INDEPENDENCE, OHIO – Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving has had a very busy summer. Irving helped lead the Cavs to Cleveland’s first championship in over 50 years in June and in August he helped lead Team USA to an Olympic gold medal.
Head coach Tyronn Lue hinted that he wants to pace the 24-year old who has had some “wear and tear” on his body after last season.
“For the preseason we just want to let him get his legs under him, bring him along slowly and then just try to pick up as the season progresses,” said Lue.
“We don’t want to wear him out to the point his body his aching or get into a situation where something is tweaked. We just want to make sure that we try to calm him down, slow him down cause he wants to play and do a lot of other things but right now is not the right time.”
Cavs GM David Griffin announced this morning the team has signed point guard Toney Douglas. Douglas appeared in 61 games for the New Orleans Pelicans last season averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.
Douglas is added insurance for Lue’s team that is thin at the point guard position with just Irving and rookie Kay Felder on the roster.
Lue, Irving and LeBron James start the preseason Wednesday night hosting the Orlando Magic and also host the Philadelphia 76ERS on Saturday evening.