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Kevin Love withdraws from Team USA

Fri, Jul 16th 12:13pm EDT
By Dan Titus

According to ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, F/C Kevin Love is withdrawing from Team USA and will not participate in the Tokyo Olympics. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: News of Love's absence leaves another vacancy for Team USA. Love only appeared in 25 games for the Cavs this season as he battled a lingering calf injury throughout the year. Love has two years left on a hefty 4-yr/$120M contract, so getting back to full strength ahead of next season is a priority for the 13-year pro.

Category: Injury Updates, Transactions

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is rumored to be a trade target of the New York Knicks, per Shams Charania. (Source: Shams Charania of The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Sexton averaged 24.3 points and 4.4 assists in his third season with the Cavaliers, showcasing impressive ability as an offensive playmaker. The Knicks are coming off of their first playoff appearance in a long time and could boost their backcourt that currently consists of veteran players Derrick Rose and Reggie Bullock. Sexton is eligible for his rookie extension this offseason and the move could allow the Cavs to gain additional roster options. Continue monitoring Sexton's status in the next few days.

Category: Rumors

Damyean Dotson provided 17 points (7-9 FG, 3-5 3PT), one board, three assists, and four turnovers in Sunday night's defeat to Brooklyn.

Fantasy Impact: Dotson's 17 points were the most he's registered in a game since January 9th. He had a string of double-digit scoring performances throughout January, but was never really able to catch fire the rest of the season. Dotson did average 10.7 points per contest back with the Knicks in 2018, so perhaps he could regain some fantasy value if he falls into the right situation next year.

Category: Game Recaps

Darius Garland (ankle) will not suit up on Sunday versus the Nets. (Source: NBA Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland, predictably, has decided to rest Garland ahead of a meaningless contest on Sunday versus Brooklyn. The risks of playing DFS on the final day of the season are enormous but at least players will know that they will need a replacement for Garland's talent on Sunday.

Category: Injury Updates

Isaac Okoro provided 17 points (7-19 FG, 2-10 3PT, 1-2 FT), six boards, five assists, and one turnover in Friday's loss to the Wizards.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the loss, Okoro notched his 11th double-digit scoring performance in his last 12 contests. His shooting was a little cold however, as he managed only 36.8% from the field and went 2-of-10 from beyond the arc. Okoro will look to end the season on a high note on Sunday against Brooklyn.

Category: Game Recaps

Cedi Osman recorded 16 points (7-10 FG, 2-4 3PT), three rebounds, six assists, and three turnovers in Friday night's defeat in Washington.

Fantasy Impact: Osman was sidelined for the previous three games due to a sore right ankle, but picked up right where he left off, as he fired in 7-of-10 shot attempts and dished out six dimes. Darius Garland also made his return, but was generally a non-factor as he only scored three points in 12 minutes of action. The Cavaliers will battle the Nets for Sunday's season finale.

Category: Game Recaps

Jarrett Allen notched eight points (4-10 FG), 10 rebounds, two assists, one block, and three turnovers in Wednesday's victory against Boston.

Fantasy Impact: Allen's last five performances haven't been anything special, as he failed to register a double-double in any of them, and shot at least 50.0% from the field only once. It seems that he can't wait for this disastrous season for the Cavaliers to end on Sunday, and it's difficult to blame him. On the bright side, Allen has been averaging career-highs in points and boards this year, and he should be able to build on those numbers considering he's still only 23 years old.

Category: Game Recaps

Dean Wade compiled 19 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3PT, 4-5 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists, three steals, and one turnover in Monday's loss to the Pacers.

Fantasy Impact: Wade produced his best performance of the season, as he registered his first career double-double, despite Cleveland earning their 11th straight loss. He's been pretty unreliable as of late, so it's difficult for fantasy owners to count on him in his final three games of the year. Hopefully Wade can end the season on a strong note.

