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MOST VALUABLE PLAYER
G Kyrie Irving is more of a shoot-first point guard, and can he ever shoot. He shot 46.9 percent from the field, 39.9 percent from the 3-point line and 87.2 percent from the foul line. When he's in the lineup, it adds confidence to the rest of the team. They feel they can beat almost anyone with him in the game.

MOST DISAPPOINTING PLAYER
F Omri Casspi came over from the Sacramento Kings last June for F-C J.J. Hickson. It's hard to say who was more disappointing: Casspi or Hickson. The Kings waived Hickson, who finished the year with Portland. Casspi averaged 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds, but couldn't get the job done in the starting lineup. He played a bit better coming off the bench.

BIGGEST NEEDS
The Cavs need to add a high-scoring wing, a player who can shoot from the perimeter. Irving can penetrate at will. He found open teammates all season, but they couldn't convert open shots. A consistent jump shooter -- one who actually made shots -- would be a major addition. Two names that come to mind in the draft are Florida's Bradley Beal and North Carolina's Harrison Barnes.

FREE AGENT FOCUS
Two players can be unrestricted free agents: G-F Anthony Parker and F Antawn Jamison. Parker will either sign with a contending team or retire. It doesn't appear that he will return. Jamison said he'd also like to play with a contending team. He said he will not be back with the team. The Cavs have several players who can be restricted free agents, including C Semih Erden, F Luke Harangody and F Alonzo Gee. They'll be restricted if the Cavs make qualifying offers to them. Erden's qualifying offer, for instance, is worth about $1.1 million. If he's offered that kind of money, he'll likely take it. They'd like to sign Gee to a multiyear deal, and he deserves some security for the first time in his career.

PLAYER NOTES

--Perhaps the Cavs found another D-League gem. G-F D.J. Kennedy paced the Cavs with 12 points and six rebounds in his NBA debut against Washington on April 25. "I was definitely excited," he said. "It was exciting to hear my name called. I had no idea I was going to play. I was told to be ready. It's definitely nice when that first shot went down." He was signed for the rest of the season and next year on April 21 after a successful season for the D-League Erie BayHawks. The left-hander said he can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward. Coach Byron Scott said the 6-foot-6, 215-pounder is not a great shooter, but is a scorer. He played all four years at St. John's. "For his first (NBA) game, I thought he did well," Scott said. The Cavs ended the season with four rookies on the roster, as well as four more that have one year's experience under their belt.

--G Kyrie Irving is not thrilled that he missed 15 games this season. He missed games with a concussion, a sprained right shoulder and the stomach flu. He said he didn't want to miss any games this season, especially after playing in just 11 games as a freshman at Duke last year. Some are starting to wonder if he's injury-prone, and these injuries will continue to linger for his entire career. "At this point, it's about my health and being smart," he said.

--Cavs coach Byron Scott, 51, is now a proud grandfather. Scott's daughter, LonDen, recently gave birth to a baby girl. Scott said he'll return home to Los Angeles on Saturday for a couple weeks to recharge the batteries and to meet his granddaughter, Kayla, for the first time. Scott thought about flying to LA from Memphis, Tenn., after the Cavs' game on April 23, but he wouldn't have made it in time for Kayla's birth. When he returns to Cleveland, the Cavs will start some individual workouts with his current players and start preparing for the June 28 NBA draft.

MEDICAL WATCH

--C Anderson Varejao (broken right wrist) was injured against Milwaukee on Feb. 10. He should be ready to play for Brazil in the Summer Olympics. Players must report to Brazil's training camp on June 10.

--G Daniel Gibson (foot surgery) had surgery on April 2 to repair the torn tendon in left foot. He was injured against New Jersey on March 19. The Cavs expect him to be ready for training camp.

--C Semih Erden (sprained right ankle) was injured on April 11. He's ready to resume basketball activity, but the season is over.

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