INDEPENDENCE — The Cavaliers will kick off their 2013-14 training camp Monday with the team’s annual media day at Cleveland Clinic Courts.
When practice starts the next day, there won’t be a whole lot of suspense over who makes the final 15-man roster for the Oct. 30 season opener against the powerful Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena.
Cleveland has 14 players under at least partially guaranteed contracts, meaning the team’s remaining training camp invitees — the Cavs have not released those names — will almost certainly be battling for one available spot.
The new additions from last year are veteran free-agent signees Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark, No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, No. 13 choice Sergey Karasev, second-round pick Carrick Felix and Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova, who reportedly received a small amount of guaranteed money in a deal the team has not yet officially announced.
Returning from last season’s 24-58 team are Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller, Alonzo Gee and C.J. Miles.
Mike Brown, fired after the 2009-10 season, is back for his second stint as Cavs head coach.
While the roster is virtually set, there will be several interesting battles in camp.
The 7-foot Bynum is expected to miss most of the preseason as he recovers from a knee injury, which will likely make Varejao the starting center and leave incumbent Thompson and newcomer Bennett to battle it out for the starting power forward spot.
Gee could be pushed at small forward by the 19-year-old Karasev and veteran Miles, while Irving and Waiters are set in the backcourt, where Jack can serve as a reliable backup at both spots.
Dellavedova, a 6-4, 190-pounder who played at St. Mary’s and for the Australian Olympic team, should make the roster as the third point guard. He averaged 2.8 points and 3.0 assists for the Cavs in summer league play and left St. Mary’s as the school’s all-time leader in scoring, assists, games, free throw percentage and 3-pointers.
The Cavs promoted Trent Redden to assistant general manager and Koby Altman to director of pro player personnel. Redden, who has been with the organization since 2006, was previously the director of college player personnel. Altman joined the team in 2012 as pro personnel manager after spending several seasons as an assistant coach at Columbia.
Alex Moore was hired as high performance director and will oversee rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition and strength and conditioning. Moore previous served as strength and conditioning coordinator for the United States Ski Team. Steve Spiro was promoted to head athletic trainer after serving the last three seasons as an assistant in that area, while Derek Millender was promoted to performance specialist after three seasons as the team’s assistant strength coach. The Cavs also hired Yusuke Nakayama as assistant athletic trainer. Nakayama had been at Michigan State, where he served as an athletic trainer.
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