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JR Smith waived by Cavaliers

Mon, Jul 15th 5:55pm EDT
By Omar Abushaib

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard JR Smith after failing to reach a buyout or find a willing trade partner. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Smith will be a free agent after spending five years with the Cavaliers. While many might suspect he would join the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that's "unlikely". At this point in his career Smith won't play a huge role with whatever team he ends up on leaving him with limited fantasy value.

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Tristan Thompson will rest once again on Tuesday against the Hornets in the regular season's final game. Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss will be filling in for Thompson and Love. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Thompson at least played almost double the number of games as Kevin Love but was basically limited to just 16 games over the past four-plus months. Thompson averaged a double-double this season but is owed a ridiculous $18.5 million next season. Thompson is a trade candidate and the Clippers could be a landing spot for him.

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Kevin Love will rest in the season finale for the Cavaliers against the Charlotte Hornets. Ante Zizic and Marquese Chriss will pick up plenty of minutes in this game to close out the season in Cleveland. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: Love disappointed in a major way this season for fantasy owners as the Cavaliers clear top player was limited to just 22 games. Zizic and Chriss are worth a look in DFS on Tuesday.

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Jordan Clarkson shot an efficient 9-of-13 from the field for 22 points on Thursday. He came off the bench to play 31 minutes while chipping in with two rebounds, three assists, and a steal during the loss to the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: Clarkson is finishing the year strong with his third straight 20-plus point effort on Thursday. Over the last three games, he is shooting 62.2 percent from the field while averaging 22.7 points per game. Keep him active for the last week of the season.

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Cedi Osman had 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes on Thursday. He shot 7-of-11 from the field including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc during the 117-104 loss to the Kings.

Fantasy Impact: Osman has alternated good and bad outings over his last eight games. He is hard to trust on a nightly basis with the season winding down and the Cavaliers without anything to play for.

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Collin Sexton had 21 points on Monday to lead the Cavaliers. He shot 9-of-23 from the field with four rebounds and three assists in 39 minutes during the 122-113 loss.

Fantasy Impact: Sexton has fired up at least 15 shots in each of his last 13 games. In those outings, he is shooting 52.4 percent from the field while averaging 24.0 points per game. The rookie has had a solid season to build on heading into next year.

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Larry Nance Jr. had nine points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes on Monday against the Suns. He shot 4-of-7 from the field and added four assists and a pair of steals during the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Nance has snagged double-digit boards in three straight games and has posted solid numbers over his last six games with 11.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. He is healthy and playing about 30 minutes a game which is more than you can say for a lot of players at this point of the season.

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Matthew Dellavedova has been ruled out again for Friday's game versus the Clippers due to a concussion. (Source: NBA.com)

Fantasy Impact: With Delly out, Nik Stauskas, Brandon Knight, and Jordan Clarkson are in line for minutes as the season closes out.

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Nik Stauskas scored 17 points on Monday versus the Pistons on 5-for-7 shooting and 5-for-5 from the line. He added two rebounds, two assists, and two three-pointers in 24 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Stauskas is getting some game action after bouncing around multiple teams at the trade deadline. With JR Smith done and Matthew Dellavedova out, he will get some minutes and value the rest of the season.

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Brandon Knight continues to start on Monday against the Detroit Pistons and scored a season-high 16 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Knight added five assists, four rebounds, two three-pointers, and one steal.

Fantasy Impact: Knight played well in this one posting a season-high 16 points but hasn't been much of a fantasy option to date. If he sticks in the starting lineup, he's a player to punt in daily.

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Ante Zizic got the spot start on Monday against the Pistons in place of Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson. Zizic finished with eight points and six rebounds with one assist and one steal in 25 minutes.

Fantasy Impact: Zizic is going to continue to start when Love rests and Thompson/Nance are both out with injury or a DNP-CD. However, Marquese Chriss was a better option in this one.

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Marquese Chriss posted his first double-double on the season on Monday finishing with 10 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Chriss added two assists and two blocked shots.

Fantasy Impact: Chriss will continue to play a role off the bench as the Cavaliers continue to play for the lottery next season. When Kevin Love rests and Tristan Thompson remains out, Chriss is worth a look at least in daily.

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Alec Burks is traded to the Sacramento Kings in a three-team deal involving multiple players. The Cavaliers receive F Marquese Chriss and G Brandon Knight while the Rockets receive G Nik Stauskas, G Wade Baldwin, and G Iman Shumpert. (Source: Chris Haynes on Twiiter)

Fantasy Impact: A lot of contracts moving around with the Rockets desperate to move the contracts of Knight and Chriss. However, in fantasy, there isn't a clear winner right now so none of these players are really add worthy.

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Deng Adel tallied two points (1-4 FG, 0-3 3Pt), two rebounds and two assists over 25 minutes in Cleveland's 103-96 loss to the Celtics on Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact: Adel got the start because of the multitude of Cleveland's frontcourt injuries. Coming into tonight's contest, the undrafted Louisville rookie had a limited role in only seven games. Unfortunately, he was unable to make much of an impression during his first career start, and did little to improve upon his seasonal average of 2.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists.

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Rodney Hood has been traded to Portland in exchange for G Wade Baldwin, G Nik Stauskas, and two future second-round draft picks. Hood will provide a much-needed wing player for the Blazers who can back up Moe Harkless. (Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hood moves to a better team but his fantasy value will probably take a hit but not as bad as Justin Holiday when he got traded to Memphis. Hood's arrival will push Jake Layman's development back slightly and Layman loses the most here.

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David Nwaba tallied 12 points (5-6 FG, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist and one steal over 15 minutes in the Cavaliers' 111-98 loss to Dallas on Saturday.

Fantasy Impact: Nwaba was on an obvious minutes restriction, having not played since December 23 after missing his previous 18 contests because of an injured left ankle. The 26-year-old forward is averaging 6.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 0.6 steals in 16.4 minutes for the season. He has no fantasy value other than in very deep formats or for a speculative DFS play.

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Jaron Blossomgame recorded just five points and three rebounds in the Cavaliers loss to the Celtics on Wednesday.

Fantasy Impact: Blossomgame is averaging sub five in all important statistical categories to this point rendering him unimportant for fantasy purposes.

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Cameron Payne gets a second 10-day contract with the Cavaliers. Payne is seeing less run with Matthew Dellavodova back. (Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: When Delly was out, Payne had a few good games but leave Payne on the waiver wire as he will most likely be gone after this 10-day stint.

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Jalen Jones has been waived by the Cavaliers on Monday despite a few solid outings in Cleveland. Deng Adel gets signed in a corresponding move. (Source: Chris Fedor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Jones could resurface with another NBA team on a 10-day deal but will be off the fantasy radar.

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Just days after agreeing to an offer sheet with the Cavaliers and the Warriors allowing him to sign with the team, the Cavaliers waive G Pat McCaw on Sunday. Cameron Payne signs a 10-day to take his spot. (Source: Shams Charania on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: McCaw will look to sign on with another team and its expected to be a contender. The Philadelphia 76ers would be an excellent choice for McCaw and he could even be an option in fantasy as the 76ers are thin after the starting five.

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