Player News - Cavaliers

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Coach Ty Lue said the Cavs backup point guard will be handled by committee.

The Cavs have some major depth issues at the one and Kay Felder might get some minutes out of the gate. He was fantastic at Summer League and should be on the radar. On the other hand, we should see Jordan McRae and Iman Shumpert get some minutes at point guard.
Sep 28 - 2:08 PM

Tryonn Lue said that he wants to keep LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love's minutes down this season.

Lue added that the number one goal for the Cavs this season will be going into the postseason with a clean bill of health, so don't be surprised to see these guys (particularly LBJ) pick up some random rest days down the stretch once Cleveland has locked up their seeding. While you could still make the argument that James is one of the best basketball players currently residing on this planet, the assured maintenance days make him more of a late-first, early-second round target.
Sep 28 - 12:41 PM

Cavs' GM David Griffin said that the team has made an "incredibly competitive and aggressive offer" to re-sign unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.

"As we have stated and coach has previously stated, we think very highly of J.R. and we love him as a member of our team, as a member of our locker room," Griffin said. "He was essential to our success and for that reason we have made an incredibly competitive and aggressive offer in re-signing him." Smith is seeking a multi-year deal that will pay him roughly $15 million annually, and while the two sides have not found a common ground there, they remain engaged in a dialogue. It would be surprising to see Smith leave Cleveland.
Sep 28 - 10:28 AM

LeBron James said his goal is to finish with more rings than Michael Jordan.

"It’s a personal goal," James said. "I just never brought it up. It’s my own personal goal to be able to be greater than great. I think that should be everybody’s personal goal." He's got three titles, but adding a fourth to his name this year will be incredibly difficult with Kevin Durant joining the Warriors. Entering his age-31 season, James is still a safe pick towards the end of the first round in all formats.
Sep 28 - 12:05 AM

Iman Shumpert ran with the first unit during Tuesday's practice with J.R. Smith still working on his contract situation with the Cavs.

Tyronn Lue said that Shumpert will be filling in for Smith until Smith's contract situation is resolved, which means he could be Cleveland's starting two-guard if the Cavs are unsuccessful in retaining Smith. Still, most reports indicate that Smith's signing with the Cavs is simply a matter of when and not if, so there's not much reason to waste a draft pick on Shumpert in standard formats.
Source: Amico Hoops
Sep 27 - 6:34 PM

LeBron James is optimistic something will get done with free agent J.R. Smith "sooner than later."

There really has never been any serious doubt on Smith coming back to Cleveland. Smith has said he still wants to get a deal done with the Cavs and he's been in Cleveland recently. Considering how Mo Williams is going to retire, the Cavs need depth at guard. Smith is a late-round pick in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:12 PM

Mo Williams has informed the Cavaliers that he will retire.

Wait, what? Williams tweeted on Sept. 21 that he's coming back for one more year, so it's not clear why he suddenly changed his mind with camp starting up. This obviously leaves the Cavs in a bad spot and rookie Kay Felder will have to step up as the backup PG behind Kyrie Irving. The Cavs will likely take a long look at the free agent pool for PGs as well, especially with Mario Chalmers on the open market.
Sep 26 - 1:20 PM

Mo Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

After a previous expectation that he would retire, Williams is coming back to collect his $2.2 million and chase another championship. He is not on the fantasy radar in any format, and it would not be surprising to see rookie Kay Felder pass him on the point guard depth chart.
Sep 24 - 3:22 PM

The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return.
Sep 24 - 2:16 PM

Dahntay Jones will sign with the Cavaliers on a non-guaranteed deal.

He has some fantastic per-game averages last year, but he only played in the season finale while the Cavs rested players. Assuming J.R. Smith signs, Jones would have to beat out some player for the 15th roster spot.
Sep 22 - 7:45 PM

Mo Williams wrote on Twitter that he's "Coming back," suggesting that he won't retire this offseason.

Mo added the hashtag #onemoreyear -- he's owed a guaranteed $2.2 million and it looks like he'll suit up for his 14th NBA season. With Kay Felder waiting in the wings at PG, it would take an injury or two for Williams to emerge with a fantasy-relevant role.
Sep 21 - 8:43 PM

J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:18 AM

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract for J.R. Smith.

Neither side is budging in contract talks with Smith said to be commanding $15 million per year, but he doesn't have much leverage because of his reputation around the league. He recently said that he's hoping that a deal will be complete soon, but it's worth noting that he's using the same agent that Tristan Thompson used before ultimately signing a five-year, $82 million deal. The clock is ticking with training camp right around the corner.
Sep 18 - 10:12 AM

J.R. Smith said he's hoping to get a deal soon.

He's previously said he's in no rush to get a deal, but training camp is just around the corner. "I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing," Smith said. He's very likely to be on the Cavs and should have a similar role to last season. Smith is a decent 3-pointers specialist.
Source: Complex
Sep 16 - 4:45 PM

Eric Moreland has reportedly signed a training camp deal with the Cavs.

The Cavs do have roster space, so there's a chance Moreland could earn himself a deal for the veteran's minimum in Cleveland. However, even if he does manage to last past training camp, his fantasy value will be non-existent while the team is at full strength.
Sep 13 - 4:32 PM


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