Player News - Cavaliers

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Anderson Varejao is expected to win the starting center job for the Cavaliers.

There was speculation that the team could use Tristan Thompson at center and bring Varejao off the bench, but his solid play this preseason may have all but sealed the starting spot. He continues to receive glowing endorsements from teammate Lebron James, "He’ll fight for every loose ball," James said."If any altercation happens, Andy will be right there. We just need him to stay healthy." Health once again will be key if Varejao is to stay fantasy relevant this season.
Oct 23 - 3:28 PM

Kevin Love (neck) said he needs to remind himself to get more inside touches in order to get his game going.

As he adjusts to a new system, Love thinks he needs to play more inside-out rather than drifting beyond the arc. "Yeah, the offense is built that way, but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the 3-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix." While Love's fantasy owners should expect a dip from his 2013-14 numbers as he learns to co-exist with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, he's still worth a pick at the end of the first round.
Oct 23 - 9:40 AM

An unnamed teammate told the Akron Beacon-Journal that LeBron James has the ability to decide who he wants to have a big game.

"He can decide who he wants to get going and who he wants to have a big game," an unnamed teammate said. "You saw it a couple weeks ago with Kevin [Love] and the other night with Andy [Varejao]." James' ability as a floor general is well-supported by his career average of 6.9 assists per game, but he had previously said that the Cavaliers are Kyrie Irving's team so it will be interesting to see how that plays out. Fantasy owners who draft Irving and Kevin Love may be in for some unpredictable nights, but each of the Cavs' "Big 3" are still one of the better fantasy options at their respective position.
Oct 23 - 9:22 AM

Tristan Thompson had nine points, five rebounds, two steals and zero blocks on 3-of-8 shooting in 17 minutes on Wednesday.

Anderson Varejao is starting at center and Kevin Love is going to eat up the power forward minutes, but Thompson will see minutes backing up both of them. And once Varejao goes down with an injury (don't kid yourself - it will happen), Thompson could find himself starting at center.
Oct 22 - 11:00 PM

Dion Waiters hit 6-of-10 shots and three 3-pointers for 15 points, three rebounds, zero assists and a steal on Wednesday.

He's averaging 14 points and 2.4 3-pointers over his last five games and looks like a decent value pick later in drafts.
Oct 22 - 10:58 PM

Kyrie Irving hit 7-of-11 shots and a 3-pointer for 16 points, one rebound, three assists, a steal and a block on Wednesday.

LeBron James got the night off so Irving was allowed to have the ball in his hands more than he usually will. He's still a top point guard option, but it's hard to see him putting up massive numbers when Kevin Love and LeBron are going to have the ball on most trips down the court.
Oct 22 - 10:56 PM

Anderson Varejao, who had 22 points and eight rebounds on Monday, hit just 1-of-4 shots for two points and one rebound in 16 minutes on Wednesday.

LeBron James wasn't on hand to spread out the floor tonight, and it showed. Varejao is going to have some big games this season, but he's a huge injury risk. He's already dealing with some knee injuries and if he goes down, Tristan Thompson will likely take over in the middle. Varejao's worth owning, as usual, but owners have to prepare themselves for him to be shut down at some point due to injury.
Oct 22 - 10:54 PM

Cavs coach David Blatt attributed Mike Miller's preseason shooting slump to the second-unit players he's shared the court with.

"We didn't have a lot of opportunities to put Mike on the floor with the kind of lineups that are good for him," said Blatt. "Mike obviously is best for him when he's on the floor with a lot of the creative players so he can spot-up and do what he does best." Given the Cavs' depth on the wings, Miller's fantasy value is strictly limited to a handful of 3-pointers.
Oct 22 - 1:37 PM

Shawn Marion is expected to start at SF on Wednesday, with LeBron James getting a scheduled day of rest.

The 15-year veteran produced to the tune of 10.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 steals last year with Dallas, but he also averaged 32 minutes per game. His minutes will take a major hit behind LeBron James in Cleveland, dooming him to irrelevance in standard fantasy leagues. Just make a note that he'll likely start at SF if anything happens to LeBron.
Oct 22 - 11:52 AM

Cavs coach David Blatt plans to rest LeBron James vs. the Grizzlies on Wednesday.

LBJ has played in five preseason games despite a minor back injury that bothered him during training camp, and it's not surprising to see him get a night off. His absence should open up more minutes for veterans James Jones, Shawn Marion and Mike Miller.
Oct 21 - 3:44 PM

LeBron James was voted the NBA's most popular player in a recent poll conducted by ESPN.

18.4 percent of surveyed fans named James their favorite NBA player, which almost doubled the 9.4 percent vote he received in 2010-11 due to The Decision. While the years have likely softened some voters, a return to his hometown Cavaliers likely accounted for a jump among voters aged 35-54. The popularity vote won't help his fantasy value, but James should still be the first player selected in fantasy drafts with Kevin Durant injured.
Source: ESPN
Oct 21 - 9:57 AM

LeBron James scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting with seven rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and two 3-pointers in the Cavs' 107-98 preseason win over the Bulls.

James said after the game that he will not play on Wednesday against the Grizzlies (rest). He's worthy of a No. 1 pick now that Kevin Durant is hurt but owners have also been selecting Anthony Davis and/or Stephen Curry ahead of him, too.
Oct 20 - 11:06 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting (1-of-3 from deep, 7-of-8 from the line) with three rebounds, seven assists and two steals over 39 minutes in Monday's exhibition win over the Bulls.

Irving looked great while LeBron (18 points, seven boards, six assists, one steal, one block) was a bit passive and Kevin Love (nine points, 2-of-10 FGs, 13 boards) had plenty of rust. He was also getting torched by Derrick Rose on the other end, which probably contributed to his motivation to get it back on the other end. In any event, his ankle issue is a non-issue and he's ready to be drafted in the second round.
Oct 20 - 10:38 PM

Kevin Love (neck) returned to action in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, scoring nine points on 2-of-10 shooting (0-for-5 3PTs) with 13 rebounds, three assists and no steals or blocks in 35 minutes.

Timing and cohesion will be early issues and owners shouldn't read into these results too much. Love is still a worth drafting later in the first round, despite the potential impact of his new big-time teammates or any potential injury risk.
Oct 20 - 10:33 PM

Anderson Varejao (knee) started against the Bulls in Monday's exhibition, scoring 22 points on 10-of-13 shooting with eight rebounds, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes.

The numbers have to be taken with a preseason grain of salt but because David Blatt ran things as if tonight was a regular season game it looks like Varejao is the starting center. He's always been productive when healthy, but therein lies the problem and he's a late round selection only because of his record in that department.
Oct 20 - 10:30 PM


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