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Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade

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Cavs make another change, move JR Smith to bench in favor of Dwyane Wade

CLEVELAND -- Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are starting together again.

Cavaliers coach Tryonn Lue announced Monday that Wade will start at shooting guard alongside Derrick Rose in Cleveland's remodeled backcourt. Wade recently signed as a free agent with the Cavs, reuniting with James in Cleveland after the two stars spent four seasons together in Miami. He replaces J.R. Smith, who will come off the bench after starting 112 games over the past two seasons.

Lue said Smith "is fine" with the decision.

Wade and Rose will be joined in Cleveland's starting lineup by James, Jae Crowder and Kevin Love, who has moved from power forward to center.

Lue opened training camp with Wade as the point guard for Cleveland's second unit. But the coach said he decided in the past few days to have the 35-year-old in the starting lineup along with James.

Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

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Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

In the summer of 2017, Kevon Looney lost 30 pounds.

"I had to change my diet. Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off," Looney said back in March on the Warriors Plus/Minus Podcast.

It appears that Iguodala had an impact on another young Warriors player this summer.

[REWIND: The Warriors Outsiders Podcast with Quinn Cook]

Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group recently wrote a profile on Quinn Cook, and here's an excerpt:

Although he reported having similar body weight between the end of last season (186 pounds) and entering the 2018-19 campaign (188 pounds), Cook reported feeling “stronger and faster” because of a revamped diet.

After consulting with the Warriors’ training staff and trusted veteran Andre Iguodala, Cook has abstained from all meats, fried foods and sugar in favor of fish, vegetables and lots of water. He shared he has only six percent body fat and “a lot bigger tone.” 

First of all -- six percent body fat is... incredible.

Secondly -- giving up all meats, fried food and sugar sounds... awful.

But I suppose I would make some sacrifices if it meant having a career in the NBA...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

Shaun Livingston: Warriors training camp profile

The Bulls did it twice, with Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen leading the way. The Lakers accomplished it once, behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. In the 42 seasons since the NBA-ABA merger, those are the only franchises to win three consecutive NBA Finals.

When the Warriors come together for training camp on Sept. 25, their goal is to become the third.

Here is a look at those players with guaranteed roster spots.

11TH IN A SERIES:

Player: Shaun Livingston
Position: Point guard
Height/weight: 6-7, 192
College: None (Drafted from Peoria (Ill.) Central High in 2004, fourth overall)
Age: 33
Salary: $8.31M (Year 2 of a three-year contract valued at $23.69M, per Spotrac. Year 3 has a partial guarantee that allows the team a 2M buyout.)
NBA 2K Player Rating: 75

2017-18 in review: After two seasons with one of the deadliest midrange jump shots in the NBA, Livingston dropped from automatic to merely good. Yet he remained among the team’s steadiest performers, avoiding long periods of low production. There are slight signs of defensive decline, mostly reaching -- and catching needless fouls -- to compensate for diminishing quickness. Despite that, he excelled was in the Western Conference Finals and was phenomenal in the NBA Finals.

Key stats: 71 games (seven starts), averaging 5.5 points (50.1 percent FG, 82.0 percent FT), 2.0 assists, 1.8 rebounds, 15.9 minutes per game.

Season highs: Points (16), assists (seven), rebounds (seven), steals (three), blocks (three), minutes (25, twice).

2018-19 outlook: Knowing his 2019-20 contract is only partially guaranteed, Livingston’s goal is retaining the ability to provide a dimension few other PGs can offer. His length allows him to shoot over most defenders and also go inside and score on the block. Never has their been a question about his professionalism. He’s a low-maintenance veteran, a cool head and someone coaches and teammates can count on. His value is attached to his production in 15-20 minute spans. He’ll also be called on to help tutor rookie Jacob Evans III.