|Rights: cle||Last Sal.: $6.73M|
|Agent: SuperAgent||Exp: 0-6 years|
|FA Tier: 2||Age: 24|
|FBPPG:||Inj: No Injury|
|Desired Salary: Between $.99M and $30.85M|
|Contract Status: FA - Free Agent|
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|Oct 21 12:13 ET -|
|Lauri Markkanen: Will start Wednesday|
Markkanen was named the starting small forward for the Cavaliers' season opener Wednesday, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Scoop: Entering the preseason, Markkanen was expected to come off the bench, but he has now been named the starting small forward over Isaac Okoro. This is a promising development for the 24-year-old forward, who is getting a fresh start in Cleveland after playing his first four seasons with the Bulls. It will be interesting to see how he functions on offense at small forward as he played nearly all his minutes for the Bulls at power forward. This may limit his rebounding output but could also give him more of a chance to use his height and shooting ability against smaller defenders.
Oct 21 12:13 ET
|Lauri Markkanen: Draws start at small forward|
Markkanen will start the Cavaliers' final preseason game Friday at small forward, Chris Fedor of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.
The Scoop: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff has been intrigued by the way the Cavaliers offense looks with the seven-footer at small forward and will have one more look at the lineup before the regular season begins. The former Bull excelled at his new position -- posting 18 points in 26 minutes -- against his old team during Sunday's loss.
Oct 15 9:47 ET
|Lauri Markkanen: Starting Sunday|
Markkanen is starting Sunday's preseason game versus Chicago, Kelsey Russo of The Athletic reports.
The Scoop: The unavailability of Collin Sexton (shoulder) will allow Markkanen to be Cleveland's starting small forward Sunday. Isaac Okoro is starting at shooting guard, so the Cavs will go with an extra-large lineup as Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen start up front.
Oct 10 10:23 ET
|Lauri Markkanen: Scores 13 in preseason opener|
Markkanen posted 13 points (4-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), four rebounds and one steal in 16 minutes during Tuesday's 131-95 preseason loss to the Bulls.
The Scoop: Markkanen came off the bench and helped provide a spark along with Ricky Rubio. Markkanen's regular-season role is wrapped up with the roles of Kevin Love, Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, so it's tough to know what to expect.
Oct 6 3:25 ET