Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue confirmed that Derrick Rose will open the season as the starting point guard.

The Cavaliers are expecting Isaiah Thomas (hip) back by January, so Rose could have a significant workload for the first half of the season. Rose is healthy after undergoing a left knee arthroscopy back in April and isn't expected to have any restrictions early on. He should have some low-end value for owners targeting points and assists, but he's not worth grabbing before the later rounds due to a lack of upside in steals and 3-pointers. He's not exactly durable either.
Sep 25 - 12:42 PM

Isaiah Thomas (hip) is expected to make his Cavaliers debut by January.

Thomas and the Cavs have been dodging questions about his hip for weeks, but the PG has started on-court activities and we finally have an idea of his timetable. There are 36 games before the end of the calendar year, so Thomas could miss nearly half the season if this timetable holds up. His ADP should plummet following this report, while Derrick Rose should open the season as the starting PG.
Sep 25 - 12:09 PM

Kendrick Perkins will join the Cavaliers for training camp.

The Cavaliers don't have the greatest depth behind Tristan Thompson at center, but they will play a lot of small-ball with Kevin Love mixing in at center. Even if Perkins makes the team, he's just a warm body and a boost for the locker room.
Sep 21 - 2:00 PM

Cavs coach Ty Lue said that Kevin Love "is going to have the best year that he's had here."

"What did [Chris] Bosh average in Miami? Kevin averaged almost 20 [points] and 10 [rebounds] with two other All-Stars," Lue said. "If you are on a championship-caliber team, you have to sacrifice. But this year is going to be a big opportunity for him. We're going to play through him more. He's going to get those elbow touches again." With Isaiah Thomas' (hip) timetable still up in the air, ESPN's Zach Lowe said that the Cavs "are redesigning their offense" around Love and will feature him more at center to "unleash" him. Lowe also noted that the Cavs outscored opponents by nearly 15 points per 100 possessions when Love and LeBron played without Kyrie Irving last season. His fantasy arrow is pointing straight up.
Source: ESPN
Sep 14 - 1:27 PM

Isaiah Thomas is "dealing with more than just a tear" in his hip, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

The source claims that "some of those secondary issues in the hip [Thomas] has played with for years now, such as a loss of cartilage and some arthritis, are complicating his healing process." The Cavs have refused to discuss details of the injury publicly and are not willing to offer a timetable as to when Thomas might be healthy enough to suit up for Cleveland. We'll likely get a medical update at the start of training camp in late September, but it looks like Thomas will be a risky pick in fantasy drafts this year.
Sep 8 - 1:08 PM

The Cavs have signed John Holland to a two-way contract for the 2017-18 season.

Holland spent training camp with the Cavs last year and played for their D-League affiliate after he didn't make the final 15-man roster. Holland averaged 22.9 points and 4.7 rebounds for the Canton Charge last season. He can be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Sep 8 - 10:09 AM

Coach Ty Lue said on Thursday that Isaiah Thomas (hip) "is not going to be starting the season."

This was a surprising quote and maybe he misspoke, but this would be massive news. Maybe he meant training camp, maybe he meant preseason, but here we are. General manager Koby Altman said he didn't want to make the press conference about Thomas' hip, so that Lue quote certainly would've changed that. The Cavs have said they're looking to treat Thomas without surgery, which is the same plan the Celtics had. Expect another update on IT, but fantasy owners can't take him in the early rounds right now.
Sep 7 - 3:03 PM

Cavs GM Koby Altman wouldn't offer a timetable for Isaiah Thomas (hip).

The first two questions of Cleveland's press conference were about Thomas' hip, but Altman stepped in and shut them both down. Altman added the Cavs won't rush Thomas' return, and based on Thomas' comments shortly after, it sounds like his rehab is still limited to the weight room. The good news is that Thomas is still not expected to have surgery. He should be considered doubtful for the season opener, meaning Derrick Rose and Jose Calderon will have to hold down the fort at PG.
Source: NBA.com
Sep 7 - 12:47 PM

Isaiah Thomas is reportedly parting ways with his current representatives at Excel Sports Management.

