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 15, 2020, 4:12 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson is working out at his home in Los Angeles during the stoppage in play and has not considered the possibility that he has played his last game for the Cavs.
Thompson is optimistic that games will resume one way or another, but as he is a free agent this summer, it is possible that he will never play for the Cavs again if no further regular-season games take place. With so many frontcourt options it is a distinct possibility that Thompson ends up elsewhere if he is chasing the largest deal available.
May 10, 2020, 8:02 pmDylan WindlerSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dylan Windler (left lower leg stress reaction) does not believe he can return to live-action even if the season drags to the summer, but he is 70 to 80 percent recovered from his January surgery.
Windler flashed his shooting prowess in summer league, but never cracked the Cavs rotation while he was healthy at the start of the season. The 26th selection in the draft will have his work cut out for him to earn a consistent spot in the lineup next season. That being said, the Cavs do not have many foundational pieces, and it is possible a healthy Windler is able to make something happen to get on the deep-league radar as next season progresses in Cleveland.
Source: New Channel 5
May 9, 2020, 8:29 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love, along with a few other Cavs players, practiced in the recently reopened Cavs practice facility on Friday.
Love was joined by Larry Nance Jr., Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic – who all practiced at a safe distance from each other. Love was eager for the practice as he said that this had been the longest time that he wasn't touching a basketball in the 25 years that he'd been playing the game. There were, of course, many other differences from the "normal" players were once used to, like coaches wearing face masks and gloves as they rebounded and passed the ball back to Love while he was making shots. Slowly, little by the little, the league is resuming basketball activities – at a very cautious and guarded approach. That said, everyone is playing this current pandemic by ear and simply doing their best to adjust to this life-changing global event. Still, this is a step in the right direction towards a possible resumption of the 2019-20 NBA season.
May 8, 2020, 8:53 pmCJ McCollumSG, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers star C.J. McCollum is among those who are skeptical of the league's decision to allow teams to reopen facilities in places (states) where it has been deemed ok to do so, with Portland evidently being one of the cities. The Blazers were able to open their facility on Friday.
Some would say McCollum is correct in his assessment that it's very important to exercise caution with the coronavirus situation. “I get the measures [the league is] taking," McCollum said. "Is it really worth it? It’s either safe or it’s not.” He has a point but, nevertheless, the Cavs and Nuggets, along with the Blazers, were able to open up their facilities today for voluntary workouts. The head coaches are not allowed to be present while players are in the gym.
Source: Chris Haynes on Yahoo Sports
April 24, 2020, 3:44 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond was noncommital when asked about picking up his player option to stay with the Cavs next season.
Drummond was asked about what he was leaning towards during a long interview and basically took a pass on the entire subject. Nonetheless, Drummond is well aware that he has a player worth a significant sum, $28.7 million to be exact, and with the salary cap due for a reduction it is hard to imagine Drummond fetching that kind of dough as a free agent. The Cavs are prepared for him to opt into the extra year, and you should be planning with that mindset as well.
Source: SB Nation
March 20, 2020, 1:43 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs have interest in signing Tristan Thompson to a team-friendly deal this summer, per Cleveland.com's Chris Fedor.
The Cavs have quite the frontcourt logjam on their hands, assuming Andre Drummond opts into his massive deal for next year. Even so, they recognize that Thompson has been a great teammate and is a strong voice in the locker room, and were discussing a contract extension earlier in the season. Ultimately Thompson is an unrestricted free agent so the final call is his.
March 10, 2020, 10:37 pmCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton's superb run continued on Tuesday night as the sophomore piled up 26 points, eight assists, a steal and a block on 12-of-16 shooting.
Sexton appears to be putting it all together. He's even starting to string together some games with not-insignificant output in assists, and with his sudden run of efficiency he's also emerged as far more than an empty scorer. This version of Sexton is a legitimate middle-round threat and he should remain locked into all lineups going forward.
March 10, 2020, 10:34 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. hit all six shots from the field on Tuesday, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, six assists, two 3-pointers, two steals and a block in 32 minutes of action.
That's the good stuff, with a 2-for-4 split at the charity stripe the only blemish on Nance's line. Tristan Thompson's absence opened things up tonight but Nance has held firm as a middle-round option even after Cleveland added Andre Drummond to the mix, so hopefully you didn't cut him prematurely at the deadline. Kevin Love also wore his playmaking hat tonight with 17 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and two triples.
March 10, 2020, 10:32 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond logged 35 minutes on Tuesday night but delivered a mixed bag of production, picking up 21 points, seven rebounds, two steals and a block while also committing six turnovers and going 5-of-9 at the charity stripe.
Usually Drummond grabs enough extra rebounds to compensate for the bad free throws and high turnovers from the center spot, but not tonight. He'll be an early-round threat while Tristan Thompson (corneal abrasion) is out and settle into middle-round territory when the Cavs return to a four-man timeshare up front.
March 10, 2020, 10:30 pmMatthew DellavedovaPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Matthew Dellavedova made another start on Tuesday and came away with eight points, eight assists, a steal, a block and two 3-pointers in 34 minutes.
Delly hit all three of his shots and has moved into the starting lineup with Kevin Porter Jr. and Darius Garland both on the shelf right now. He's been mostly hit or miss but has now put up 33 dimes in his last three contests while logging over 31 minutes in each, so he's a fine short-term add if you need assists and triples.
March 10, 2020, 10:25 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie logged 23 minutes off the bench on Tuesday, posting six points, three rebounds, a steal and a block.
McKinnie has now played 20, 19 and 23 minutes since returning from an eight-game absence and it looks like he'll be in the rotation somewhat substantially while so many other Cavs are out. He's only a deep-league target for rebounds and the occasional cash counter, but if you were itching to pick him up now seems like the time.
March 10, 2020, 4:17 pmDarius GarlandTeam, Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Cavs have agreed to a multi-year contract with head coach J.B. Bickerstaff.
Bickerstaff took over right before play resumed out of the All-Star break and now is going to be sticking around for a while. It's an interesting move by the Cavs to not test the coaching market in the offseason first, especially since Kenny Atkinson is now available, but the Cavs must like what Bickerstaff brings to the table. Bickerstaff has previous head-coaching experience, most recently with the Grizzlies for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 9:02 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. (concussion) is listed out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls.
Porter Jr. will miss his third game with a concussion he suffered last Wednesday. He was playing well before his concussion and is worth a look in standard leagues when he returns to the court. Matthew Dellavedova will have streaming value until Porter Jr. and Darius Garland (groin) return to the lineup.
Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter
March 9, 2020, 8:58 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson (eye) is listed out for Tuesday's game vs. the Bulls.
Thompson left Sunday's game early after being poked in the eye and it is serious enough to keep him out of Tuesday's contest. Thompson is tough to trust with the crowded front court in Cleveland. He seems to be behind Andre Drummond, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. in the pecking order. Thompson can be a low-upside option for big-man stats in 14-team leagues, but you're probably better off streaming his roster spot as he is tough to trust on any given night.
Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter