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Kevin Love Ahead Of Schedule, Could Play In Opener

Oct 9, 2015 1:22 PM

Kevin Love could be ready for the Cleveland Cavaliers' season opener on October 27th.

“I feel pretty good,” Love told Sporting News. “As far as the opener goes, I am not completely sure. I’ll probably get with the doctors and see what they have to say. I know that my six-month post-op is coming up here pretty fast. As far as getting the strength back, getting the range of motion, I feel pretty good, so I am looking forward to getting into some more contact, getting into a rhythm and getting out there as quickly as I can.”

Love has been cleared for 3-on-3 practices, but not yet for 5-on-5. 


“(Six months is) just a ballpark figure that has generally been thrown out there by anybody who has talked about the rehab process for this kind of an injury,” Love said. “I like to think that I am ahead of the game, but there’s different tests and the due diligence that the doctor will go through and the training staff will go through. So all I can do is go out there every day and attack my rehab and hopefully I will be able to go out there and help these guys as soon as possible.”

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury

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Klutch Sports Planned On Finishing Thompson Deal Before LeBron

Oct 7, 2015 1:46 PM

LeBron James quickly signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason despite Tristan Thompson's restricted free agency with the team.

James' agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, also represents Thompson.

"It was my understanding at the outset that their plan, when I say 'their', I'm talking about Tristan's representation, was to handle Tristan Thompson's contract first and then do LeBron's contract. But five days into free agency, they realized Tristan's deal was going to go very long and they had a choice to make. LeBron could either exercise influence or not. And whether it was Rich Paul's decision or LeBron's decision, they elected not to do that. LeBron signed his contract. And people made some reactions this week because LeBron came out and said something very, very tepid on Instagram. 'Get it done.' And he's since said "it's a distraction." (People have said) 'LeBron weighing in.'

"I rolled my eyes. No, that's not LeBron weighing in. If LeBron wanted to weigh in, he'd come up in front of the microphone and say 'When I signed with the Cavaliers, Dan Gilbert told me that the luxury tax and salary was not going to be an issue and that's why I'm here. So sign Tristan Thompson because you said that wasn't going to be an issue.'

"This is an interesting test case to see how forceful LeBron may be at the bargaining table with the players union in two years."

Windhorst also said that if Paul wins a restricted free agency this year as he did last year with Eric Bledsoe, it would increase his power immensely. 

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Ready To 'Lead' Not 'Carry' Cavaliers

Oct 7, 2015 1:24 PM

LeBron James believes the Cleveland Cavaliers have ample talent where he won't have to carry the team.

"I will lead this team but I don't have to carry it," James said before shootaround as the Cavs prepared to play the Atlanta Hawks in their preseason opener at Xavier University on Wednesday night. "We have enough guys until all our guys get here.

"Until Kyrie (Irving) and Tristan (Thompson) and Shump (Iman Shumpert) is ready, we have enough guys that will all help. It's not about me carrying the team and that nature. We're all grown men, we're all professionals and they're here to do their job."

Cleveland's schedule to start the season is relatively easy with only three of the first 10 games against playoff teams from last season.

"I mean, every game is important," James said. "The East has gotten better. And I understand not to put too much into the beginning of the season, but I'm a guy who is all about chemistry and camaraderie on the floor. But you need your guys to be healthy. So I'm not quite sure if Kev (will be ready). Obviously we know Kyrie won't be available. Shump won't be available. So, it's unfortunate but we want to get these guys healthy and get them to 100 percent as close as possible."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

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Windhorst: Tristan Thompson Holdout Likely To 'Go Well Into Regular Season'

Oct 7, 2015 11:15 AM

Tristan Thompson remains a hold out as he and the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a stalemate with his restricted free agency.

Thompson decided not to sign the Cavaliers' qualifying offer and he's been unable to agree upon terms on a multi-year deal.

"I think it will take a third party event to bridge the gap here," said Windhorst on Zach Lowe's podcast.

"I actually believe it will probably go months," said Windhorst. "This will go well into the regular season."

