News: Former NBA player Samardo Samuels has signed a two-month contract with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Super League, reports EuroBasket.com Sunday.
Analysis: Samuels led the D-League in double-doubles this season. He could be back in the NBA next year as he's just 24. Until he sees significant minutes on an NBA roster, however, Samuels will have low-end Fantasy value.
News: Less than two weeks after promoting him from the NBA Development League, the Cavaliers waived forward Samardo Samuels on Sunday. Samuels made one start and played in 18 games this season for Cleveland, averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds.
Analysis: The Cavaliers signed Samuels, who played at Louisville, as a free agent before the 2010-11 season. The 6-foot-9, power forward appeared in 109 games (11 starts) and averaged 5.9 points and 3.4 rebounds while posting 15.8 minutes per game. He should not be considered a worthwhile Fantasy option at this point.
News: The Cavaliers recalled power forward Samardo Samuels from the D-League on Monday.
Analysis: Samuels has seen his scoring go down each of the last three seasons and has minimal appeal in Fantasy at this point. Continue to ignore him in all formats.
News: The Cavaliers assigned forward Samardo Samuels to Canton of the NBA Development League on Friday. He's averaging 3.2 points and 1.6 rebounds in 18 games.
Analysis: Samuels has seen his scoring go down each of the last three seasons and has minimal appeal in Fantasy at this point. Continue to ignore him in all formats.
News: The News-Herald reports that Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels has fallen out of the team's rotation for now. He has falled out of favor with coach Byron Scott and is struggling to get minutes on the court.
Analysis: The Cavaliers are going with Luke Walton at backup PF and that means even less of Samuels. He has almost zero Fantasy value at this time.
News: Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels was once again not much of a factor during Tuesday night's contest against the 76ers. Samuels finished with just four points in the 103-85 defeat, connecting on both of his field-goal attempts. He also added five rebounds, two blocks and one steal to his stat line, while logging 20 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Samuels continues to backup Tristan Thompson at the forward spot, and has been seeing around 15-20 minutes per night in that role. While that trend is likely to continue moving forward, Samuels inconsistent production makes him a player worth avoiding at this point in the season.
News: Cleveland power forward Samardo Samuels has not been showing coach Byron Scott the effort and intensity the coach is looking for of late, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer Wednesday. Samuels was told by Scott that his chances with Cleveland are not unlimited. "Mentally, it's been hard to deal with," Samuels said Wednesday. "It's like 'What do I need to do?' It's hard to determine where I'm at and what I need to do to get on the court. I don't know what I did to get off (the court). Hopefully, I can get back to a place where I'm playing basketball and do what I do best, play hard, be effective in the post."
Analysis: Samuels, the 23-year-old second-year player, saw 11 minutes on Tuesday against Boston. He grabbed two rebounds and failed to score. Before that, Samuels did not play in three straight games. He's averaging just 12.9 minutes per game on the year. Until that rises dramatically, Samuels has low-end Fantasy value.
News: Caveliers forward Samardo Samuels has seen his playing time fluctuate in recent games before it bottomed out in a 111-87 loss to the Heat on Friday. Despite it being a blowout, Samuels received just four minutes in the game, scoring three points on 1 of 2 shooting plus a free throw. He also added a rebound in the game.
Analysis: The 23-year old had actually received double-digit minutes in three straight games before a DNP coachs decision on Wednesday. Clearly, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott does not feel like he can trust the second-year man in his rotation, so neither should Fantasy owners unless he earns a more consistent role.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels was not much of a factor during Friday night's contest against the Bucks. Samuels finished with just four points in the 113-112 overtime loss, missing on all three of his field-goal attempts. He went 4 for 6 at the charity stripe and also chipped in with three rebounds and an assist, while logging 14 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Samuels has not been getting much run lately as he is believed to still be in coach Bryon Scott's doghouse. The 23-year-old is averaging just 8.8 points over his last five contests and is shooting just 10 percent from the field over that stretch. Fantasy owners should leave Samuels on the waiver wire in all formats heading into Week 8 (Feb. 13-19).
News: Cleveland PF Samardo Samuels saw 14 minutes of playing time in Tuesday's loss to the Celtics. Samuels didn't shoot well in the performance as he went just 1 of 5 from the field. He scored six points on 4 of 4 from the line. Samuels added three rebounds for the Cavs, but did turn the ball over twice.
