Cavaliers Notes: Okoro, Garland, Dellavedova, Porter

It didn’t take long for rookie Isaac Okoro to establish himself as a difference maker for the Cavaliers, writes Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. The fifth player taken in this year’s draft won the starting small forward job in training camp and was effective in his first two games before suffering a sprained foot. He was recently placed in the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocol, so the Cavs aren’t sure when he can return, although they’re hoping he’ll be back before their road trip ends next Saturday.

“He makes you feel comfortable. He makes you feel like you can trust him because of the way he plays,” head coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of Okoro. “He’s safe with the basketball. He doesn’t mess up many assignments. He executes offensively where he’s supposed to, and he just does all the little things that make the game of basketball easy. He made us feel extremely comfortable that we can rely on him while he’s out there on the floor.”

Cleveland has started three different players at small forward in the three games since losing Okoro. Larry Nance Jr. got the assignment first, followed by Cedi Osman and then Dante Exum in what Bickerstaff called a “matchup thing” against the Pacers. Damyean Dotson may also be in the mix until Okoro returns, Fedor adds.

There’s more from Cleveland:

  • The Cavaliers are seeing significant improvement from second-year guard Darius Garland, notes Terry Pluto of Cleveland.com. After a rough rookie season, there were reports that Garland stepped up his game at the team’s voluntary mini-camp. He’s carried that over to the new season, averaging 19.0 points, 7.2 assists and 3.6 rebounds through five games.
  • The Cavs are being careful with veteran guard Matthew Dellavedova, who hasn’t played since suffering a concussion during the preseason, Pluto adds in the same piece. Dellavedova has experienced several concussions in his career, and the team wants to make sure he’s completely ready to play.
  • Kevin Porter Jr. is dealing with personal issues and Cavaliers officials aren’t sure when he’ll resume playing, sources tell Pluto. Charges against Porter from a November incident were dropped last month, but the front office remains concerned about his maturity level.
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14 thoughts on “Cavaliers Notes: Okoro, Garland, Dellavedova, Porter

  1. Sillivan

    At this moment
    Cavs have better record on the standing than Bucks, Nets and Celtics

    Surprised

    • brownscavsr4me

      As of Jan. 2…

      Cavs defensive rating-5th in NBA

      Bucks-10th
      Nets-11th
      Celtics-20th

      I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a surprised too

  2. east333

    Wondering if a new change if scenario my would be best for KPJ. Buddy Hield needs a new home as well and Cavs looking to move Love contract. Wonder if that would be a good trade?

  3. KnickerbockerAl

    Trade Love now …. why is he still in Cleveland
    Next yrs draft is best in years. Trade Love

    • brownscavsr4me

      I agree. But who is going to take a 32 year old who has played 115 of his past 312 games with 3 years and $90 left on his contract?

      If you find someone who will take that, well then hey you can have him for a 2050 second round pick for all we care lol

    • Simmons>Russ

      Before the season started as a Philly fan I was kinda liking the idea of Tobias Harris for Kevin Love plus …

      Love would’ve added a vet mindset, championship winning experience, unselfishness, plus is a better rebounder and spacer.
      But now I’ve seen the team play 6 games and go 5-1 and Harris playing well I wouldn’t change it.

      • KnickerbockerAl

        I think he has value. A few Contenders can find a way. Minny needs a 4 next to KAT. He can make them a playoff team for sure. He even fits Warriors well. Always thought Cavs would’ve moved him last yrs TD. They still can get a player and 1st rd pick.

  4. x%sure

    So Cleveland.com is behind a paywall now. Tapping the link leads to a literal question in a questionable font: “This is an subscriber exclusive story”. This leads to my question: Since when do words starting with ‘s’ get preceded by an ‘an’? Did they fire the layout editor too?

    • Little_Dunker_45

      So fitting Cleveland dot comma behind a paywall just like putting a coin slot on the porta potties downtown to keep the homeless out smh. Umm…ur Cleveland not Atlantic city lol

    • brownscavsr4me

      Most local city websites are. NYtimes will make you pay after looking at like 3 articles. What you do is the second the story loads, wuickly his the X (cancel) but where the search bar is so it stops loading, and you should be able to see the story and the paywall won’t load.

      • brownscavsr4me

        Just realized though that this only works in browsers. If you open it through the traderumors app my above solution wont work

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