Dion Waiters lost his starting job to C.J. Miles.
Byron Scott made the decision after watching Waiters work with the reserves in practice.
"Balance,” Scott said when asked to explain the change. “I think our first unit seemed to move the ball a little bit more, Dion was accustomed to coming off the bench last year and we'll see how that works. I've watched it in practice the last two days, it seemed to work pretty good especially in the scrimmage. The white team beat the red team the first scrimmage we had Monday.
"I just want to see how that dynamic works as far as him coming off the bench and putting the ball in his hands a little more."
When Cleveland drafted Waiters, it did so with the intention of pairing him with Kyrie Irving.
"I still want that," Scott said. "Like I told Dion, this is not permanent. I still have to figure out what's the best for the team. Not the individual, what's the best for the team. That's the most important part."