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LeBron James: Gregg Popovich 'Factors A Lot' Into 2020 Olympics Decision

Jan 21, 2017 9:11 PM

LeBron James is undecided if he will participate in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

James said the chance to play for Gregg Popovich will be a big consideration.

"It factors a lot," James said. "I've said that before. He's just a great mastermind of the game of basketball."

James recently called Popovich "the greatest coach of all time."

"Team USA is in good hands with him," James, a gold medalist in 2008 and 2012, told the Associated Press at the time of Popovich's hire by USA Basketball. "It was in good hands with Coach K. It's almost like 'The Godfather.' We hand it off to Michael Corleone now."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Draymond Green Assessed Flagrant Foul 1 For Collision With LeBron James

Jan 16, 2017 10:58 PM

Draymond Green was called for a flagrant foul 1 after a hard collision with LeBron James during the second quarter of the Golden State Warriors' 126-91 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James was in a full sprint in transition when Green tried to cut him off near half court. Green ran shoulder-first into James' chest area, and James then fell to the floor upon contact.

Teammates from both sides converged on the incident, and words were exchanged. After the officials reviewed the play, Green was assessed the flagrant 1.

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Cavs Briefly Considered Sitting Big 3 For MLK Game Against Warriors

Jan 16, 2017 12:14 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers briefly considered sitting LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Monday's game against the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavaliers have won four straight against the Warriors and sitting the trio would have meant they'd still have that winning streak essentially intact if they meet in The Finals in June.

The Cavs ultimately decided "the desire to improve and gain valuable repetition against one of the NBA's elite teams trumped that logic."

Cleveland beat the Warriors on Christmas Day in a come from behind victory.

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Cavs +8.9 Points Per 100 Against Warriors During Four-Game Streak

Jan 16, 2017 11:53 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have won four straight games against the Golden State Warriors, dating back to Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

On average, Cleveland is scoring 111.8 points per 100 possessions during the streak against 102.9 for Golden State.

Points per 100 Possessions (CLE/GSW)
June 13 (Game 5): 113.2 / 98.0
June 16 (Game 6): 122.5 / 107.5
June 19 (Game 7): 102.5 / 98.1
Dec. 25, 2016: 108.9 / 107.9

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Cavs Assign Kay Felder To D-League

Jan 14, 2017 9:53 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Kay Felder to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Felder has played in one game for the Charge this season (12/28/16) scoring a game-high 33 points while grabbing seven rebounds and dishing seven assists in 38 minutes in a win over Greensboro in Canton.

Felder has appeared in 22 games for the Cavs this season, averaging 5.1 points in 10.6 minutes per game.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Canton Charge, NBA, D-League, D-League Teams

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Carmelo Anthony Reportedly Would Only Approve Trade To Cavs, Clippers

Jan 14, 2017 9:51 PM

Carmelo Anthony has a no-trade clause in his contract, which limits the New York Knicks' options.

Anthony re-signed with the Knicks on a five-year, $124 million deal in 2014 with a full no-trade clause. While Anthony has a no-trade clause and has said he'd like to remain with the New York Knicks, he could approve a trade to either the Cleveland Cavaliers or Los Angeles Clippers.

"It’s understood that he’d only accept being dealt to the Cavaliers or the Clippers," wrote Charley Rosen, who is perhaps the media member with the closest relationship with Phil Jackson.

Anthony has an early termination option after the 17-18 season.

Anthony has a PER of 19.4 this season, down from his career highs of 24.8 in 12-13 and 24.2 in 13-14.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James: Warriors Have Been NBA's Best Team, Not A Rival

Jan 14, 2017 9:26 PM

LeBron James attempted to downplay the sense of the Cleveland Cavaliers' rivalry with the Golden State Warriors while also praising their run of success.

"We don't look at it as a rival," James said. "They're a great team. They've been the best team the last couple years, last three years."

The Cavaliers will play the Warriors on Monday for the second time this season, and have met in each of the past two Finals.

"It's just the next game, it's Golden State," James said. "They're a helluva team, like I said the best team in the league and they've been that way the last three years, four years, however long it's been, I'm not quite sure. But, listen, you guys know, we don't put all our eggs in one basket for one game."

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Cavs Looking For Playmaker, Not Necessarily Point Guard

Jan 13, 2017 5:16 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are searching for a playmaker more than a traditional point guard.

Cleveland recently acquired Kyle Korver and are continuing to look for ways to improve their team.

"It's something where we're all pretty keenly aware that it would help take some burden off of Kyrie (Irving) and LeBron (James) as our primary playmaker, so if we could get somebody else that could do it ... and it really doesn't even have to be a point guard; it's just we need playmaking," David Griffin said.

"So, again, the hope is that Kyle gives us the opportunity to create some offense another way, and make us less dependent on those two play creators. Obviously coach (Tyronn Lue) has done some creative things with Kevin Love to make offense run through him as well. But all season long, we've known we need more playmaking, and just more intelligence at times on the floor in terms of the decision making. We'll continue to try to improve."

"It's something where we're all pretty keenly aware that it would help take some burden off of Kyrie (Irving) and LeBron (James) as our primary playmaker, so if we could get somebody else that could do it ... and it really doesn't even have to be a point guard; it's just we need playmaking," Griffin said, speaking to reporters for the first time since the Korver trade.

"So, again, the hope is that Kyle gives us the opportunity to create some offense another way, and make us less dependent on those two play creators. Obviously coach (Tyronn Lue) has done some creative things with Kevin Love to make offense run through him as well. But all season long, we've known we need more playmaking, and just more intelligence at times on the floor in terms of the decision making. We'll continue to try to improve."