Analysis: Samuels hasn't scored in double figures since Jan. 24 at Miami and he's averaging just 5.0 PPG over his last five. He hasn't done much better than that for the season, so Samuels continues to be considered just a very low-end Fantasy option.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels made his first seven shots to finish with 15 points during Tuesday night's contest against the Heat. Samuels finished 7 for 10 from the field in the 92-85 defeat and also chipped in with five rebounds, two assists, one block and a steal, while logging 22 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Samuels was finally able to log some meaningful minutes on Tuesday night and responded with a solid stat line. Coach Bryon Scott remains very high on the 23-year-old so look for him to see an increase in minutes now that he has all of his passport issues settled. However, until he proves that he can produce numbers similar to Tuesday's on a nightly basis, he can be left on the waiver wire in the majority of formats.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels played for the first time in six games on Friday, getting nine minutes of playing time as the Bulls defeated the Cabs 114-75. Samuels attempted four shots in the game, making one, while recording no other stats.
Analysis: Samuels hadnt been able to find the floor in almost two weeks before Friday, and it took a 39-point drubbing at the hands of the Bulls to get him playing time. He is clearly not in coach Byron Scotts rotation, and he should not be on any Fantasy rosters as a result.
News: Cleveland F Samardo Samuels returned to the team for Friday's game at Minnesota after missing the Cavaliers' previous outing at Toronto because of a passport issue. "I'm glad that day passed now and I can join the team and move forward," he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Analysis: Samuels could lose some playing time with C Semih Erden's expected return to the lineup. Still, he is averaging just 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds per game this season and has been cited by Cavaliers coach Byron Scott for a lack of focus. Fantasy owners should view Samuels as a low-end reserve in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: Cleveland backup C Samardo Samuels will not play in Toronto on Wednesday because he doesnt have a passport. The Cavaliers said Samuels did not travel with the club and wont be in uniform Wednesday night as Cleveland visits the Raptors to open a seven-game road trip.
Analysis: Samuels recently posted on his Twitter account that he had lost his passport. He is completing the proper paperwork to get a new one. Cleveland said Samuels, who is averaging 7.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16 minutes this season, will rejoin the team in Minnesota on Thursday. Fantasy owners should view Samuels as a low-end reserve in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels made his season debut on Wednesday night against the Pistons and had a productive outing. He finished with a team-high 17 points in the 105-89 win. He shot 6 of 8 from the field and made 5 of 6 free throws while playing 25 minutes off the bench. Samuels also recorded four rebounds and an assist in the victory.
Analysis: Samuels did some decent scoring for the Cavs during his rookie campaign and will be counted on for some points off the bench this season. He should be able to earn more playing time if he can continue to produce so keep an eye on his progress going forward. Samuels does not deserve a roster spot in Fantasy at this point but he could become a low-end contributor if he can show some consistency.
News: Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels missed nine of the last 10 games of the 2010-11 season with a groin injury, but coach Byron Scott did not want to injure his promising rookie further. He only played in 37 games during his rookie campaign, but was buried on the bench for the first half of the season. He averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in around 13 minutes of court time in 20 games prior to the All-Star break. But with Anderson Varejao and Antawn Jamison both missing substantial time in the second half of the season, Scott turned to Samuels for closer to 25 minutes per outing. He averaged 11.2 points and 5.7 rebounds in his 17 contests after the All-Star break. He underwent successful surgery on his wrist in mid-April. His next step will be a period of rest, treatment and rehabilitation.
Analysis: The Cavaliers are in the rebuilding process and Samuels will be a big part of that. He will likely be a role player off the bench in 2011-12, but he could carve out more minutes if he has a good offseason and preseason. Part of Samuels' Fantasy value depends on what the Cavaliers do before the start of next season. As it stands right now, Samuels would be worth a late-round flier on Draft Day.
News: The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels is probably out for the rest of the season, coach Byron Scott said Monday. Samuels is dealing with a groin injury.
Analysis: Even if Samuels is able to play he would have minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. Keep an eye on his progress, but ignore him for Monday's game at Detroit or Wednesday's game against Washington.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels was again held out of Saturday's game against the Bucks with a groin injury. Samuels has now missed sour consecutive games after straining his left groin last week against the Knicks. He remains listed as day to day.
Analysis: Samuels remains unable to play through his groin injury and is now running out of time to get back on the court. The Cavaliers only play twice more after Saturday, so there is a chance the rookie might not be healed up in time. Fantasy owners in daily formats should continue to monitor his status moving forward to see if he will be able to get back on the court sometime this season. Samuels has developed into a serviceable forward option in deeper leagues, when healthy.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels was not available for Friday night's game against the Bulls as he continues to deal with a groin injury. Samuels has now missed three straight games with his current ailment. He is being considered day to day.
