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LeBron James: Cavs Going Through 'Delicate Time Right Now'

Mar 28, 2017 11:20 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers were blown out by the San Antonio Spurs 103-74 and dropped to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Boston Celtics.

"It's a delicate time right now for our team," LeBron James said after Monday's loss. "A lot of people talking ... guys in the locker room. I'm not saying it's for the bad. We've got a couple guys that's shown leadership, some guys that's been in the fray before that's giving their opinions.

"I've learned over the season there's a time and place for it. Certain situations. I kind of wait for the right time ... So my time will come."

James was seen huddling in an intense, personal conversation with an obviously-emotional Kyrie Irving as reporters left the locker room.

Irving went back onto the court to do shooting drills after the loss.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League

Mar 26, 2017 2:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Larry Sanders to the Canton Charge.

Sanders has appeared in two games for the Cavs and one for the Charge since signing with the Cavs on March 13th.

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Heat Felt LeBron Attempted To Make Pat Riley 'Grovel' In 2014 Offseason Meeting

Mar 24, 2017 11:52 AM

Pat Riley and the Miami Heat felt LeBron James may have already made up his mind about returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers when they met with him in July of 2014.

"There were also indications the Heat felt James had already made up his mind and was attempting to make Riley grovel," writes Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin in their forthcoming book 'Return of the King'.

Riley spoke to James about Miami's new additsions of Josh McRoberts, Danny Granger and Shabazz Napier.

James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

Among the book's photos was one of James seated alongside Riley and Arison at the 2014 NBA Finals, with a caption of, "Heat president Pat Riley's 'If you've got the guts' message during a 2014 press conference may have alienated LeBron James on his way out the door. James was also frustrated that Heat owner Micky Arison slowed spending on the roster."

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LeBron James Doesn't Think NBA Can Do Anything About Player Rest

Mar 20, 2017 12:15 PM

LeBron James doesn't believe player rest is hurting the NBA and that there's little that can be done to prevent it.

The Cleveland Cavaliers rested James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers that was nationally televised. The Cavaliers played again the next day at the Los Angeles Lakers.

Love and Irving were benefitting from an extra day of rest for Saturday's game, so he decided to hold out James as well. James reportedly was "pissed" about the decision. 

"I don't think the NBA can do anything about it," James said. "At the end of the day, it sucks at times where certain guys have to rest, but certain guys need rest.

"And it's a long, strenuous season and the NBA does a great job of putting the schedule together as best as they can. You're going to have back-to-backs. You're going to have certain games where certain things fall on certain nights, but a coach's job is to figure out a way for their team to compete for a championship, not compete for a game."

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League

Mar 15, 2017 11:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned cLarry Sanders to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Sanders was signed by the Cavaliers on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs this season.

Sanders hadn't played in the NBA since 2015.

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Kevin Love Expected To Return For Upcoming Road Trip

Mar 15, 2017 12:37 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers expect Kevin Love to return from his knee injury during their upcoming workout.

Love took part in a 3-on-3 workout prior to the Cavs' game with the Detroit Pistons, the 13th game he has missed since undergoing knee surgery four weeks ago.

"Every next step you take in a rehab situation when you come back from surgery allows for the possibility of swelling and setback, it's just how it goes," David Griffin said. "If he gets through it, he has no soreness, we'll let him keep taking the next step all the way through and we'll see what that means. I would anticipate that he'll play sometime on the road trip."

The Cavaliers hope Love will be able to go through a practice this week before flying to the West Coast.

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Larry Sanders Agrees To Deal With Cavaliers

Mar 13, 2017 10:46 AM

Larry Sanders and the Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed upon a contract for the remainder of the season. The contract is likely to include a guarantee trigger date for the 17-18 season.

Andrew Bogut will be released to sign Sanders.

Sanders has been out of the NBA since February of 2015 when he accepted a buyout from the Milwaukee Bucks. Sanders stepped away from the game to focus on his personal life.

Sanders had a seven-team workout in February and had meetings with the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and Cavaliers.

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LeBron James Endorses Cavs Signing Larry Sanders

Mar 11, 2017 6:04 PM

LeBron James likes the idea of the Cleveland Cavaliers signing Larry Sanders with Andrew Bogut out for the season.

Sanders hasn't played in the NBA since 2015.