Thomas was part of a high-stakes staring contest between the Celtics and the Cavaliers this offseason, with the Cavs eventually extracting a future second-round pick due to concerns about the health of Thomas' hip. He's headed for free agency in 2018 and has said repeatedly that he expects to earn a max contract, so he'll be eager to put this summer's drama behind him.
Sep 6 - 10:53 PM

The Celtics are not sure exactly when Isaiah Thomas suffered the labrum tear in his right hip, or precisely how long he was dealing with the injury, according to sources of ESPN.

While the Celtics have implied that Thomas initially suffered the hip injury during a March 15 matchup against the Timberwolves, Tom Haberstroh's reporting suggests that the injury could have occurred as early as December, when Thomas received a PRP injection in his "upper right thigh" which the team initially deemed a "groin strain." The Cavs have yet to offer an official timetable for Thomas' return, but the fact that he's still not running is concerning with training camp less than a month away. If the Cavs' medical staff deems that surgery will be required to fix this issue, Thomas will be looking at a 6-10 month timetable, putting his status for the entire 2017-18 season in doubt.
Source: ESPN
Sep 6 - 11:17 AM

The Pelicans are reportedly interested in trading for Iman Shumpert.

Solomon Hill, who averaged nearly 30 minutes per game for the Pels last season, was diagnosed with a proximal hamstring tear in his left leg earlier this week which will sideline him for most of the 2017-18 campaign. This leaves New Orleans with a major hole at small forward. The Cavs would like to move Shumpert but, although Shump can play spot minutes on the wing, New Orleans would probably prefer to add a versatile small forward.
Sep 2 - 9:41 AM

Cedi Osman stuffed the stat sheet in Turkey's loss to Russia at EuroBasket on Friday, finishing with 28 points, seven rebounds, four assists and seven steals.

After being drafted in 2015, Osman is finally headed stateside this season after signing a three-year, $8.3 million deal with the Cavs in July. Cleveland currently has plenty of depth on the wing, so Osman will have a tough time carving out minutes. However, if Lebron James leaves Cleveland next summer and the Cavs embrace a rebuild, Osman could end up as the team's starting small forward in 2018-19. He's someone to keep tabs on in dynasty leagues.
Sep 2 - 9:25 AM

The Cavs are not willing to put a timeline on when Isaiah Thomas (hip) could return to action, according to Jason Lloyd of The Athletic.

The reporter adds that a source with experience dealing with this kind of hip problem said it could be until January or the break. To be fair, every injury is different and we don't know if this source had surgery, which is something IT opted not to do -- it could've been to a different part of the hip, as well. While this reporter is one of the more credible ones on the beat, don't put too much stock in the guess on the timeline. For now, Thomas really can't be drafted in the early rounds, especially after he lost a chunk of value from the trade itself.
Sep 1 - 4:49 PM

The Cavaliers and Celtics have agreed to terms on the deal centered around Isaiah Thomas and Kyrie Irving, with Boston adding a 2020 second-round pick.

The Cavs were reportedly pushing for another first-round pick, but they settled on a final package of Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Brooklyn's 2018 first-round pick, and Miami's 2020 second-round pick. It's still unclear when Thomas might return from his hip injury, which was the crux of this trade's delay.
Aug 30 - 10:26 PM

The rumors implying that LeBron James is seriously considering a move to Los Angeles after the 2017-18 season have been "overblown," according to Chris Broussard.

"I think the talk about the Lakers is overblown," Broussard said. "That doesn’t mean it’s definitely not going to happen… If he leaves, especially if he goes West to the Lakers, there’s a very good chance that he’s not getting back to the Finals [because of the Golden State Warriors]." Broussard argues that if winning championships will be James' primary goal, and not necessarily going to a major market, that the Spurs would make the most sense for King James; but Broussard would also hedge his bets on LBJ remaining in Cleveland.
Source: HoopsHype
Aug 30 - 12:06 PM


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