Player News - Cavaliers

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LeBron James said his back has been "iffy" at the start of training camp.

While James did say that he may sit out the Cavs' second practice on Tuesday, he has yet to miss any practice sessions thus far. James also added that he's doing pretty well in terms of picking up head coach David Blatt's offense and that he will let his kids decide on whether or not he'll go back to his pregame powder toss this year. While King James may see his usage rate take a hit alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love this year, he's still a safe selection with the No. 2 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 30 - 1:43 PM

Dion Waiters said that he wants LeBron James to take him under his wing this season.

Singled out by James as one of the players he's looking forward to teaming up with, Waiters is embracing the opportunity to learn from the best. The 22-year-old averaged 15.9 points, 1.3 three-pointers, 2.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 0.9 steals per game in 2013-14 and could serve as a late-round steal if he's able to step up his game with King James as his mentor.
Sep 30 - 1:01 PM

Brendan Haywood missed the entire 2013-14 season with a stress fracture of his left foot, but is hoping to make an impact this season with the Cavaliers.

"I don’t feel like I’ve been written off," Haywood said. "I didn’t play last year. I have to prove to a lot of people I’m still healthy and I’m capable of doing what I did before...My goal is to be the rim protector of this team." Those are nice sentiments from Haywood and with Anderson Varejao's shaky injury history, it's possible Haywood could have a role in Cleveland. We still see no reason to draft him this season, and doubt he will be someone you'll target off the waiver wire later in the year.
Sep 29 - 10:53 PM

The Cavaliers have until Oct. 31 to extend the contract of Tristan Thompson, or he becomes a restricted free agent after the season.

"In terms of contract, I'm not worried about that at all," Thompson said. "My main focus, especially with this new team, is how we can gel and trying to pick up coach [David] Blatt's philosophy." Thompson is saying all the right things, but it does appear he's going to take a playing time hit this season, with Kevin Love in town and Anderson Varejao (possibly) healthy.
Sep 29 - 9:16 PM

LeBron James is ready to be a leader for the Cavs.

"I take full responsibility for being the leader of the team," James said. "We have guys that lead as well in their own facets, in their own ways. But I don't mind taking full responsibility for the leadership role of this team. That's going to be important." Fantasy owners can safely take LeBron James with the No. 2 overall selection in any format.
Sep 28 - 9:26 AM

Dion Waiters was "perhaps too eager to share [the ball]" during the Cavaliers' opening practice on Saturday, according to beat writer Jason Lloyd.

Waiters passed up a few open shots but LeBron James quickly reminded him to shoot it when he has the opportunity, after which the Cavs' third-year guard got back to his quick-trigger ways. Although he's sure to get some easy opportunities in the Cavs' dangerous offense this season, fantasy owners should be very wary of his poor percentages and lack of significant rebounds, assists, steals or blocks.
Sep 27 - 9:13 PM

LeBron James said he'll let Kyrie Irving do the bulk of the Cavaliers' ball-handling this season, adding, "This is Kyrie’s show."

"He’s our point guard. He’s our floor general and we need him to put us in position to succeed offensively," James said. For his part, Irving said that was always in attack-mode last year because the Cavs' offense "needed it," and he's ready to defer some playmaking duties to LeBron. It will be very interesting to see how his assist and scoring numbers are impacted by the arrival of two high-volume stars in LeBron and Kevin Love, but fantasy owners can still safely draft Kyrie in the 20-30 range in most formats.
Sep 27 - 9:08 PM

The Cavaliers are expected to sign guards Chris Crawford, Stephen Holt, and forward Shane Edwards for training camp.

They have almost no shot at making the opening night roster and are going to be signed strictly for training camp purposes. Expect to see all three in the D-league shortly.
Source: Jason LLoyd
Sep 27 - 7:24 PM

Brendan Haywood (foot) was the most impressive player at Saturday's practice, according to coach David Blatt.

He has been fully cleared by the medical staff and it would appear he's ready to go after missing all of last season. Haywood has lost a step or two over the years, but the center could provide some added depth behind Anderson Varejao. His inability to make free throws will likely knock him from fantasy consideration in almost any circumstance.
Sep 27 - 2:24 PM

Matt Dellavedova will get the first chance to be Kyrie Irving's backup point guard.

It's not a surprise at all and Dellavedova had a very solid rookie campaign. He's received praise from his teammates as well as Bradley Beal saying he was his toughest defender last season. Dellavedova shot 36.8 percent last season and would be a decent pickup in fantasy leagues should Kyrie miss time.
Sep 27 - 9:16 AM

Jason Kapono has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Warriors.

Kapono has been out of the league since the 2011-12 season, and he was pretty horrible that year, averaging 2.0 points on 38.2 percent shooting from the field, and 29.6 percent from beyond the arc. He's not likely to make the official roster, and he's not on the fantasy radar in any format.
Sep 26 - 5:56 PM

When Kyrie Irving was asking how he will adjust to playing more off the ball with LeBron James in town, Irving responded: "I'll be ready to shoot every single time."

Irving's usage rate will likely come down a bit this season with LeBron James and Kevin Love each demanding touches, but Irving proved during the FIBA World Cup that he is more than capable of playing efficiently with superstar talent around him. Irving now drops out of the first-round conversation in re-draft leagues, but with career averages of 20.7 points, 1.7 three-pointers, 5.8 assists, and 1.4 steals per game, he'll be worthy of an early-round selection.
Sep 26 - 3:29 PM

Brendan Haywood (foot) has been fully cleared by the Cavs medical staff, and he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"They [Cavs] maybe cautious with me but I'm good to go now," said Haywood. Haywood will start the season in a reserve role playing behind Anderson Varejao, and although Varejao has a knack for getting injured, Haywood still isn't really worth drafting in standard leagues.
Sep 26 - 2:19 PM

LeBron James said his weight loss this summer had nothing to do with basketball.

He said he cut candy out of his diet and he just wanted to challenge himself this summer. James was ridiculously efficient last season with the Heat and should have similar success despite his smaller size. He shot an amazing 78.3 percent at the rim in 2013-14 and remains the top option for owners concerned with field goal percentage. Fantasy owners can consider him the safe play with the No. 2 pick.
Sep 26 - 1:37 PM

In an interview on CNN's Unguarded, LeBron James acknowledged that if the Heat beat the Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, he likely would have stayed in Miami.

"It's a greater chance, for sure," James said. "I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four. But, obviously, you really can't live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person kind of live in the moment." LeBron will have plenty of help in Cleveland and his team is the heavy favorite to come out of the Eastern Conference yet again. He's the safe play with the No. 2 pick in fantasy drafts.
Sep 25 - 11:45 PM

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