Analysis: Samuels missed three games earlier last week with a wrist injury and now has missed three more with his latest ailment. While he remains day to day with his groin issue, it is possible this this latest injury could end his season prematurely. Fantasy owners in daily formats should continue to monitor his status moving forward. Samuels can be considered a low-end Fantasy option, when healthy.
News: For a second straight game, Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels was held out because of a groin injury. He has now missed five of the last six games for the Cavaliers -- two because of this issue and three because of a wrist injury. He will require surgery on his wrist at the end of the year, but was going to play through it. Now that he's got another injury, things have changed. He injured his groin on Sunday and the team is considering him day-to-day.
Analysis: Samuels has been banged up here at the end of the year, but the rookie is just getting adjusted to the grind of the NBA season. He's been a bright spot in Cleveland this season, but still has room to grow. It seems like this groin injury may keep him out of action for a bit, which means Fantasy owners in daily leagues should keep him reserved until there is good news to report. When healthy, Samuels has developed into a serviceable forward option in deeper leagues.
News: Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels was held out of Tuesday's game against the Bobcats with a left groin strain. Samuels, who is also dealing with a wrist injury that will require surgery at the end of the season, apparently hurt his groin during Sunday's loss to New York. He is being considered day to day with his latest injury.
Analysis: Samuels missed three games with his injury last week and now will likely miss a few more with his latest ailment. He had every intention of continuing to play through his wrist injury, although his groin strain is a different story. Fantasy owners in daily formats should continue to monitor his status moving forward. Still, he may be better off left on the bench during Week 24 (April 4-13), since he is not close to being 100 percent.
News: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports Monday that Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels will need surgery on a torn ligament in his wrist after the season, but he wants to finish the final games. "Opportunity comes but once," he said.
Analysis: Samuels has played well at times this season, especially once Antawn Jamison (finger) went down, but he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues for the rest of this year. Keep an eye on his progress, but don't plan on using him in daily leagues since he's going to be at less than 100 percent.
News: After missing three games because of a wrist issue, Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels returned to the lineup Sunday against the Knicks. He was solid in 28 minutes of action, posting mirroring numbers with nine points and nine rebounds. Samuels shot 4 of 7 from the floor and added a free throw to come up with the points. He added a block on the defensive end, but contributed five turnovers in the losing effort.
Analysis: Samuels has recorded a pair of double-doubles in his rookie season, and he was both on point and rebound away from recording a third Sunday. Still, he was not completely on his game while committing the turnovers. Samuels didn't appear to have a setback on the night, so Fantasy owners should feel comfortable resuming his services as a low-end option in the majority of formats.
News: Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels was not available for Friday's game at Washington. Samuels is dealing with a wrist injury and has now missed three games for the Cavaliers. Samuels took part in most of the team's shootaround on Friday. The one thing he couldnt do was shoot the ball from 15 feet," coach Byron Scott told NBA.com. "Until he can do that, he cant play. Scott added that Samuels will need surgery on his injured right wrist after the season ends. While he could return for for Sunday's outing in New York, it all depends on his pain threshold, which makes him a big question mark.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Samuels and this wrist issue. Over his last eight games, Samuels is averaging 10.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per outing. Since Antawn Jamison went down for the season, Samuels has played well. While his stock has gone up, the rookie is only worth using in deeper Fantasy formats at this stage of the game. Continue to monitor this situation to see if he's worth the risk starting in Fantasy Week 24 (April 4-13).
News: The Akron Beacon-Journal reports Friday that there's a chance Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels could play Friday night at Washington. Coach Byron Scott said it will depend on how he does at shootaround with his injured wrist. Samuels has been out for the past two games.
Analysis: Samuels has played well at times this season, especially once Antawn Jamison (finger) went down, but he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues for the rest of this year. Keep an eye on his progress to see if he's able to play against the Wizards, but don't plan on using him in daily leagues since he's going to be at less than 100 percent.
News: Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels missed his second straight game on Wednesday night with a wrist injury. Coach Bryon Scott had said that he didn't expect the rookie to play in this three-game road trip, which ends on Friday. I find it hard to believe Samardo will play at any point on the (upcoming three-game road) trip, Scott said. The swelling is pretty significant all around his wrist. He's listed as doubtful for Friday's game in Washington.
Analysis: Samuels sustained his wrist injury in Sunday's loss to Atlanta. While he's been getting more court time as the season winds down, Fantasy owners should monitor his status moving forward. When he's healthy, Samuels has been playing well enough to be considered a low-end forward option in deeper formats.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels, who was ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Heat with a wrist injury, could miss some extedned time with his injury. Coach Bryon Scott told the team's official website that Samuels will likely miss the team's next three games. I find it hard to believe Samardo will play at any point on the (upcoming three-game road) trip, Scott said. The swelling is pretty significant all around his wrist. Samuels suffered a sprained right wrist during Sunday's loss to the Hawks.
