Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

The Cavaliers, who have the No. 8 overall pick in the draft, are expected to make their selection without knowing what LeBron James intends to do in free agency.

James is on vacation with his family, according to ESPN.com. He has yet to inform the Cavs whether he'll opt out of the final year of his contract, with a decision due by June 29, but that's essentially a foregone conclusion -- the real question is whether he'll stay in Cleveland or sign elsewhere as an unrestricted free agent.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 8:29 PM

The Cavaliers are not actively shopping Kevin Love heading into Thursday's NBA Draft, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com said earlier this week that the Cavs haven't been given any hints on LeBron James staying or leaving, so obviously that is a mega factor in Love's future. Considering the Cavs traded their 2019 pick to the Hawks with a top-10 protection in the next two years, it sure does make sense to tank it up. If Love does stay in Cleveland for a while, he could be a fantasy force again.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 7:07 PM

LeBron James reportedly does not want to play in Houston next season.

The Rockets still haven't had an opportunity to make their pitch to James, but according to Steven A. Smith, Chris Paul has begun telling people that he doesn't anticipate James landing in Houston and that he'd prefer to play in Los Angeles. The Lakers could realistically land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George and King James this summer, which would surround James with the sort of star power necessary to combat Golden State. There's still a lot that can happen here, but right now, the Lakers look like the early favorites in the James sweepstakes.
Jun 19 - 3:53 PM

The Cavs will not renew the contracts of assistant coach Jim Boylan and player development coach Phil Handy, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

ESPN reports that Dan Geriot will be promoted to a full-time assistant role and Damon Jones will see increased coaching responsibilities as well.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 11:54 AM

Despite a rough first season in Cleveland, Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com expects the Cavaliers to tender a $3.4M qualifying offer to Rodney Hood.

That would make Hood a restricted free agent, giving Cleveland the ability to match any offers for him this summer. Hood will be 26 next season and has always struggled with durability and consistency, appearing in 60 or fewer games in three out of four seasons. His fantasy outlook hinges on LeBron James' decision in free agency.
Jun 18 - 9:58 AM

Former NBA player J.J. Hickson has been charged with armed robbery in Atlanta.

Hickson played for five teams over his eight-year career, most recently suiting up for the Wizards in 2016. He spent last season in China. According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Hickson was charged with armed robbery with a knife and is currently in the Coweta County Jail, according to jail records. He is being held without bond.
Jun 16 - 12:53 PM

The Cavs have expressed to Larry Nance that they view him as a "foundational piece," according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

The report adds that there is "a ton" of interest to discuss an extension with Nance. The 25-year-old forward is eligible for a rookie-scale contract, and the Cavs could lean on him as they likely rebuild their roster. If Kevin Love is traded, Nance would become a potential mid-round target in fantasy.
Jun 15 - 8:11 PM

The Cavs have waived G London Perrantes.

Maybe Perrantes will be able to find another two-way deal this summer, but he's irrelevant in fantasy hoops.
Jun 12 - 5:28 PM

LeBron James is expected to speak with the Heat, Lakers, Cavs, 76ers and Spurs during free agency.

Chris Paul is a big factor here, as he's very close with LeBron James and was quoted saying he was already recruiting LBJ once the Rockets got bounced out of the Western Conference Finals. Daryl Morey would need to move around some contracts to make the numbers work, but it wouldn't be impossible for him to add James to the core of James Harden, CP3 and Clint Capela. James could also partner up with Paul in Los Angeles, or he could go to San Antonio to play under a coach he's openly admired.
Jun 10 - 5:27 PM

Deron Williams said he hasn't ruled out returning to the NBA.

Williams finished the 2016-17 campaign averaging 11.0 points, 5.6 assists and 2.3 rebounds in 25.9 minutes. However, he did not play at all last season. He will turn 34 next month and it's unlikely we see him in an NBA uniform in 2018-19.
Jun 9 - 11:52 PM

If LeBron James leaves Cleveland, the Cavs would "fully make Kevin Love available" in a trade, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

That makes sense because the Cavs would almost certainly have a one-way ticket to the lottery. Plus, the Cavs have a top-10 protection on their first-round pick that would go to Atlanta, so a tank job to keep the pick for the next two seasons adds some incentive to gut the roster. If the Cavs do keep Love, he'd have terrific fantasy value. However, that seems unlikely, which makes him a mid-round pick in drafts.
Jun 9 - 6:25 PM

Tyronn Lue said he intends to return as coach of the Cavs next season.

Lue dealt with some challenging health issues stemming from anxiety during the 2017-18 regular season, but received beneficial treatment. "I had some tough problems going on throughout the course of the season, and ... I probably could have folded myself, but I wasn't going to do that," said Lue after Game 4. The question Cavs fans are wondering is whether or not Lue will be coaching LeBron James in Cleveland next season.
Jun 9 - 10:29 AM

LeBron James had two MRIs on his right hand after punching a blackboard after Game 1 of the Finals, according to Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.

His hand was supposedly too swollen for the first MRI to provide any results. A second one at a later time found that it was a bone contusion in his right hand. Surgery is not expected for James. He has also been wearing a soft cast on his right hand and was wearing it at his postgame presser after Game 4 on Friday. He said he "pretty much played the last three games with a broken hand." We'll continue to monitor the status of his hand as well as his free agency decision this summer. LeBron said a lot has changed since his last free agency decision. He talked about his kids being older and that he'll sit down with his family and make a decision.
Jun 9 - 12:52 AM

LeBron James scored 23 points and had seven rebounds, eight assists and one block in Game 4 against Golden State on Friday.

After his second NBA Finals sweep, the focus now shifts to where James will end up this offseason, especially after James talked so much about how Kevin Durant joining the Warriors made such a big impact. Brian Windhorst reported that "everything is on the table" when it comes to his free agency, and Vegas' odds suggest he is gone. With LeBron going into his 16th season and a lack of a strong supporting cast in Cleveland, it almost feels like he has one foot out the door but did receive a standing ovation and MVP chants as he checked out of the game for a final time. Without a doubt, this will be the biggest story in the offseason.
Jun 8 - 11:32 PM

George Hill scored three points (1-of-7 FG, 0-of-2 FG) and had three rebounds and one assist in Game 4 against the Warriors on Friday.

He talked about how bad he played in Game 3 and then came out and performed like this. Hill never really had a breakout game during these playoffs and only shot 37.5% from the field in this series. He’s set to be back with the Cavaliers in 2018-19, but that could be a very different team by the time opening night rolls around.
Jun 8 - 11:32 PM


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