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Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters headline Cavs roster as training camp opens

The NBA season is rapidly approaching, and the Cavaliers kicked off training camp in Independence with an eventful media day.

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Uncle Drew is back

"The three-point line is a gimmick, just get buckets."

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Kyrie Irving day-to-day as opener nears

The Cavs' star is still awaiting word from team doctors on his availability for Tuesday's opener.

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Cavs waive Jones, Eric, and Brown

The Cavaliers waived three on Saturday to bring their roster down to 15 players.

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Kyrie Irving is listed as day-to-day by the Cavs

Kyrie Irving had his wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday.

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Assessing Byron Scott and the Cavaliers rebuild

The Cavs enter the third year of Byron Scott's tenure, and for the first time, the team has expectations for improvement.

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Cavs sign former CSU Viking D'Aundray Brown

The Cleveland Cavaliers signed former Cleveland State Vikings guard D'Aundray Brown on Thursday.

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Kyrie Irving has his wisdom teeth pulled

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving had his wisdom teeth removed on Wednesday and guard Daniel Gibson returned to practice on Thursday.

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Cavs finish preseason with 100-82 loss to Pacers

Cavs finish preseason play with 2-4 record after losing to Pacers on Tuesday night.

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Cavs finish preseason against the Pacers Tuesday

The Cavaliers close out the preseason against an Indiana team expected to win the Central Division.

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Pargo, Sloan battling for back-up PG spot

Jeremy Pargo and Donald Sloan are likely battling for one roster spot on the Cavaliers.

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Kyrie Irving emerging as vocal leader for Cavs

Kyrie Irving is the youngest player on the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster for the 2012-13 NBA season, but he is emerging as a leader in his second season.

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Cavs' new unis draw rave reviews from Grantland

The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to debut new yellow alternate jerseys for the 2012-13 NBA season, and they are already drawing rave reviews from Grantland.

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NBA ROY odds push Dion Waiters below draft slot

The 2012-13 NBA Rookie of the Year odds have been released by Bovada, and Dion Waiters is at 15-to-1 to win while Tyler Zeller is 30-to-1.

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MVP Odds: Kyrie Irving clocks in at 60-to-1

Cleveland Cavaliers star point guard Kyrie Irving is listed as a longshot to win the 2012-13 NBA MVP award.

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Sixers defeat Cavs in preseason action

Kyrie Irving was stellar in the loss, but Dion Waiters and other struggled.

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Irving, Waiters travel to Philadelphia

The Cleveland Cavaliers will visit Philadelphia to take on the 76ers.

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Cavaliers vs. Wizards preseason preview, game time

The Cleveland Cavaliers will attempt to win two in a row as they invite the Wizards to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday

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Waiters leads Cavs to three-point victory

The Cavs' top 2012 draft pick led the team in scoring on Friday night.

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Scott: Dion Waiters displayed 'lack of focus'

Conventional wisdom says the Cleveland Cavaliers stepped way out onto a ledge when the selected Syracuse guard Dion Waiters with the No. 4 overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, so it's natural that the focus during the preseason is on what Byron Scott thinks the rookie's role will be this season.

Waiters recently struggled during his second preseason appearance when he posted an awful line of two points on 1-of-7 shooting and four turnovers in 14 minutes against the Milwaukee Bucks, and that moment presented the first real test of his professional career. Byron Scott called out Waiters for a "lack of focus" in his performance on Tuesday night, via The News-Herald:

"I told him, ‘You're going to have to earn it.' He's trying every day. The last game, we had a lack of focus. You just can't forget plays when you come from the bench and then not execute it on the floor. He's not the first and won't be the last. I expect him to be a heck of a basketball player."

The young combo guard apparently failed to execute a play drawn up by Scott coming out of a timeout during the game against the Bucks. Waiters later said that he accepts "full blame" for the error and that he wants "tough love" from his head coach.

He will get a chance to redeem himself when the Cavaliers take on the Chicago Bulls on Friday night at 8 p.m. ET.

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Jon Leuer could find a role in Cleveland

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Jon Leuer is looking for a home -- and the second-year player is hoping to carve out a role with the Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers represent Leuer's fourth team he's been apart of in his young career, and Cavs coach Byron Scott is optimistic that Leuer will be able to stick in Cleveland.

Leuer could sure use some stability right about now, and the Cavs could use a forward who can stretch the floor after the departure of Antawn Jamison.

"He can take up a little bit of what Antawn did for us because he does have a little 3-point range," Scott said. "One of the biggest problems is he thinks he's just OK. I don't think he has the confidence in himself right now to go out there and be able to produce on a night-to-night basis. But I think he does, and it's something he has to develop."

Leuer scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds in 23 minutes during Tuesday night's preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

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Cavs drop preseason game to Bucks, 97-80

Kyrie Irving and C.J. Miles pace offense for Cavs in preseason loss.