Analysis: Samuels' injury appears to be a bit more serious than first thought and could end up sidelining the rookie for up to a week. Fantasy owners in daily formats should continue to monitor his status moving forward to see when he will be able to get back on the court. Samuels can be considered a solid low-end Fantasy option in most formats when healthy.
News: The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that Cavaliers forward Samardo Samuels has been ruled out for Cleveland's game against Miami on Tuesday with a sprained wrist, coach Byron Scott said Monday. Samuels injured his wrist Sunday against the Hawks.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should plan on keeping Samuels reserved for Fantasy Week 23. Even though Cleveland has four games in the scoring period, Samuels is already down one and could miss more. When healthy, Samuels is a low-end Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: Cavaliers guard Samardo Samuels left during Sunday's game against the Hawks with a right wrist sprain. Samuels sustained the injury in the fourth quarter of the 99-83 loss and did not return to the contest. He finished with nine points and two rebounds in 22 minutes prior to leaving. X-rays taken after the came were negative, although Samuels did leave the arena with his wrist in a brace. He told the Akron Beacon Journal that he will be "OK" to play on Tuesday against the Heat.
Analysis: Samuels will be considered day to day with his ailment and will now be considered an injury risk heading into Fantasy Week 23 (March 28-April 3). Owners will have to monitor his status moving forward to see when he can get back on the court. The rookie out of Louisville is averaging 9.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 steals over his last five contests, despite the fact that he was moved to the bench. Continue to view the 22-year-old as low-end Fantasy option heading into the upcoming scoring period.
News: Cavaliers coach Byron Scott is starting Ryan Hollins at center Wednesday night against the Nets. Samardo Samuels will come off bench.
Analysis: Samuels has struggled recently and is averaging just 10.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in his past five games. He should return as a starter following the game with the Nets since Scott just wanted more size in the starting group, but Samuels is only a low-end Fantasy option in the majority of leagues.
News: With the all the turmoil and disappointment the Cavaliers have experienced this season, PF Samardo Samuels has been one of the few bright spots. Samuels has filled in nicely for the injured Antawn Jamison and is averaging 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 10 starts at the power forward position on the season. "Samardo has a bright future in this league," coach Bryon Scott said. "Once he knows the league better, he'll get better. He's shown the biggest strides of anybody this season. Until (Antawn Jamison) got hurt, he wasn't playing. He kept his head and kept working in practice. You have to give him credit for that."
Analysis: Samuels has arguably been one of Cleveland's most consistent players of late. The 22-year-old out of Louisville has scored in double figures in all but two of his last 10 games and is shooting 45 percent from the field over that stretch. While his game is definitley still a little raw, Samuels continues to show constant improvement and has all the makings of a everyday player in this league. He has been seeing around 30 minutes a game and can be viewed as solid low-end Fantasy option in most formats over the final few weeks of the season.
News: Cavaliers F Samardo Samuels put together a double-double in Sunday's game against the Thunder, scoring 10 points and adding 10 rebounds in 23 minutes of action. For Samuels, it was his second double-double of the season. He managed 23 points with 10 rebounds on March 2 against San Antonio.
Analysis: Samuels has been a steady force an injury to Antawn Jamison put him out for the season. He is getting around 30 minutes per game with a decent shot volume, allowing him to score around 10-13 points with a decent amount of rebounds per game. The playing time and touches should continue to be there for the remainder of the season as long as he can remain healthy.
News: Rookie forward Samardo Samuels stepped up for the Cavaliers on Wednesday night, but his first career double-double would come in a losing effort. Cleveland would lose to San Antonio 109-99, but went on a late run to get the score that close. Samuels scored 23 points on a 10-for-18 shooting display and grabbed 10 boards in 34 minutes of action -- both career highs. He also converted 3 of his 5 foul shots and dished out three assists. Samuels has been getting more playing with Antawn Jamison out 5-7 weeks with a fractured pinkie finger.
Analysis: Samuels should continue to see an increase in playing time and after Wednesday's performance there is good reason for that. He has his first career start under his belt and he seemed to handle it well. He will be asked to pick up the slack for a few weeks, which will give him some increased Fantasy value. Unfortunately he wasn't worth owning before Jamison's injury, which makes Samuels a low-end forward option in the deepest of formats.