“It looks like he wants another opportunity, and hopefully, if we’re the team, hopefully we give him an opportunity,” James said before the Cavs held shootaround Saturday morning to prepare for their game against the Orlando Magic on Saturday night. “Why not? Everyone deserves a second chance, and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves, and hopefully this is his destination. You don’t know how much you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?”

James does not know how the past two years have changed Sanders, but he seemed open to finding out.

“I could talk about when he played,” James said. “An athletic big guy, incredible shot-blocking skills, anticipation around the rim, can finish around the rim and block shots, and being able to guard perimeter guys as well. With his hiatus, I don’t know what he was going through, so I can’t comment about somebody’s personal life because I wasn’t a part of it.”

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Larry Sanders, Cavs In Serious Contract Talks

Mar 10, 2017 7:47 PM

Larry Sanders and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in serious discussions on a contract.

Sanders has been away from the game since his buyout in February of 2015.

The Cavaliers initially signed Andrew Bogut but he was injured in his first game with the Cavaliers.

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J.R. Smith Cleared To Return From Thumb Injury

Mar 8, 2017 12:41 PM

J.R. Smith has been cleared to resume full practice activity and is listed as questionable versus the Detroit Pistons.

Smith fractured his right thumb in late December and was expected to miss three months.

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Andrew Bogut Out For Season But Won't Undergo Surgery
Andrew Bogut is expected to successfully complete his recovery process in advance of training camp for the 2017-18 NBA season.

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LeBron: LeBron James Jr. Has Better Handle, Shot Than I Did At 12
LeBron James Jr., at just 12 years old, is drawing praise for his passing and dribbling abilities.

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LeBron James Apologizes To Wife For Being 'Addicted To The Process'
LeBron James is a three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP.

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Kay Felder Named D-League Player Of The Week
Kay Felder averaged 30.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.3 steals over three games.

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Andrew Bogut Suffers Fractured Left Tibia
Andrew Bogut experienced a left leg injury during the second quarter of Monday's game, his first with the Cavaliers.

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David Griffin Expressed Cavs' Need For Playmaker To LeBron In Training Camp

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Pat Riley: LeBron's Departure 'Most Shocking' Event Of Heat Tenure
Since LeBron James left the Heat, the Cavaliers have reached the Finals in both seasons while Miami has rebuilt on the fly.

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J.R. Smith Escorted By Cavs' Security Off Court Following Confrontation With Heat
Rodney McGruder dunked over Channing Frye with 1:14 left, then appeared to slap or push Frye on the back afterwards, which drew the ire of J.R. Smith.

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LeBron James: Andrew Bogut Gives Cavs Another Playmaker
On Jan. 23, as LeBron James ripped Cleveland's roster for being too "top heavy" and called for a "(expletive) playmaker."

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LeBron James, Russell Westbrook Named Players Of The Month For February
LeBron James and Russell Westbrook have been named the NBA's Players of the Month for February.

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Derrick Williams To Sign With Cavs For Remainder Of Season
Derrick Williams signed with the Cavaliers on Feb. 9 after being released by the Heat.

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Jordan McRae Waived By Cavaliers
Jordan McRae was the 58th overall pick in 2014 out of Tennessee by the Spurs.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers
Andrew Bogut also considered the Rockets, Spurs and Celtics.

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Cavs' Front Office Now Believes LeBron's Comments About Roster Was Brilliant
Cleveland is 11-4 since the incident and the assessment has galvanized the team.

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Andrew Bogut Agrees To Buyout, Set To Decide Between Cavs, Rockets, Spurs, Celtics
Andrew Bogut will have conversations over the next 24 hours with those teams before making his decision.

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Andrew Bogut Plans To Sign With Cavs If Bought Out
‎Various ailments limited Andrew Bogut to 26 games with the Mavs.

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Cavs, Spurs, Rockets, Celtics, Jazz Interested In Andrew Bogut
Andrew Bogut wants to pursue a championship and play a significant role for a veteran team.

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Derrick Williams Expected To Sign With Cavs For Remainder Of Season
Derrick Williams is currently on his second 10-day contract.

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Kevin Love Confident He'll Be Back From 'Very Minor' Surgery In Time For Playoffs
Kevin Love is sticking to the six-week timeline the team has provided for his recovery.

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Cavs Were On 'Pins And Needles' About Celtics Trading For Either George, Butler
The Cavaliers were monitoring the Boston Celtics efforts to acquire either Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the deadline.

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