Player News - Cavaliers

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Former Grizzlies guard Josh Selby has a one-year deal with Bnei Herzliya in Israel.

He was in Croatia last year and hasn't played in the NBA since the 2012-13 season, when he appeared in only 10 games off the Grizzlies bench. He shot 33.0 percent in limited action after being drafted in the second round out of Kansas, and it's likely that we've seen the last of him in the NBA.
Aug 30 - 9:44 AM

David Griffin defended the Cavaliers' pursuit of John Calipari to be team president on Thursday.

"I would have talked to John Calipari if I was them," Griffin said. "I would have been disappointed if they didn’t. So, it didn’t bother me in the least." Griffin is the man tasked with building a championship team around LeBron James. However, some would argue that King James has been the true general manager in Cleveland after he successfully recruited guys like Mike Miller, James Jones, and Kevin Love to come play for the Cavaliers. Whether that view is unfair or not, there is no doubt the Cavaliers have had one of the most successful offseasons in NBA history.
Aug 28 - 3:12 PM

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin admitted that he has "concerns [about the team's] ability to protect the rim."

Griffin also said that his concerns are not "just a Kevin [Love] question" and that he is not worried about "Kevin’s ability to be in right place at right time [on defense]" Kevin Love's defensive abilities have come under fire as of late, specifically from his previous team owner Glen Taylor. Fair or unfair, if the Cavs struggle on defense, Love will likely shoulder a large part of the blame.
Aug 28 - 2:36 PM

Dion Waiters lost 12 pounds since the end of the season due to reducing his carbohydrate intake.

He fasted for Ramadan and changed his diet, and more often than not players changing their diets yields positive results. However, it may not have worked out for someone like Roy Hibbert last season. Waiters looks ready for the challenge of competing for a championship, but his shot total will be taking a sizable hit. Owners in standard leagues can probably do better.
Aug 27 - 2:37 PM

Dion Waiters has been studying video of Dwyane Wade to learn how he adapted to playing alongside LeBron James.

"With a guy like [LeBron], he can open up the floor for you and give you a lot of opportunities," Waiters said. "When I get the opportunity to get the ball, I've got to destroy my opponent. The rest of the floor is going to be so wide open that, once I get by him, the rest of it should be easy." Waiters has a good chance to improve upon his career 42.4 percent shooting with LeBron guiding the offense, but it's also likely that his usage rate will take a dive from 26.9 percent last season.
Source: Philly.com
Aug 27 - 10:48 AM

Wolves owner Glen Taylor questioned Kevin Love's durability during a recent interview, and said Love "got away with some stuff not playing defense [with Minnesota]."

"The only thing I still have a question mark about is his health," Taylor said. "If [the Cavaliers] sign him to a five-year contract like they’re thinking about, that’s a big contract on a guy who’s had some times when he has missed games." Taylor also implied that Love is the third-best player on the Cavs behind LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, and the whole interview feels like sour grapes. "I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love replied, when told about Taylor's criticism. "For Glen to say that, I think he should be concentrating on the players he just received."
Aug 27 - 9:35 AM

Kevin Love was officially introduced by the Cavaliers on Tuesday, and he said he's "committed long term to the end goal, and that's to win championships."

Love is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Cavs, but he said that hasn't yet been discussed. A core of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Love makes the Cavaliers an instant championship contender and they've already lured veterans Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and James Jones to Cleveland. Love will start alongside Anderson Varejao in the frontcourt, but the Cavs still hope to add another center behind Varejao -- they've reportedly targeted Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Larry Drew felt blindsided by the way he lost his job as head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks.

In addition to calling his firing "mystifying" Drew also added," It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don't have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody." Drew may be the only one who was shocked by his firing after a league-worst 15-67 record during the 2013-14 season, but he'll now get the opportunity to be an assistant coach to LeBron James and Kevin Love in Cleveland.
Aug 26 - 10:04 AM

Kevin Love will be wearing No. 0 for the Cavs this season, as No. 42 has been retired by the Cleveland franchise in honor of Nate Thurmond.

It's not yet known why Love elected to go with No. 0, but purely speculating, in tennis, zero points is referred to as "love."
Aug 25 - 4:58 PM

Owner Marc Cuban said Shawn Marion was leaning to signing with an Eastern Conference team even before the Mavs signed Chandler Parsons.

Marion's priority is to win a championship and joining the Cavs seems like his best bet considering how difficult it is to come out of the Western Conference. He'll be focusing more on defense while backing up LeBron James and Kevin Love, so we'd expect his stats to drop off a bit.
Aug 25 - 11:00 AM

Coach Mike Krzyzewski could alternate Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose as his starting point guards for the FIBA World Cup.

Irving will start in Tuesday's final exhibition vs. Slovenia. Rose was expected to be ahead of Irving, but Kyrie has been absolutely ridiculous during Team USA's exhibition run. The team also sat Rose out for a couple games, so bringing him off the bench could keep his minutes in check. They'll look to dominate in Group C vs. Turkey, New Zealand, Dominican Republic and Ukraine when the tournament starts on Aug. 30.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 10:41 AM

The Cavs, Wolves and Sixers have completed the Kevin Love trade.

We all know the details and the only difference is that the Wolves will get a $6.3 million trade exception, not the $4 million reported yesterday. In case you weren't around the past month, the Cavs get Kevin Love; the Wolves get Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett, Thaddeus Young and that aforementioned trade exception; and the Sixers get Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a 2015 first-round pick.
Aug 23 - 1:03 PM

Cavs sign F Dwight Powell.

The 45th pick in the 2014 draft isn't expected to get minutes in his rookie season. Powell only averaged 5.0 points and 3.7 boards in his three Las Vegas Summer League games after spending four seasons at Stanford. He'll likely get the bulk of his run in the D-League.
Source: NBA.com
Aug 23 - 11:06 AM

The Kevin Love trade has officially been agreed upon, and the teams are now just awaiting approval from the league.

The trade is a three-team deal in which Minnesota will send Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved (both expiring contracts) and a 2015 first-round pick (via the Miami Heat) to Philadelphia, in exchange for Thaddeus Young and a trade exception worth $4 million. And Cleveland will send two number one overall picks in Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins to Minnesota in exchange for Kevin Love. Wiggins figures to be a primary option on the offensive end in Minnesota, and he'll be a mid-round target heading into this year's draft. Bennett showed promise during Summer League, but the fact he'll be playing behind Young makes him more of a late-round flier in standard leagues. Love will still be an elite talent in Cleveland, but it's unlikely he will be able to sustain his 26.1 points per game while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James.

Kyrie Irving made 11-of-15 from the field in his three games with Team USA this month.

He made both attempts from beyond the arc, which gives him an absurd 80.0 effective field goal percentage. Defenders can't keep Irving in front of them, which has been the highlight of his game to date. It's going to be very interesting to see how he meshes with all the talent around him. Considering his injury history, there are still probably about 15 other guards worth targeting over Kyrie in upcoming fantasy drafts.
Aug 22 - 12:31 PM


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