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Cavs Exercise Option On Jordan McRae

Jun 28, 2016 1:39 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will exercise their team option on Jordan McRae for the 16-17 season.

McRae's contract won't be fully guaranteed at just under $1 million.

McRae was signed to a 10-day contract in February and the Cavaliers were impressed with him in practice.

McRae scored 36 points in the regular season finale this season and also scored 61 points in a D-League game.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Jordan McRae, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Richard Jefferson Won't Retire, Plans To Play 2-3 More Seasons

Jun 28, 2016 1:12 PM

Richard Jefferson has reversed his decision upon retirement and now hopes to sign a two or three-year contract in free agency.

Jefferson's role increase in The Finals with the Cleveland Cavaliers when Kevin Love was injured.

Jefferson has been durable despite being well into his mid-thirties.

Jefferson was the 13th selection in the 2001 NBA draft, playing 15 seasons with New Jersey, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Golden State, Utah, Dallas and Cleveland. 

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Cavs Intend To Keep Core Together For Title Defense

Jun 27, 2016 11:23 PM

David Griffin anticipates the Cleveland Cavaliers defending their title with their same core.

There has been speculation that the Cavaliers could listen to trade offers for Kevin Love.

"We do intend to keep this group together and see what we're capable of," Griffin said.

‎"I think our best basketball's in front of us because we finally organically grew to the point that we were ready to achieve something together," Griffin said. "And so I expect you're going to see better play from Kyrie Irving, who I think took a huge jump both as an individual talent and a winner throughout these playoffs. [And] I think Kevin's fit with us is much more clearly defined."

The Cavaliers have six free agents, most notably LeBron James, J.R. Smith and Matthew Dellavedova. 

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

Kyrie Irving Completes USA's Olympic Roster

Jun 25, 2016 7:00 PM

Kyrie Irving has accepted the final invitation for the United States' 12-man roster for the 2016 Olympics.

Irving weighed the decision all week after the Cleveland Cavaliers won Game 7 of The Finals.

Irving, the MVP of the 2014 Basketball World Cup, averaged 19.6 points and 4.7 assists for the Cavaliers this season.

Here is the roster Mike Krzyzewski will coach in Rio:

Kyrie Irving
Klay Thompson
Kyle Lowry
DeMar DeRozan
Jimmy Butler
Kevin Durant
Harrison Barnes
Draymond Green
Paul George
Carmelo Anthony
DeMarcus Cousins
DeAndre Jordan

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Cavs Pay $2.4M For 54th Overall Pick, Select Kay Felder

Jun 24, 2016 12:17 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers bought the 54th overall pick from the Atlanta Hawks to select Kay Felder.

LeBron James was reportedly a proponent of selecting Felder.

Cleveland paid $2.4 million to the Hawks to buy their way into the draft to select Felder.

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Tags: Kay Felder, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

LeBron James Withdraws From Olympics

Jun 23, 2016 5:10 PM

LeBron James has informed USA Basketball he will not play in the 2016 Olympics.

James had played in each of the previous three Olympics for the United States.

James cited the amount of court time he's logged with six straight trips to The Finals.

James' agent Rich Paul informed Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo Thursday of James' decision. James contacted Mike Krzyzewski Thursday.

"I could use the rest," James told

James stayed relatively healthy this season and the thought of him even playing in the Olympics a year was almost unfathomable.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, United States, NBA, National, National Olympics, National Teams

Rival Teams Can Offer LeBron James $3M More Than Cavs

Jun 23, 2016 12:25 PM

LeBron James confirmed on Wednesday he plans to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James will not pick his player option for next season at $24 million and will again sign a one-year deal. James plans to wait until 2017 when the salary cap will be even higher and a potential new CBA will enable him to sign one of the largest deals in sports history.

The most the Cavaliers can offer because they don't have salary cap space and also don't have his full Bird rights is $27.5 million.

There are more than 20 teams that can pay James $30.8 million for next season. The cap is jumping so significantly that the max contract parameters exceed the 20 percent raise the Cavs can offer James. There has never been a situation like this before in the history of the NBA.

