 - 6:15 PM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer still thinks that Tristan Thompson will sign a long-term deal with the Cavaliers.

This story has been dragging on for weeks, but it's still unclear if Thompson and the Cavs are closing in on a deal. Thompson's camp has basically threatened to sign a qualifying offer which would let him walk at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent, but the Cavs should probably bite the bullet and pay him because LeBron James has made it clear that he wants Thompson back. Regardless, Thompson isn't an appealing option in fantasy as long as Kevin Love is healthy.
Aug 22 - 12:25 PM

The Cavaliers plan on reducing Kyrie Irving's (knee) minutes during the regular season.

This makes too much sense. Irving has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, so a reduced workload during the regular season will keep him fresh for the playoffs. The Cavaliers added Mo Williams in free agency, so that is going to take a lot of pressure off him. Irving is coming off knee surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. If you don't mind a little risk, Irving is too talented to slip past the second round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 12:17 PM

The Cavaliers plan on reducing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's minutes this season.

James played 36.1 minutes per game during the regular season and that number climbed to 42.2 minutes in the playoffs. The Cavaliers expected James to do way too much down the stretch, so it makes a lot of sense to keep him fresh in the early going. The Cavaliers added Richard Jefferson in free agency and it also helps that Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will be back. James is still a fantasy stud and this could even help him avoid potential injuries, so he is still an easy first round pick.
Aug 22 - 12:16 PM

J.R. Smith will re-sign with the Cavs on a two-year deal with the first year worth $5 million.

"When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best," Smith said on his Instagram account. "The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship." Smith's social media accounts are usually known for other things, so he must be changing. He'll be a mid-round pick in fantasy leagues after turning in early-round value after the break last season.
Aug 20 - 9:39 PM


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