Player News - Cavaliers

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Kyrie Irving scored 34 points during a 117-99 loss to the Bulls on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one block and two 3-pointers in 35 minutes.

He made 13-of-25 from the field with two turnovers as a one-man band at home. Before tonight, Irving had a massive 45.5 usage rate when he's not playing next to LeBron James (illness) and Kevin Love (knee) this season, so his 43.8 usage rate in this loss is hardly a surprise. If LeBron's strep throat keeps him out on Monday, Irving will be another easy DFS target. The Cavs do have a road-road back-to-back set on Friday and Saturday, so keep that in mind for the upcoming four-game week.
Feb 25 - 11:22 PM

Richard Jefferson played 31 minutes in a start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday, scoring nine points with three rebounds, two assists and one 3-pointer.

LeBron has strep throat, but chances are he should be well enough to play on Monday against the Bucks. If not, Jefferson would still only be a desperation play in DFS or as a streamer. There are only seven games on Monday, though.
Feb 25 - 11:17 PM

Kyle Korver scored 14 points with two rebounds, two assists and four 3-pointers in 27 minutes against the Bulls on Saturday.

He did suffer a minor right knee injury and was flexing his leg on the bench in the fourth quarter. There's no reason to be alarmed just yet, but maybe the Cavs take it easy on their 35-year-old sharpshooter. Korver is a fine 3-point specialist in standard leagues, especially when he's so hot right now.
Feb 25 - 11:09 PM

Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron James (illness) against the Bulls on Saturday.

He will get the Jimmy Butler assignment tonight and should get some decent minutes. In the last game without LeBron, Jefferson scored just two points in 22 minutes. He should be better than that because Kevin Love (knee) did play, but RJ is a risky DFS play. Expect more shots going to Channing Frye and Kyle Korver, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:58 PM

LeBron James (illness) will not play against the Bulls on Saturday night.

He is not even in the building due to his illness. Richard Jefferson will start for LeBron, but it'll obviously be a team effort to replace James' elite passing, 37.5 minutes and 29.2 usage rate. Via NBAWowy, Kyrie Irving has a whopping 45.5 usage rate in his 149 minutes without LeBron and Kevin Love(knee). There should be more shots for basically the entire rotation, as well.
Feb 25 - 6:49 PM

Deron Williams will sign with the Cavs.

This move has been expected since Thursday and it should be official at some point on Monday now that he's through waivers. The Cavs haven't had a backup point guard for most of this month with Kay Felder in the D-League and the team playing DeAndre Liggins out of position. Williams loses a lot of fantasy value on his new team.
Feb 25 - 5:14 PM

Deron Williams cleared waivers and is likely to sign with the Cavs.

Teams had the money under the cap to sign him, but he is now a free agent. Expect Williams to agree to a deal in the very near future to back up Kyrie Irving. He won't have much value on the nights Irving is active.
Feb 25 - 5:08 PM

Richard Jefferson will start in place of LeBron James (illness) if James is unable to play Saturday night vs. the Bulls.

LeBron missed the team's shootaround this morning and is listed as questionable. Even if he is inserted into the starting lineup, Jefferson is not a reliable fantasy contributor. He has started six games this season but is averaging just 6.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in those six contests. Incredibly, the Cavs are just 4-18 since the start of the 2014 season when James doesn't play.
Feb 25 - 12:03 PM

LeBron James (illness) missed shootaround this morning and is questionable for Saturday's game vs. the Bulls.

This is the first we've heard of LeBron being under the weather this week. He certainly looked healthy on Thursday, when he tallied 18 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists in a win over the Knicks. If LeBron does not play, Richard Jefferson would draw the start. However, Jefferson is not a reliable fantasy option even as a starter. If LeBron is sidelined, Kyrie Irving would be asked to carry the offensive load and see a major spike in his usage rate. Kyle Korver would also likely see more minutes and scoring opportunities.
Feb 25 - 10:59 AM

Kevin Love (knee) said on Friday his knee scope was "very minor."

"I don't know what the [plan is] as far as other guys resting or me resting going forward, but I imagine between J.R. [Smith] and myself, we'll get out there and get our wind and be ready to go for whenever [the playoffs start] in April," Love said. He is expected to miss almost all of March and he'll be seeing plenty of maintenance days upon his return. Channing Frye should have some value for owners needing treys.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 4:41 PM

Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith (thumb) is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."

Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire.
Feb 24 - 10:01 AM

Utah is well below the salary floor and may be interested in claiming Deron Williams off waivers.

It has been widely reported that Williams will sign with the Cavs once he clears waivers; however, it's not a given that will happen. The Jazz are $4 million below the salary floor and thus can easily absorb the remainder of Williams contract. D-Will was originally drafted by the Jazz and still owns a home in Utah. The Cavs still appear to be the heavy favorites to land Williams if he clears waivers, but Utah will have a crack at him first. Williams fantasy value will take a big hit in either Cleveland or Utah, as he will be relegated to reserve duty.
Feb 24 - 9:25 AM

LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 12:32 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points against the Knicks on Thursday with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

The Cavs are playing well again, which means the likelihood of Irving getting rested will be on the rise. Additionally, Deron Williams could be joining the Cavs, assuming a team doesn't claim his big contract. Irving will still be elite when he plays, but his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for a possible rest day.
Feb 24 - 12:23 AM

Kyle Korver scored 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He's one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, which is hardly a surprise. In fact, Korver has a ridiculous 84.9 true shooting percentage this month, averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. He's too hot to leave on the wire right now.
Feb 24 - 12:19 AM


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