April 3, 2020, 12:27 pm
2019-2020 Cleveland Cavaliers Season Recap to date
2018-2019 Record Home Record Road Record
19-63 13-28 6-35
2019-2020 Record Home Record Road Record
19-46 11-25 8-21
Fun Facts for the season
-After signing a five-year, $20M contact that included a team option for the fifth season before the start of the 2019-20 season, John Beilein became the shortest tenured coach since the 2004 season and is tied for the third shortest coaching stint since the 1990 season after only lasting 54 games before he and the team decided to part ways (Beilein and the organization negotiated a settlement that remains undisclosed)
-The Cavs have not had a winning season without LeBron James since the 1997-98 season and have not gotten out of the first round of the playoffs without LeBron since the 1992-93 season when they lost to Michael Jordan’s Bulls in the Eastern Conference Semifinals
-The Cavs had three bigs who finished inside the top-100 in terms of total value in 8/9-cat leagues while they finished with four bigs who produced standard league value on the season: Andre Drummond, Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson
-Collin Sexton turned around his season from a fantasy perspective after the All-Star break, producing 4th/7th round per-game value in 11 games while he was on track to produce 8th/11th round per-game value in 54 games prior to the break
-The Cavs have three players on their roster whose fathers played in the NBA: Kevin Love, Darius Garland and Larry Nance Jr. (Larry Nance Sr. played for the Cavs from 1988-1994)
Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Andre Drummond (2nd round/3rd round)
-Kevin Love (5th round/5th round)
-Collin Sexton (7th round/9th round)
-Larry Nance Jr. (9th round/7th round)
Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)
-Tristan Thompson (12th round/14th round)
-Kevin Porter Jr. (12th round/15th round from January 28 through March 2)
Rosterable in standard points leagues
(This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax.)
-Andre Drummond (2nd round)
-Kevin Love (4th round)
-Tristan Thompson (8th round)
-Larry Nance Jr. (9th round)
-Collin Sexton (10th round)
Flashes of value in standard points leagues:
-Kevin Porter Jr. (13th round value in last 30 days of season)
-Cedi Osman (12th round value in last 30 days of season)
Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season
-Andre Drummond (all formats)
-Kevin Love (all formats)
-Collin Sexton (all formats)
-Larry Nance Jr. (all formats)
Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season
-Kevin Porter Jr. (all formats)
-Darius Garland (all formats)
-Tristan Thompson (8-cat, points leagues)
Upcoming Notable Free Agents
-Andre Drummond (player option of $28.75M for 2020-21 season)
-Tristan Thompson (unrestricted)
-Andre Drummond (acquired via trade)
-Dante Exum (acquired via trade)
-Jordan Clarkson (traded to Jazz)
-John Henson (traded to Pistons)
-Brandon Knight (traded to Pistons)
Upcoming Draft Picks
-2020 first round pick (protected top 10)
-2021 first round pick
-2022 first round pick (via Milwaukee, protected top 10; if not conveyed in 2022, becomes protected top 10 and 25-30 in 2023; if not conveyed in 2023, becomes protected top 8 in 2024; if not conveyed in 2024, becomes 2024 and 2025 second round picks)
-2022 second round pick (via Houston)
-2022 second round pick (via San Antonio)
-2022 second round pick (via Washington)
May 25, 2020, 3:16 pmTerry RozierPG, Charlotte Hornets
The Hornets are the latest team to re-open their facilities, with the Novant Health Training Center set to open up on Tuesday.
With this, there are only eight teams left to open their practice courts back up, though nobody has been able to engage in any sort of team work yet. Individual workouts are better than no workouts, however, and the league appears to be getting its ducks in a row in terms of returning to play. There's still no firm timelines but things do appear to be heading in the right direction.
Source: Charlotte Hornets
May 25, 2020, 3:13 pmJon LeuerPF, Milwaukee Bucks
Jon Leuer has announced his retirement from basketball.
Injuries completely destroyed Leuer's career, as he played in a combined 49 games over the previous two seasons with zero appearances in the 2019-20 campaign. Leuer's high point came with the Suns, where he averaged 8.5 points to go with 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 steals, 0.4 blocks and a 38.2 mark from deep. His eight-year career comes to an end, with Leuer saying that his body simply won't let him play at a high level anymore.
Source: Jon Leuer on Instagram
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter