Cavs Wrap

By Andrea Cole

Cleveland—Who will step up this season with LeBron James gone?

Cavs F JJ Hickson

One player coach Byron Scott and others expect to step up is power forward J.J. Hickson, who the Cavaliers picked with the 19th pick in the 2008 draft. In his second year in the NBA, Hickson started in 73 games, averaging 8.5 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the 2010-11 season.

Before Summer League started, Scott said of Hickson, “He understands that he has to get better this year. His role is going to be bigger. I expect more from J.J. I like what I’ve seen. He’s making a jump shot on a consistent basis and that’s one of the things he had to improve on.”

Scott recently talked to Sporting News about Hickson, saying, “I am excited about what J.J. is going to do this year. He has had a great summer, he is in great shape and I think he is playing with a lot of confidence. We are going to be a running team, we are going to get up and down, and that’s where J.J. can excel.”

Former Cavalier Delonte West Suspended

Free agent guard Delonte West, 27, has been suspended without pay for 10 games after pleading guilty last month to weapons charges.

Maryland authorities have said West was carrying two loaded handguns, a loaded shotgun and an 8 1/2-inch Bowie knife while speeding on a three-wheel motorcycle on the Capital Beltway last September.

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived West Aug. 3 after acquiring him in a trade from the Cavaliers.

West received a home detention sentence that allows him to travel to games. If he signs with a team, his suspension will begin with the first game of the regular season for which he is eligible and physically able to play.

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