Player News - Cavaliers

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Rodney Hood hit 5-of-10 shots and four more 3-pointers for 14 points, two rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes off the Cavs bench in Tuesday's 120-112 win over the Thunder.

Hood's averaging 14.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 3.5 3-pointers in his two games for the Cavs, and is going to be a key spot-up shooter from deep for the new-look Cavs. He may not have many assists, steals or blocks for his new teams, but he should score and hit a ton of 3-pointers, giving him some value in most fantasy leagues.
Feb 13 - 11:31 PM

Jordan Clarkson hit 6-of-10 shots and a 3-pointer for 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

Clarkson scored 17 on Sunday and is averaging 15.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.0 3-pointers in his two Cavs games. He's going to play both backup point guard and shooting guard, and just might be able to maintain his value in Cleveland. He's in wait-and-see mode for now.
Feb 13 - 11:24 PM

Larry Nance hit 5-of-10 shots and 3-of-6 free throws for 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists, a steal and three blocks in 25 minutes off the bench on Tuesday.

Nance is going to play a lot of power forward and center for the Cavs, especially with Kevin Love out. He's giving the Cavs a much-needed defensive presence and it looks like he'll be worth owning across the board. He was much better tonight than in his Cleveland debut and is returning eighth- or ninth-round fantasy value on the season.
Feb 13 - 11:22 PM

Cedi Osman started again on Tuesday, but played just 15 minutes and hit 2-of-6 shots for five points, two rebounds, one assist and a 3-pointer.

His minutes and numbers have dwindled in each of his last three games and it's probably time to think about dumping him if you picked him up. The Cavs are at full strength and guys like Larry Nance, Jeff Green, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood, who all come off the bench, are going to make it tough for Osman to succeed for much longer.
Feb 13 - 11:16 PM

J.R. Smith hit 6-of-10 shots and six 3-pointers for 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes of Tuesday's 120-112 win over the Thunder.

Smith had 15 points and three 3-pointers in his previous game and appears to enjoy playing with his new teammates. He's averaging 14.4 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and 4.0 3-pointers on 61 percent shooting over his last five, meaning he can be picked up and used in fantasy as long as he's this hot. We've seen Smith go on runs like this throughout his career, but they usually don't last very long. Don't be afraid to jump ship once he cools off.
Feb 13 - 11:14 PM

George Hill played 24 minutes and hit 3-of-7 shots and a 3-pointer for seven points, one rebound, four assists and a steal in Tuesday's win over the Thunder.

Hill's averaging just 9.5 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 3-pointers in 23 minutes in his two games with the Cavs, and it's not all that surprising given how much LeBron James handles the ball. Hill's more of a glorified shooting guard on this team than a point guard, but J.R. Smith has been hot in his last two, negatively impacting Hill. Hill is probably still worth owning as long as he's starting for the Cavs, but expectations should probably be tempered, at least as long as Smith (and LeBron) are so hot.
Feb 13 - 11:11 PM

LeBron James hit 14-of-23 shots, three 3-pointers and 6-of-10 free throws on his way to 37 points, eight rebounds, eight assists and a block in Tuesday's 120-112 win over the Thunder.

LeBron is averaging 29 points, 9.6 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.6 blocks and 2.4 3-pointers on 56 percent shooting over his last five games and the Cavs have now won four straight, including three in a row since they blew the team up on Thursday. Their last two wins came against the Celtics and Thunder, and the new-look Cavs look like a team that could win the East, if not the whole thing.
Feb 13 - 11:07 PM

Larry Nance was quiet in his Cleveland debut, going 2-of-5 from the field and 1-of-1 from the line for five points in 21 minutes off the bench.

Nance won't be scoring much in Cleveland, but that's not where his value comes from anyway, and he still came through with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and zero turnovers. He should be able to find minutes in the mid-20s with the Cavs, which is all the amount of time he needs to produce in fantasy hoops. If you picked him up after the trade, give him a few more games before making a decision as to whether or not to cut him.
Feb 11 - 6:36 PM

Cedi Osman scored 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting in Sunday's blowout win over the Celtics, adding two 3-pointers, five rebounds, one steal, one assist and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

Osman remained in the starting five despite the Cavs' new additions being available, and it'll be interesting to see just how long that lasts with Rodney Hood likely to challenge him for the starting spot at some point. That said, he's played very well over the past two games as a starter with averages of 14.0 points, 2.0 triples, 5.5 boards, 3.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, so he's worth a look in deep leagues.
Feb 11 - 6:31 PM

Jordan Clarkson was solid in his Cavs' debut on Sunday, scoring 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and two steals in 23 minutes.

Clarkson provided a nice spark off the bench with the second unit, and it seems as though he's already endeared himself to LeBron James, so we'd expect his minutes to rise over the coming games. Clarkson only needs minutes in the mid-20s to be effective, and he's going to be getting a lot of wide-open looks whenever he shares the floor with James, so maybe he'll be able to sustain his value in Cleveland.
Feb 11 - 6:27 PM

George Hill looked like a perfect fit with the first unit in his Cavs' debut on Sunday, registering 12 points, two 3-pointers, three rebounds, one assist and three turnovers in 21 minutes.

Hill did an excellent job of staying in front of Kyrie Irving on defense, and he also had a nice two-man game going with LeBron James. The Cavs starting unit of Hill-J.R. Smith-James-Cedi Osman-Tristan Thompson posting a 126.4 offensive rating, and a much improved 93.0 defensive rating for a net rating of 33.4. He gives the Cavs' a defensive presence at the point that they didn't have before, and his minutes should trend up as he becomes more familiar with the team.
Feb 11 - 6:22 PM

Rodney Hood looked great in his Cleveland debut on Sunday, scoring 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting to go with three 3-pointers, three boards, one steal, one block and one turnover in 19 minutes.

Hood wasn't shy with his shot selection, jacking up five shots within his first six minutes out there, and his minutes should start to trend up as he gets more familiar with the Cavs' system. He finished the game with a 31.1 usage rate, so it looks like Tyronn Lou wants him to be a force with the second unit.
Feb 11 - 6:16 PM

LeBron James flirted with a triple-double during Sunday's blowout win over the Celtics, tallying 24 points, 10 dimes, eight boards, two triples, one steal, one block and two turnovers in 28 minutes.

King James absolutely spoiled Paul Pierce's jersey retirement day, and he appeared to be well aware of what he was doing, staring down the former Celtics who were in attendance on numerous occasions after knocking down shots (link below). He did briefly exit the game after being kneed in the quad by Aron Baynes, but he never went to the locker room and looked fine upon re-entering the game, so he should be fine for Tuesday's game in OKC.
Feb 11 - 6:02 PM

Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said Jordan Clarkson will run the second unit on Sunday vs. Boston.

George Hill will start at point guard alongside Cedi Osman, but it sounds like Clarkson could get plenty of burn at both guard spots. Clarkson didn't play much in Los Angeles when Lonzo Ball was active, so maybe this trade benefits him. We'll find out soon enough.
Feb 11 - 2:07 PM

Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. will be available to make their Cavs debut Sunday vs. Boston.

George Hill will also make his debut on Sunday, but will be part of the starting five. Hood, Clarkson and Nance will come off the bench vs. the Celtics. Coach Ty Lue will have to mix-and-match rotations over the next couple of weeks as he attempts to incorporate all these new players into the mix.
Feb 10 - 1:45 PM


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