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Tristan Thompson Wasn't Surprised By Being Drafted Ahead Of Valanciunas

Oct 27, 2016 8:58 PM

Tristan Thompson was considered by some to be a surprise pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the No. 4 selection in 2011 ahead of Jonas Valanciunas. 

Valanciunas didn't come to the NBA until the 12-13 season.

"It's only a surprise if you didn't watch the workouts," Thompson said following Thursday's practice before heading to Toronto. "If you ask ownership and coach (Byron) Scott and CG (Former GM Chris Grant) and even Griff (General Manager David Griffin), if you watched the workouts, there's some other guys in that workout that probably shouldn't have went in the pick they went, but, we won't get into that. It was not a surprise."

Thompson and Valanciunas will always be linked by their draft class.

"In the draft you always have a special bond and connection, especially if you have one that goes right after you, so it's kind of always, I guess everybody thinks you're competing," Thompson said. "But me and him both have a good relationship off the court, so we just push each other and try to get the best."

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Tags: Tristan Thompson, Jonas Valanciunas, Cleveland Cavaliers, Toronto Raptors, NBA

Cavs' Rings Feature Comeback From 3-1 Down Against Warriors

Oct 26, 2016 12:34 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers received their 2016 championship rings before their 117-88 win over the New York Knicks on opening night.

The approximately 6.5-carat rings the owners, players, coaches and front-office members received were encrusted with more than 400 diamonds plus a one-carat diamond that adorns the top of the Larry O'Brien Trophy that appears across the ring face.

The interior side of the ring features a line of seven gemstones to represent the seven games that comprised the 2016 Finals. Three white diamonds depict the Warriors' wins, and four garnets represent the Cavaliers', symbolizing the first time in NBA history a team overcame a 3-1 series deficit to win the title.

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Dan Gilbert To Meet With LeBron James To Discuss Direction Of Franchise

Oct 25, 2016 3:59 PM

Dan Gilbert said he and LeBron James have come a long way in the six years since the 2010 offseason.

James decided to signed with the Miami Heat in free agency and Gilbert responded with a scathing letter published on the Cleveland Cavaliers' website that was only removed in the hours before James returned to the franchise.

"I think everybody learns every day in the decisions they make and the things they do," Gilbert said. "It was just a whole different feeling from Day 1 [when James came back in 2014]. Keep in mind that we just had one bad night in five years that we were here with LeBron -- remember the first two [years James played in Cleveland], Gordon Gund ran and owned the team.

"But we never had a bad day until the way it ended. And as bad as it was, it was one day, it was one night and everybody is a grown man and obviously we focused on the job here. And sometimes things happen for a reason, right? You just never know it at the time."

Gilbert said he and James will meet in the coming weeks to discuss the direction of the Cavs' franchise.

"We go deep and talk about stuff and figure out where we need to go as a partnership," Gilbert said of his meetings with James, which often also include James' representative, Rich Paul, as well as Cavs minority owners Jeff Cohen and Nate Forbes. "It's really a partnership when you think about it."

James said the partnership extends to off-court projects as well.

"We both have two common goals in mind, and that's to continue to build this city, continue to put things up, create jobs and have a winning franchise," James said after shootaround Tuesday before the Cavs' season opener against the New York Knicks. "And for me as a player, make me impact not only in the community but on this team. And he's doing the same."

After paying $54 million in luxury taxes last season on top of a payroll that was already north of $100 million, Gilbert said his ownership is committed to spending big money to keep the Cavs in contention.

"Not even a thought," Gilbert said. "Let's picture this: A little cash in the bank or a championship ring -- what would you take? Not even close. I think it was my grandfather who told me that anybody that dies with money in the bank is a failure. Where are you going to take it? So you might as well invest it in the right things and try to positively impact the world as much as you can. So that's what we believe."

The Cavs' current roster will cost ownership about $130 million with an escalating repeater tax that could add another $100 million-plus to the total bill.


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Cavs Waive Dahntay Jones To Keep DeAndre Liggins

Oct 24, 2016 5:11 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will waive Dahntay Jones as DeAndre Liggins will make their regular season roster.

Jones was signed at the end of the 15-16 season and gave the Cavs a veteran bench presence.

Cleveland has yet to make a decision on Mo Williams.

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LeBron James: Another MVP Would Be Great

Oct 22, 2016 10:32 PM

LeBron James was asked about his thoughts about the MVP race as it is considered fairly wide open entering the season.

Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five) and Bill Russell (five) have won more MVPs than James' four.

“Well, I’ve never set into a season saying I want to win MVP,” James said. “I’ve always thought of the season saying I want to be MVP for my team and it’s resulted in me getting four of them. So I’ve been available, for the most part, every night and I’ve been available on both sides of the floor. I’ve been healthy.

“So the simple fact that I’ve been able to win four has been an honor, and it’s been a tribute to what I’ve been able to accomplish in my career, but more importantly being able to be on the floor with my teammates. So, it will be great if I’m able to accomplish another one by doing what I need to do to help this team win. Because we got to win to get one. No matter how great your individual numbers are or your play is, your team has to be successful, and I’ve been able to be a part of some successful teams so far.”

James averaged 36.1 minutes per game two seasons ago and 35.6 last year - setting a career low each time. 

James was asked if his reduced minutes could impact his MVP candidacy.

"No, because Steph played 31 minutes a game and he won the MVP," said James.

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Cavs Waive John Holland

Oct 22, 2016 9:27 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard John Holland.

Holland appeared in three preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 10.7 points and 1.3 steals in 18.8 minutes.

The Cavaliers roster now stands at 16.

