Zizic has been excused from summer league so he can return to his home in Croatia in order to watch the World Cup Final, Cleveland.com reports.
Regardless of the World Cup, Zizic has played well enough to earn some time off. A piece of the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, Zizic averaged 20.5 points, 12.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in two summer league tilts.
Zizic (rest) is out for Wednesday's summer league game against the Kings, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Zizic has been playing hard and flashing potential during summer league, and the coaching staff has rewarded him with two games off in a row. Across two tilts, he's totaled 41 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists in 52 minutes.
Zizic will sit out Monday's summer league game against the Pacers for rest purposes, Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com reports.
Zizic was an absolute force during Saturday's summer league loss to the Bulls, posting 25 points (11-14 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes. However, considering Zizic already has a year of NBA experience, he'll get the night off for rest Monday, which should give the Cavs' coaching staff a chance to evaluate some of the more unproven players on the roster. Look for Zizic to rejoin the lineup at some point later this week.
Zizic compiled 25 points (11-14 FG, 3-5 FT), 11 rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes during Saturday's 86-81 summer league loss to the Bulls.
Through two summer league games, Zizic has totaled 41 points, 25 rebounds and seven assists. Though he saw just 214 total minutes for the Cavaliers last season and will be competing with the likes of Tristan Thompson and Larry Nance for minutes at center, it's possible he sees rotational run if he continues impressing for the remainder of summer league into training camp.
Zizic recorded 16 points (8-16 FG), 14 rebounds, five assists and one steal across 27 minutes during Friday's 72-59 summer league victory over the Wizards.
Zizic was great on the offensive glass, securing six boards on that end of the floor to help give the Cavs extra possessions. He also made sure to get his teammates involved, handing out five dimes. That said, he may still struggle to find consistent minutes in the regular season behind Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance and Kevin Love.
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