Player News - Cavaliers

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Cavs' coach David Blatt admitted after Thursday night's loss that he needs to get Shawn Marion more minutes.

Marion saw just 10 minutes off the bench during his Cavs debut, and while Blatt feels he needs to get Marion more minutes, he's still not likely to earn enough consistent playing time for standard league consideration.
Oct 31 - 12:03 PM

Tristan Thompson came off the bench for 20 minutes against the Knicks during a 95-90 loss on Thursday, scoring six points with two rebounds.

He made just 3-of-7 from the field and made it abundantly clear he's not going to have much value while Anderson Varejao is healthy. Fantasy owners can cut Thompson in most leagues due to a lack of per-minute production from a fantasy perspective.
Oct 31 - 12:32 AM

Anderson Varejao started at center against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

It's going to be a split at the center spot, but Varejao has been a solid player to own even with minutes in the mid 20s. He is worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy and should have better lines than this one.
Oct 31 - 12:30 AM

Dion Waiters played 38 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday with 10 points, one rebound, two assists, one steal and two 3-pointers.

He attempted five shots from deep and he's really going to have to light it up from beyond the arc to have fantasy value. Waiters hasn't done much else besides score, so he's not a great player to own in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 31 - 12:28 AM

Kevin Love scored 19 points against the Knicks on Thursday with 14 rebounds, four assists and three 3-pointers in 38 minutes.

He had a few beautiful assists and some wide-open looks from deep. Love didn't post up too much and was used more like Chris Bosh next to LeBron James, so there will be an adjustment period. That said, his fantasy owners have to be pleased with this start.
Oct 31 - 12:24 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 22 points with five rebounds, seven assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer in 43 minutes against the Knicks on Thursday.

He looked great in the third quarter and finished with seven points in the fourth. Irving is coming into the season with some momentum and started hot, but he'll have some bad games mixed in there. He's still going to be a No. 1 fantasy point guard.
Oct 31 - 12:21 AM

LeBron James made 5-of-15 from the field in Thursday's stunning 95-90 loss to the Knicks, scoring 17 points with five rebounds, four assists, one 3-pointer and eight turnovers.

He was just 1-of-10 outside of three feet and his turnovers were a big story tonight, as well. "I hate turning the ball over," James said. "It’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK." The Cavs did play at a slow pace tonight at just 83 possessions, which is much worse than the last-place Grizzlies at 92.3 from 2013-14. All that said, if you're panicking about LeBron after just one game, fantasy basketball is not for you. He'll be fine.
Oct 31 - 12:05 AM

The Cavs and Anderson Varejao are "nearing agreement" on a three-year, $30 million extension, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein.

The two sides were reportedly close earlier in the week, and it sounds like there is a good chance a deal is done before very long at all. It will be very interesting to see how Varejao's new deal impacts the chances of the Cavs also giving Tristan Thompson an extension.
Oct 30 - 4:55 PM

Dion Waiters is happy to be learning from LeBron James in their first season together.

"It's been great. We're just pretty much talking a lot. I talk to him about everyday life as well as things on the court." James has really taken Waiters under his wing and is acting as a mentor, so hopefully some of Waiters' bad on-court habits will begin to subside. Waiters added that he's been working on shot selection as well.
Source: SLAM
Oct 30 - 3:04 PM

LeBron James called the Cavaliers home opener "probably one of the biggest sporting events that's up there ever."

For LeBron and for Cleveland, it's an iconic moment that will be remembered forever. For the rest of us, it holds a little less luster. Regardless, LeBron's return to Cleveland will be headline news all season long. Prepare yourself for it.
Oct 30 - 2:17 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are still optimistic about signing Tristan Thompson to a contract extension.

With clock is ticking towards the October 31 deadline that would keep Thompson from become a restricted free agent after the 2014-15 season, the Cavs are still expressing optimism. "We’d like to sign Tristan long-term to the Cavaliers. I don’t think that’s any secret," Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said. "I believe they’d like to do that as well. So we’ll hopefully see what happens this week." Thompson will be primarily backing up Kevin Love and Anderson Varejao this season, so his fantasy value is limited to deeper leagues barring an injury.
Oct 30 - 9:36 AM

Kevin Love (ribs) practiced without limitations on Wednesday and looks set to play on Thursday night.

He was never in danger of missing any time, and the Cavaliers were just being cautious when they pulled him out of practice Tuesday after he took a shot to the ribs. Kevin Love may see a slight dip in production this season on a revamped Cavs team, but he will still be an elite fantasy option this season.
Oct 29 - 12:44 PM

Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said on Wednesday that he wants to extend Tristan Thompson long term.

The Cavs and Thompson are reportedly not close to a contract extension so this should be an interesting development that we will watch closely. He is going to come off the bench this season behind Anderson Varejao and Kevin Love, so Thompson won't have much fantasy value except in deeper leagues at the moment.
Oct 29 - 12:03 PM

Kevin Love took a shot to the ribs during Tuesday's practice, and sat out the rest of the session as a precaution.

Head coach David Blatt says that Love is fine, and we wouldn't read too much into this. The Cavs don’t open up their season until Thursday, giving Love plenty of time to recover from what seems to be an extremely minor issue. While Love isn't likely going to be able to return to last season's averages of 26.1 points, 12.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 2.5 three-pointers, he’s not going to fall too far below those numbers. He's one of the best power forwards in the league, and he's going to get a lot of wide-open 3s playing next to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
Oct 28 - 3:38 PM

David Blatt said that he'd like LeBron James to play fewer minutes than the 39.5 he's averaged during his career.

"I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." It's a valid concern, but one that we're not worried about. Coaches often say things like this before the games matter, and LeBron will have no strict minutes limit at any point while healthy.
Oct 27 - 11:55 AM


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