Player News - Cavaliers

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J.R. Smith hasn't done any cardio exercises since fracturing his thumb on Dec. 20, but hopes to receive clearance to begin working out at his doctor's appointment on Friday.

Smith was given a timeline of 12-14 weeks, and he is just at the four-week mark, which means he is still a good two months away from returning to the court. "Right now it's just healing," Smith said. "I can't really do anything." Smith also stated he was happy the Cavs were able to improve their roster with the addition of Kyle Korver. However, with Korver now in the mix, Smith will see fewer minutes when he does return to action. Smith can be left on waiver wires in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 9:30 AM

LeBron James scored 21 points during a 118-103 win over the Suns on Thursday, adding nine rebounds, 15 assists, one steal, two blocks and four turnovers.

In the least surprising news of the day, LeBron was named to his 13th All-Star Team with his NBA-record 291 points in the event during his career. He is just one of five players to have that many All-Star nods and will likely pass Kobe Bryant's 18 in six years.
Jan 19 - 10:26 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points with two rebounds, four assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 33 minutes against the Suns on Thursday.

He's headed to New Orleans as a starter for the Eastern Conference All-Star Team. In this win, Irving was a little underwhelming based on how he had an 8.2 usage rate bump without Kevin Love (back) this season and in a favorable matchup. He's cruising as a top-30 player in standard leagues, but he gets a bad matchup on Saturday against the Spurs.
Jan 19 - 10:17 PM

James Jones started for Kevin Love (back) against the Suns on Thursday, scoring 14 points with two assists, one block and four 3-pointers in 20 minutes.

Perhaps the most surprising part of this is that he actually attempted two shots from inside the arc. If Love does have to miss another game, chances are Jones won't be this effective. Leave him on the wire unless you're desperate.
Jan 19 - 10:12 PM

Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 17 points against the Suns on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and five 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

He had a really strong game, which has been a habit for him since he moved into the starting lineup. In those three, Shumpert averaged 16.0 points, 3.7 boards, 2.0 steals and 3.7 treys. We've seen Shump go on hot streaks before and he almost always fizzles out, but being this hot in a new role for him makes him an interesting pickup. If you're not dropping something with much demand, it's not a bad idea to give Shump a look to see if he can stay anywhere close to this hot.
Jan 19 - 10:10 PM

Tristan Thompson played just 20 minutes against the Suns on Thursday with six rebounds, one assist and two blocks.

After dislocating his left index finger in the first half, Thompson started the second half with wrap around his finger. Channing Frye played an excellent game and the Cavs never really lost control, so that explains the low playing time. For now, we're expecting Thompson to be a full go on Saturday in the national game against the Spurs. Thompson has only turned in 13th-round value on the season, so he's not the best for fantasy.
Jan 19 - 10:03 PM

Channing Frye was terrific off the bench against the Suns on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 10 rebounds, two assists, one steal and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes.

It was a season high in boards and his first double-double on the year. On top of Kevin Love (back) not playing, Frye also saw some heavy run with Tristan Thompson (finger) missing some time during this game. Both Love and Thompson are likely just dealing with minor ailments, so there's little reason to add Frye unless you're dropping something you won't miss at all.
Jan 19 - 9:58 PM

Tristan Thompson (finger) will start the second half on Thursday.

X-rays were negative and he should be all set. This game will likely be in garbage time in about 30 minutes.
Jan 19 - 8:29 PM

Tristan Thompson left Thursday's game in the first half and went straight to the locker room after dislocating his left index finger.

X-rays were negative and it sounds like he should return to play in the second half, according to the Cavs' broadcast team. He had four rebounds, two blocks and missed both of his shots before heading to the locker room. Thompson is warming up in preparation for playing in the second half.
Jan 19 - 8:03 PM

James Jones will start for Kevin Love (back) against the Suns on Thursday.

He's basically been out of the rotation and will make his first start since the 2014-15 season. Jones likely won't get more than 15-20 minutes tonight and is likely just going to take open treys. The Suns like to go small, so there should be more minutes going to Kyle Korver, Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson. Frye may be the best DFS play of that bunch.
Jan 19 - 5:31 PM

Kevin Love (back) has been ruled out for Thursday against the Suns and James Jones will start in his place.

He was limited in shootaround and was previous listed as questionable. Love did say he wasn't going to miss additional time after his Monday injury, so he's not progressing as expected. Plus, he's had back problems before. There will be more shots to go to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, but besides that there isn't really a pickup to make with this move.
Jan 19 - 5:25 PM

Kevin Love (back) was limited at the morning shootaround and remains questionable for Thursday's game vs. the Suns.

He was also limited at Wednesday's practice. Love was adamant after leaving Monday's game vs. the Warriors that he wouldn't miss any additional time, but he's shaping up to be a game-time call. LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will be popular DFS plays if Love sits, while Channing Frye would likely draw the start in his absence.
Jan 19 - 11:06 AM

Kevin Love (back) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice, and he's being listed as questionable for Thursday's game against the Suns.

Love didn't take any contact during Wednesday's practice, and with a matchup against the 13-28 Suns, the Cavs may want to play it safe with Love in order to have him 100 percent for Saturday's matchup with the Spurs. We should get another update following Thursday morning's shootaround, but it's looking like he'll be headed for a game-time call. If he's out, Channing Frye would likely draw the start, with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving being asked to do a bit more on offense.
Jan 18 - 12:40 PM

The Cavs are unlikely to make any additional trades, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

"When the Cavs open the cabinet, they have nothing to give. I'd be stunned if they made a trade of consequence," said Windhorst. "The trade for [Kyle] Korver was a miracle. It almost caused a mutiny in the Hawks organization. That's it. The Cavs have made their moves." The Cavs will be paying $54 million in luxury taxes this season, so they're pretty limited in what they can do, although the buyout market could present another opportunity to add a piece such as Andrew Bogut (hamstring).
Jan 18 - 10:42 AM

Kevin Love (back) said that he won't miss any additional time.

He said his back tightened up on him at Sunday's practice and it flared up when he bumped into Zaza Pachulia in the second quarter. Love did not return to the game after halftime, but the Cavs were likely being cautious due to the lopsided score. Expect Love to play on Thursday vs. the Suns.
Jan 16 - 11:50 PM


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