Player News - Cavaliers

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If Tristan Thompson elects to sign his qualifying offer with the Cavs this offseason, there's a possibility that he signs with Toronto as an unrestricted free agent in 2016, according to sources of Michael Scotto.

First things first, there is a ton of speculation in this report, and it all hinges on Thompson not accepting a long-term contract with the Cavs this offseason. If that's the case, we'll still have an entire season of basketball to go before any of this can be considered a remote possibility. If winning a championship is the most important thing to Thompson, it would make the most sense to play alongside LeBron James in Cleveland, but he could have more marketing opportunities playing the role of the hometown hero in Toronto, Canada. As for fantasy, Thompson won't be worth owning in most leagues playing in a limited role behind Kevin Love in Cleveland.
Aug 27 - 3:35 PM

Kyrie Irving (knee) is doubtful to be ready for the Cavs' regular-season opener on October 27, and there's a chance he's not able to go until January, according to sources of Chris Haynes.

Kyrie's initial timetable was set at 3-4 months back in June, but the Cavs could be extremely cautious in bringing back one of their franchise players, which is the thinking behind the potential January return date. Cleveland will also be monitoring Irving's minutes upon his initial return, so owners that take him with an early-round selection on draft day will need to practice some patience. Mo Williams would likely slide into the starting lineup for however long Irving is sidelined, making him a more alluring late-round selection on draft day. We will continue to provide updates on Irving's tentative return date, but this news makes it tough to spend a first-round selection on Uncle Drew.
Aug 27 - 3:01 PM

J.R. Smith reportedly received a no-trade clause as part of his new deal with the Cavs.

Smith re-signed on a two-year deal, with the second being a player option and due to the nuances of the CBA he got a no-trade clause. Feel free to read this blurb over and over again until you fall asleep.
Aug 24 - 10:36 AM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin said that Sasha Kaun could be a rotational player for the Cavaliers this season.

To be clear, Kaun is likely the third center on the depth chart behind Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao, so the minutes won't be there unless Varejao needs more time to recover from his torn Achilles. Kaun is already 30 years old and averaged just 9.9 points and 4.5 boards in Euroleague last season, so we aren't too bullish about his chances of making an impact in fantasy leagues.
Aug 23 - 12:16 PM

The Cavs signed Sasha Kaun to a two-year deal.

Kaun is 30 years old and was the 56th pick back in 2008. The Cavs drafted him and stashed him since. The Russian big man only had 0.9 blocks in EuroLeague last year and is just a career 58.1 percent free throw shooter.
Aug 22 - 6:15 PM

Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer still thinks that Tristan Thompson will sign a long-term deal with the Cavaliers.

This story has been dragging on for weeks, but it's still unclear if Thompson and the Cavs are closing in on a deal. Thompson's camp has basically threatened to sign a qualifying offer which would let him walk at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent, but the Cavs should probably bite the bullet and pay him because LeBron James has made it clear that he wants Thompson back. Regardless, Thompson isn't an appealing option in fantasy as long as Kevin Love is healthy.
Aug 22 - 12:25 PM

The Cavaliers plan on reducing Kyrie Irving's (knee) minutes during the regular season.

This makes too much sense. Irving has struggled to stay healthy throughout his career, so a reduced workload during the regular season will keep him fresh for the playoffs. The Cavaliers added Mo Williams in free agency, so that is going to take a lot of pressure off him. Irving is coming off knee surgery, but he is expected to be ready for training camp. If you don't mind a little risk, Irving is too talented to slip past the second round of fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 12:17 PM

The Cavaliers plan on reducing LeBron James and Kyrie Irving's minutes this season.

James played 36.1 minutes per game during the regular season and that number climbed to 42.2 minutes in the playoffs. The Cavaliers expected James to do way too much down the stretch, so it makes a lot of sense to keep him fresh in the early going. The Cavaliers added Richard Jefferson in free agency and it also helps that Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith will be back. James is still a fantasy stud and this could even help him avoid potential injuries, so he is still an easy first round pick.
Aug 22 - 12:16 PM

J.R. Smith will re-sign with the Cavs on a two-year deal with the first year worth $5 million.

"When I opted out of my contract, I wanted to understand the landscape of the NBA and where I fit best," Smith said on his Instagram account. "The Cavaliers had things they needed to do in order to piece together a championship caliber roster. I ended up deciding that instead of potentially securing a larger deal elsewhere, I wanted to rejoin an incredible organization in pursuit of the ultimate goal, an NBA championship." Smith's social media accounts are usually known for other things, so he must be changing. He'll be a mid-round pick in fantasy leagues after turning in early-round value after the break last season.
Aug 20 - 9:39 PM

LeBron James' Twitter account has been valued to be worth $140 thousand per tweet.

James' Twitter account (@KingJames) and its 23.2 million followers has the highest value of and U.S. athlete, according to social media company, Opendorse. "We're basically saying that the value of one LeBron tweet is worth $140,000," said Opendorse CEO Blake Lawrence. "And with that, you will reach 23 million people. It would cost you five times more to reach that many people with a TV ad." While James has the highest-rated social media account, he's likely to slip to the middle of the first round of fantasy drafts this year.
Source: ESPN
Aug 20 - 11:53 AM

A potential luxury tax bill of $46.1 million has stalled talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs.

Thompson initially agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Cavs early on in free agency, but after seeing some of his peers earn substantially more, Thompson's camp pulled back on the offer. The problem is, with the Cavs already having $88.6 million in guaranteed salary on the books for next season, signing Thompson to the max he desires would balloon the luxury tax to $46.1 million, essentially costing Cleveland $62.5 million to sign him. That is a hefty bill to pay for a role player, but with LeBron James campaigning to get a deal with Tristan done, it's quite possible they bite the bullet and pay the man. As for fantasy basketball, Thompson has very little value playing behind Kevin Love in Cleveland.
Aug 19 - 1:48 PM

Russian C Sasha Kaun visited Cleveland on Monday and it's reportedly "only a matter of time" before the 2008 draft pick signs with the Cavs.

Kaun isn't expected to ink a deal before he leaves the U.S. on Tuesday because the Cavs are focused on negotiations with Tristan Thompson, and to a lesser degree J.R. Smith. The 30-year-old Kaun is reportedly willing to take a pay cut to join the Cavs, where he'll be buried on the depth chart behind Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao.
Aug 19 - 12:48 AM

Contrary to earlier reports, Quinn Cook hasn't signed with the Cavaliers as of yet.

While Cook may still sign with the Cavs, he's reportedly taking his time before making a decision. While Cook had a decent showing at Summer League, he shouldn't be on any fantasy drafts boards.
Aug 18 - 1:38 PM

The Cavs are expected to sign Quinn Cook to a training camp deal.

The Duke point guard scored 10.2 points per game at 2015 Summer League, including a 22-point game on July 10. Cook is going to have a tough time making the team.
Aug 18 - 11:38 AM

Jared Cunningham has reportedly agreed to a training camp deal with the Cavaliers.

Cunningham isn't a lock to make the regular-season roster in Cleveland, but even if he does, he won't be a relevant name in fantasy hoops.
Aug 16 - 4:37 PM

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