Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

LeBron James will attend Team USA minicamp on Monday, but will not attend workouts.

He is expected to play for Team USA in Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. James has been more cautious about his total minutes and he's likely going to get some rest this upcoming season. Although, the league shifting away from back-to-back sets could help keep his rest days down slightly. He's a solid pick in the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 3 - 6:02 PM

J.R. Smith said he wants to join a team where he can "make a difference."

"I would love to be a starter, but it depends on the situation and what team I’m on," Smith said. "Cleveland is in a situation where they don’t really need me to start. I can come off the bench and bring the energy and stuff like that." This isn't the most telling info on Smith, but every day that goes by makes him less likely to be back with the Cavs. He would have more fantasy value on another team and probably won't be worth drafting in standard leagues.
Aug 3 - 5:52 PM

The Cavaliers are reportedly still in negotiations with Sasha Kaun.

Kaun would have to take a significant paycut if he wants to come to the NBA, but the chance to play for a championship with LeBron James will obviously be tempting. Regardless, the Cavs have Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao under contract, so Kaun wouldn't have more than a limited role in Cleveland.
Aug 1 - 1:22 PM

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers are still talking with Tristan Thompson regarding a contract extension.

Thompson is a restricted free agent, so he will either sign a $6.8 million qualifying offer for one season in order to hit the market as an unrestricted free agent next summer or he will sign a lucrative long-term deal with the Cavs soon. LeBron James has expressed his desire for Thompson to return, so expect the Cavs to do everything they can to bring him back.
Aug 1 - 1:17 PM

Jerry Colangelo said he is expecting LeBron James to play for Team USA in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

"He is one of the greatest players of all time," Colangelo said of James. "If he wants to be on the team, how is he not going to be on the team? It’s really not my call. It’s really his call. If that is still important to him and what he wants to do, I truly believe that’s what he wants, than he will be there." Colangelo added that he thinks James in intent on participating, so this is obviously exciting news for USA Basketball.
Jul 30 - 3:30 PM

LeBron James was asked on Tuesday if he expects restricted FA Tristan Thompson to re-sign with the Cavs, to which he replied, "Yeah of course he will."

James, who was answering questions on Twitter, added that Thompson "Means way too much to [the Cavs'] success!" He's also on record as saying that Thompson should be a Cavalier for the rest of his career. Recent reports suggest the two sides have stalled in negotiations but it's hard to imagine a scenario in which Cleveland wouldn't sign him outright or match a competing offer.
Jul 28 - 8:18 PM

The Cavs have re-signed Matthew Dellavedova to a 1-year, $1.2 million contract, sources told ESPN.

In other words, it's the qualifying contract offer. That's not exactly the pay raise so many were projecting for Delly during his postseason run as Kyrie Irving's (knee) fill-in, but he was badly exposed as he got more minutes than he should have. He'll return to his usual role as a reserve/energizer bunny for Cleveland.
Jul 27 - 12:07 PM

Kyrie Irving has joined the list of players who are going to be a part of Team USA's minicamp in August.

Irving obviously can't play as he recovers from his knee surgery, but Team USA is inviting (seemingly) anyone who could have a chance at making the 2016 squad.
Jul 27 - 11:44 AM

Kevin Love (shoulder) and Andre Drummond will be attending Team USA's minicamp, though it should be noted that Love will still be rehabbing.

While Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kevin Durant will all likely show up in Vegas, they will likely be watching on the sidelines with Love. It is widely expected that Love's shoulder will be ready in time for the Cleveland's training camp, but we should have plenty of updates throughout the summer. As for Drummond, he is entering a contract year and will look to build off a phenomenal 2014-15 campaign in which he averaged 13.8 points, 13.5 boards and 1.9 blocks per game.
Jul 26 - 4:41 PM

The Blazers are reportedly interested in restricted free agent point guard Matthew Dellavedova.

The Cavaliers and Dellavedova have been in contract talks for a while now, but it's no secret that Cleveland is running out of cap space. The Cavs did sign Mo Williams this summer which is a huge upgrade over Delly, so it's possible that a team such as the Blazers would be able to pry him away from Cleveland. Regardless of where he lands, Delly won't be a factor in fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 9:34 AM

Kyrie Irving (knee) has been cleared to begin working out.

All signs point to him being ready for camp and general manager David Griffin said his star point guard is on schedule. Irving said he's doing "great" with his rehab and has been walking for over a week. He took a huge stride on catch-and-shoot attempts, so we'll see if he can build on that. Irving is worth a look in the second round of fantasy drafts.
Jul 25 - 10:34 PM

The Cavaliers have officially re-signed veteran forward James Jones.

The sharpshooter averaged just 11.7 minutes per game in 57 appearances during the regular season, and that role isn't likely to improve next season. Jones can be ignored in just about all leagues.
Jul 25 - 10:24 AM

The Cavs and James Jones reached an agreement on a one-year contract for the veteran's minimum on Thursday.

Jones said all along that he would re-sign with the Cavs, so this news isn't very surprising. He'll add some depth to the roster, but there will be plenty of games in which he doesn't leave the bench, so he won't be worth drafting in most leagues.
Jul 23 - 6:36 PM

The Cavs may be looking to officially sign Sasha Kaun for the 2015-16 season.

The Cavs traded away Rakeem Christmas to the Pacers for a second-round pick on Thursday, and are reportedly close to trading away Brendan Haywood, and this may be because they're ready to get Kaun on the roster as a backup big man. Kaun would be playing behind Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao in Cleveland, so he won't have any fantasy value with those two healthy.
Source: ESPN
Jul 23 - 6:23 PM

Richard Jefferson's contract with the Cavs will reportedly be for one year at the veteran's minimum.

Jefferson is chasing a ring at this point in his career and he'll fill a small bench role behind LeBron James, whose durability nearly guarantees that Jefferson won't be a fantasy consideration. The 14-year veteran approached a career-low with only 5.8 points per game last season.
Jul 21 - 8:29 PM

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