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07:32 AM ET 12.20 | Tyler Zeller can't seem to catch a break this time around. [Zeller] was a starting center in the NBA last season before he was ready. After spending a summer adding weight and upper body strength, now he can't get on the floor. The signing of Andrew Bynum and a litany of injuries have prevented Zeller from making an impact on the court. After starting 55 games last season as a rookie, he has appeared in 14 out of 24 games this season and totaled 102 minutes. He has played more than nine minutes four times, and he's totaled nine minutes during the seven December games. "You have to give Bynum and Andy [Varejao] credit. They're great players," Zeller told reporters Thursday. "It's tough at times not getting to play after I played last year, but you have to keep the right mindset."

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December 20, 2013  07:55 AM ET

Yeah, the kid can't catch a break. It's why the NBA is 25% luck.

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December 20, 2013  08:37 AM ET

You Will Be Out Of The League Soon, Bro.

December 20, 2013  08:40 AM ET

Two Cavs threads today. Cavs are getting some T&R love.

This kid just needs to be patient. There will always be a place for a legit 7
footer. Your gift will make a way for you. Playing behind Bynum and Andy one of them is probably going to get hurt.

December 20, 2013  08:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Two Cavs threads today. Cavs are getting some T&R love.This kid just needs to be patient. There will always be a place for a legit 7footer. Your gift will make a way for you. Playing behind Bynum and Andy one of them is probably going to get hurt.

He needs to work harder. He hasn't shown signs that he could be a starter. He is just a mediocre player. There are lots of backup centers like him out there.

December 20, 2013  10:20 AM ET

as I said in the other thread-
you can't develop 4-5 kids at the same time and actually try and compete

December 20, 2013  11:10 AM ET

For what they paid AB and what they're are getting on their returns I'd play Zeller more often. So far a AV gos I thought they had the intent to shop him for reduced cap space. Guess they bought into AB was their missing piece. Back to the drawing board.

December 20, 2013  11:30 AM ET
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For what they paid AB and what they're are getting on their returns I'd play Zeller more often. So far a AV gos I thought they had the intent to shop him for reduced cap space. Guess they bought into AB was their missing piece. Back to the drawing board.

They were hoping to use Bennet more but he is slow in developing so they are hanging onto Andy still. Plus with Andy's injury history nobody is beating a path to Cleveland to get him.

December 20, 2013  12:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

For what they paid AB and what they're are getting on their returns I'd play Zeller more often. So far a AV gos I thought they had the intent to shop him for reduced cap space. Guess they bought into AB was their missing piece. Back to the drawing board.

back to the drawing board?

cmon man- Bynum had no preseason and had missed the previous year- it was going to take him some time to knock off the rust

look at his December stats- it shows some big time potential -and he has really played well here and there- the more time he gets, and as his minutes are increased, the more efficient he has been.

Zeller is just caught in a numbers game. He is not going to play over Bynum, Varejao and Thompson.

the Cavs are struggling to get Bennett minutes.....Zeller is certainly a lower priority than Bennett.....that does not bode well for Zeller

at this point- he is an insurance policy if Varejao or Bynum goes down- or there is a trade-

at some point, maybe not this year, he will be an effective rotation player- he should be working out, putting on some muscle and working on his game so when he gets that chance he is ready.

December 20, 2013  12:53 PM ET
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They were hoping to use Bennet more but he is slow in developing so they are hanging onto Andy still. Plus with Andy's injury history nobody is beating a path to Cleveland to get him.

they really do not want to trade Andy either

he is on a very reasonable contract for a big man, and they have a team option for him next year at less than 10 million

and Brown loves him and loves his defense and rebounding, and Kyrie and him really had a great pick and roll game last year that has yet to appear this year much though.

It will be interesting to see what happens in the Cavs front court- between 6 first rounders the next 3 years and all those big men (Bynum, Thompson, Varejao, Clark, Bennett, Zeller) they have some depth to deal from if they would like.

a young big man like Zeller, a couple draft picks, and some contracts like Clark and Gee that are team options could go a long way in a trade offer too....

 
December 20, 2013  02:44 PM ET
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they really do not want to trade Andy eitherhe is on a very reasonable contract for a big man, and they have a team option for him next year at less than 10 millionand Brown loves him and loves his defense and rebounding, and Kyrie and him really had a great pick and roll game last year that has yet to appear this year much though.It will be interesting to see what happens in the Cavs front court- between 6 first rounders the next 3 years and all those big men (Bynum, Thompson, Varejao, Clark, Bennett, Zeller) they have some depth to deal from if they would like. a young big man like Zeller, a couple draft picks, and some contracts like Clark and Gee that are team options could go a long way in a trade offer too....

If you draft poorly it won't matter.

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