Windhorst believes there's a lot of parallels between Thompson's situation and the on the Cavaliers underwent in 2007 with Anderson Varejao.

Varejao signed an offer sheet with the Charlotte Bobcats before the stalemate broke.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Wearing No. 6 In Practice, Keeping No. 23 For Games

Oct 6, 2015 10:59 AM

LeBron James is wearing No. 6 in practice as he did during the Cleveland Cavaliers' annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage on Monday.

James wore No. 6 during his four seasons with the Miami Heat and in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

"It's just a number of mine," James said after the scrimmage. "One of my two numbers -- 6, 23. There's nothing to it. It's my practice jersey."


James compared the jersey flip-flop to how former football star Deion Sanders would practice while wearing No. 2 -- the same number he wore in college at Florida State University -- but play games while wearing a different number.


"When he went to the pros he wore 2 in practice but wore 21 on the playing field," James said of Sanders. "It's like that."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Dunc'd On Pod: Cleveland Cavaliers Preview With Chris Haynes

Oct 6, 2015 12:29 AM

Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to provide some insight on the Tristan Thompson saga and preview the Cleveland Cavaliers' season.  

Haynes discusses how Thompson and the Cavaliers got to this point, Rich Paul's strategy in allowing the qualifying offer to expire, LeBron James' influence on the proceedings, and why the Cavaliers haven't simply caved in yet.  

For the season preview, topics included the health of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao, a season prediction, and a surprising pick for the Cavs' best crunch time lineup. 

Subscribe to the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast on iTunes or via the XML feed.

Click here for other team previews from the Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast.

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LeBron Believes Tristan Thompson's Contract Stalemate Becoming 'Distraction'

Oct 4, 2015 9:41 PM

LeBron James believes Tristan Thompson's prolonged contract negotiations with the Cleveland Cavaliers has become a distraction.

James called for the Cavaliers to "Get it done!!!!" in an Instagram post on Saturday night.

"It's kind of like the elephant in the room all over, for everybody," James said after practice on Sunday. "Hopefully some resolve can happen sooner than later. You know, obviously, we continue to say, I continue to say how his value to us is extreme, as we saw last year in the postseason, throughout the season.

"I'm not here to talk about numbers, things of that nature, because that's for them, for both sides to figure out. The last thing you need is a distraction when you try to make a championship run. And we have that right now. And it's unfortunate for both sides that we're going through it right now as a team. It's not an excuse, we will be ready to go but hopefully something happens in the near future."

James and Thompson both attended the wedding of Todd Leebow, a mutual friend, in Miami on Saturday. The pair's agent, Rich Paul, was also in attendance.

James said he decided to post his message via social media after spending "the majority of the day" with Thompson.

The Cavs already have tendered a five-year, $80 million offer to Thompson. Thompson has preferred a three-year, $53 million deal if they're unwilling to give him a five-year, $94 million max contract.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tristan Thompson Lets Deadline Pass Without Accepting Qualifying Offer

Oct 2, 2015 2:08 AM

The deadline for Tristan Thompson to sign a qualifying offer with the Cleveland Cavaliers has passed.

Thompson could have signed a one-year, $6.8 million qualifying offer, but negotiations will now continue with only two possible outcomes.

Thompson can no longer unilaterally accept the qualifying offer at that rate unless the Cavs choose to make it available again.

Agent Rich Paul recently vacated a five-year, $94 million max contract demand for his client in favor of a preferred three-year, $53 million deal, per league sources. The Cavs have already tendered a five-year, $80 million offer to Thompson.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Expect Tristan Thompson To Report To Camp On Friday

Oct 1, 2015 7:56 PM

David Griffin expects Tristan Thompson to report to camp with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday.

Thompson has until midnight EST on Thursday to accept the Cavaliers' $7 million qualifying offer, reject it to stay a restricted free agent or agree upon an extension.

"We fully expect that tomorrow he will be here in some form or fashion," Griffin said during NBA TV's broadcast of Thursday's training camp. "We're hopeful that he wants to move forward with his teammates in the same way that we want to have Tristan here. If we can come to some agreement, then we will."

Thompson and the Cavaliers have been locked in a stalemate for several weeks.

