Player News - Cavaliers

Date: Team: Pos:

Mo Williams confirmed that the 2016-17 season will be his last.

After a previous expectation that he would retire, Williams is coming back to collect his $2.2 million and chase another championship. He is not on the fantasy radar in any format, and it would not be surprising to see rookie Kay Felder pass him on the point guard depth chart.
Sep 24 - 3:22 PM

The Cavs are "concerned" about Iman Shumpert, according to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Pluto's video report focuses on Shumpert's poor play on the court last season rather than his recent DUI. Pluto also cited Shump's injury history as a factor in Cleveland's thinking, and the Georgia Tech product will have plenty to prove in 2016-17 after signing a four-year, $40M deal last summer to remain with the Cavs. As for his fantasy value, Shumpert's chance to be a factor in standard formats is dependent upon J.R. Smith's potential return.
Sep 24 - 2:16 PM

Dahntay Jones will sign with the Cavaliers on a non-guaranteed deal.

He has some fantastic per-game averages last year, but he only played in the season finale while the Cavs rested players. Assuming J.R. Smith signs, Jones would have to beat out some player for the 15th roster spot.
Sep 22 - 7:45 PM

Mo Williams wrote on Twitter that he's "Coming back," suggesting that he won't retire this offseason.

Mo added the hashtag #onemoreyear -- he's owed a guaranteed $2.2 million and it looks like he'll suit up for his 14th NBA season. With Kay Felder waiting in the wings at PG, it would take an injury or two for Williams to emerge with a fantasy-relevant role.
Sep 21 - 8:43 PM

J.R. Smith will not attend the Cavaliers' minicamp this week.

Cavs players and coaches are gathering for workouts for several days this week according to ESPN, but Smith could even miss the beginning of their official training camp to improve his leverage in contract talks. The two sides are reportedly still far apart and no recent progress has been made. Smith wants to return and is looking for a multiyear deal, but it doesn't sound like he's interested in taking a discount and he could explore other options if the talks don't progress soon. For what it's worth, a move away from Cleveland is pretty unlikely, but it could be a good thing for his fantasy value.
Source: ESPN
Sep 19 - 11:18 AM

According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract for J.R. Smith.

Neither side is budging in contract talks with Smith said to be commanding $15 million per year, but he doesn't have much leverage because of his reputation around the league. He recently said that he's hoping that a deal will be complete soon, but it's worth noting that he's using the same agent that Tristan Thompson used before ultimately signing a five-year, $82 million deal. The clock is ticking with training camp right around the corner.
Sep 18 - 10:12 AM

J.R. Smith said he's hoping to get a deal soon.

He's previously said he's in no rush to get a deal, but training camp is just around the corner. "I don’t want to feel like I’m taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they’ve done for me, and I don’t want them to feel like I’m taking advantage of them. It’s more of a mutual respect thing," Smith said. He's very likely to be on the Cavs and should have a similar role to last season. Smith is a decent 3-pointers specialist.
Source: Complex
Sep 16 - 4:45 PM

Eric Moreland has reportedly signed a training camp deal with the Cavs.

The Cavs do have roster space, so there's a chance Moreland could earn himself a deal for the veteran's minimum in Cleveland. However, even if he does manage to last past training camp, his fantasy value will be non-existent while the team is at full strength.
Sep 13 - 4:32 PM

John Holland will sign a deal with the Cavaliers.

The Celtics waived Holland a couple weeks ago and he has received some interest from Europe, but now he has a chance to crack the 15-man roster for the defending champs. However, if he does make the team, Holland won't be a factor in fantasy leagues this season.
Sep 9 - 11:26 AM

Iman Shumpert was arrested for suspicion of DUI back in August.

No court date has been set yet, but any conviction or guilty plea involving a DUI usually results in a league suspension. The Cavaliers have "discussed" the situation with Shumpert, but the team won't provide a comment. Cavs reporter Jason Lloyd said the arrest was for marijuana and not alcohol, and Shumpert admitted that he was smoking to the officer. Assuming J.R. Smith re-signs with the Cavs, Shumpert will be returning to a similar role with minutes in the 20s off the bench for Cleveland, meaning his fantasy value will be limited to deeper leagues.
Source: ESPN
Sep 9 - 10:45 AM

The Cavs agreed to a deal with Markel Brown.

He'll be fighting for a roster spot on the Cavs at training camp. The Cavs really need a point guard, but Brown really plateaued as a ball-handler last season with the Nets. Assuming J.R. Smith gets signed, Brown might have a tough time making the 2016 NBA champs.
Sep 6 - 4:32 PM

The Cavaliers are bringing DeAndre Liggins to training camp.

The 28-year-old SG was the Defensive Player of the Year in the D-League, and while he only has an outside chance of making the 15-man roster, the Cavaliers love his ability to defend multiple positions. If he makes the team, Liggins will have very little fantasy value as a defensive specialist.
Sep 4 - 9:53 AM

The Cavaliers are looking to bring in another point guard.

Mo Williams is likely going to retire due to lingering concerns about his knee, and the Cavaliers probably aren't ready to hand rookie Kay Felder significant minutes behind Kyrie Irving right away. If the Cavs do sign another PG, Felder may not be in the rotation on opening night.
Sep 4 - 9:49 AM

Mo Williams still hasn't informed the Cavs if he plans on returning for the 2016-17 season.

For what it's worth, Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer expects Williams to retire and said there have been very few signs that he's preparing for the season. Williams has been "disconnected" with the franchise, forcing the Cavaliers to think about moving in a new direction. Kay Felder is the only PG on the roster behind Kyrie Irving, but it sounds like the Cavaliers will bring in another guard.
Sep 4 - 9:47 AM

According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cavaliers haven't been shopping Kevin Love this summer.

General Manager David Griffin said that he's going to "bring back the band," so it sounds like he's comfortable keeping their core intact. The report adds that the Cavs are "excited" about Love this season and they talk about him "being in the best place" mentally and physically since his move to Cleveland. He's 28 years old and is firmly in the team's plans going forward, so his fantasy value is safe after averaging 16.0 points, 9.9 boards, 2.4 assists and 2.1 triples per contest last season.
Sep 4 - 9:42 AM


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