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Magic Interested In David Griffin For GM Job

Apr 21, 2017 10:49 AM

The Orlando Magic have interest in hiring David Griffin as general manager.

Because Griffin is without a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 17-18 season, the Magic may wait to finalize their search until after the playoffs.

Talks between Griffin and the Cavaliers on an extension have stalled for months. Dan Gilbert has been reluctant to pay Griffin the going rate for a championship-level executive. 

The Magic are searching for a replacement for Rob Hennigan with Matt Lloyd filling the role on an interim basis. Lloyd is so well-respected amongst his peers that some have been reluctant to offer recommendations to the Magic because they hope he gets the job.

Alex Martins has been engaged with identifying and vetting candidates despite using Jed Hughes of the Korn Ferry search firm.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Edy Tavares Named D-League Defensive Player Of The Year

Apr 18, 2017 4:47 PM

Raptors 905 center Edy Tavares, who received a Call-Up to the Cleveland Cavaliers on April 12, has been named the 2016-17 NBA Development League Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league’s 22 head coaches. 
Taveras (7-3, 265) appeared in 48 games for Raptors 905 this season, anchoring a defense that held opponents to a league-low 98.0 points per game and 42.8 percent shooting. Raptors 905 allowed 94.5 points per 100 possessions when Tavares was on the court.
Taveras tied for the NBA D-League lead with 2.7 blocks per game. On March 25, he recorded an NBA D-League season-high 12 blocks as part of a triple-double that included 15 points and 11 rebounds. He also averaged 10.6 points on 59.1 percent shooting (eighth in the league) and 7.7 rebounds.

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Tags: Edy Tavares, Cleveland Cavaliers, Raptors 905, NBA, D-League, D-League Award, D-League Teams

Cavs To Release Larry Sanders To Sign Edy Tavares

Apr 12, 2017 12:36 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will waive Larry Sanders to sign Edy Tavares.

Sanders had no issues during his time with the Cavaliers after signing a two-year deal in March. The sides mutually worked out his release when it was clear they wouldn't place him in their rotation.

Tavares plans to sign a three-year contract with the Cavaliers.

Tavares was the No. 43 overall pick to the Atlanta Hawks in the 2014 NBA draft. He played 12 NBA games from 2015-16 and was released by the Hawks on Oct. 31.

Tavares averaged 10.9 points and 7.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the season with Raptors 905.

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Tags: Larry Sanders, Edy Tavares, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Mavericks Claim DeAndre Liggins Off Waivers

Apr 11, 2017 5:11 PM

The Dallas Mavericks have claimed DeAndre Liggins off waivers.

Liggins has a non-guaranteed deal for the 17-18 season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will save $2.5 million in luxury tax payments with the Mavericks claiming Liggins.

Dallas was the only team in the NBA with an available roster spot.

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Tags: DeAndre Liggins, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

Cavaliers Agree To Sign Dahntay Jones

Apr 11, 2017 11:03 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign Dahntay Jones.

Cleveland created an open roster spot when they waived DeAndre Liggins.

Jones was waived by the Cavaliers in training camp. Jones similarly signed with the Cavaliers for the playoffs at the end of the 15-16 season.

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Cavaliers To Sit LeBron James, Kyrie Irving Against Heat

Apr 10, 2017 1:59 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan to sit LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for Monday's game against the Miami Heat, choosing rest over continuing to fight for the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers were initially going to sit Kevin Love, but he will instead play.

James played 47 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks while Irving played 45.

Cleveland is tied for first with Boston.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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LeBron James Likely Would Have Re-Signed With Heat Had They Won 2014 Finals

Apr 10, 2017 12:47 PM

LeBron James would have likely re-signed with the Miami Heat in 2014 had they won their third straight Finals, according to an except from a new book called Return of the King: Lebron James, The Cleveland Cavaliers and The Greatest Comeback in NBA History by Brian Windhorst and Dave McMenamin.

The Heat split the first two games of that series before the San Antonio Spurs won the next three games.

James had followed the Cleveland Cavaliers and their moves while he was gone. The pull of returning home was strong for James.

But the decision was very much in progress during the opening days of free agency.

Rich Paul and Mark Termini told the teams that met with them in Cleveland that James would only be accepting a full max contract and that his contract length might range from one year to the maximum of four.

Teams were also asked whether they would be willing to pay the luxury tax and repeater tax.

Even as it looked like James may choose the Cavaliers, Paul wasn't tipping his hand.

