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LeBron James Remains Optimistic Despite 'Fragile' State Of Cavs

LeBron James framed the Cleveland Cavaliers' state as "fragile" after the team dropped to 5-7 with a 110-93 home loss to Toronto Raptors on Saturday.

"We're a very fragile team right now," James said. "Well, we were a fragile team from the beginning. Any little adversity hits us, we just shell up. That's something that will come with experience.

"This is not even the lowest it's going to get for us. You guys know, the lowest it can get is up 17 in the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the Finals and losing. It can get that low. Or being up 2-1 and going to Game 4 and lose three straight in the Finals. That's very low. So, I'm very optimistic. I'm very positive. More positive than I thought I would be right now, so, we look at what we did wrong, things that we did well and get ready for Orlando coming in on Monday."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Haywood is aware that the Cavaliers could trade him at any time.

"I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do."

Haywood, who has appeared in two games this season, is not bothered and understands the business.

"Executives have jobs to do," Haywood said. "They get paid to do their job. My contract is what it is. Worrying about it is not going to do anything about it. If I can't sleep at night, it's not like they're not going to trade me because of it so I might as well go out there, live my life and go on about my business."

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron Believes Minutes For Cavs' Big 3 Have To Come Down

LeBron James is averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1. Fourth and fifth on that list are Kyrie Irving (38.4 mpg) and Kevin Love (37.0 mpg).

"That has to come down," James said Tuesday, referring to the playing time for the Cleveland Cavaliers' Big 3.

"For me, I don't want to do that all year," James added. "Obviously right now it's difficult because we're trying to find a groove and we're trying to find a rhythm and we're trying to find something that you can't really, you don't want to shortcut it but at the same time you gotta be smart about it."

James played 41 minutes in the Cavaliers' 106-97 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday.

Via Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility

The San Antonio Spurs will play the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

“I didn’t even think that was a possibility,” Tim Duncan said of James’ return to Cleveland. “But I respect the fact that he actually did that. He went back home and is trying to do something there, and trying to put a team together and trying to win a championship.

“Honestly I haven’t seen too much of it. Obviously they’re very impressive talent-wise, top to bottom. They have a bunch of all-stars, a bunch of very good players and it’s just about meshing and chemistry right now. Hopefully they don’t find it any time soon.”

The Spurs have faced a James' team three separate times in the Finals.

Via Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News

LeBron's Relationship With Blatt Remains Work In Progress

LeBron James and David Blatt continue to be a work in progress understanding each other.

"Every day we continue to learn each other, as a group, as individuals," James said before the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss on Monday to the Denver Nuggets. "He's an intense guy, very intense guy. Wants to win, wants to do it the right way. He doesn't want to mess around too much with the process, and you can respect that. He gets on us when we do something wrong and he gives us a pat on the back when we do something right. It's been more getting on us than pats on the back thus far, but it's a good thing. It's good for our team."

Blatt was disappointed with the Cavs' energy.

"We just didn't come with the proper mindset and with the energy level that we had the other night and have had the last several games," said Blatt.

"I didn't feel it," James said, refuting that the Cavaliers lacked energy. "It's easy to say that after the fact."

Via Joe Vardon/Northeast Ohio Media Group

Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week

Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

In wins over Charlotte, Denver and Brooklyn, Lillard averaged 28.0 points (58.8% FG), 4.7 rebounds, 8.7 assists and 1.33 steals.

James led Cleveland to a perfect 3-0 record this past week, averaging 35.0 points on .594 shooting, including .500 (8-16) from beyond the arc, 7.0 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.0 block in 36.7 minutes per game. He posted one double-double and topped 30 points in each game, including a season-high 41 points on November 14 vs. Boston. Among all NBA players this past week, James led the league in points per game, while also being the only player to average at least 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

The Minnesota Timberwolves are discussing trading Corey Brewer with multiple teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets, according to sources.

The Cavaliers and Rockets view Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

Minnesota is believed to be seeking future assets in exchange for Brewer.