If Thompson accepts the qualifying offer, he will become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.

Thompson would be considered a holdout if he fails to sign the qualifying offer.

Anderson Varejao was in a similar scenario in 2007 and the dialogue continued until Dec. 4.

"I had to do it," Varejao said Thursday following practice. "I had to do it back then because I felt like I was disrespected with the offer they offered me."

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love Re-Signing With Cavs Was 'Pretty Easy Choice'

Oct 1, 2015 3:44 PM

Kevin Love was asked about his decision to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers in free agency.

Love re-signed on a five-year deal with an opt out after the fourth season.

"It's always what I had in mind," said Love about re-signing. "In order to be happy, win and also make money doing what I love, it all came to place and always made sense to be here."

Love also talked about how he stayed in touch with LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson and the closeness of the team as a whole.

"It made it a pretty easy choice."

Allie Clifton/Fox Sports Ohio

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers To Increase Kevin Love's Usage
Using Kevin Love more would also allow LeBron James to rest more than he has in the past.

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Iman Shumpert Out Three Months With Right Wrist Injury
Iman Shumpert recently suffered a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist.

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Kyrie Irving Plans Changes To Game To Avoid Injuries
Kyrie Irving has missed an average of 14 regular season games per season.

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Tristan Thompson Has Until Thursday To Sign Cavs' Qualifying Offer
Tristan Thompson must either agree to a new long-term contract, sign the qualifying offer or mutually agree with the Cavs to extend the qualifying offer deadline further.

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Tristan Thompson Willing To Sign Three-Year, $53M Deal With Cavs
Tristan Thompson has agreed upon a three-year, $53 million deal with the Cavaliers, according to a Chris Broussard report.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Austin Daye Agrees Upon One-Year Deal With Cavs
Austin Daye spent last season with the Spurs, Hawks and in the D-League.

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LeBron James Remains Uninvolved In Tristan Thompson Talks
LeBron James has passed on multiple opportunities to apply public pressure to the Cavaliers and hasn't commented on it via social media.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tristan Thompson, Cavs Remain $14M Apart On Contract Talks
The Cavs have held firm at an offer of five years and $80 million with Tristan Thompson looking for a max contract of $94 million over the same span.

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Cavs Hire Trajan Langdon As Director Of Player Administration
Trajan Langdon was drafted 11th overall in 1999 by the Cavs out of Duke and went on to have a successful career playing for CSKA Moscow.

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Kevin Love Could Be Ready For Opening Night
Kevin Love continues to rehab his shoulder and could be ready for the start of the regular season.

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Tristan Thompson Skipping LeBron's Minicamp
Tristan Thompson will not attend LeBron James' minicamp in Miami as he continues his stalemate with the Cavaliers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Report: Tristan Thompson Has Three Teams Willing To Max Him In 2016
Tristan Thompson and the Cavaliers remain in a stalemate during his restricted free agency.

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D.J. Stephens Agrees To Camp Deal With Cavs
D.J. Stephens spent training camp last season with the Pelicans before signing in Russia.

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Cavaliers Sign Sasha Kaun
Sasha Kaun spent the last six seasons with CSKA Moscow.

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LeBron Invites Cavs' Teammates To Miami For Pre-Camp Workouts
LeBron James had pre-camp workouts in Ohio when he was with the Heat.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

J.R. Smith Officially Re-Signs With Cavs
J.R. Smith averaged 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.7 minutes per game.

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Kyrie Irving Could Be Out Until January
The rehabilitation of Kyrie Irving from a fractured kneecap is going smoothly, but he is almost certainly not going to be ready for the Cavaliers' opener on Oct. 27.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron 'Hyped' About Getting Irving, Love Back In Cavs' Lineup
LeBron James wrote a message on Instagram to Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, who are both recovering from injuries sustained in the playoffs.

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Sasha Kaun Agrees To Two-Year Deal With Cavs
The second year is a player option for Sasha Kaun.

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J.R. Smith Agrees To Two-Year, $10M Deal With Cavs
J.R. Smith announced his return to the Cavs on Thursday night.

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