Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 10/4/12
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- Five things weve learned about the Cavaliers so far in training camp: 1. Dion Waiters is in shape. That seemed to the concern among most fans, and they can stop worrying. His conditioning is no longer an issue. Its too early to tell how good Waiters will be right away, but here's what we think we know: Hes 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. From the very early looks of things, Waiters will probably be one of those guys who spends his rookie season scoring 20 points one game and three the next. 2. C.J. Miles has range. At one point during shooting drills with Kyrie Irving and a few others, the Cavs free-agent acquisition buried 12 consecutive 3-pointers, each from different spots. Yes, its just practice, and no one was defending Miles. But its still a good sign that when open, he can knock it down. Thats important because with Antawn Jamison (Lakers) and Anthony Parker (retirement) gone, the Cavs needed to find perimeter threats -- particularly once Waiters and Irving get in the lane, draw double-teams and kick it to spotted-up teammates. 3. Samardo Samuels and Jon Leuer will play significant roles. Again, its early, but that is the way its looking. Samuels and Leuer are both expected to back up second-year man Tristan Thompson at power forward. Samuels is more of an inside threat, Leuer a big man whos effective from the perimeter. So its a safe bet Scott will play each according to matchups. Samuels looks like a different person, having dropped weight, chiseled his frame and possessing a physique that now consists of around 6 percent body fat. Im trying to change my game around to not focus on offense as much and be a presence on defense, Samuels said. As for Leuer, Scott said, He definitely has 3-point range, much more athletic than people think he is, and hes a tough kid. 4. Jeremy Pargo appears to be a keeper. Scott has offered nothing but praise for the backup point guard, acquired in an off-season trade (with a second-round pick, for D.J. Kennedy). Pargo is a bit of a good-natured prankster and just generally fun to be around. But his coach is a fan because of the way Pargo pushes the ball in practice. The thing I love about him the most is the way he talks out there on the floor, Scott said. He brings a different energy that we havent had the last few years. He brings a positive energy. 5. The Cavs have some tough roster decisions to make. If Pargo makes the team, its hard to envision the Cavs keeping Donald Sloan, Irvings backup at the end of last season. Either way, the Cavs have to cut five players from camp. With Leuer and Pargo seemingly a shoe-ins, potential candidates to be released now include camp invitees Justin Holiday and Kevin Anderson, undrafted free agents Kevin Jones and Micheal Eric, trade-day acquisition Kelenna Azubuike, returning forward Luke Harangody and Sloan. Then again, Scott has already said its possible the Cavs keep both Pargo and Sloan, and Harangody just accepted the teams qualifying offer over the summer. So keep in mind, all the names mentioned are pure speculation. And a few of them will make it. Follow Sam Amico on Twitter @SamAmicoFSO
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