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LeBron James Upset With How He's Been Officiated This Season

Jan 11, 2017 11:03 AM

LeBron James has grown increasingly frustrated by the manner in which he's been officiated this season.

James' frustration boiled over with 2:09 remaining in the first quarter, when he shouted at referee Tyler Ford and was assessed a rare technical foul -- just his second of the season -- after Utah's Shelvin Mack fouled James and put him on the foul line after an and-1 layup. James felt like Mack fouled him on another layup attempt and there was no whistle.

James was irate, in part, because, sources told ESPN, he could hear Quin Snyder instruct Mack to foul him to prevent the transition bucket, and even with that instruction being given and James absorbing what he thought to be obvious contact from Mack, no call was made.

James' teammate, Richard Jefferson, spoke up after the Phoenix game on James' behalf.

"This is another night where he's going to the basket and he's only getting six three throws, eight free throws," Jefferson told Fox Sports Ohio. "For a guy that spends as much time in the paint and drives and is aggressive as he is, for him to be bottom 15 in the league in free throw attempts given that he's the best player on the planet, four-time MVP, it's [disappointing].

"You can tell that the referees have a very difficult job reffing him, and to his credit, he keeps his cool for the most part; but as his teammate, it is tough to watch him go, go, go, get hit and not get calls. The referees have a very difficult job, he's a unique player."

James has felt like a target in the past, multiple sources told ESPN, even believing that in previous playoff series against the Washington Wizards early in his career, the Wizards' intent was not only to foul James but physically harm him.

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David Griffin's Contract With Cavaliers Expires After Current Season

Jan 10, 2017 11:06 AM

While LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tyronn Lue, Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith are all signed to multi-year deals, general manager David Griffin is without a contract beyond the current season.

Griffin has done well in managing the Cleveland Cavaliers' asset base and augmenting the supporting cast around his Big 3.

The Cavaliers don't have a large front office relative to their peers.

After Griffin, it's vice president Trent Redden, who travels the world scouting players the Cavs rarely have picks to use on, and assistant GM Koby Altman, who has a background in the Ivy League and a growing respect in the NBA. Both Redden and Altman will probably be on short lists for future GM openings. Brock Aller is the senior director of strategy, and he has helped identify some of the unique methods the team has used to create trade exceptions to add players despite being capped out. 

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LeBron James Not Interested In Coaching
LeBron James doesn't believe he has the patience to be a head coach.

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Mike Dunleavy Jr. Has Yet To Report To Hawks, Seeks Buyout
The Hawks would like to keep Mike Dunleavy after they were unable to find a third team to take him as part of the Kyle Korver deal.

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Cavs Acquire Kyle Korver From Hawks For Dunleavy, Mo Williams, 1st Round Pick
The Cavaliers sent Mike Dunleavy, Mo Williams, cash considerations and a protected first round draft pick (first possible pick is Cleveland's 2019 first round pick for Kyle Korver.

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LeBron James: We Still Need To Get A Point Guard
LeBron James is excited to add Kyle Korver to the Cavaliers but he knows the team still has work to do on their roster.

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Cavs Trading 2017 First Rounder To Get 2018 Returned From Blazers
The Cavaliers will then trade their 2019 first round pick to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal.

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Cavaliers Agree To Trade With Hawks For Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Rajon Rondo, Mario Chalmers On Cavs' Radar
LeBron James acknowledged the Cavaliers' need for a backup point guard with Mo Williams still taking a roster spot.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love Believes He's Still An All-Star
Kevin Love has yet to make an All-Star Game since joining the Cavaliers as he's sacrificed some of his individual achievements to be part of a title team.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA: Jefferson Fouled Durant; Tech Should Have Been Called On LeBron
Richard Jefferson's foul was determined to have affected Kevin Durant's SQBR (speed, quickness, balance, rhythm) on the play.

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J.R. Smith Out 12-14 Weeks Following Surgery On Thumb
J.R. Smith will miss the next 12 to 14 weeks after undergoing surgery on his broken right thumb.

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George Karl: J.R. Smith Had 'Distracting Posse', 'Sense Of Entitlement'
George Karl coached J.R. Smith for several seasons with the Nuggets.

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J.R. Smith Breaks Right Thumb, Will Undergo Surgery
J.R. Smith reportedly suffered the injury when he swiped down on Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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Kevin Love Out With Knee Contusion
Kevin Love is now listed as out for the game in Milwaukee and questionable for the game on Wednesday.

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Chris Andersen Out For Season With Torn ACL
Chris Andersen appeared in 12 games this season with averages of 2.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.

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David Fizdale Doesn't Expect LeBron James To Have Interest In Coaching
LeBron James has expressed interest in owning an NBA team in the future.

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DeAndre Liggins Has Modeled Defensive Identity After Tony Allen
When DeAndre Liggins was at Kentucky, he was told by John Calipari that he would have to play defense in order to win consistent minutes in the NBA.

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Marc Gasol, LeBron James Named NBA Players Of The Week
LeBron James and Marc Gasol have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

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J.R. Smith's MRI On Left Knee Shows No Damage
J.R. Smith is expected to be day-to-day.

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LeBron James Not Interested In Meeting With Phil Jackson About Comments
LeBron James says he has no interest in discussing Phil Jackson's "posse" comments while he's in town this week to play the Knicks.

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LeBron James: Cavs Have To Get Out Of Honeymoon Stage
use it." The Cavaliers lost at Milwaukee and Chicago with a home loss against the Clippers in-between.

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