Fri. Oct 31, 2014 | STATS
News: Love had 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Cleveland debut, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday.
Impact: Love has averaged 17.9 points in the last five seasons against Cleveland's next opponent, Chicago. That's tied for his second-lowest versus any opponent. He's also shot 40.2 percent in those games, his third-worst mark since 2009-10.
Fri. Oct 31, 2014 | STATS
News: James had 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting and eight turnovers in his return to Cleveland on Thursday, a 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks.
Impact: The Cavs star will next face the team that was the best defensively against him in 2013-14. The Chicago Bulls limited James to 18.3 points and 39.2 percent shooting in three matchups last season.
News: Love had 19 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with 14 rebounds and four assists in 38 minutes in his Cavalier debut Thursday in the loss to New York.
Impact: While it was LeBron James' weight loss that was the talk of the summer, Love looked noticeably slimmer. His gauntness did not affect his play: he was a factor on the boards and had a few of his patented beautiful outlet passes. People who thought that Love's fantasy value would take a hit by moving to Cleveland were incorrect for at least one game.
News: James scored 19 points (6-14 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT) with five rebounds, four assists, and eight turnovers in the loss to the Knicks on Thursday.
Impact: James seemed somewhat out of sync and may have been nervous in his return to Cleveland. He was just 1-of-9 from the field in the first half and had some really loose turnovers. As everyone is saying, it will take some time for the Cavaliers to coalesce as a team. James will be fine.
News: Varejao is close to agreement on a new three-year contract worth an estimated $30 million, ESPN reports.
Impact: Varejao is currently entering the final year of a contract worth $9.7 million this season, but the career-long Cavalier is reportedly very close to extending his stay in Cleveland. Recently dubbed the Cavaliers' starting center, Varejao could pen his new contract in the coming days, while teammate Tristan Thompson has until midnight Friday to secure an extension with the Cavs.
Wed. Oct 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Love (ribs) practiced without limitation Wednesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Love took a hit to the ribs during Tuesday's practice, but is already over that ailment and is a lock to start Thursday versus the Knicks. With New York's frontcourt devoid of defensively inclined players, Love should enjoy his Cavaliers debut come Thursday.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Love took a shot to the ribs and sat out part of practice, the Akron Beacon-Journal reports. Coach David Blatt said, "We pulled him out, but he's ok."
Impact: Love has been minorly dinged up throughout his first preseason with the Cavaliers. He should not be limited for Thursday's opener against the Knicks, and should be in for an excellent season in the Eastern Conference.
Tue. Oct 28, 2014 | STATS
News: Love was hit in the ribs Tuesday and taken out of practice as a precaution.
Impact: Love was not on the court when media members were allowed in for the end of Cleveland's workout. Cavs coach David Blatt said Love, acquired this summer in a blockbuster trade from Minnesota, ''got banged a little bit.''
Mon. Oct 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao is negotiating a contract extension with the Cavaliers, Yahoo! Sports reports.
Impact: Varejao's current contract is set to make him a restricted free agent following this season, but it appears an extension could be forthcoming. The 32-year-old has spent his entire 10-year NBA career with the Cavaliers and was recently deemed Cleveland's starting center this season. After playing just 81 games in his three prior seasons, Varejao managed to suit up for 65 contests last term, offering 8.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 27.7 minutes per game.
A.J. Price - #21 - Point Guard - 6'2" - 195lbs
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Price survived the final cuts of the preseason and will be a part of the opening day roster for Cleveland, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: Price spent 2013-14 with the Timberwolves where he averaged 1.6 points in 3.5 minutes over 28 games. The 6-2 former UConn Huskies will provide point guard depth for Cleveland, but likely won't play enough minutes to be fantasy relevant.
Louis Amundson - #89 - Power Forward - 6'9" - 225lbs
Oct 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amundson has made the opening day roster for the Cavaliers, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.
Impact: The well-traveled Amundson has been bouncing around the league since 2006. He has never better than averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds. With Cleveland, he will only play if severe injuries or foul trouble occurs.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | STATS
News: The Cavaliers have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters, a former first-round pick who could have a breakout season in Cleveland's new offense.
Impact: The Cavs were expected to pick up the option worth $5.1 million on Waiters and did so Saturday. Waiters averaged 15.3 point last season, but could get more open shots now that LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love will be occupying defenses. Waiters started just 24 games last season but he will be with the first five in the backcourt alongside Irving this season.
Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Waiters' fourth-year option was picked up by the Cavaliers on Saturday, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Waiters, who is entering his third season, will earn $5.1 million next season with the option. He will be eligible for an extension next summer. If he's not extended by the Oct. 31, 2015, deadline, he will become a restricted free agent in the offseason of 2016.
Tristan Thompson - #13 - Forward-Center - 6'10" - 238lbs
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompson will open the season as a reserve, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
Impact: Anderson Varejao was announced as the team's starting center Friday, but this was to be expected. Thompson's role will shrink drastically this season given the presence of LeBron James and Kevin Love in the frontcourt.
Fri. Oct 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Varejao has officially been announced as the starting center, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
Impact: This was what was anticipated, but now it is official. Tristan Thompson will come off the bench. Given Varejao's injury history, it would seem unlikely that he'll see 30-plus minutes per game over the course of the season, but he should still be drafted in most formats.
News: Varejao is expected to open the season as the Cavs' starting center, the Morning Journal reports.
