October 20, 2020, 8:25 amAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond and the Cavs remain “far apart” in discussions regarding a long-term contract extension, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
Drummond has a $28.7 million player option for the 2020-21 season which he is likely to exercise. Even though the Cavs see him as a long-term piece, the team is realistic about his flaws within today’s pace-and-space style game. It’s unclear if someone would be willing to throw this kind of money to Drummond in free agency this year so the Cavs may have to eventually trade him after he opts in.
October 16, 2020, 12:02 pmDerrick Jones Jr.SF, Miami Heat
Derrick Jones Jr., an impending restricted free agent, is expected to receive interest from teams like the Cavs, Hornets and Hawks, among others, per Shams Charania.
Jones has always been an interesting fantasy player but is stuck in a deep Miami rotation. With the Heat prioritizing long-term flexibility and maintaining cap space to hunt out stars, perhaps Jones is a sacrifice they're willing to make. We've seen stretches of top-100 play in the past, but mostly as a fill-in when other players are injured. Last season Jones averaged 8.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 0.7 blocks and 0.6 threes while shooting .527 from the field in 23.4 mpg, so if he were to end up with a larger role on a worse team there's a good chance that Jones would sneak up on many casual fantasy players.
Source: The Athletic
October 6, 2020, 11:13 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cavs had high hopes for last season’s starting backcourt of Collin Sexton and Darius Garland, but that doesn’t mean that the franchise is entirely sold on anything, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com.
The report adds that Cleveland obviously needs more time to evaluate the pairing, recognizing the many circumstances that went into Garland’s rookie-year struggles, even though it’s hard to see the two undersized guards working unless the Cavs surround them with quality defenders. Sexton seemed to get better in his sophomore year, leading the Cavs in scoring at 20.8 points to go along with 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Garland meanwhile did show some flashes but he also resembled a 20-year old very much trying to find his role in the NBA. The Cavs had a disastrous season and finished 19-46 last season, the worst record in the Eastern Conference and second-worst in the entire league, so it’s likely that the current roster stays on a short lease.
September 30, 2020, 8:41 amKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com is reporting that Kevin Love has departed the Cavs' minicamp, even though the move is not a surprise since he had indicated ahead of time he wouldn't stay for the duration of the camp.
Four of the Cavs' six oldest players from last season are now not at camp. Tristan Thompson, Andre Drummond and Matthew Dellavedova were absent from the start, while starting small forward Cedi Osman is in Turkey and was unable to travel to Cleveland. This is a great opportunity for the young guys to get some much needed practice time and while it’s good to see Love show up and support his teammates, it’s clear that he may not be a part of the franchise moving forward.
September 20, 2020, 12:33 pmDylan WindlerSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Dylan Windler, who missed his entire rookie season after undergoing surgery for a stress reaction in his left tibia, is cleared for 5-on-5 play.
Windler became a bit of a forgotten man since he didn’t touch the floor after September, but Cleveland’s upcoming mini-camp will be a chance for him to establish his footing again. He’s a name to remember for next season’s deep-league drafts with the Cavs likely to make minutes available for any young player with potential. Windler shouldn’t be considered a lock for the rotation just yet, however, so hopefully his time in the Cavs’ bubble goes well.
Source: The Athletic
September 3, 2020, 4:01 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond revealed earlier today that he underwent corrective eye surgery on Wednesday.
Drummond was moved at the trade deadline prior to the league going into shutdown but failed to reach any great heights. Despite an underwhelming end to the season, he still ended as a fringe second-round option thanks to his elite rebounding and prolific defensive production. Drummond's ability to stay on the floor increased after nasal surgery back in 2017 and so perhaps this recent eye surgery can lift his free-throw shooting out of the doldrums.
Source: Andre Drummond on Twitter
September 2, 2020, 9:17 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com is reporting that the Cavs are not entirely on the same page and are currently having a healthy debate over who should be the top guard/forward, or swingman-type, on their draft board.
The candidates are Auburn's Isaac Okoro, Israel's Deni Avdija and Florida State's Devin Vassell, as each one of them is expected to be available in the 4-7 range. The Cavs have some time to figure it out since the NBA Draft is at least one month away, very tentatively scheduled for the middle of October. Cleveland could also consider trading the pick entirely, either in a package for a proven young veteran, or for a pick somewhere lower in the draft, or a combination of both and rumors should intensify as we get closer to the draft night.
August 25, 2020, 8:36 amAnte ZizicTeam, International
Ante Zizic is officially a member of Maccabi Tel Aviv as announced by the Israelian powerhouse on Tuesday.
Zizic returns in Europe after three seasons in the NBA with the Cavs where he failed to make a big difference. His lack of speed and versatility was evident and he looks to be a better fit playing in Europe in an offense will slower pace and more traditional bigs.
August 25, 2020, 8:22 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
According to Sam Amico of SI, it’s too early to say what the Cavs have planned for the draft, but one opposing executive insists that they don't really want to bring in another young unknown.
The Cavs are coming off a second consecutive 19-win season and owner Dan Gilbert wants the team to start winning some games and generating interest. Cleveland started a second-year player in Collin Sexton and a rookie in Darius Garland in the backcourt for most of this past season, while rookie guard Kevin Porter Jr. became one of their key reserves and the team continues to wait for the debut of injured 2019 first-round pick Dylan Windler. Uncertainty surrounds the entire draft at the moment, while commissioner Adam Silver recently said he doesn't even know when next season will begin. Many around the league seem to believe the draft, tentatively scheduled for October 16th, still will be held before November 1st, and it remains to see what the Cavs do after failing to get a top-3 pick in the lottery.
Source: Sports Illustrated
August 1, 2020, 4:22 pmAnte ZizicPF, 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
July 9, 2020, 12:56 pmDylan WindlerSF, 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.
July 9, 2020, 12:52 pmDean WadePF, 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.
July 9, 2020, 12:50 pmMatt MooneyPG, 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.
July 8, 2020, 11:33 pmAndre DrummondC, 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.
July 8, 2020, 10:14 pmAnte ZizicPF, 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.