July 15, 2019, 5:21 pmJR SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Lakers should be considered an "unlikely destination" for J.R. Smith, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers are the only team that's really been tied to Smith, so that's not great for him. L.A. has done a decent job filling out their roster and no longer has a need for Smith, and his market figures to be fairly limited. Rebuilding teams are unlikely to see him as a typical veteran presence considering the Cavs told him to go home rather than sulk around their young players, and he has a lot to prove after last appearing in a game on November 18.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 5:04 pmJR SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have waived J.R. Smith, per Shams Charania.
There was a 5:00 PM waiver deadline and the Cavs tried to deal him prior to its passing, but to no avail. Smith will likely latch on with a contender or a team that is lacking on the wings, though he shouldn't be expecting a big role after sitting on the sidelines since November when the Cavs sent him away from the team for off-court reasons. The Lakers have been the most frequently mentioned landing spot so far.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
July 15, 2019, 12:19 pmJR SmithSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs are expected to waive J.R. Smith on Monday if no last-minute trade emerges, per Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
It would be shocking if someone went out and traded for Smith, who will be guaranteed $4 million of his $15 million salary. The Lakers have already been mentioned as a potential landing spot, and Smith doesn't figure to have a ton of teams eager to sign him after the way last season went off the rails.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
July 12, 2019, 10:36 pmJaCorey WilliamsPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
JaCorey Williams had 18 points on 8-for-11 shooting, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Friday's win over the Kings.
This was a nice performance from Williams, who has yet to really break out this Summer League season. It would be a surprise if he was relevant in standard fantasy leagues.
July 12, 2019, 10:16 pmMalik NewmanG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Malik Newman dropped in 33 points on 11-for-17 shooting with four threes, four rebounds and two steals on Friday night.
This was by far Newman's best game of the Summer League who has a lot more work to do if he wants to become fantasy relevant.
July 10, 2019, 9:52 pmDylan WindlerSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dylan Windler took a shot to the face in Wednesday's loss against the Pelicans, however team officials do not believe he has a concussion.
Team execs described Windler as taking a "shiner" and appear to have just held him out because why not? He has done a good job of showcasing his abilities in his first three games of Summer League ball, and has a pretty good shot at regular rotation minutes on a Cavs team desperate for young talent.
July 10, 2019, 9:47 pmNaz Mitrou-LongSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Naz Mitrou-Long led the Cavs in scoring in Wednesday's losing effort against the Pelicans, scoring 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting in 26 minutes.
Mitrou-Long has taken full advantage of his opportunity to show off with two of the Cavs' three first-round picks shelved for Summer League. If not with the Cavs, he's making a case for teams to give him a look once training camp rolls along.
July 9, 2019, 12:11 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jeff Siegel of Forbes is hearing that Kevin Porter Jr. will only receive 80 percent of his Rookie Scale deal in the first year of his contract before it rises to 120 percent for years 2-4.
This is rare to see, but Porter will end up making a little extra money in the end by helping the Cavs tax burden this season. Unfortunately for Porter, he isn't expected to play in the Summer League and we will have to wait to see get our first look of him as a professional.
Source: Jeff Siegel on Twitter
July 8, 2019, 10:03 pmDylan WindlerPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dylan Windler recorded a game-high 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting with five rebounds, three triples and two assists in Monday's loss to the Celtics in Summer League.
Windler has been able to put his 3-point shooting on display so far in Summer League action. If he proves to be as consistent as this, he may just secure himself a spot in the rebuilding Cavs' regular-season rotation.
July 7, 2019, 9:35 pmNaz Mitrou-LongSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Nazareth Mitrou-Long led the Cavs with 21 points on 6-of-8 shooting in Sunday's 82-75 win over the Bulls.
He shot 3-of-3 from beyond the arc and 6-of-7 from the stripe. Mitrou-Long has played in 15 games for the Jazz over the past two seasons and averaged 1.3 points in 5.7 minutes per game. He will have the opportunity to make a name for himself during this Summer League with Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. sitting out.
July 5, 2019, 7:25 pmNaz Mitrou-LongSG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Naz Mitrou-Long was able to deliver 14 points, six rebounds, six assists and a 3-pointer in Friday's 75-85 loss to the Wolves.
The Cavs are not going to have their top two rookies playing in Vegas, so the door is wide open for other players like Mitrou-Long to show out and make good on the opportunity, whether that's for the Cavs or another organization. Dylan Windler added 15 points, eight rebounds and a 3-pointer, and it looks like these two will be doing the heavy lifting for Cleveland.
July 4, 2019, 1:30 pmJustin HolidaySG, Memphis Grizzlies
Per Michael Scotto of The Athletic, Justin Holiday is considering interest from several teams including the Lakers, Clippers, Bulls, Raptors, Pacers, Wizards, Hornets and Cavs.
It is also being reported that the Grizzlies are willing to do a sign-and-trade with the 30-year-old wing. Holiday is seemingly in a holding pattern until Kawhi Leonard decides on his future, as three of the mentioned teams with interest aren't going to make a move until then. His market should heat up fairly soon.
Source: Michael Scotto on Twitter
July 4, 2019, 12:34 pmJaron BlossomgameSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Jaron Blossomgame will be unable to play in Summer League as he is about three weeks from returning from a stress fracture in his leg.
Blossomgame did not receive a qualifying offer from the Cavs, though he gave the team some decent minutes last season and they still seem to be fans of his game. Not playing in Vegas will hurt his chances of making a roster outright, but we don't imagine he'll have troubles finding a spot in the G-League or even a two-way contract.
July 4, 2019, 12:28 pmKevin Porter Jr.PG-SG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. is still feeling the effects of a minor hip flexor injury he sustained in a pre-draft workout and is not expected to play at Summer League.
The Cavs traded four second-round picks to add Porter with the 30th pick in the draft. Unfortunately, they'll have neither Porter nor top pick Darius Garland available in Vegas. Prospective fantasy owners will need to wait until closer to fall to get a look at Porter's game.
July 4, 2019, 12:20 pmDarius GarlandPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Darius Garland is unlikely to play at Summer League.
Garland suffered a torn meniscus back in November that ended his college season and while both he and the Cavs insist that he's fully healthy, there is no rush to get him back on the floor for ultimately meaningless games. Redraft fantasy owners can treat Garland as a late-round flier at best this season.
Source: The Athletic