February 20, 2020, 5:48 pmAlfonzo McKinnieSF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot plantar fasciitis) will not play on Friday.
McKinnie inked a four-year deal with the Cavs after getting waived by the team initially, though he's still only getting 14.3 mpg on the season. That's not enough to spread around the rotation and anyone to emerge as a fantasy option.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 20, 2020, 5:46 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Ante Zizic (illness) is probable to play on Friday.
Zizic was sidelined by a case of vertigo that the Cavs termed a vestibular condition, and even if he's unlikely to see many minutes it's good to know that he's approaching a clean bill of health. The trade deadline couldn't have gone worse for Zizic's prospects, so he's waiver wire material.
Source: NBA Injury Report
February 19, 2020, 5:31 pmJohn Beilein, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Beilein has officially resigned as the head coach of the Cavs.
Beilein is walking away just months into a five-year deal, with his tumultuous tenure making it painfully clear that the Cavs have plenty of problems to work through. He had serious troubles connecting to the Cavs, with squabbles erupting all over the place, even down to the terminology of his playbook. Beilein has been given a different role in the organization while JB Bickerstaff will take over the coaching job.
Source: Cleveland Cavaliers on Twitter
February 19, 2020, 9:30 amAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Greg Swartz of BleacherReport is reporting that Andre Drummond’s stay in Cleveland could be short, as, according to a former NBA general manager, the Cavs could move their new center this summer.
Cleveland put together one of the most bizarre trade deadlines in recent memory by trading for Drummond and holding on to Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Drummond somewhat fits agewise with the Cavs’ young core of Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr., but his contract status is still up in the air as he has a $28.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season. Drummond seems to be a safe play on fantasy for the rest of the year, even after the expected coaching change, but his status beyond that seems to be up in the air.
Source: Bleacher Report
February 18, 2020, 10:25 pmJohn Beilein, Cleveland Cavaliers
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, John Beilein is leaving as the Cavs’ coach and J.B. Bickerstaff will be elevated to head coach.
It’s still not official, but once Woj says it’s happening, it’s happening. A shake-up is likely to be a great thing for this roster that contains at least a few unhappy star players in Kevin Love and Andre Drummond. Be ready to act on any significant role changes that come with this move. For example, will Larry Nance Jr. and/or Kevin Porter Jr. take on expanded roles?
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 18, 2020, 5:37 pmJohn Beilein, Cleveland Cavaliers
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Cavs and John Beilein are in advanced talks to part ways by Wednesday.
This is escalating quickly, as it's becoming more and more apparent that Beilein won't return to the Cavs as we resume play. It is expected that J.B. Bickerstaff will take over as the lead coach for the remainder of the season. The Cavs players had a hard time adapting to Beilein's system, and this should be looked at as a win for the team's young guns.
Source: The Athletic
February 17, 2020, 12:47 pmJohn Beilein, Cleveland Cavaliers
John Beilein and the Cavs have discussed the possibility of Beilein stepping down from his head coaching job during the All-Star break, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
Beilein's transition to the NBA has not gone well, but abandoning a five-year commitment so soon would be absolutely shocking. He has struggled to make the jump from the college game, altering his game plans and terminology in an effort to help get the Cavs on the same page, though he's had a few notable off-court missteps and has had trouble relating to his players. Even if he doesn't leave in the coming days, one has to imagine that Beilein won't be in Cleveland much longer.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
February 15, 2020, 12:00 amCollin SextonPG, Cleveland Cavaliers
Collin Sexton played 20 minutes Friday in the Rising Stars game in Chicago, putting up 21 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Sexton was not pleased about being left off the original roster for Team USA. He got an opportunity due to Tyler Herro's injury and had a good showing Friday evening. He has been very consistent thus far, holding top-125 value on the season and ranks in the top-75 over the past two months. Keep running him out there.
February 12, 2020, 10:14 pmAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond double-doubled on Wednesday with 14 points, 15 boards and two blocks in 22 minutes.
The 22 minutes were a surprise for Drummond, especially considering Kevin Love (right ankle soreness) sat out. Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson played 35 minutes and 26 minutes respectively, but Drummond should be a safe top-20 value ROS. It could be worth throwing a buy-low offer at Drummond owners to see if they are panicking after the low minutes on Wednesday.
February 12, 2020, 10:11 pmTristan ThompsonC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Tristan Thompson double-doubled with 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting and 11 rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench on Wednesday.
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) was out on Wednesday and Andre Drummond only played 22 minutes which allowed Thompson to get more minutes. Larry Nance Jr. played a team-high 35 minutes and it is tough to read too much into the rotation after this game. Thompson could be a speculative add in 14-team leagues but Nance has the higher upside. Both players would struggle to hold value when Love returns unless the Cavs limit Love's minutes. Thompson is worth watching in standard leagues but can be left on the waiver wire for now.
February 12, 2020, 10:00 pmLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. started on Wednesday and flourished with 25 points (9-of-12 from the field), 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals, two blocks and two triples in 35 minutes.
Nance Jr. started in place of Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) and dominated while playing a team-high 35 minutes with Andre Drummond and Tristan Thompson playing 22 and 26 minutes respectively. Nance has proven that he can post top-100 value in 25 minutes per game and is worth a flier in 14-team leagues if you have a low-upside player to drop. Love could be rested down the stretch and the Cavs could prioritize Nance over Thompson. Keep an eye on him in standard leagues after the All-Star break.
February 12, 2020, 9:35 pmKevin Porter Jr.SG-SF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Porter Jr. scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting with four rebounds, three assists and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes on Wednesday.
Porter Jr. has scored double digits in seven straight games, but he's still outside the top-200 during that stretch. He can be a late-round option for points and threes in 14-team leagues, but he is better for 16-team leagues and deeper.
February 12, 2020, 5:26 pmKevin LovePF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Kevin Love (right Achilles soreness) is out for Wednesday's tilt vs. the Hawks and Larry Nance Jr. will start in his place.
Love will miss his eighth game of the season out of a possible 54 which well exceeds the 22 games that he played in last campaign. When he is out on the court, Love is returning 4th/5th round per-game value across 8/9-cat leagues. Nance Jr. is valuable for tonight's contest with Love out but it is hard for the youngster to have ROS value with the crowded frontcourt that the Cavs have right now.
Source: Angel Gray on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 11:41 amLarry Nance Jr.PF, Cleveland Cavaliers
Larry Nance Jr. is slated to start if Kevin Love can’t play against the Hawks on Wednesday.
Nance Jr. has taken the biggest hit upon Andre Drummond’s arrival in Cleveland but things could change if Love is forced to miss any action. Check back later today for an official update as we get closer to tip-off.
Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter
February 12, 2020, 10:54 amAndre DrummondC, Cleveland Cavaliers
Andre Drummond made two triples on his debut with the Cavs, but that’s an aberration since he never hit that many in 591 regular season games with the Pistons.
“I think we have to sit and talk about it,” Cavs coach John Beilein said. “I haven’t seen enough of it in practice to determine whether the percentages say it’s a great possession. He’s not going to be known for making triples here. But if he can prove that when he’s open, we’ve got to look at it.” Beilein is open-minded and doesn’t want to put players in a box but the indication so far is that he wants Drummond to be a force in the middle. The veteran coach urged Larry Nance Jr. to shoot more last year and the athletic forward worked all summer on extending his range. This will be a situation to monitor going forward and fantasy managers should just welcome any additional triples as a nice bonus.