Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Sir'Dominic Pointer is signing a two-year deal with Israeli team Hapoel Eilat.

The Cavs selected him with the 53rd pick in the 2015 Draft, but he's not quite ready to make the jump to the NBA. We'll keep an eye on his progress.
Aug 28 - 12:35 PM

Mo Williams is "strongly considering retirement," multiple sources told Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com

Even if Mo Butta does not retire, the Cavs could rid of him using the stretch provision prior to Wednesday's deadline or look to trade him to another club. Currently under contract for $2.2 million for the 2016-17 campaign, Williams is considering going out on top as an NBA champion. Vardon cites a "desire to coach" and a "balky knee" as the major factors in the veteran point guard's thinking. For what it's worth, Williams was limited to just 41 games last season. Rookie Kay Felder is the only other point guard on the roster right now behind Kyrie Irving.
Aug 27 - 2:26 PM

Semih Erden re-signed with Darussafaka of Turkey on a one-year deal.

He turned 30 in July, so we've likely seen the last of him in the NBA.
Source: Sportando
Aug 26 - 9:19 AM

Trading away Kevin Love is not even "remotely a consideration" for Cleveland management, according to sources of Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

While Love struggled to produce against Golden State in the Finals, he still was a major factor in Cleveland's 57-win season, and he also had some big games against the Cavs' Eastern Conference opponents during their postseason run. Additionally, both David Griffin and Tyronn Lue have firmly stated that Love will be on the roster this upcoming season, and there's currently no reason to believe otherwise.
Aug 23 - 5:52 PM

J.R. Smith isn't worried about contract negotiations because he's letting his agent handle everything.

His agent, Rich Paul, has a reputation for being a tough negotiator -- he's the same agent that Tristan Thompson used to sign his massive deal last summer. Smith reportedly doesn't have much leverage in contract talks due to his colorful personality on and off the court. He's still said to be eyeing a deal for around $15 million per year, so it will be interesting to see how this plays out. For what it's worth, LeBron James has publicly said that he wants Smith to remain in Cleveland.
Aug 20 - 1:06 PM

Semih Erden has re-signed with Darussafaka of Turkey, according to David Pick.

Erden hasn't played in the NBA since the 2011-12 season and just turned 30, so it's safe to say he won't have any fantasy value this season.
Aug 18 - 10:45 AM

LeBron James said that he has not retired from USA Basketball, and hinted that he'll consider suiting up for the US squad during the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

"Every time I watch them, I wish I was out there," James said of the US Team. "I did not retire from Team USA, I just did not play this summer. So I still left the door open." James will be 35 years old when the next Olympic Games are played, and with how many minutes he's already logged through 13 years of NBA experience, it would be a bit surprising to see him take the court one more time for the US squad in 2020. As for fantasy hoops, LBJ is more of a late first-round target at this point in his career.
Aug 17 - 11:44 AM

J.R. Smith is still only talking with the Cavaliers, according to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders.

Kyler reports that the free agent has yet to expand his search to other teams, but has yet to come to an agreement on a deal with the Cavs. While he may not get the dollar figure he wants, it looks like Smith will be back in Cleveland for the 2016-17 season where he will again carry a late-round fantasy value.
Aug 16 - 9:29 AM

Kyrie Irving dished out a game-high 12 assists during Team USA's 100-97 win over France on Sunday, adding 10 points, four rebounds, one steal and zero turnovers in 27 minutes.

Irving was also a perfect 4-of-4 from the charity stripe, and he may have handed out the most impressive assist of the tournament thus far when he threw a perfect alley-oop pass to Kevin Durant as he was falling to the floor (link below). The US squad now sits at 5-0 through their first five games of the tournament, and while their past two games have been decided by just three points each, it would be a complete shock if Team USA didn't leave the Rio Games with another gold medal.
Aug 14 - 4:12 PM

Kyrie Irving scored a team-high 15 points during a 94-91 win over Serbia on Friday, adding five assists, one 3-pointer and two turnovers in 29 minutes.

He had a couple beautiful moves during this game. Irving isn't the greatest passer, which is sort of hurting Team USA right now. They have been counting on isolation more than they should, but they're still 4-0 in Rio. We'll see what coach Mike Krzyzewski does to get his team going again.
Aug 12 - 8:23 PM

Cavs sign F LeBron James.

The three-year, $100 million deal is official with the Cavs announcing it today. James was unbelievable against the Warriors in the NBA Finals, averaging 29.7 points, 11.3 boards and 8.9 assists. While he's one of the greatest ever, LeBron is likely looking at some rest days down the stretch during the regular season. His value in reality is more than it is in fantasy these days.
Aug 12 - 7:44 PM

J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers have remained in discussions on a multi-year agreement according to Shams Charania of The Vertical.

LeBron James has urged the Cavaliers to get Smith's signing done after he signed his max deal on Thursday, but the Cavs have been unwilling to meet his demands so far -- the last report indicated that Smith is looking for $15 million per year. We still expect the two sides to resolve things soon and Smith should have a similar role after averaging 12.4 points, 2.8 boards, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.6 treys last season.
Aug 12 - 10:31 AM

LeBron James has a player option for the third year of his deal.

It's a three-year, $100 million deal, but there's a good chance that he opts out after the second year to take advantage of the rising salary cap once again. Standard-league owners should target James towards the end of the first round.
Aug 12 - 10:22 AM

LeBron James confirmed in a video posted on Uninterrupted that he will indeed re-sign with the Cavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

James privately informed Cleveland management of his intentions back in July, but now he's made the public proclamation that he will be returning the state of Ohio to defend the Larry O'Brien trophy as a member of the Cavaliers. The contract will reportedly be a three-year deal worth $100 million, with him earning $33 million this upcoming season, which is the highest single-season NBA salary in NBA history. He should be off the board towards the end of the first round on draft day.
Aug 11 - 5:21 PM

Kyrie Irving said he considered playing for Team Australia's under-18 before he made it to the NBA.

Irving, who was born in Australia, was considering playing for the Aussies, but was talked out of it by Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "It was very serious," Irving said. "It was a legit thing, until Coach K intervened. He strong-armed me. As a young fella, he did tell me I had a chance to be a part of something bigger than myself. He said, ‘You could be the starting point guard on the U.S. Olympic team.’" Playing for Team Australia would have disqualified Irving from suiting up for Team USA at any point, which is why Coach K strongly advised against doing so.
Source: NBC Sports
Aug 11 - 10:41 AM


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