Impact: While coach David Blatt is yet to officially announce a starter, Varejao is widely believed to hold the upper hand over Tristan Thompson. He averaged 9.5 points and 6.3 rebounds during the preseason and is a favorite of LeBron James, who lauded the Brazilian's toughness and dedication. "He's the same Andy," James said earlier in camp. "If you ask him to run through six walls, he'll run through seven." Varejao is unquestionably the Cavs' best rim protector, but he's missed 166 games over the past four years. In order to keep him fresh, Thompson figures to see plenty of minutes, and Kevin Love could even slide over to the center spot in certain small-ball lineups. From a fantasy perspective, Varejao's value should rise with the return of James, but he's still only a fringe option in most leagues.
News: Waiters put in 16 points (6-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt) with three rebounds in 24 minutes in Wednesday's preseason loss to Memphis.
Impact: In the preseason, Waiters has continued his streaky shooting. The third-year guard has hit nine 3-pointers in his last three games. His fantasy value will likely come from the perimeter with maybe an average amount of points.
News: Irving scored a team-high 16 points (7-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT) with three assists in 24 minutes in a preseason loss to Memphis on Wednesday.
Impact: Irving has shot extremely well in his last three preseason games (25-of-43, 58.2 percent). He should get more open shots while playing with LeBron James (who did not play on Wednesday) and Kevin Love, but his current shooting might be just a hot streak. He is a career 44.7-percent shooter.
News: Varejao scored 22 points (10-13 FG, 2-2 FT) with eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in just 23 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.
Impact: With LeBron James and Kevin Love joining Kyrie Irving in Cleveland, there likely won't be too many games during the regular season where Varejao puts together this kind of offensive performance. If he holds off Tristan Thompson for the starting center spot though, Varejao's ability to put back their misses while racking up boards and blocks should still give him solid fantasy value.
News: Love scored nine points (2-10 FG, 0-5 3P, 5-6 FT) with 13 rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.
Impact: He couldn't get his shot to fall, but Love still had a big night on the glass to make up for it. He'll have one more preseason game to develop some chemistry with new running mates Kyrie Irving and LeBron James before the regular season tips off.
News: Irving scored a team-leading 28 points (10-19 FG, 1-3 3P, 7-8 FT) with seven assists, three rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes during Monday's preseason win over the Bulls.
Impact: It seems safe to say that Irving's ankle is A-OK. The Cavs' big three were all in the lineup Monday, and while Irving led the charge all three had productive fantasy nights.
News: Varejao will start at center in Monday's preseason game versus the Bulls, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
Impact: Varejao starting the Cavaliers' second-to-last exhibition outing could be indicative of coach David Blatt's preferred first-team unit heading into this season. With Kevin Love a lock to start at power forward, Varejao occupying the center position would relegate Tristan Thompson to come off the bench, which will be the case Monday.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Love is expected to play in Monday's preseason game against the Bulls, Bob Finnan of The News-Herald reports.
Impact: Love missed Friday's preseason game for some added rest to keep him fresh, but he is expected to rejoin the lineup for Monday's contest against the Bulls. He was prevalant in two of the four preseason games he did play in, scoring 25 in each versus just eight and five in the other two games. There appears to be no lingering effects of the sore neck that caused him to leave Wednesday's preseason game, and he should be fine for the start of the regular season.
Sat. Oct 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Irving (ankle) returned after missing two preseason games and had 23 points (8-13 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, and three blocks in 29 minutes in a loss to the Mavericks on Friday.
Impact: Irving did not appear to be limited by the ankle injury. Kevin Love (rest) did not play in the game, so we still haven't seen the Cavaliers' Big Three play together since the opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv. It will be interesting to see how the Cavaliers dole out offensive opportunities on a game-by-game basis between their stars.
News: James will sit out the preseason finale Wednesday against the Grizzlies, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
Impact: This shouldn't alarm anyone, as the Cavs have looked pretty sharp during the preseason, and James undoubtedly wants to be fresh for the season opener.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Irving is coming back to the court after missing three games with a sprained right ankle. Irving had his ankle stepped on by teammate Anderson Varejao in practice early last week and didn't play in Brazil when Cleveland faced the Miami Heat.
Impact: Cavs coach David Blatt says Irving will play in Friday's exhibition against Dallas. Blatt says Irving "is raring to go, and that's good." Blatt isn't worried about Irving's conditioning because he played this summer with USA basketball.
Fri. Oct 17, 2014 | STATS
News: Love will not play in Friday's preseason tilt against Dallas.
Impact: Coach David Blatt wants to rest Love, who has played in all four preseason games but was bothered by a stiff neck after a collision in Wednesday night's game in Cincinnati.
Shawn Marion - #31 - Forward - 6'7" - 228lbs
News: Marion (rest) will not play in Friday's exhibition game against the Mavericks.
Impact: Marion will be allowed to sit Friday's preseason game out to prepare for the long haul of the regular season. Coach David Blatt has continually given his veterans scheduled rest during training camp, so there's nothing concerning about Marion's availability for when it matters.
News: Irving (ankle) will play in Friday's preseason game against the Mavericks, the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Chris Haynes reports.
Impact: Irving sprained his right ankle in practice a little over a week ago, and just started practicing again later this week. Head coach David Blatt would not let Irving play in a preseason game until he practiced, but after a couple days of practice the superstar guard looks ready to go.
News: Love (rest) will not play in Friday's preseason game, Joe Gabriele of the Cav's official site reports.
Impact: Love left Wednesday's preseason game early with neck soreness, but his absence in Friday's game does not appear to be related. Instead, the Cavs simply want to keep their superstars fresh and healthy for the regular season.
Tue. Oct 14, 2014 | STATS
News: James will not play in the Cavaliers' exhibition game against Milwaukee.
Impact: With Cleveland scheduled for three preseason games in four days, coach David Blatt wants to rest his superstar Tuesday night. James is not injured and Blatt says this is "just part of our process and part of our management of how we want to approach preseason and best get him ready for the start of the season." James has been bothered by a stiff back early in training camp.