Player News - Cavaliers

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The Kings, Hawks, Mavericks and Bucks have all reached out to the camp of restricted free agent Matthew Dellavedova.

The Cavs are likely going to retain Dellavedova, but they might have a hard time bringing him back if any of those teams offer a huge deal. Dellavedova will head into his age-26 season, so this contract will be at his prime. That said, his ceiling is likely as a career backup.
Jul 1 - 2:29 AM

The Cavs have officially extended a qualifying contract offer to Matthew Dellavedova, making him a restricted free agent.

The Cavs should have limited—at best—interest in bringing Delly back, and it seems likely that another team could value his services more than Cleveland does. He shouldn't be on the fantasy radar regardless of where he lands.
Jun 30 - 4:26 PM

LeBron James will likely sign another two-year deal with an opt out on Year-2 this offseason.

James declined to pickup his player option for the 2016-17 season, but he did so for financial reasons, and there is absolutely no indication that he has thought about leaving Cleveland. If James does indeed sign another short-term contract with the Cavs, it'll set him up to sign the largest contract in NBA history next summer.
Jun 29 - 1:33 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will compete for Team Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games.

"I'm 100 percent committed to Rio," Dellavedova said. Dellavedova is going to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's reportedly received interest from the Pistons and Bucks. He won't be a fantasy factor regardless of where he winds up.
Source: watoday.com
Jun 29 - 12:52 PM

LeBron James will decline his player option for the 2016-17 season.

It's an easy decision for James considering the salary cap will jump up to $94 million next season. James recently said that he isn't planning on leaving Cleveland, but signing another two-year deal with an opt-out clause in 2017 would make the most sense since the cap will expand again.
Jun 28 - 11:39 PM

The Cavaliers have exercised their team option on G Jordan McRae.

McRae's contract is not fully guaranteed, but he will now be on the books for $874K for the 2016-17 season. The 26-year-old posted a 36-point scoring effort towards the end of 2015-16, but isn't much of a fantasy option buried on Cleveland's bench.
Jun 28 - 1:39 PM

Richard Jefferson has decided that he will play another two or three more seasons, according to Chris Mannix of The Vertical.

Jefferson has gone from the cusp of retirement to wanting to play until close to his 40th birthday. The Cavaliers are expected to try to re-sign Jefferson, but he won't provide much fantasy value as a veteran role player for the Cavs.
Jun 28 - 12:32 PM

Cedi Osman is planning to join the Cavaliers for the 2017-18 season.

Osman just finished his season in the Turkish BSL league with Anadolu Efes and is still planning on joining the Cavs after the 2016-17 season."I will go to the NBA after next season," Osman told reporters. While Osman has potential, he isn't on the fantasy radar just yet.
Jun 28 - 10:41 AM

Tristan Thompson will play for Canada in the qualifying round next month.

The Canadians are going to have to win some games before they head into the August Olympics. Thompson played 32.4 minutes in the NBA Finals, averaging 10.3 points, 10.1 boards and 0.9 blocks. He should be a bigger part of the offense.
Jun 27 - 7:53 PM

Steve Kerr has offered Golden State's top assistant job to Mike Brown, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

This has been in the works for weeks and should become official as soon as terms of the deal are worked out. After losing Alvin Gentry and Luke Walton in consecutive seasons to head coaching gigs, Brown will now be expected to serve as Kerr's right hand man.
Jun 27 - 12:20 PM

David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

The Warriors reportedly view Mike Brown as a top target to fill Luke Walton's position in Golden State.

ESPN reported during the Finals that Brown and Ty Corbin were the "top two targets" to fill Luke Walton's spot on the Warriors' coaching staff, and with Corbin going to Phoenix, Brown's shot at landing the gig may have increased.
Jun 26 - 3:57 PM

Kevin Love declined an invite to play for Team USA at the Olympics this summer.

He simply wants to rest up after Cleveland's long playoff run. Love didn't play well in the NBA Finals, but he made up for it with a nice performance in Game 7. It would be a surprise if the Cavs didn't bring back most of their championship roster and coach Tyronn Lue said that Love will be a Cavalier next season, but that won't keep Love's name from popping up in the rumor mill this summer.
Jun 26 - 9:12 AM

Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM

Cavs GM David Griffin said that he's excited about the addition of Kay Felder.

"We are excited to welcome Kay Felder to the Cavs' family," Griffin said. "Kay is a dynamic playmaker, and most importantly, the type of person and competitor that we want to add to our locker room." Felder led the nation in assists (9.3) as a senior at Oakland and was fourth in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game. He could be the third-string PG in Cleveland behind Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams, assuming Matthew Dellavedova leaves in free agency.
Jun 25 - 1:09 PM


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