Player News - Cavaliers

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Luol Deng said that Cavaliers guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters "love" to play together and have no off-court issues.

"There’s times where they’ve looked great," Deng said. "They’re human, but in terms of can they play together? Yeah. I’ve played in this league for 10 years and I know they can." The talented duo have struggled to co-exist offensively, a problem which may have been exacerbated by keeping Waiters in a sixth-man role early in the season, but they showed steady improvement late in the season and their mutual respect bodes well for the future of the Cavs backcourt.
Apr 19 - 9:15 AM

Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he's "excited" about the possibility of getting a max-extension from the Cavaliers, and that he'll make the best decision for him and his family if and when it happens.

"Obviously, I’m aware I can be extended this summer," he said. "It’s a big deal for me if they do offer me that. It will be exciting. I’ll make the best decision for me and my family. That’s what it will boil down to." While it's good that he's "excited," he clearly is leaving his options open. And after having his maturity constantly questioned in Cleveland this season, as well as media reports that he has wanted out for years, and of infighting behind close doors, it still seems a bit of a longshot to think Irving will sign a long-term deal with the Cavs, although anything is possible.
Apr 17 - 11:02 AM

Anderson Varejao was dressed and ready to play and make one final appearance in front of his home fans on Wednesday, but was left on the bench by coach Mike Brown, who simply chose not to play Varejao in a meaningless blowout win over the Nets. .

That was likely Varejao's last game as a Cavalier and would have been an opportunity for the fans to say goodbye to one of the team's better players over the last several years Brown also failed to play wildly popular Zydrunas Ilgauskas back in 2009 on a night he would have broken the team's all-time games played record, a move that drew the public ire of LeBron James at the time. While Brown is a respected NBA coach, it's reasonable to think that his treatment of Ilgauskas and Varejao in these instances might not go unnoticed by some players around the league, and could impact Cleveland's ability to sign free agents at some point down the line.
Apr 17 - 10:51 AM

Tyler Zeller had 22 points, 11 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Wednesday's easy win over the Nets.

Anderson Varejao sat this one out, clearing the way for Zeller to succeed off the bench. The starters, Tristan Thompson, Alonzo Gee, Spencer Hawes, Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters all scored in double figures tonight, but none of them topped Zeller's 22 points. Now the attention in Cleveland can officially turn to whether Irving is going to stay or go.
Apr 16 - 11:43 PM

Anthony Bennett (knee) is available to play vs. the Nets on Wednesday.

His rookie season has been a disaster, but at least he'll get one more chance to show what he can do. His fitness will likely be a problem for much of his career and the deck is stacked against him to have a breakout year.
Apr 16 - 6:34 PM

Carrick Felix is available to play against the Nets on Wednesday.

He's been out since January due to a stress fracture in his knee and this is a surprise. Felix likes to get his buckets in transition and had a decent offseason, but he has a lot of growing to do. He's no lock to play tonight.
Apr 16 - 6:32 PM

C.J. Miles (ankle) will not play in the Cavaliers' season finale.

Miles hasn't played since mid-February and his absence is no surprise. He's heading into free agency and the Cavaliers have expressed an interest in re-signing him, as his 39.3 percent shooting from downtown this season gives him consistent appeal as a perimeter specialist.
Apr 16 - 12:28 PM

Anthony Bennett (strained left patellar tendon) went through Tuesday's contact practice and may be available to play on Wednesday.

It would be a token victory for the Cavs if Bennett could suit up, but nothing can dilute the misery of his rookie season. The No. 1 overall pick has appeared in 51 games, averaging 4.1 points on 35.2 percent shooting, with exactly as many turnovers (46) as combined assists (17), steals (21) and blocks (eight). There is little doubt that he'll play for the Cavs' Summer League team.
Source: News-Herald
Apr 16 - 10:49 AM

Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, presented by Pro Basketball Writers Association to honor community service.

Deng's had an interesting season, being traded from Chicago to Cleveland and then struggling upon his arrival to the Cavs. The award will help make him feel better about what went down, but the fact he's not with the Bulls getting ready for the playoffs is still probably a tough pill for him to swallow.
Apr 15 - 1:13 PM

Luol Deng (sore back) will not play in the Cavaliers' season finale on Wednesday.

Alonzo Gee will start again at SF for the Cavs, who can finish the season with a 33-49 record if they defeat the Nets. Deng is the best of this summer's free agent SFs and he's sure to draw interest from many teams eager to acquire the versatile veteran and two-time All-Star.
Apr 14 - 1:46 PM

Kyrie Irving hit just 3-of-15 shots and a 3-pointer for 15 points and two assists in Saturday's loss.

He was in love with his jump shot tonight, but they just weren't falling. He's had some huge games and helped owners win fantasy leagues with his late-season return, but he probably did more harm than good tonight.
Apr 12 - 10:40 PM

Spencer Hawes will be the "main priority" for the Cavaliers in free agency this summer, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

"Assuming [GM David Griffin] remains the general manager, he will make a strong push to keep the center," Pluto writes. "Griffin values big men who can pass and shoot. In fact, the Cavs have been asking Hawes to shoot even more." Hawes is averaging a career-high 14.1 points and 1.8 threes per game since joining the Cavaliers, to go along with 7.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 blocks.
Apr 12 - 7:04 PM

Luol Deng (back) will not play vs. the Celtics on Saturday.

Deng was listed as doubtful so his absence isn't surprising, and Alonzo Gee will get another start at SF. With only one more game remaining on the Cavs' schedule, and free agency looming on the horizon for Deng, he may decide to simply shut it down for the year.
Apr 12 - 6:10 PM

Luol Deng (back) is listed as doubtful for Saturday's game vs. the Celtics.

Deng has fought through a variety of injuries this season, including a sore Achilles which plagued him for months, and it seems he's finally succumbed with the season nearly ended. The Cavs are interested in re-signing him but may not have a lucrative enough offer to lure him as a free agent this summer.
Source: News-Herald
Apr 12 - 12:16 PM

C.J. Miles (sprained ankle) hinted that his season might be over.

"I don’t really have that much time," he said. "I’ve got a certain amount of time before it fatigues because it’s not strong enough yet." The Cavaliers wrap up their season with games on Saturday and Wednesday, and we're not expecting Miles to risk a setback with unrestricted free agency looming on the horizon.
Apr 12 - 9:14 AM


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