Player News - Cavaliers

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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

Mike Miller said he joined the Cavs because they gave him the best chance to win.

"Where I'm at in my career right now, it's all about giving yourself the best opportunity to win. I felt like this gave me the best opportunity to do that," Miller said. "Teaming up with him again is a blessing and we hope to make the most of it." He's expected to come off the bench and won't have much fantasy value.
Sep 8 - 1:07 PM

LeBron James said that the Suns should "break bread" on Eric Bledsoe.

He's part basketball player, part general manager, and now he's part agent. LeBron and Bledsoe share the same agent and perhaps that may be part of the reason Bledsoe is still a free agent. LeBron has also been working out with a lot of new teammates, and he's probably ready for training camp.
Sep 6 - 10:33 AM

Kyrie Irving went through Friday's practice will be 100 percent for Saturday's game vs. Mexico.

That means he's likely going to start again, and he should based on his performances in the first five games. Irving has been nearly unstoppable in the open court and he's taking excellent shots in halfcourt sets. It'll be interesting to see how he responds to having such high-profile teammates in Cleveland, which will likely negatively affect his fantasy value.
Sep 5 - 11:48 AM

Kyrie Irving took a hard fall during Team USA's 95-71 win over Team Ukraine at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball.

Irving's status is unclear for Team USA's next game, but Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he wouldn't hesitate to start Derrick Rose if Kyrie is unable to go. The Cavaliers star posted 11 points, three rebounds, six assists, and four steals in 21 minutes during Thursday win. Update: Kyrie Irving addressed his fall on twitter shortly after team USA's win over Ukraine. "Im all good everybody, just a tough fall. Appreciate the concern #ontobarcelona"
Sep 4 - 1:53 PM

Anderson Varejao doesn't expect his role to change with the Cavaliers.

"I don't think it's going to change," Varejao said. "I played with LeBron for six years and what I did was playing defense, setting screens for everybody, fighting for every rebound and being ready on the offensive side when I get the ball." Varejao's statement basically verifies his limited fantasy potential with the Cavaliers, but he can still provide owners in deeper leagues with solid rebounding numbers.
Source: Hoops Hype
Sep 2 - 10:20 AM

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