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Dion Waiters sits 1st quarter of 1st game

Rookie Dion Waiters had to wait for the second quarter before making his NBA debut against Montepaschi Siena.

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Cavs open preseason with 91-85 victory over Siena

The Cleveland Cavaliers beat Montepaschi Siena of Italy, 91-85, to open preseason play. Samardo Samuels led six Cavs in double figures with 14 points.

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Luke Walton impressive in Cavaliers camp

Although he is the oldest player on the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster at 32-years-old, forward Luke Walton has impressed coaches with his performance through the first week of training camp.

In the team's first scrimmage of the year he scored five poins on 2-of-3 shooting, but as Mary Schmitt Boyer reports, it was not the statistics that impressed head coach Byron Scott the most.

"I was a little surprised he came in in much better condition than I thought he would because I thought the back was going to be an issue," he said.

Walton himself says he is feeling better than he has for some time.

"I'm in better condition right now than I've been in the last four years," said Walton. "I feel great right now. It's the first time my back has not hurt in a while."

Last year, Walton played in just 30 games between Los Angeles and Cleveland where he averaged 1.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per game.

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Samardo Samuels slims down, pleases Cavs coaches

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels suffered a drop in minutes, points and rebounds per game during his sophomore season in the NBA, so he entered the offseason more committed to keeping his weight under control and listening to the feedback from Cavs coaches. The early returns are in, and head coach Byron Scott is impressed, as he told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

"I think our conversation at the end of the season finally started paying dividends. He finally started to listen. It was good to see he really took care of himself this summer, not only worked out but worked his body. I'm not the only coach who sat down and talked to him about what he needed to do this summer coming into training camp. He did everything he needed to do."

Samuels is just 23 years old, and now he will be competing with Jon Leuer and Tristan Thompson for playing time in the frontcourt along with rookie center Tyler Zeller and veteran big man Anderson Varejao.

The Cavaliers open their preseason schedule at Quicken Loans Arena with a matchup against Montepaschi Siena of the Euroleague on Monday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. ET. They play their first NBA opponent on Oct. 9, when they meet up with Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.

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Cavs coach: Jon Leuer can contribute as stretch PF

Second-year forward Jon Leuer has impressed Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott during the early stages of training camp, and now Scott thinks Leuer had a chance to contribute as a stretch power forward during the upcoming season. Leuer developed excellent perimeter skills while playing in Bo Ryan's swing offense at the University of Wisconsin, and he flashed some pick-and-pop potential with the Milwaukee Bucks during his rookie season. Scott definitely has taken notice, as he recently told Cleveland.com:

"I want him to get comfortable with [playing PF]," Scott said. "He definitely has 3-point range, [he's] much more athletic than people think he is, and he's a tough kid. He plays hard. And he's pretty good in the post as well. I think he has a pretty good all-around game right now, it's just a matter of bringing it all out with him."

The 23-year-old forward was originally selected in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft by the Bucks, but he was dealt prior to the Houston Rockets in a pre-draft deal during the offseason, waived by the Rockets in July and signed by the Cavs just two days later.

Leuer posted a 15.3 PER -- higher than guys like Ricky Rubio, Kemba Walker and Tristan Thompson -- and a 53.6 True Shooting Percentage in 2011-12 over 46 games and 555 minutes.

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Dion Waiters is in shape and looking good at camp

The Cleveland Cavaliers, winners of just 40 games over the last two NBA seasons, have reason to be optimistic as training camp kicks off this year. Reigning Rookie of the Year point guard Kyrie Irving is a budding superstar, and the team has surrounded Irving with a solid core of young talent, including second-year man Tristan Thompson and 2012 draft picks Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Irving has even been so bold as to predict a playoff berth for the Cavs this season.

Speaking of Waiters, there was initial concern over the rookie's conditioning. Those fears were apparently overblown. Via Sam Amico of FoxSports Ohio:

That seemed to be the concern among most fans, and they can stop worrying. [Waiters] conditioning is no longer an issue.

It's too early to tell how good Waiters will be right away, but here's what we think we know: He's a streaky shooter from the perimeter, he can get to the basket practically at will, and as coach Byron Scott said, "he can go over the top" of defenders once there. Overall, he's looking pretty good.

Waiters averaged 12.6 points per game for Jim Boeheim's Syracuse Orange last season, and was fifth in the Big East in steals, with 67.

Cleveland begins their preseason schedule with a matchup against Montepaschi Siena on Monday night, Oct. 8, at the Q. Siena is the reigning Italian League Serie A Champion.

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Thompson bulks up, works hard this offseason

Tristan Thompson has been working hard this offseason to secure a starting role with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The early returns in training camp seem to indicate that his hard work is paying off. Thompson has added 15 pounds of muscle to his frame, confirming some of the reason why the Cavs drafted him in the first place.

