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New Cavs won't practice until Thursday

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 23, 2013
Ellington dribbling Grizz uniform
Wayne Ellington, above, is expected to join new Cavs Marreese Speights and Josh Selby at practice on Thursday. As long as they practice, all three will be available to play on Friday. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey, File)

INDEPENDENCE: Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington and Josh Selby did not practice with the Cavaliers on Wednesday because they did not clear their physicals in time and both sides hadn't signed off on the deal. They are expected to practice Thursday and be available for Friday's game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

The 6-foot-10 Speights is expected to make the biggest impact of the three based on his size and the Cavs' need for bigs. Coach Byron Scott said he would play the new guys Friday "if the opportunity presents itself."

The biggest adjustment the new players will have to make is learning the defensive terminology, Scott said. The Cavs' offense is a basic pick-and-roll style that won't take long to learn.

"(One practice) is not enough to get them up to speed, but it doesn't mean they can't play," Scott said. "You just have to limit certain things they can do out there. When you come into a new system, it's going to take a little while. Especially with Wayne and Mo, you've got two guys who are veterans who have been in the league for a while, so I don't think it'll be that hard for them to pick up on what we're doing."

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