Player News - Cavaliers

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Tristan Thompson will play for Canada in the qualifying round next month.

The Canadians are going to have to win some games before they head into the August Olympics. Thompson played 32.4 minutes in the NBA Finals, averaging 10.3 points, 10.1 boards and 0.9 blocks. He should be a bigger part of the offense.
Jun 27 - 7:53 PM

Steve Kerr has offered Golden State's top assistant job to Mike Brown, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

This has been in the works for weeks and should become official as soon as terms of the deal are worked out. After losing Alvin Gentry and Luke Walton in consecutive seasons to head coaching gigs, Brown will now be expected to serve as Kerr's right hand man.
Jun 27 - 12:20 PM

David Griffin said that he intends to keep the Cavs' core group together to see what they are capable of.

This won't stop the trade rumors from swirling around Kevin Love, and it wouldn't be surprising to see Love moved if the right deal came along, but this is also the second time a Cleveland official has alluded to keeping Love on the roster. Love produced top-40 value in 9-cat leagues this past season behind averages of 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest, so he'll be worth an early mid-round selection on draft day if he does indeed remain with the Cavs.
Jun 26 - 6:45 PM

The Warriors reportedly view Mike Brown as a top target to fill Luke Walton's position in Golden State.

ESPN reported during the Finals that Brown and Ty Corbin were the "top two targets" to fill Luke Walton's spot on the Warriors' coaching staff, and with Corbin going to Phoenix, Brown's shot at landing the gig may have increased.
Jun 26 - 3:57 PM

Kevin Love declined an invite to play for Team USA at the Olympics this summer.

He simply wants to rest up after Cleveland's long playoff run. Love didn't play well in the NBA Finals, but he made up for it with a nice performance in Game 7. It would be a surprise if the Cavs didn't bring back most of their championship roster and coach Tyronn Lue said that Love will be a Cavalier next season, but that won't keep Love's name from popping up in the rumor mill this summer.
Jun 26 - 9:12 AM

Kyrie Irving has accepted his invitation from USA Basketball to play in the 2016 Olympics.

He didn't play much basketball last summer with his knee injury, but this year he'll be playing a ton. Irving will be arguably the best point guard on the Team USA roster and should run the offense while he's out there. The 24-year-old guard accepting his invite also suggests his foot injury during the playoffs is feeling better.
Jun 25 - 4:26 PM

Cavs GM David Griffin said that he's excited about the addition of Kay Felder.

"We are excited to welcome Kay Felder to the Cavs' family," Griffin said. "Kay is a dynamic playmaker, and most importantly, the type of person and competitor that we want to add to our locker room." Felder led the nation in assists (9.3) as a senior at Oakland and was fourth in scoring, averaging 24.4 points per game. He could be the third-string PG in Cleveland behind Kyrie Irving and Mo Williams, assuming Matthew Dellavedova leaves in free agency.
Jun 25 - 1:09 PM

Free agent forward D.J. Stephens is expected to join the Grizzlies' Summer League team.

Stephens, who played four years for Memphis in college, spent the 2015-16 season in the D-League where he averaged 8.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.8 steals and 1.3 blocks in limited playing time. He's a longshot to earn a guaranteed deal.
Jun 24 - 12:47 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected Kay Felder with the No. 54 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

In order to select Felder, Cleveland purchased this pick from the Atlanta Hawks for $2.4 million. Felder, who measured a smidge over 5'8" at the NBA Draft Combine, is considered an explosive athlete with the capability to score in bunches. The pint-sized point guard averaged 24.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 2.0 steals and 2.2 triples on 44 percent shooting last season in college. Unofficially, Felder tied the second best max vertical (44 inches) in draft combine history, an illustration of his intriguing athleticism. Considering his size disadvantage, Felder is an impressive defender, as well. Having said all of that, he's unlikely to be fantasy relevant in Cleveland.
Source: Real GM
Jun 24 - 12:07 AM

LeBron James has informed Team USA that he will not participate during the 2016 Olympic Games.

After what James just accomplished, it's far from surprising to see him sit out the 2016 Olympic Games. He'll use the offseason to rest his body up as the Cavs attempt to repeat. James ranked No. 9 overall in 9-cat leagues after the 2015-16 season, so he'll be more of a late-first round target on draft day.
Jun 23 - 5:12 PM

Richard Jefferson has decided that he will not retire, and he will suit up for at least one more NBA season.

Jefferson will very likely sign another one-year deal with the Cavs at the veteran’s minimum as he looks to repeat with Cleveland. He'll again provide the Cavs with a veteran presence in the locker room, while remaining a non-option in fantasy hoops.
Jun 23 - 3:41 PM

LeBron James told reporters that he is leaning towards not playing in the 2016 Summer Olympics, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

James just finished a taxing 2015-16 season, so his inclination to pass on the Olympics comes as no surprise. The 31-year-old is all but a lock to return to the Cavaliers to defend their championship in 2016-17 and will assume his normal spot as a first-round option fantasy drafts.
Jun 23 - 12:07 PM

Richard Jefferson said that he might not retire.

"No, it’s is not set in stone," Jefferson said regarding retirement. "My teammates, [LeBron James] and those guys, keep trying to talk me out of it. They say I’m crazy if I retire, so we’ll see. It’s still up for debate." Jefferson announced after Game 7 that he was ready to hang it up, but the influx of money coming into the NBA may make him reconsider that statement, particularly when he'll have a chance to repeat with the Cavs.
Source: NBC Sports
Jun 22 - 2:10 PM

Tyronn Lue said that Kevin Love will remain with the Cavs next season.

The Warriors presented a tough matchup for Kevin Love, and because of that, he struggled through much of the Finals. However, he had plenty of good games through Cleveland's postseason run, and given that the Cavs still were able to realize their ultimate goal of taking the Larry O'Brien trophy to Cleveland, perhaps he remains a Cavalier next season. Still, there should be a number of teams that will throw out some trade offers, and if the right one comes along, it's not like Love is untouchable.
Jun 22 - 12:56 PM

LeBron James said that he has "no plans" to leave the Cavs as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told cleveland.com, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point." James will likely opt out of his deal, and it'll be interesting to see if he signs another one-year with an opt out, or if he decides to just sign a long-term max-contract. Either way, he's not going anywhere.
Jun 22 - 12:22 PM


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