The Cleveland Cavaliers will have a lot of familiar faces back this year as they look to make another push towards an NBA Championship. According to a report by Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com, those familiar faces at training camp will include Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao.
Irving and Love will be operating in a limited role as Irving continues to rehab his fractures knee and Love recovers from his separated shoulder. While Irving's return date is still up in the air, it is expected that Love will be ready for the season opener.
Timofey Mozgov underwent a knee scope this summer that prevented him from playing with his national team. The team will reportedly monitor his progress throughout camp to ensure that he does not suffer any setbacks.
Anderson Varejao is looking to bounce back in a big way this season. Achilles injuries typically take about two years for a player to fully return to how they were before. In Varejao's case one would hope that he'd be able to return to his form prior to last season, given that he allowed opponents to shoot 64.2 percent from within 6 feet of the basket and 61.1 percent from within ten feet of the basket when he was defending them. Numbers worse than Enes Kanter who allowed 61.2 percent and 56 percent respectively in those same situations. While he may not be himself after that injury, those numbers will need to improve in a big way in order to justify him getting minutes this season.
The news that all four players will be ready for camp is encouraging as it means there haven't been any dramatic setbacks with them. While their levels of involvement will vary, this is realistically the best news we could have expected at this time.