Player News - Cavaliers

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LeBron James said that the contract talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cavs have become a distraction.

"The last thing you need is a distraction when you’re trying to make a championship run and we have that," James said. Thompson has missed the entire training camp and there is still no end in sight, so maybe James' comments will motivate both sides to get a deal done. If Thompson does stay on with the Cavs, he won't have much fantasy value playing behind Kevin Love.
Oct 4 - 1:53 PM

Tristan Thompson will not be at practice on Friday.

This is an expected move as Thompson will not join up with the team until he signs a contract. He is still expected to remain in Cleveland, and it will be interesting to see which side cracks first during contract negotiations. As long as Kevin Love is healthy, Thompson won't make a significant impact in fantasy leagues.
Oct 2 - 12:43 PM

Anderson Varejao said that his Achilles is feeling good.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Varejao said. "I'm just going to have to take baby steps, little by little, to get back into the game, my rhythm and everything. I don't know if I'm doing it as fast as I used to, but I'm basically doing everything right now." Varejao will come off the bench behind Timofey Mozgov this season and the Cavs will limit his minutes in order to keep him fresh for the playoffs, so he is not a recommended target in standard leagues.
Oct 2 - 9:41 AM

Tristan Thompson failed to pick up the Cavs' $6.8 million qualifying offer.

Things could get really interesting now with contract negotiations. Agent Rich Paul hasn't been scared to wait on a deal for his client based on how it went for Eric Bledsoe last year. He's a restricted free agent, so his options will be to sign with the Cavs, sign an offer sheet with another team to give the Cavs a chance to match, or continue to sit out.
Oct 2 - 12:04 AM

David Griffin said that he expects Tristan Thompson to be at the Cavs' training camp on Friday.

"We fully expect [Friday] he’ll be here in some form or fashion and we’re excited to get going," said Griffin. "We’re hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement we will." Thompson has until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday to accept a qualifying offer worth $7 million, but if he doesn't, he will be considered a holdout. Currently the only teams that can offer Thompson the type of contract he's seeking are the 76ers and Trail Blazers, although Cleveland will have the right to match anything he signs.
Oct 1 - 4:35 PM

Anderson Varejao said that he's no longer thinking about his Achilles when running.

Varejao said he got some good advice from Chauncey Billups and Jonas Jerebko on what goes into the recovery process when returning from an Achilles injury, and he's on track to be ready for when the regular-season kicks off. However, the Cavs will more than likely try and keep Varejao's minutes down this season so he's healthy for a deep playoff run, meaning it'll be tough for him to attain any value in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 2:18 PM

J.R. Smith said he's happy to be back in Cleveland playing for head coach David Blatt.

While saying he'd run through a brick wall for Blatt, Smith expounded on his strong feelings for his head coach. "First things first, before we get into basketball, Coach really cares about me as a person," Smith said. "That's one of the first coaches I've had that actually cared about me off the court more than on the court, so it was that much easier for me to play for him and give my all because I know he cares about me as a person. Smith excelled in a bench role for the Cavs last season and is worth late-round pick in standard fantasy leagues for his ability to drain threes.
Oct 1 - 10:24 AM

Tristan Thompson is facing a deadline of Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. to accept the Cavaliers one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer.

If Thompson declines the offer, he can continue dialogue with the Cavaliers, but his agent Rich Paul has previously said if his client accepts the offer, he won't re-sign with Cleveland as an unrestricted free agent after the 2015-16 season. We'll keep an eye on Thompson's situation, but he's not a very attractive target in standard fantasy leagues as he'll be coming off the bench for the Cavs.
Oct 1 - 9:59 AM

LeBron James says he expects "big things" from Kevin Love this season.

"He will do some of the things he did prior to last year," James said. Love only had a 21.6 usage rate in his 1,890 minutes with LeBron last year, and 68.4 percent of his shots came without a dribble overall. By comparison, Love had a 28.4 usage rate with the Wolves in 2013-14 with 64.5 percent of his shots coming without a bounce. He's a risky pick in the third round.
Sep 30 - 3:27 PM

Iman Shumpert had successful surgery on his right wrist on Wednesday, and he is still expected to miss the next 12-14 weeks.

The Cavaliers could also be without Kyrie Irving (knee) at the start of the season, meaning we should see a lot of J.R. Smith and Mo Williams early on which makes them solid late-round targets. Shumpert is more of a defensive specialist, so there is no real need to spend a draft pick on him following this news unless you are in a very deep league.
Sep 30 - 12:32 PM

Mo Williams said that he lost 12 pounds this offseason.

"I feel real good at this weight. I still feel strong, I feel quick," Williams said. "Obviously I’m not getting younger, so the less I can put on my joints. … Everybody knows when you lose a few pounds you feel a whole lot better." With Iman Shumpert (wrist) and Kyrie Irving (knee) likely to start the season on the sidelines, Williams makes for an intriguing late-round selection on draft day.
Sep 29 - 6:26 PM

Tristan Thompson was not present during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

The stalemate continues between the Cleveland front office and Thompson, and with the deadline to get something done quickly approaching (October 31), it's looking like Thompson could end up signing a qualifying offer. He has some increased competition for playing time this season with Anderson Varejao (Achilles) on track to be ready for the season opener, so he's not a very exciting guy to target in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 6:23 PM

Kevin Love (shoulder) and Timofey Mozgov (knee) were limited to non-contact work during the Cavs' first practice on Tuesday.

Both Love and Mozgov were expected to be limited during training camp, although they should be good to go for Cleveland's regular-season opener on October 27. Love could start year strong if Kyrie Irving (knee) isn't ready until Christmas, and he'll look to build upon last year's averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 three-pointers per game. Love, at the very least, is capable of returning fourth-round value, while Mozgov shouldn't be viewed as anything more than a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 5:00 PM

LeBron James said he won't be so hard-headed about his minutes this season.

James said he is hard-headed about playing time, but also added that he will be smart about it and will talk about it with Cavs head coach David Blatt. James' 36:08 minutes per game last season were a career low, but after a long playoff run, the 30-year-old sounds committed to keeping himself fresh. James is capable of providing first-round fantasy value, but a possible decrease in minutes should have fantasy owners targeting more towards the end of the first round.
Sep 29 - 12:49 PM

Iman Shumpert (wrist) will miss the next 12-14 weeks after undergoing surgery on his right wrist.

Shumpert is expected to undergo surgery on Wednesday and will be out until around January if this timetable holds. While Shumpert shouldn't have been a target in standard fantasy leagues, this news removes him from any draft boards and makes Mo Williams a solid late-round target on draft day. J.R. Smith also becomes a bit more interesting with this news and could actually start for the Cavs as a result.
Sep 29 - 12:37 PM

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