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In the land of repurposed jerseys, Cleveland fans can feel free to dust off those of Jamario Moon, Darius Miles, JJ Hickson and Larry Hughes kits. Ealier this week when Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant somehow managed to turn Jon Leuer into power forward Marreese Speights, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and point guard Josh Selby as well as a first-round pick that, at some point in the future, will be unprotected, he added additional depth, flexibility, and some fresh blood into his team’s locker room.
Speights (who will wear No. 15), Ellington (No. 21) and Selby (No. 32), made their way to Cleveland late Tuesday night. Wednesday, the three took their physicals and were given playbooks. Thursday, all three should take to the floor of Cleveland Clinic Courts to meet their new teammates and actually become a part of the team’s plans going forward. Friday, Cleveland fans will get to see their new players in action as opportunities “present themselves.”
At least those who Byron Scott plans to insert into the rotation.
On Tuesday night heading into the Cavs’ contest wherein they played host to the Boston Celtics, Scott said that he plans on keeping the core unit of the Wine and Gold in tact. If there’s any big, immediate change, it will be the insertion of Speights as the first power forward off of the Cavaliers’ bench. Playing approximately 13 minutes per game with the Grizzlies, Scott all but confirmed that the 6-foot-10-inch Speights will get plenty of opportunity to make himself worth the price Grant paid earlier this week.
With the absence of Anderson Varejao, lost for the season due to a blood clot in his lung, it will be Speights who will likely log the frontcourt minutes that have been filled by Luke Walton, allowing the veteran Walton to play more small forward despite coming off of one of his better games as a member of the Cavs. In games when Speights logs between 20-29 minutes through his career, he averages 12 points and seven rebounds per game — production that is much needed from the reseve unit of the Wine and Gold.
Byron Scott is a man who is used to new faces in his locker room — the only players who are still with the team who were when he arrived are Varejao and Daniel Gibson. The man has essentially made a living by implementing new bodies into his plan. With Scott, however, defensive terminology will be key in his new acquisition’s respective learning curves. Speights will have to focus on pick and roll defense and what spots he will be expected to fill up when his opponent does not have the ball. Eliington will have a similar curriculum to learn, with additional spacing elements for the wing.
“When you come in to a new system, it’s going to take a little while,” said Scott on Wednesday. “But with Wayne [Ellington] and Mo [Speights], they’ve been in the league for a little while so I do not think it will be hard for them to pick up what we’re doing.”
Selby, on the other hand, continues to have his name be mentioned more in part with the transaction than it has been with the future plans of the Cavaliers. With Kyrie Irving having a firm grip on minutes at the point, it is Shaun Livingston and Dion Waiters filling in where needed. Selby was a McDonald’s All-American, but has struggled to gain traction since leaving the high school ranks; he was suspended for a chunk of his stay at Kansas and logged a mere 8.5 minutes per game in 2011-12.
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New Cavalier F/C Marreese Speights made quite a splash in his debut on Friday night against Milwaukee. In the incredible comeback victory, the 25-year-old Florida Gator provided 10 points on 4-for-7 shooting with 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes. He played the entirety of the fourth quarter and also had some big defensive plays.
To many, it was a huge surprise of what Speights...
After making a deal earlier in the week, trade winds are swirling once again regarding the Cavaliers. In Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime on ESPN.com, he talks of the possibility of the Cavs moving newly acquired Marreese Speights, Daniel Gibson, and Omri Casspi.
“Don’t be shocked if the Cavaliers decide to move Speights on again before the Feb. 21 deadline.
The Cavs obviously aren’t...
The Cavaliers' newly acquired big man, Marreese Speights, made a lot of friends in Cleveland on Friday night.
In his Cavs debut, after arriving from Memphis earlier this week, Speights provided a combination of NBA-caliber size and athleticism that the Cavaliers have desperately lacked for the last three seasons.
More importantly, however, is that Speights took the floor—after...
The Cavaliers are already receiving trade interest from other teams in Marreese Speights.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Cleveland Cavaliers completed a four player trade. The deal allows the Grizzlies to shed $6 million in payroll to slide under the luxury tax bar.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.
The trade Tuesday is the first big move by the Grizzlies' new ownership and gets Memphis under the luxury tax threshold this season. The Grizzlies rank fourth in the West and are 6-4 over their...
According to multiple reports, including Yahoo!'s Marc Spears, the Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Jon Leuer for what at first appeared to be half of the NBA.
Those players have since been identified as Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights, Josh Selby and Wayne Ellington.
There is also a draft pick included in this package that will be sent to Cleveland as well, but...
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future first-round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer.
The trade Tuesday is the first big move by the Grizzlies' new ownership and clears about $6 million in salary in getting Memphis under the luxury tax threshold this season. The Grizzlies rank fourth in the West...
Maybe the Cavaliers should change their popular slogan from All for One to One for Three (and a first-round draft pick).
Thats what general manager Chris Grant did on Tuesday --sending reserve big man Jon Leuer to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Marreese Speights, shooting guard Wayne Ellington and point guard Josh Selby. The Cavs also obtained a first-round draft pick in the...
The Cleveland Cavaliers have landed forward/center Marreese Speights, guard Wayne Ellington, guard Josh Selby and a first-round draft pick from the Memphis Grizzlies for forward Jon Leuer, the team announced Tuesday. "Marreese will strengthen our front court, while Wayne and Josh will add depth to our back court. At the same time, we are adding a valuable asset with another...
CLEVELAND The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forwardcenter Marreese Speights, guard Wayne Ellington, guard Josh Selby and a future first round draft pick from the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for forward Jon Leuer, Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. The Cavaliers also waived guard Jeremy Pargo.
Marreese will strengthen our front...
The Memphis Grizzlies have agreed to trade Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby and a future draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Jon Leuer, according to a source.
The Grizzlies will save approximately $6 million with the trade, allowing management to avoid $4 million in luxury tax penalties.
The trade will allow the Grizzlies to keep Rudy Gay without tax...