Player News - Cavaliers

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Tristan Thompson is expected to request a four-year contract extension worth at least $40 million, according to Cavs writer Jason Lloyd.

The Cavs payroll will balloon next season and it's unlikely that they'd invest more than $10 million annually on a 6'8" big man who has never averaged more than 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Thompson might start at center this year, but his minutes should be pinched in a frontcourt with Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao, and fantasy owners should remember that he's a career 63.0 percent FT shooter who averaged a mere 0.5 steals and 0.4 blocks last season.
Sep 23 - 2:48 PM

Tristan Thompson could start at center for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

While he is a tad undersized to play center, the Cavaliers are determined to keep Anderson Varejao healthy and bringing him off the bench could go a long way towards accomplishing that goal. Whether he starts or not, Thompson is expected to see time at the center position this season in an effort to get him on the court. The 23-year-old averaged 11.7 points and 9.7 rebounds last season, but will see a dip in his numbers (and minutes) unless Kevin Love or Varejao go down with an injury.
Sep 23 - 1:34 PM

Tristan Thompson worked out with LeBron James on Sunday.

He has become closer to LeBron this offseason, but it's not likely going to get him minutes. Thompson was one of the most inefficient big men in the NBA last season and his minutes will be severely cut with Kevin Love taking over at power forward.
Sep 22 - 11:27 AM

The Cavs have added A.J. Price to their training camp roster.

He's been fairly quiet since the Wizards needed him back in 2012-13 when John Wall had a knee injury to start the season. Price played just 3.5 minutes per game with the Wolves last season.
Sep 22 - 9:26 AM

LeBron James worked out at UCLA on Sunday with Chris Paul and Tristan Thompson.

TMZ also spotted LeBron and CP3 at a Hollywood club on Sunday night. The Cavs open their training camp this week and LeBron appears to be ready. He and Thompson have been pretty close this offseason, but the two aren't likely going to be on the court together very often while the team is healthy. LeBron's durability makes him your best bet for the No. 2 pick in standard drafts.
Sep 22 - 9:18 AM

The Cavs will sign Lou Amundson for training camp.

The Cavs do need some depth up front and Amundson will have a chance to make the team. He hasn't played in more than 10 minutes per game in each of his last two seasons, so he won't be a big factor.
Sep 19 - 10:46 AM

LeBron James recently said that Kyrie Irving is the best point guard in the NBA.

"It's part of the reason I came back," LeBron told SLAM Magazine. "I think he can be the best point guard in our league." It's possible that LeBron is just pumping up his new teammate, but it's also possible that his opinion was swayed by Irving's recent strong play at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. 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, but his fantasy value may take a hit this season as the addition of LeBron and Kevin Love will bring down his usage rate.
Sep 18 - 10:39 AM

Mike Miller acknowledged that he'll play a smaller role with the Cavaliers this season, given their depth and surfeit of 3-point shooters.

"This team, as good as it looks on paper, if we’re going to be successful, people are going to have to sacrifice – whether it’s minutes, shots or financially," Miller said. "That’s the commitment it takes to win a championship." Miller's 3-point prowess won't be as critical with Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and even James Jones on the roster, but he's still a viable specialist in deeper leagues.
Sep 17 - 11:09 AM

Free agent Louis Amundson worked out for the Cavs last week.

He could get a training camp invite as the Cavs attempt to add some depth to their front court. Amundson played in 19 games last season and won't be in the rotation to start the year.
Sep 15 - 11:18 AM

Kyrie Irving was named MVP of the FIBA World Cup after leading Team USA to the gold medal with a 129-92 victory vs. Serbia.

Irving was on fire throughout the championship game, scoring 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting including a perfect 6-of-6 from beyond the arc. James Harden added 23 points in the victory and eight different U.S. players scored in the double-digits. The All-World Cup Team featured Irving, teammate Kenneth Faried, Pau Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Serbian SG Milos Teodosic.
Sep 14 - 5:02 PM

The Cavs signed Chris Crawford to a two-year deal.

It's expected to have a partial guarantee, so the Cavs will likely be keeping the undrafted free agent in at least a D-League capacity. Crawford averaged 9.1 points and 3.8 assists with the Memphis Tigers last season.
Source: Real GM
Sep 12 - 9:16 AM

Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 18 points during Team USA's 96-68 semifinal win over Lithuania on Thursday, adding one rebound, four assists, two steals, two turnovers and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.

He's looked great all tournament long and no other guard can cover him at FIBA. Irving hasn't had help on his Cavs for most of his career, so playing with this kind of talent could be foreshadowing to how his 2013-14 season goes. Still, his usage rate figures to take a massive hit, which will undoubtedly hurt his fantasy value.
Sep 11 - 5:06 PM

Anderson Varejao led Brazil with 12 points and nine boards in their elimination loss to Serbia in the FIBA World Cup.

The loss means the wealth of NBA talent on team Brazil can now focus on the upcoming NBA season. Brazil's professional players include Varejao, Nene, Leandro Barbosa, and Tiago Splitter.
Sep 10 - 3:16 PM

Kyrie Irving admitted that he "couldn't even sit down on the bench" after taking a hard fall during Friday's FIBA World Cup game, but he's since fully recovered.

Irving hurt his left hip but he has since played without limitations in victories against Mexico and Slovenia. He's never been to the playoffs and conceded that Team USA's march into the World Cup semifinals has been "by far the biggest stage [he's] played on in [his] career." With LeBron James and Kevin Love coming to help him in Cleveland next season, that's likely to change in a hurry.
Sep 10 - 9:15 AM

Shawn Marion officially signed with the Cavaliers on Tuesday.

It's expected to be a one-year deal at the veteran's minimum. Marion could have made more money elsewhere, but he's more interested in vying for a championship alongside LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. Marion projects as a backup SF/PF and he's unlikely to get enough playing time to help typical fantasy owners.
Sep 9 - 2:24 PM

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