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Magic To Offer President Job To David Griffin

Apr 29, 2017 1:58 AM

The Orlando Magic will offer their president of basketball operations to David Griffin.

Orlando will be allowed to engage Griffin in contract talks once the Cleveland Cavaliers' season is over.

Griffin is without a contract for next season with the Cavaliers and the two sides have been unable to hold meaningful talks on an extension. Griffin could still ultimately remain with the Cavaliers.

LeBron James has endorsed Griffin receiving an extension from Cleveland.

Orlando fired Rob Hennigan at the start of the offseason.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Left McDonald's Endorsement Deal For Upside Of Blaze Ownership

Apr 26, 2017 3:28 PM

LeBron James declined an option in 2015 to extend his endorsement of McDonald's that would have paid him approximately $14 million over four years.

James instead followed the idea of Maverick Carter to put his marketing efforts behind Blaze. James owns 17 Blaze franchises and more than 10 percent of the company. Company sales hit $185 million in 2016 and could hit $1.1 billion by 2022.

"When we started to look at our endorsement deals as partnerships, that is when a lot of it started to click for me," James tells Carter.

Regarding Blaze, James says, "We get to build this. If it doesn't become successful, I can only blame myself."

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

LeBron James' Body Feels Worse When He Doesn't Play

Apr 26, 2017 3:21 PM

LeBron James averaged 43.7 minutes per game in the Cleveland Cavaliers' first round series against the Indiana Pacers.

"I don't understand why people make a big deal out of his minutes," Tyronn Lue said. "He had a week off before the series started. We won four straight games and then he had a week off again. So next he might play 48 minutes. ... 'Bron today just said he feels worse when he doesn't play."

The amount of rest given to players has become a frequent topic of discussion amongst those in the game as well as the media and fans.

"With him playing the minutes he played during course of the regular season, it has helped him in the playoffs," Lue said. "Now he is able to play those 42, 43 minutes. Because he's used to it. His body can take it, so, I'm not worried about what outside people say."

Lue went so far as to say other teams "are suffering because they listen to what the media is saying about guys playing minutes," and "some teams should play some guys more minutes, and it would've been different (playoff) series."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

Pat Riley Wanted To 'Say Something Like Dan Gilbert' After LeBron Left Heat

Apr 25, 2017 11:06 AM

When LeBron James called Pat Riley to inform him he was leaving the Miami Heat to rejoin the Cleveland Cavaliers, Riley took it personally.

"I was silent," Riley says. "I didn't say anything. My mind began to just go. And it was over. I was very angry when LeBron left. It was personal for me. It just was. I had a very good friend who talked me off the ledge and kept me from going out there and saying something like Dan Gilbert. I'm glad I didn't do it."

When the Heat met with James that offseason, Riley felt it wasn't sincere. Maverick Carter wasn't in attendance and James kept glancing at a World Cup match during the presentation. Riley went so far as to ask them to mute the television.

Riley and Andy Elisburg also brought Miami's two championship trophies that they won with James and an easel to present free agent options. When Riley read the room, he instructed Elisburg to leave the trophies and easel in the hall.

Riley now understands why James had to leave.

"He went home because he had to go home," he says. "It was time. It was really time for him to go home, in his prime. If he's ever gonna do anything in Akron again, this was the time to do it. Otherwise, he'd have had a scarlet letter on his back the rest of his whole life."

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, NBA

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
LeBron James had followed the Cavaliers and their moves while he was gone.

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

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Kyrie Irving Suffering Soreness In Surgically Repaired Left Knee
Kyrie Irving underwent surgery on the knee in June of 2015.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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