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Per Joe Vardon of The Athletic, J.R. Smith "will no longer be actively with the Cavs."

Smith has recently reiterated his desire to be traded and "has no interest in playing for a team that has no interest in winning." According to Vardon, Smith will work with the team to trade him, and in the meantime will work out on his own. Smith had very little fantasy value even when he was active, and belongs on waivers in all formats now. Rodney Hood and Jordan Clarkson should see an uptick in minutes for Cleveland.
Nov 20 - 1:08 PM

J.R. Smith has asked to be traded twice and "has no interest in playing for a team that has no interest in winning."

Smith was bumped to the bench on Monday and finished with just two points in six minutes against the Pistons. With the contentious relationship between player and management, Smith has very minimal fantasy value in limited minutes off the bench.
Nov 20 - 10:09 AM

Collin Sexton made 6-of-10 from the field for 18 points during a 113-102 loss to the Pistons on Monday, adding one rebound, four assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 24 minutes.

He was the lone bright spot on a night the Cavs were basically out of this game in the middle of the second. Sexton has finally hit his offensive over his last five outings, making 50.0% from the field for averages of 18.6 points, 3.0 boards, 2.8 dimes, 0.4 steals and 1.8 treys. He should get better in some of the non-scoring stats, which would really help his upside in his rookie season. He should still be owned in standard leagues and perhaps he'll keep his starting job when George Hill (shoulder) returns this month.
Nov 19 - 9:28 PM

Cedi Osman moved back into the starting lineup on Monday, scoring 10 points with three rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Pistons.

He came off the bench in his return to the lineup on Wednesday, and he was even in there for garbage time. Osman really hasn't done much since his hot start, so he's not necessarily a guy who should be owned in standard leagues. There is an opportunity for him, so maybe he can start making shots.
Nov 19 - 9:27 PM

J.R. Smith moved to the bench with two points in six minutes against the Pistons on Monday.

The Cavs are starting to get some bodies back, so Smith moved way down in the rotation today. With Larry Nance now playing the four, that's pushed Cedi Osman to the wing more to take time away from guys like Smith. Drop J.R. in most leagues.
Nov 19 - 9:26 PM

Kyle Korver (sore right foot) says he feels "really good" and expects to play Monday vs. the Pistons.

Korver has sat out each of the Cavs last two contests, but it was basically precautionary rest. "It’s been lingering a little while. Decided to nip it in the bud and kind of be done with it," Korver said. "I feel really good. Ready to go." Outside of 3-pointers, Korver is bringing little to the table in just 15 minutes a night off the bench.
Nov 17 - 9:41 AM

Coach Larry Drew said that David Nwaba will remain a part of the Cavs rotation going forward.

With the Cavs facing a rash of injuries, Nwaba has seen his minutes increase of late. However, coach Drew said that Nwaba has earned a role going forward, even when Kyle Korver returns to action on Monday and the Cavs are at full strength. "We’ll find a way to get David in there because he brings too much for the table," Drew said. Over Cleveland's last two games. Nwaba has tallied 29 points and 12 rebounds, while shooting 12-of-17 from the field. He's worth keeping an eye on in deep leagues, but his fantasy value is limited once the Cavs are fully healthy.
Nov 17 - 9:38 AM

Coach Larry Drew said that Kyle Korver (sore right foot) was able to practice on Friday and that he expects Korver to play Monday vs. the Pistons.

Korver has missed each Cleveland's last two contests, but has a full three days to rest his ailing foot. Korver is averaging just 15 minutes off the bench in 11 appearances this season, which significantly diminishes his fantasy value. The Cavs will likely look to deal him before February's trade deadline.
Nov 16 - 12:47 PM

Collin Sexton made 9-of-16 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs for 24 points vs. the Wizards on Wednesday, adding two 3-pointers, three rebounds and four turnovers.

George Hill (shoulder) is still out roughly another week and it'll be interesting to see what coach Larry Drew does with the PG spot when the veteran is healthy. Sexton is still averaging as many turnovers (2.3) as assists (2.3), and only mustered two dimes tonight vs. a team that leads the NBA in assists allowed to opponents. He's scored double-digit points in four straight games and is trending in the right direction, but needs some supporting stats to help owners in 12-team leagues.
Nov 14 - 10:10 PM

Jordan Clarkson's streak of double-digit scoring ended at 13 games on Wednesday, as he was held to nine points with two rebounds, one assist and one steal.

When it rains, it pours for the Cavs this season. They got Cedi Osman back tonight but were still without Sam Dekker (left ankle), George Hill (shoulder), Kyle Korver (right foot), and of course Kevin Love (foot). They desperately need Clarkson's bench production but he was just 4-of-13 from the field tonight with six turnovers. And because he doesn't get many supporting stats, games like this are brutal for fantasy.
Nov 14 - 10:09 PM

Larry Nance contributed across the board on Wednesday with 10 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 26 minutes.

The Cavs have out-rebounded opponents by a +34 margin with Nance and Thompson starting together, one of the few advantages they can claim all season. That could keep him as a starter but it's just as likely he reverts to a backup PF/C role once Cedi Osman gets up to speed. He only needs 24+ minutes to hit roto value, though, so either way he should be worth owning.
Nov 14 - 10:07 PM

Cedi Osman (lower back spasms) was back in action on Wednesday with four points, five rebounds, three assists and one block in 24 minutes.

He was on a minute-limit and was eased into things off the bench, so it's hard to get a read on his current role for coach Larry Drew. He could take over for J.R. Smith or Rodney Hood in the starting lineup, but Drew might prefer him to provide backup-PF minutes. Either way, he has more upside in points leagues where his 37.1% FGs and 76.2% FTs aren't a drag.
Nov 14 - 10:06 PM

Cedi Osman (back) will come off the bench and is expected to have a minutes limit against the Wizards on Wednesday.

He suffered the lower back injury last Wednesday and has been out since. Osman has shifted over to the four lately because the Cavs have lost Sam Dekker (ankle) and Kevin Love (foot), but maybe he'll play more three after Larry Nance showed he can play minutes at the four. Osman is brutal on efficiency, but he offers upside for owners looking for something on their bench.
Nov 14 - 6:11 PM

Kyle Korver (right foot) will not play on Wednesday vs. the Wizards.

This will be the second straight game on the sidelines for Korver, but maybe he'll be able to get back out there for Monday's matchup with the Piston. Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood should see quality minutes tonight as some of the last men standing in Cleveland's backcourt.
Nov 14 - 5:44 PM

David Nwaba scored a season-high 18 points vs. the Hornets on Tuesday, hitting 7-of-9 shots in 27 minutes.

He topped off his line with five rebounds, two assists, one steal and two triples. He's normally not known for his offense, but the Cavaliers are missing several guys right now and Nwaba can play multiple positions. He's not worth picking up for now since Cleveland only has one more game this week, but just keep an eye on him if you're in a deep league.
Nov 13 - 10:13 PM


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