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. The Rockets have been known to ‎covet Brewer since last season and they registered trade interest in the 28-year-old even before Brewer had a career-high 51 points against Houston late last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavaliers Assign Alex Kirk To D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned Alex Kirk to the Canton Charge.

Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Kevin Love Denies Interest In Joining Lakers As Free Agent

Kevin Love denied a Bulls.com report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Los Angeles Lakers next offseason.

“Whatever we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers,” Love said Friday. “Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where someone got that.”

Love, like LeBron James, can be a free agent at the end of the season.

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Dellavedova Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers game at the Portland Trailblazers on Tuesday.

Dellavedova was out for the remaining two games of the Cavaliers road trip this past week in Utah and Denver.

After returning to Cleveland, he received additional evaluation by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The results confirmed a left knee MCL sprain. He is undergoing a period of treatment and rehabilitation and is currently projected to be out four to six weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cleveland Cavaliers Archives

Darrell Arthur Suspended One Game By NBA For Shove On Dion Waiters

Darrell Arthur has been suspended one game without pay for shoving Dion Waiters in the back as he elevated for a layup on Friday night.

Waiters Returns For Anthem Friday After Not Observing Due To Religion

Dion Waiters informed Chris Haynes that he is a Muslim and that's the reason he excused himself prior to the national anthem on Wednesday.

LeBron James Endorses Dion Waiters' New Reserve Role

LeBron James has endorsed the Cavaliers moving Dion Waiters to the bench as the sixth man, believing it will add more balance to the team.

LeBron, Irving Had 'Healthy' Exchange Of Words After Blazers Loss

The exchanged words led to Kyrie Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media.

Cavs Rank 29th In Pace, 30th In AST Percentage, 27th In Defense

The Cavaliers rank 14th in offense at 105.7 points per 100 possessions (despite ranking 30th in AST%).

Waiters: Catch-And-Shoot Isn't My Game

Dion Waiters worked out for an extra 40 minutes after the Cavaliers' shootaround on Tuesday primarily working on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers.

LeBron Trying New Leadership Style As Cavs 'Play Selfish Basketball And Lose'

LeBron James jogged through his final minutes in the Cavaliers' 101-82 loss to the Blazers.

Cavaliers Waive A.J. Price To Sign Will Cherry On Two-Year Deal

Will Cherry played for the Cavaliers in the NBA Summer League in July.

Exec: Meeting With Rich Paul On LeBron Was For Them To Publicize Their Business

LeBron James empowered his agent Rich Paul to meet with several teams to Klutch’s offices in Cleveland for free-agent presentations without him present.

Gilbert: Signing Kyrie Irving To Extension Was Pivotal To Getting LeBron

Dan Gilbert believes getting Kyrie Irving signed to a max contract extension with the Cavaliers was critical in landing LeBron James in free agency and then trading for Kevin Love.

LeBron Brings Back Chalk Toss After Public Vote

LeBron James held a public vote with 95 percent voting for the chalk toss.

Cavs, Anderson Varejao Close To Three-Year, $30M Extension

Anderson Varejao is the longest tenured member of the Cavaliers, joining the club in 2004.

LeBron, Gilbert Agree Relationship Is 'Really Good'

LeBron James and Dan Gilbert are ready to begin their first season back together again and are on good terms as the Cavaliers look to win their first NBA championship.

Tristan Thompson, Cavs Stall On Extension Discussions

Tristan Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and LeBron James' agent and business partner Rich Paul.

Cavs, Anderson Varejao Seriously Discussing Extension

The Cavaliers are engaged in serious talks with Anderson Varejao on a contract extension, according to sources

Cavaliers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Dion Waiters

Dion Waiters owns career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game.

Cavs Waive Shane Edwards

Shane Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Love: My Decision Was About Wanting To Win

Kevin Love wrote a first-person essay called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which details his trade from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers.

Kevin Love Acknowledges He'll Need To Make Big Adjustments With Cavs

Kevin Love will play a different role with the Cavaliers than he has throughout his entire basketball career, using his size and shooting ability to stretch the floor.

GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY

The Spurs received 46.2 percent of the vote on which team will win the 2015 NBA Finals.
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