News: The Cavaliers announced on Monday that F Antawn Jamison would miss 5-7 weeks with a fractured pinkie finger that will require surgery. In his absence, Samardo Samuels could see an increase in playing time.
Analysis: Samuels played 24 minutes on Sunday after Jamison was hurt. He scored 12 points and brought down six rebounds with a block. The Cavaliers do not have a lot of alternatives to go with an Samuels could be in line for an increase in Fantasy appeal almost by default. Take a low-risk flier on him in deeper formats.
News: Since Cleveland rookie Samardo Samuels posted a career-high 16 points against Orlando back on Jan. 30, he's found himself on the bench more than on the court. He's scored a total of 10 points since that game and gotten into just four contests for the Cavaliers. He had five outings where he didn't log a minute of action. As the season is at the unofficial mid-way point, Samuels has made it into just 20 games. He's averaging 4.9 points and 3.1 boards per contest, while shooting 46.3 percent from the floor.
Analysis: Samuels is having a very rookie season. He wasn't invited to participate in the Rookie Challenge during All-Star weekend and found himself getting a break from the grind of the season. Until the rookie carves out more playing time he won't be worth owning in any Fantasy format. Owners should leave him on the waiver wire during the second half of the season.
News: On a night were the Cavaliers lost their 20th straight game, rookie forward Samardo Samuels may have been the lone bright spot. Samuels scored a season-high 16 points against the Magic in Sunday's 103-87 loss on 6 of 8 shooting from the field. He did most of his damage late in the contest and finished with two rebounds and a steal in 19 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Samuels continues to see more run of late, with Cleveland looking for anyone who can help them stop their current slide. The rookie out of Louisville has shown flashes of his potential in his limited minutes, but doesn't produce enough to warrant any real Fantasy value. However, he is a player owners should continue to keep an eye on moving forward.
News: Cleveland forward Samardo Samuels scored 10 points for the second time in his career (both within his last six games). The rookie has been getting more opportunities to play with so many players injured on the Cavaliers. He logged 22 minutes on Tuesday against Boston, shooting 4 for 10 from the field. He also connected 2 of his 3 foul shots. Samuels added four rebounds, two blocks and an assist. His efforts wouldn't be enough as the Cavs would lose to the Celtics, 112-95.
Analysis: Samuels is averaging 5.7 points, 4.8 boards and 0.5 blocks per game in the month of January. The rookie has said he's feeling more confident as he continues to see action for the Cavs, but with Cleveland not being very good, he may have a few more growing pains to go through. While he's not worth owning in any Fantasy format right now, Samuels is worth monitoring and scouting him for next year. But there is no reason owners in seasonal formats should have Samuels on their roster.
News: Cavaliers rookie forward Samardo Samuels hadn't played much this season until Friday night. He logged eight minutes and scored five points against the Warriors. With so many injuries, Cleveland coach Byron Scott told the rookie big man that his time is coming. "He finally thinks I'm learning the things he wants me to do," Samuels told the Cleveland Plain Dealer on Saturday. "I've been ready since day one. Right now I'm definitely feeling more confident and more mature. I feel like I could probably make a contribution to the team at this point."
Analysis: Samuels, a rookie out of Louisville, is shooting 60 percent from the field in his limited action in the NBA this year. If he continues to see some minutes the rookie will get much needed experience, but that won't make him worth owning in Fantasy leagues. He'll likely remain a reserve player for the lowly Cavs all season, so owners should continue to ignore him in all formats.
News: Cleveland sent PF Samardo Samuels to the NBDL on Monday. Cleveland wants the rookie to gain more playing experience.
Analysis: Samuels, a rookie out of Louisville, has seen just 4.5 minutes per game in only four contests this season. Clearly, he needed more seasoning. He has no Fantasy value at this time.
News: Cleveland rookie forward Samardo Samuels played just seven minutes on Friday night against Toronto, but finished with seven points. The former Louisville standout went 3 for 5 from the field as he saw some action in the blowout loss to the Raptors.
Analysis: Samuels will likely continue to see limited playing time for the Cavs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect much out of the rookie, which means he is nothing more than waiver wire fodder.
News: Rookie forward Samardo Samuels logged 18 minutes in Cleveland's preseason loss to Washington on Thursday. He tallied eight points on 2 for 6 shooting from the field and made all four of his foul shots. He also grabbed four boards.
Analysis: Samuels got extended playing time on Thursday as new coach Byron Scott wanted to see some of his big men in action. The rookie had a solid showing, but it is still uncertain how big a part he'll be on the team. He should not be targeted on Draft Day.