Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick.
Aug 23 - 1:03 PM

Cavs sign F Dwight Powell.

The 45th pick in the 2014 draft isn't expected to get minutes in his rookie season. Powell only averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 boards in his three Las Vegas Summer League games after spending four seasons at Stanford. He'll likely get the bulk of his run in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 11:06 AM

The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

Kyrie Irving made 11-of-15 from the field in his three games with Team USA this month.

He made both attempts from beyond the arc, which gives him an absurd 80.0 effective field goal percentage. Defenders can't keep Irving in front of them, which has been the highlight of his game to date. It's going to be very interesting to see how he meshes with all the talent around him. Considering his injury history, there are still probably about 15 other guards worth targeting over Kyrie in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 12:31 PM

Kyrie Irving looked phenomenal vs. the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, making all five of his field goal attempts for 12 points with five assists and two 3-pointers.

He made it looked easy out there and nobody could cover him. Irving looked sharp and didn't take bad shots in the easy win. He hasn't been the most efficient point guard in the NBA, but that could change now that he'll have some help in Cleveland. We'd expect his fantasy value to take a bit of a hit along with his usage rate.
Aug 20 - 8:57 PM

James Posey has joined the Cavaliers coaching staff as an assistant coach.

Posey had previously been a candidate to join Brad Stevens' staff in Boston, but he will now occupy a spot on the bench alongside David Blatt in Cleveland. Posey has never served as an assistant before and will start his first coaching job with an impressive set of talent to work with.
Aug 19 - 1:32 PM

Kyrie Irving admitted in a recent interview that through his first three seasons with the Cavaliers he was not a leader.

"Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all," Irving said. "I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid." Irving won't have to be a leader with LeBron James in town, and he can now transition to the role of apprentice. Irving averaged 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.7 three-pointers a game with the Cavs last season on 43.0 percent shooting from the field. However, with LeBron James driving and kicking, you can expect Irving's 3-point numbers to increase as well as his field goal percentage.
Aug 18 - 4:31 PM

Unrestricted free agent Shawn Marion has reportedly committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

While the Cavs can only offer Marion the veteran's minimum, the chance to play alongside LeBron James and a shot at a title trumped all other offers, according to sources. Marion falls out of the conversation in standard leagues with the move to Cleveland as he'll likely be in a bench role, but he provides solid depth to the Cavs rotation.
Aug 17 - 10:53 AM

The Clippers have reportedly expressed interest in unrestricted free agent Shawn Marion.

The Cavs, Pacers, and Heat still remain in the running to acquire the veteran's services, but with Marion's championship aspirations, the Clippers and Cavs are likely the frontrunners.
Aug 17 - 9:23 AM

The Cavaliers are tentatively expected to open their season vs. the Knicks, and they'll face the Heat on Christmas Day.

The NBA will release the entire 2014-15 schedule at 6pm ET on Wednesday, but a few tidbits have leaked out over the past few days. The Lakers and Bulls may also face each other on Christmas Day, and the Knicks and Bucks are expected to play a game in London. There will be a deluge of schedule-related news in the next 24 hours, highlighted by rivalry games and playoff rematches, so check back later on Wednesday for more details.
Aug 13 - 9:25 AM

Larry Drew will be an assistant coach for the Cavs this season.

He's going to be coaching a team with a little more talent on its roster than his 2013-14 Bucks. Drew's offseason has been a strange one due to the way the team added Jason Kidd, and he could wind up as a head coach in the near future.
Aug 12 - 7:10 PM

Cavaliers center Brendan Haywood (fractured foot) is not expected to be healthy for the start of Cleveland's training camp.

The 12-year veteran didn't play last season and it's questionable how often we'll see him on the court this year. The Cavs signed undrafted C Alex Kirk this week and they continue to look for ways to add frontcourt depth, another sign that Haywood isn't viewed as a likely backup for Anderson Varejao.
Aug 12 - 6:17 PM

Shawn Marion met face-to-face with Pacers president Larry Bird on Monday according to Marc Stein.

Stein reported earlier in the week that if the Cavs acquired Kevin Love that they would get Marion, too. He has walked back his report a little bit, but taking a meeting and passing up a chance to play with LeBron for a championship are two different things. We'll pass along details as they become available.
Aug 11 - 11:01 PM

The Cavs signed undrafted center Alex Kirk on Monday.

Kirk played for the Cavs Summer League team averaging 5.2 points on .524 shooting and 3.4 rebounds in 15.4 minutes per game. Kirk will start the season backing up Anderson Varejao, and pending health, Brendan Haywood, but with the injury history of these two guys Kirk could be forced into minutes at some point during the year. However, with Varejao healthy, Kirk is not on the fantasy radar.
Aug 11 - 3:49 PM

The NBA could block Thursday's reported agreement of Kevin Love being traded to Cleveland because it would be illegal if proven that both sides agreed to terms.

Several reports had Love being dealt for Wiggins even before Yahoo! Sports broke the story on Thursday morning, but teams aren't saying anything and they won't until Aug. 23 at the very least -- the day Andrew Wiggins is eligible to be traded. David Stern's famous "basketball reasons" in the vetoed Chris Paul trade comes to mind here about the NBA's involvement in trades, but all signs point to Love joining LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in an extremely powerful offense next season.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 9 - 9:36 AM


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