Category: Game Recaps

Cleveland Cavaliers C Isaiah Hartenstein (concussion) has been ruled out Monday vs the Pacers (Source: Tom Withers)

Fantasy Impact: The Cavs have ruled out Kevin Love (rest), Darius Garland (ankle), Cedi Osman (ankle), and Isaiah Hartenstein (head) on Monday in the second leg of a back-to-back. In Sunday's loss, Collin Sexton and Isaac Okoro combined for 34 field goal attempts, and both players will once again benefit from additional usage.

Category: Injury Updates

Anderson Varejao contributed one point (0-4 FG, 1-2 FT), six rebounds, one assist, and one block in Wednesday night's blowout loss to Portland.

Fantasy Impact: Varejao hadn't appeared in an NBA game since 2017 with the Warriors. He saw seven minutes of action and was able to bring down six boards. With six contests remaining for the Cavaliers, Varejao will probably get at least some playing time most nights.

Category: Game Recaps

Cavaliers F Larry Nance Jr. suffered a fractured right thumb in Sunday's game vs. the Wizards and is out indefinitely. (Source: Kelsey Russo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: With Nance out indefinitely, look for Kevin Love and Cedi Osman to see increased minutes as starters for the Cavs. Additionally, Dean Wade should pick up some extra reserve minutes as well, and he makes for an interesting flier in DFS tournaments Monday night.

Category: Injury Updates

Taurean Prince chipped in 25 points (9-13 FG, 6-8 3PT, 1-1 FT), four boards, three assists, one steal, one block, and six turnovers in Wednesday's win over the Hornets.

Fantasy Impact: Prince has heated up this month, scoring in double-figures in each of his last six contests. He was uber-efficient from three-point land tonight as well, firing in 6-of-8 shots. It's difficult to envision Prince playing like this on a consistent basis, but perhaps he'll keep the momentum going for Thursday's game against the Warriors.

Category: Game Recaps

Matthew Dellavedova accounted for seven points (3-11 FG, 1-6 3PT), three rebounds, 10 assists, one steal, and two turnovers in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.

Fantasy Impact: Despite the cold shooting, Dellavedova handed out a season-high 10 dimes tonight. He's more of an assist specialist for fantasy teams if Collin Sexton and Darius Garland remain sidelined, and should otherwise be left on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Andre Drummond and the Cleveland Cavaliers have officially agreed to a contract buyout. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It has been reported that Drummond will hear pitches from the Knicks, Celtics, Lakers, Nets and Hornets. The Lakers and Nets have been considered the favorites for Drummond for a while, but he will hear from each team before making his decision.

Category: Transactions

The Cavaliers traded center JaVale McGee to the Denver Nuggets. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Cleveland is receiving Isaiah Hartenstein and a couple of second-round picks. McGee is going to back up Nikola Jokic in Denver after taking on a leadership role with the Cavs. McGee's arrival in Denver further limits the fantasy appeal of JaMychal Green.

Category: Transactions

Lamar Stevens notched 15 points (4-9 FG, 0-2 3PT, 7-8 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in Friday's loss to San Antonio.

Fantasy Impact: Stevens has had his fair share of games playing double-digit minutes, but recorded his best performance of his career thus far. He scored 7 of his 15 points in just over the first four minutes of the final frame. Despite the big night from the rookie, he should remain on the waiver wire.

Category: Game Recaps

Quinn Cook pitched in 13 points (5-8 FG, 3-4 3PT), four boards, two assists, and one steal in Friday night's blowout loss to the Pelicans.

Fantasy Impact: This game was wrapped up by halftime, but Cook served as one of the lone bright spots in his first appearance with Cleveland. He looked efficient shooting the ball, scoring a season-high 13 points in 16 minutes. Cook would be worth adding in deeper formats if Collin Sexton and/or Darius Garland were to miss time, but belongs on the waiver wire for now.

Category: Game Recaps

Dylan Windler registered 15 points (5-6 FG, 5-5 3PT), five rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block, and one turnover in Tuesday night's win versus the Hawks.

Fantasy Impact: Windler had a superb shooting performance, and the Cavaliers really needed it to end their 10-game skid. However, he remains off the fantasy radar until he can consistently record solid offensive nights like this one.

Category: Game Recaps