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Cavs Shopping Mo Williams In Hopes Of Roster Spot, Tax Savings

Oct 21, 2016 1:29 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are attempting to trade away Mo Williams or face a luxury tax hit as they've been unable to agree upon a buyout.

Williams is owed $2.2 million for this season and he did not report to training camp. Williams spent much of the offseason trying to decide if he would retire and ultimately underwent surgery on Oct. 12th.

If the Cavs waive Williams now to create a roster spot, Williams would receive his full salary and the Cavs would have to pay the full tax amount. 

The Cavs have the option of suspending Williams and not paying him, his first paycheck is not due until Nov. 15. But team suspensions do not affect the salary cap and they would still be taxed on the full salary. 

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Tristan Thompson Engaged To Khloe Kardashian, Will Have Own Reality Show

Oct 21, 2016 11:50 AM

Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian are now engaged and will get their own reality show with a televised wedding ceremony.

“Kris is terrified that fans will lose interest [in KUWTK],” an insider exclusively revealed. “She desperately wants a new project to work on and thinks Khloé and Tristan’s show would be ratings gold, especially if they include all the drama surrounding the basketball player leaving his pregnant ex for her daughter.”

Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cavaliers last October and has been their most consistent big man over the past two seasons.

Kardashian was previously married to Lamar Odom and had a high profile romance last season with James Harden.


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Cavs Receiving Trade Calls On Iman Shumpert

Oct 21, 2016 11:15 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have received interest from several teams on the availability of Iman Shumpert.

The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the teams that has expressed interest in Shumpert.

With J.R. Smith re-signed, the Cavs could consider trading Shumpert. While the Cavs won't salary-dump Shumpert, they could save considerably on the luxury tax if they find a move that makes sense.

Cleveland has Smith, Mike Dunleavy and Richard Jefferson on the wing along with LeBron James.

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Cavs Waive Markel Brown, Jonathan Holmes, Cory Jefferson

Oct 20, 2016 2:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guard Markel Brown, forward Jonathan Holmes and forward Cory Jefferson.

Brown appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 4.8 points and 1.7 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game.

Holmes appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 9.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in 17.4 minutes per game.

Jefferson appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 7.7 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.


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Kevin Love: The Block, The Shot, The Stop Defined Game 7 Win In That Order
When the Cavaliers defeated the Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals, three plays defined the game.

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Kevin Love Told GM He Wanted To Stay 'To Be A Champion' Ahead Of 2016 Trade Deadline
Kevin Love received a lot of blame for the Cavaliers seemingly underachieving during the middle of last season.

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Dunc'd On: Cleveland Cavaliers Season Outlook w/ Chris Fedor
Chris Fedor of joins Nate Duncan for the Cavaliers season outlook.

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J.R. Smith's Deal With Cavs Worth $15.68M In Final Year
J.R. Smith will either earn $45.15 million over three seasons when factoring in the 18-19 guarantee or $57 million over four.

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GMs Predict Warriors Win 2017 Finals, LeBron For MVP
The Warriors are predicted to win the 2017 NBA Finals by 69 percent of general managers while 31 percent predict the Cavaliers.

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LeBron James Glad Cavs Have Core All Signed On Multi-Year Deals
LeBron James wouldn't say, however, how the Cavs' long-term stability will impact how he views his own future.

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J.R. Smith, Cavs Agree Upon Four-Year, $57M Deal
J.R. Smith did not pick up his $5.3 million player option for 16-17 in order to secure a long-term deal with the Cavs.

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Mario Chalmers Receiving Strong Interest From Cavs
Mario Chalmers injured his Achilles last March while playing for the Grizzlies.

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Cavs Working With Tristan Thompson On Expanding Shooting Range
Out of Tristan Thompson's 420 shots last season, 332 came less than five feet from the basket.

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Mo Williams Undergoes Surgery, Critical Of Cavs As He Still Occupies Roster Spot
The Cavs have attempted to negotiate a buyout for Mo Williams' $2.2 million contract for the 16-17 season but no agreement has been reached.

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LeBron James Wanted Cavs To Sign Dwyane Wade If Cap Space Were Available
Cleveland could offer only the taxpayer midlevel exception to Dwyane Wade, worth about $3.5 million.

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Celtics Interested In Signing J.R. Smith
The Celtics can only offer J.R. Smith a salary starting at $9 million unless they make a trade to clear cap space.

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J.R. Smith, Cavs $4M-$5M Apart Per Season In Negotiations
J.R. Smith is seeking $15 million per season from the Cavaliers.

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Cavs More Focused On Fit Than 'High Variance Upside Guys'
With the Cavaliers relying so heavily on LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, David Griffin says their roster building is more about finding the right fit than about high upside talent.

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Dwyane Wade Admits Considering Cleveland In Free Agency
Dwyane Wade would have had to take significantly less money to sign with the Cavaliers.

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Eric Moreland Still Not Cleared From Foot Injury, Waived By Cavs
Doctors have told Eric Moreland that he is approximately 6-8 weeks away from being 100 percent.

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Toney Douglas Signs With Cavaliers
Toney Douglas appeared in 61 games for the Pelicans last season averaging 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 20.7 minutes per game.

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LeBron James Autographed Rookie Card Sells For $318,000
A sports memorabilia expert called the LeBron James' card the "Holy Grail of modern trading cards."

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LeBron James Urges Cavs To Re-Sign J.R. Smith
LeBron James says J.R. Smith "did his part" and that he and the Cavaliers "need to get it done."

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Tyronn Lue Extends Open Invitation For Kevin Garnett To Join Cavs' Coaching Staff
Tyronn Lue calls Kevin Garnett one of his best friends.

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