Player News - Cavaliers

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The Cavaliers and coach Tyronn Lue agreed on a five-year, $35 million extension.

Lue was brought on during the season for a first-place Cavs team and took home a title. He's not the greatest coach with lineup adjustments just yet and isn't the greatest play-caller either. Of course, it helps to have LeBron James. The Cavs figure to play Tristan Thompson at the five more often next season.
Jul 25 - 7:36 PM

Chris Andersen has officially signed with the Cavaliers.

He turned 38 years old on July 7, so this could be his last shot at another title. The Cavs could use some depth up front with Timofey Mozgov moving on to the Lakers, but Andersen can only play minutes in the teens at best.
Source: NBA.com
Jul 22 - 9:16 AM

Kyrie Irving said having the opportunity to compete for gold at the 2016 Olympic Games is a "dream come true."

"Having a chance to go for a gold in the Olympics is a dream come true," Irving said. "I would say this is just a little step below winning a championship for me." Irving struggled to get into the flow of things this past season as he recovered from the knee injury, and only managed to muster up mid-round value in standard leagues with averages of 19.6 points, 4.7 assists, 1.6 triples and 1.1 steals per game. He should be better next year with a healthy offseason, so he could make for a solid value pick on draft day.
Jul 21 - 5:41 PM

J.R. Smith is still negotiating with the Cavaliers, but the two sides reportedly aren't close to a deal.

Smith is seeking a contract that will pay him around $15 million a year, but the Cavaliers have been unwilling to move up to that number. "I think the good news is J.R. wants to be here and we want J.R. back," general manager David Griffin said. "These things sometimes take time and he has representatives that want him to be with us as well so when the time is right something will get done. I'm very confident about that." There's a good chance that Smith will end up back in Cleveland, but he won't be much more than a late-round pick in 2016-17 fantasy drafts wherever he lands.
Jul 19 - 9:27 AM

LeBron James has informed the Cavaliers that he will re-sign with Cleveland this summer.

Coming off an emotional championship victory, James was never expected to entertain offers from other teams. He's in no rush to sign a deal and still needs to meet with his agent to survey his contract options -- in all likelihood he'll sign a deal that includes a player option next summer, to maximize his long-term salary. In the meantime, the Cavs are still working to retain unrestricted free agent J.R. Smith.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 18 - 2:27 PM

Kyrie Irving said that LeBron James has helped teach him "how to be a professional."

"There were times during my young career where I wanted to be the leader, but I didn't really know how," Irving said. "I was stuck in that place of being a young guy and finding out how to be selfless." The three-time All-Star looked like a leader during the playoffs and he's now a defending champion, but as usual his fantasy value hinges on his health -- he's averaged 17.5 DNPs over the past four seasons.
Jul 18 - 10:22 AM

Kay Felder scored 22 points with five assists, four rebounds and three blocks on Sunday, making 8-of-14 FGs and 4-of-4 FTs in the Cavs' final Summer League game.

Felder was terrific in Vegas and already looks like a steal for the Cavs, who spent more than $2 million to land him with a second-round pick. He hit 2-of-5 shots from downtown tonight and deep-league owners should keep him in mind on draft day, though he's unlikely to have much value while Kyrie Irving.
Jul 17 - 10:09 PM

J.R. Smith is reportedly looking to land a contract that will pay him roughly $15 million annually.

That's a ton of money, but it's also semi-reasonable price tag given the new salary cap in the NBA. The Cavs were only willing to give Swish an annual salary of $5 million after he opted out of his deal last year, but perhaps they'll be a bit more generous in their offerings during the second round of contract negotiations after Smith helped bring a championship to The Land.
Jul 17 - 3:50 PM

J.R. Smith said that he's "nervous" about choosing between re-signing with the Cavaliers or leaving for a bigger payday outside of Cleveland.

"I've thought about [leaving Cleveland] and I've thought about it the other way too, going back and winning again," Smith said. He's said that he wants to re-sign with the Cavs, and they'd like to bring him back, but as one of the best remaining free agents it makes sense for him to listen to offers from around the league. He's still likely to stay in Cleveland.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

Jordan McRae scored 25 points with six rebounds, three assists, two steals and two 3-pointers against the Nets during a Saturday win.

He scored more total points than any other player in Las Vegas Summer League, headlined by his 36-point game on Thursday and 32-pointer on Wednesday. McRae was a scoring machine in the D-League, but he's not going to have a noteworthy role with the Cavs next season.
Jul 17 - 12:15 AM

The Cavs agreed to a deal with Chris Andersen for the veteran minimum.

The Cavs have lost some of their depth up front, so Andersen might get some minutes in some spots. Birdman hasn't been very durable and just turned 38 this month, so he's not going to be a difference maker for the Cavs.
Jul 15 - 7:02 PM

The Cavs acquired the rights to Chukwudiebere Maduabum.

Chu Chu has one of the best names, but he hasn't made an impact since he was selected with the 56th pick of the 2011 draft.
Jul 15 - 6:40 PM

Jordan McRae put on a show for the Cavs on Wednesday, scoring a game-high 32 points on 9-of-21 FGs and 12-of-12 FTs.

McRae hit two 3-pointers while adding three rebounds, two assists, one block and just one turnover in 33 minutes, and the Cavs' offense began and ended with him for most of the game. Cleveland picked up their team option on McRae for $874k, giving them some affordable depth on the wings, but we're unlikely to see much of him during the regular season.
Jul 13 - 10:15 PM

Cavaliers rookie PG Kay Felder had another terrific showing on Wednesday with 22 points on 8-of-17 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, three assists, and one block in 31 minutes.

Felder's speed was a problem for the Celtics all night long, as the 5'8" guard repeatedly penetrated the defense for easy buckets. Cavs GM David Griffin said his team needed to add another playmaker behind Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, and they paid $2.4 million to buy the No. 54 pick to select Felder, so they clearly have a high opinion of him. As good as he's been in Vegas, he's not a fantasy option while Kyrie is healthy.
Jul 13 - 10:15 PM

Kay Felder had six steals on Saturday, adding six points, two rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 29 minutes.

He's been a real joy to watch. Despite being just 5'8", Felder had a block at the rim in transition. He has a lot of creativity and has been able to get into the lane with ease. As great as this sounds, it's going to be tough for Felder to get minutes on the Cavs.
Jul 9 - 6:39 PM


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