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  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign a deal with Real Madrid, reports Johnny Askounis of Euro Hoops.

    Zizic will apparently join Real Madrid as preparations for the 2020-21 season get underway. He has had a checkered career thus far in the NBA, often viewed as a player that has been somewhat underutilized. Still only 23 years of age, there is certainly scope for the young center to work his way back into the NBA and it will certainly be interesting to see how has career tracks from this point forward.

    Source: Euro Hoops

  • Dylan Windler
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dylan Windler was unable to play at all in his first NBA season because of a left tibia stress reaction that eventually required surgery.

    Winlder was one of Cleveland's top performers in Summer League but came down with the injury in late September and never recovered. He was able to get back to practice in early December but suffered a setback and went under the knife in January. It's unfortunate that Windler was unable to take advantage of a year that was prime for development, but we'd expect to see him as a regular member of the rotation next season.

  • Dean Wade
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Dean Wade finished outside the top-400 as a rookie, averaging 1.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks and 0.2 triples in 6.0 mpg.

    Wade only played in 12 contests but the Cavs believe in him, inking the forward to a standard contract during the NBA hiatus. Cleveland has a stocked frontcourt, however, so he's only a consideration in deep dynasty leagues barring some roster changes.

  • Matt Mooney
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Matt Mooney logged four games in 2019-20, finishing as a top-425 value.

    Mooney averaged 4.7 minutes but did average 0.5 steals per game, which isn't nothing. He's in tough to find a rotation spot in Cleveland and is well off the fantasy radar.

  • Andre Drummond
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Andre Drummond had a rocky transition after moving to the Cavs in 2019-20, but not before putting up a solid first half of season with the Pistons as top-20 player in 8-cat and a top-30 player in 9-cat per-game value, thanks to his 15.2 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 blocks per game on .532 shooting.

    Drummond, as expected, saw a significant slip in value after moving to the Cavs at the trade deadline. The presence of big men Tristan Thompon, Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. provided Drummond with ample competition for minutes. Aside from that, Drummond also dealt with a left calf strain that didn't do his fantasy value any favors. He's already stated that he intends to exercise his player option for the next season, but given the Cavs' developmental shift in direction, he's someone you can expect to see with a lot of valuation volatility heading into 2020-21.

  • Ante Zizic
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Ante Zizic finishes the season outside the top-350 in 8/9-cat formats with averages of 4.4 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 0.2 BPG in just 10.0 MPG across 22 games.

    Sadly, there weren't many minutes left for Zizic to snack on in 2019-20, with Tristan Thompson playing rejuvenated basketball and Kevin Love being nominally healthy. Also, Larry Nance Jr. was being groomed as a developmental project by the team. All of this resulted in Zizic becoming the odd man out of the equation. He's drawn interest from Turkish Airlines Euroleague ten Maccabi Tel Aviv, so an off-season departure is not completely out of the question.

  • Jordan Bell
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Jordan Bell's 2019-20 was marred by a right shoulder injury that couldn't get over, causing him to be non-factor in fantasy, tossed around four teams like a hot potato.

    Bell's second year in the league was a fantasy flop. He landed a two-year deal with the Cavs over the hiatus after passing through the Wolves, Rockets and Grizzlies this season. A nagging shoulder sprain limited Bell to averaging just 8.8 minutes per game with averages of 3.2 PPG, 2.8 RPG and 0.3 BPG on .522 shooting from the field. This resulted in Bell ranking at 418/433 on per-game value and 398/401 on total value. The Cavs are currently still stacked with players in their frontcourt, so there's still big question mark as to what kind of role Bell will fill moving forward.

  • Dante Exum
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Oft-injured Aussie guard Dante Exum was unable to shake the injury bug in 2019-20, leaving him to play just 35 games on the season and finishing at 366/380 in 8/9-cat Per-Game value.

    Sadly, 2019-20 wasn't too kind to Exum, who still couldn't stay on the floor for an extended period of time. It also didn't help his cause that the Cavs have a young crop of players who are hungry for minutes at Exum's position. To his credit, Exum was able to record a new career-high with 28 points in early January, but for the most part, he lacked any sort of consistency to be counted on in fantasy. He ends 2019-20 with averages of 4.5 PPG, 1.9 RPG and 1.0 APG in 13.9 MPG on .471 shooting from the field.