"Rich was the best poker player ever. We had no idea what was really happening, and he played it straight down the middle," Dan Gilbert said. "He said to me, 'Dan, we're in the decision cave right now.' I said, 'Rich, what's the decision cave? Is that next to the bat cave?'"

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Cavaliers Release DeAndre Liggins

Apr 9, 2017 7:58 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived DeAndre Liggins.

David Griffin said the decision creates a roster spot for the Cavaliers to fill for the playoffs.

Cleveland could consider Anderson Varejao, Dahntay Jones or Mario Chalmers, but they are more likely to target someone who has played recently.

“Liggs gave us a lot," Tyronn Lue said. “I think when J.R. went down we inserted him into the starting lineup to change our defense to get Kyrie off the ball and to pick up full court, be aggressive defensively -- he was really good for us. Hopefully he gets a chance to go somewhere else and get an opportunity to play.”

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Kyrie Irving Suffering Soreness In Surgically Repaired Left Knee

Apr 8, 2017 10:35 AM

Kyrie Irving said his surgically repaired left knee bothered him so much on Thursday's off day that it was "a terrible day for me and my knee."

"I mean it's never easy, even the year after, just to realize that you have plates and screws in your knee and stuff like that," Irving said.

Irving limped to the bench and then the locker room in the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' surprising 114-100 loss at home to a depleted Atlanta Hawks' team.

"It just, I don't want it to feel sore anymore but it's just the realization of it," Irving said. "I'm doing everything possible to take care of my body, I've got a clear conscience with that. But also understand that sometimes it's gonna hurt. And I gotta be able to deal with it.

"So the next few days are pretty important. Tomorrow and then playing in Atlanta and Miami, and then just doing everything possible to prepare."

Irving underwent surgery on the knee in June of 2015.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

Cavs Won't Sit LeBron James, Kyrie Irving Before Clinching No. 1 Seed In East

Apr 7, 2017 8:20 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will continue to play both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving until they secure the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

Cleveland's win on Wednesday over the Boston Celtics put them in excellent position to get homecourt advantage in the entire Eastern Conference playoffs.

"If we can take care of business like we're supposed to, I think that we'd like LeBron and Kyrie to get some rest," Tyronn Lue said. "I think JR and Korver and Kevin and those guys should play a little bit because they've been out for so long and just try to keep JR's rhythm and establish Kevin's rhythm and the same thing with Kyle. So the most important guys right now are Kyrie and LeBron, just trying to get those guys some rest if we can."

Last season, James sat out two of the Cavs' final four games before the playoffs. 

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Tristan Thompson Out Two Games, Streak Ends At 447
Tristan Thompson hasn't missed a game since Feb. 10, 2012.

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David Griffin Receives Extension Endorsement From LeBron James
David Griffin has received the support of key voices inside the Cavaliers' locker room, most notably LeBron James.

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LeBron James Apologizes For Showing Up Tristan Thompson
Tristan Thompson and LeBron James yelled at each other when they returned to the bench.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Larry Sanders Recalled By Cavaliers From D-League
Larry Sanders has appeared in four games for the Charge this year, averaging 6.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 19.8 minutes per game.

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Cavaliers In 'Bad Spot', Hold Team Meeting Following Loss To Bulls
The Cavs dropped to 6-10 in March, which is LeBron James' first double-digit loss total in a month since November of 2003 when he was a rookie.

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LeBron James: Cavs Going Through 'Delicate Time Right Now'
The Cavaliers have dropped to the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference behind the Celtics.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League
Larry 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
LeBron James was upset with Micky Arison using the amnesty clause on Mike Miller, as well as Riley's press conference after the Finals.

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LeBron James Doesn't Think NBA Can Do Anything About Player Rest
LeBron James doesn't believe player rest is hurting the NBA and that there's little that can be done to prevent it.

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Cavaliers Assign Larry Sanders To D-League
Larry Sanders was signed on March 13th and has appeared in one game for the Cavs this season.

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Kevin Love Expected To Return For Upcoming Road Trip
Kevin Love took part in a 3-on-3 workout prior to Tuesday's game.

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Larry Sanders Agrees To Deal With Cavaliers
The contract for Larry Sanders is likely to include a guarantee trigger date for the 17-18 season.

Shams Charania/The Vertical

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

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Larry Sanders, Cavs In Serious Contract Talks
Larry Sanders has been away from the game since his buyout in February of 2015.

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J.R. Smith Cleared To Return From Thumb Injury
J.R. 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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