Cavs head coach Bryan Scott said that Thompson has an edge in the race for a starting spot:

"As of right now, I would have to give him the edge" to start, Scott said. "He worked his butt off and you’ve got to give him credit for that. As a young guy, you hope it manifests itself on the basketball court because then it gives him added confidence knowing that everything he worked on this summer was well worth it."

In addition to working on his body, Thompson has been working on improving his shooting. He shot only 55% from the free throw line last year, and adding a mid-range jump shot to his offensive arsenal would make him a difficult matchup due to his size.

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Scott: "We don't have any floppers"

Byron Scott doesn't believe that the NBA's new rule to cut down on flopping will have any affect on the Cleveland Cavaliers. The subject came up when Scott talked to the media recently, and he had the following to say on the matter (via The News-Herald)

"It doesn't affect us. We don't have any floppers. It doesn't affect us one bit. Let's be tough. Play like a man. I understand the whole thing behind it. They thought it was getting a bit ugly. I don't know how much it will affect the game. There are a handful of guys who do it on the regular basis. I don't think it's such a big deal."

Scott also told the media that Cavs center/forward Anderson Varejao no longer flops. The NBA have set the following as their punishment for flopping:

Violation 1) Warning

Violation 2) $5,000 fine

Violation 3) $10,000 fine

Violation 4) $15,000 fine

Violation 5) $30,000 fine

Flopping violations beyond a fifth will be looked at on a case by case basis, with increased fines and suspensions as a possibility.

The Cavaliers' season gets underway on Oct 30 at home against the Washington Wizards. The complete 2013 Cavs schedule can be found here.

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Irving thinks the Cavs can make the playoffs

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving said that he thinks the Cavs can reach the playoffs this year during a radio interview on Tuesday. The reigning NBA Rookie of the Year is confident that the young core of talent the Cavs have put together, including 2012 first round picks Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller, second year forward Tristan Thompson, and himself, can keep improving as a unit.

Another big piece of the puzzle in Cleveland is forward Anderson Varejao. Varejao has suffered season-ending injuries in each of the past two seasons, and his health is the key to the Cavs' front court being effective, especially defensively.

The Cavaliers finished the 2011-2012 season with a 21-45 record, which was 14 games behind the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Philadelphia 76ers. Making the jump from that position to making the playoffs in only one year is a large task, but if Irving is right about the young core developing together, he may not be far off.

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Kelenna Azubuike healthy and ready to contribute

For the first time in years, Kelenna Azubuike's knees are healthy. He is ready to restart his career and contribute for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The injury-plagued guard/forward has not completed a full season since 2008-09 with the Golden State Warriors.

of Fear the Sword shows some reasons to be optimistic about Azubuike, who is a solid defender and good three-point shooter. Still, multiple knee injuries make it hard to project what Azubuike will be able to do.

In the last three seasons, the former Kentucky Wildcat has played in just 12 games. Even though Azubuike says he is at 100 percent, Kaczmarek expresses uncertainty on whether the London native will even make the team.

The Cavs could certainly use the help on offense. Last season, they shot 42.2 percent from the field, which was second worst in the league.

Cleveland's regular season kicks off on Oct. 30 against the Washington Wizards.

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Cavs rookie Waiters sheds some 'baby fat'

Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters has dropped 10 pounds, according to The Plain Dealer's Cavs beat writers' Twitter account. Waiters, who was drafted No. 4 overall in the 2012 NBA Draft, said he shed "mostly baby fat."

Waiters averaged 12.6 points per game for the Syracuse Orange last season, while placing fifth in the Big East with 67 steals. He was reported to be out of shape during summer league games in Las Vegas, but it appears that he has listened to the right people in getting down to a proper game weight.

The Cavs insiders also tweeted that Anderson Varejao, who has missed 92 games due to various injuries over the past two seasons, is healthy. Varejao was in the midst of the best season of his career before getting hurt last season, as he averaged double-digits in points (10.8) and rebounds (11.5) for the first time in his eight-year NBA career.

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Cavs announce training camp roster

The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced their training camp roster, with 19 players listed.

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Kyrie Irving returns to practice with Cavaliers

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving has returned to the team, participating in five-on-five drills for the first time since breaking his right hand on July 14. Irving broke his hand after slapping a padded wall in frustration during a practice with the Cavs' summer league team.

Irving had surgery on July 18, and although he was able to work on his left-handed dribbling skills, he told Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears that his right hand was essentially useless throughout much of the rehab:

"I couldn't tie my shoes," Irving said. "I couldn't put my belt on. There were a few things I couldn't do. I couldn't cook, open up juice. I had my best friend and my father with me all the time."

Irving, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, burst onto the scene last season, averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists en route to the Rookie of the Year Award. The injury was a bit of a set back after the strong rookie campaign, but the blossoming star has a chance to get even better.

Returning to practice is a good start.

Head over to Fear The Sword for more Cavs news, and be sure to check out SB Nation's NBA hub for more news and analysis from around the league.


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