Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Cavs general manager David Griffin said that J.R. Smith (thumb) is doing very well and may be "slightly ahead of schedule."

Smith has been seen working out on the court prior to each of the Cavs last two games. Smith was originally projected to miss 12-14 weeks after undergoing thumb surgery back on Dec. 20. If he returns by the 12-week mark, he'd be back in action by mid-March. However, Smith will likely have his playing time limited initially. In addition, with Iman Shumpert and Kyle Korver playing well, there isn't an excess of minutes to go around. Smith can be left on the wire.
Feb 24 - 10:01 AM

LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes.

That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.
Source: ESPN
Feb 24 - 12:32 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 23 points against the Knicks on Thursday with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.

The Cavs are playing well again, which means the likelihood of Irving getting rested will be on the rise. Additionally, Deron Williams could be joining the Cavs, assuming a team doesn't claim his big contract. Irving will still be elite when he plays, but his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for a possible rest day.
Feb 24 - 12:23 AM

Kyle Korver scored 20 points with two rebounds, three assists and six 3-pointers in 31 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He's one of the hottest shooters in the NBA, which is hardly a surprise. In fact, Korver has a ridiculous 84.9 true shooting percentage this month, averaging 15.9 points, 3.4 boards, 1.3 assists, 0.7 steals and 4.0 treys. He's too hot to leave on the wire right now.
Feb 24 - 12:19 AM

Iman Shumpert scored five points with three rebounds, two steals and one 3-pointer in 23 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He did have some lukewarm trade rumors surrounding him in the last couple days due to the Cavs needing a point guard. Additionally, Shumpert has not been the same since returning from his ankle injury, making just 30.4 percent from the field in his last three games. He was on fire when he was starting last month, but he's probably not worth owning until he shows signs of life again.
Feb 24 - 12:11 AM

Jordan McRae is unlikely to remain on the Cavs once they sign Andrew Bogut and/or Deron Williams.

The Orange Mamba era look to be over. Once he clears waivers, he could receive plenty of interest on a 10-day deal from some shallower teams. McRae isn't worth stashing in most leagues yet.
Feb 23 - 5:36 PM

Coach Ty Lue said he's not expecting Iman Shumpert to be traded before the deadline.

"I like our team, I love our team, I love what Shump's done for us these last three years," Lue said. "For me, that's not going to happen, but we're just not going to talk about trades and all this stuff. That's not my expertise." The Cavs are not playing to make a big splash after they already picked up Kyle Korver earlier this season and they'll get J.R. Smith (thumb) back as soon as next month.
Feb 22 - 6:06 PM

The Cavs and Jazz have discussed a trade involving Jordan McRae and Shelvin Mack, according to Chris Haynes of ESPN.com.

The Cavs need a point guard behind Kyrie Irving, but they are running out of assets to get a deal done. McRae has been pretty solid when he's called upon while the Cavs are resting guys, but he wouldn't have much value in Utah.
Feb 22 - 5:44 PM

Derrick Williams has officially signed his second 10-day contract with the Cavs.

Williams will likely be signed for the rest of the season after this second 10-day contract expires, but even with Kevin Love (knee) out, he has very little fantasy value in most leagues.
Source: NBA.com
Feb 22 - 2:09 PM

The Rockets have reportedly expressed interest in Iman Shumpert.

Cleveland has made it clear that Shumpert can be had for the right price, and with Houston reportedly shopping for a guy in the $10-12 million salary range, Shumpert fits the bill. However, Cleveland reportedly wants Patrick Beverley to make this deal work, and with Houston uninterested in sending away Beverley (who is a perfect fit next to James Harden), it doesn't seem likely that these two teams will be able to strike a deal.
Feb 22 - 12:42 PM

Derrick Williams will reportedly sign a second 10-day contract with the Cavs on Wednesday.

All indications are the Cavs intend to sign Williams for the rest of the season once that second 10-day contract expires, and while he'll provide Cleveland with some solid depth at the power forward spot, he won't be on the court enough to make a difference in most leagues.
Feb 22 - 10:57 AM

LeBron James scored 23 points during the East's All-Star game loss on Sunday, making 10-of-17 shots with three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

In the process, LeBron became the first player to score at least 300 points in All-Star games during their career. LBJ also passed Kobe Bryant for the most made field goals in All-Star history, and the 32-year-old is sure to pad his totals before his career ends. The East and West combined to score 374 points tonight, a new record, as nobody on the court even attempted to play defense.
Feb 19 - 11:15 PM

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said dealing away Iman Shumpert could be a "type of trade" the Cavs may be interested in making this week.

To be very clear here, Windhorst and the radio host said "this is not a report" multiple times, so this is just an opinion from the plugged-in guy in Cleveland. Windhorst said a possible trade for Alec Burks and Shelvin Mack could make sense. The reasoning on this is Kyle Korver catching fire and also J.R. Smith coming back for the playoffs. Again, to be clear, this is just an opinion, but just keep that in mind if the Cavs are looking to make a 2-for-1 deal.
Source: ESPN Radio
Feb 19 - 1:32 PM

The Cavs are expected to sign Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract on Saturday, and then sign him for the remainder of the season after that contract ends.

According to Cleveland.com beat writer Joe Vardon, "the Cavs think Williams will be their seventh or eighth man against the Warriors in the Finals." The reason they will sign him to a second 10-day deal is to maintain roster flexibility through the trade deadline, should something unexpected arise. Williams will be tough to trust from a fantasy standpoint, as his production will likely be inconsistent and unpredictable over the final two months of the regular season.
Feb 17 - 12:26 PM

Channing Frye followed up Tuesday's terrific performance with just four points on 1-of-8 shooting vs. the Pacers on Wednesday, adding eight rebounds and two steals in 30 minutes.

Frye was coming off multiple season-highs of 21 points and 10 rebounds, but he finished tonight's game 0-of-6 from downtown and suffered some minor cramps late in the game. He'll continue to play a big role with Kevin Love out approximately six weeks due to knee surgery, and is worth a look as a 3-point specialist who can chip in points and boards with occasional defensive stats.
Feb 15 - 10:35 PM


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