  • Alfonzo McKinnie
    SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Alfonzo McKinnie finished outside the top-350 in both 8- and 9-cat leagues while averaging 4.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.7 turnovers in 14.8 mpg across 40 contests with .427/.215/.710 splits.

    McKinnie has proven to be a nice depth piece for three teams in his NBA career after going undrafted in 2015. He has a non-guaranteed contract for next season and is off the fantasy radar outside of the deepest of leagues.

  • Kevin Porter Jr.
    SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Kevin Porter Jr. impressed many in the fantasy community with his showing from 2019-20 as he posted 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.1 threes and 1.9 turnovers in 23.2 minutes with .442/.335/.723 splits across 50 games.

    Porter even logged three starts in his rookie campaign and returned 208/260 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues. The Cavs have had a glaring hole on the wing ever since LeBron James left in free agency and Kevin Porter Jr. is poised to become their starting small forward in years to come. Similar to most players, his biggest challenge will be his efficiency as he starts to see more minutes and an increase in usage.

  • Larry Nance Jr.
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Larry Nance Jr. produced 102/82 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues while averaging 10.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steals, 1.0 threes and 1.1 turnovers in 26.3 mpg with .531/.352/.676 splits.

    Nance played in 56 out of a possible 65 games in 2019-20 and was in the starting lineup in 10 contests. His fantasy arrow appears to be pointing up as Tristan Thompson is a free agent which should allow more opportunity for the legacy heading into next season. From January 20 on, Nance was a 6th/4th round per-game value and will likely find himself inside the top-100 next season with top-60 upside.

  • Kevin Love
    PF, Cleveland Cavaliers

    After only playing in 22 out of 82 contests in 2018-19, Kevin Love was able to suit up for 56 out of 65 games this season and produced 49/58 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues.

    For the first time since the 2015-16 season, Love's total fantasy value exceeded his per-game value due to several injuries he had incurred over the last four years. He posted 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 2.6 threes and 2.5 turnovers in 31.8 mpg with .450/.374/.854 splits. Love can continue to produce standard league value moving forward with the caveat that he has a tendency to miss more than the 13.8 percent of games that he missed in 2019-20.

  • Matthew Dellavedova
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    In his first complete season with the Cavs since winning a championship for them in 2015-16, Matthew Dellavedova saw 14.4 mpg across 57 games including four starts.

    Delly was outside the top-350 in per-game value for 8/9-cat leagues. The tenacious defender struggled mightily with his efficiency with .354/.231/.865 splits and can be left off fantasy radars heading into the 2020-21 campaign. It is even possible that he doesn't find a way back onto an NBA roster next season as he is now an unrestricted free agent.

  • Tristan Thompson
    C, Cleveland Cavaliers

    Tristan Thompson was able to hang on to 134/158 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues after a strong start to the year and finished the season averaging 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.8 turnovers while shooting .512 from the field and .615 from the charity stripe in 30.2 mpg.

    Thompson was a great player to select at the ends of drafts as he was able to produce top-95 value in 8/9-cat leagues in the first 19 games of the season. He is an unrestricted free agent and it would be surprising to see the Cavs bring him back as they already have Kevin Love, Larry Nance and Andre Drummond ($28.75 player option) signed in the frontcourt.

  • Darius Garland
    PG, Cleveland Cavaliers

    As with most rookies, Darius Garland struggled in his first season in the NBA as he posted 202/280 per-game value in 8/9-cat leagues while playing in 59 out of the team's 65 contests.

    Garland was given the keys to the offense early and often but struggled with the role as he shot a disappointing .401 from the field and only averaged 3.9 assists with 2.6 turnovers in 30.9 minutes. In addition, he averaged 12.3 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 1.8 threes. Garland did see some improvement later in the year which can be illustrated by the increase in the following categories: field goal percentage (+.029), assists (+1.2) and turnovers (-0.5). Garland remains an intriguing young guard whose ceiling is yet to be determined. The Cavs will have to decide if Collin Sexton and Garland can co-exist together in the backcourt moving forward or if the team needs to move one of their young guards for help elsewhere on the roster.