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

Richard Jefferson Reverses Decision On Retirement

Jun 22, 2016 6:02 PM

In the immediate aftermath of winning the 2016 Finals, Richard Jefferson said he planned on retiring from the NBA.

But with how well Jefferson played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the playoffs and the likely market for him in free agency on a one-year deal, he quickly changed his mind.

"If you guys want me to play one more year, I'll play one more year," said Jefferson at Wednesday's victory parade.

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Tags: Richard Jefferson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

LeBron James Will Re-Sign With Cavaliers

Jun 22, 2016 11:36 AM

LeBron James will re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After winning a title, there had been some speculation that James could decide to move on to another challenge.

"I love it here. I love being here. I love my teammates," James told, moments before he boarded a float at The Q for the Cavs' championship parade through downtown Cleveland. "Obviously my agent will take care of all the logistical things but, I'm happy. I've got no plans to go nowhere at this point."

James has signed a one-plus-one contract with the Cavaliers in each of the past two offseasons.

James is under contract on a one-year, $24 million deal for 16-17, which he'll almost certainly decline to make more than $30 million next season with the cap increasing.

"This is the happiest time in my life right now," James said.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Dunc'd On: Warriors, Cavs Offseasons, News

Jun 22, 2016 4:28 AM

After losing in the NBA Finals, what will the Golden State Warriors do this offseason? They can potentially get to $27 million in space, but is it worth it if they can't sign Kevin Durant?  Should they match on Harrison Barnes, a restricted free agent? Move on from Andrew Bogut? What about some of the lesser free agents like Mo Speights and Leandro Barbosa?

Then (38:00), the Cleveland Cavaliers' offseason. What are LeBron's options for re-signing, how much will JR Smith get in free agency, should the Cavs match on Matthew Dellavedova?  What will their tax situation be, and what options do they have with their cap exceptions to get more reinforcements for next year?

Then, news discussion including some possible destinations for Greg Monroe (1:02:00).

With host Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Danny Leroux of RealGMThe Athletic and the Sporting News (@DannyLeroux). 

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Cavs Expected To Listen To Kevin Love Trade Offers
The Cavaliers will be thin on the wing, especially if Richard Jefferson goes through with his retirement announcement.

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LeBron James Expected To Withdraw From Olympics
LeBron James has been a member of USA Basketball since 2004.

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Game 7 Of Finals Peaks With 44.5M Viewers, Most Watched NBA Game Since 1998
The game averaged 30.8 million viewers, making it the most watched NBA telecast since Game 6 of the 1998 Finals when Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz.

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LeBron James Explains 'Secret Motivation' Remark About Miami
While LeBron James didn't name anyone specifically, it is widely believed to be Pat Riley.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN (via Deadspin)

LeBron James Named Unanimous Finals MVP

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Cavaliers Win 2016 NBA Finals
The Cavaliers won Game 7 by a final of 93-89 with Kyrie Irving hitting a go-ahead three-pointer against Stephen Curry with 0:53 remaining in the game.

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Crawford, Callahan, McCutchen Assigned To Work Game 7
Danny Crawford, Mike Callahan and Monty McCutchen are the three referees assigned to work Game 7 of The Finals.

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LeBron James Has Highest Finals PER Since Shaq In 2002
Through six games, LeBron James has a PER of 35.1 while averaging 30.2 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 2.7 steals and 2.2 blocks on better than 51 percent shooting.

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Woj: Franchises On LeBron James' Free Agency Watch Again
LeBron James will be a free agent again this offseason and Adrian Wojnarowski suggests he could consider leaving the Cavaliers this offseason should they win a title.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

LeBron James With Career-High 35.1 PER In 2016 Finals
LeBron James' PER for the series is now at 35.1, which is his highest mark in seven appearances in The Finals.

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Stephen Curry Hits Son Of Cavs' Minority Owner With Mouthpiece
Stephen Curry's mouthpiece hit Andrew Forbes, son of Cavaliers' minority owner Nate Forbes, on the shoulder.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Danny Ainge Meets With Jeff Schwartz
Danny Ainge is believed to have inquired with Jeff Schwartz about whether a trade for Kevin Love could be revisited.

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Cavs Pushed For Draymond Green To Be Suspended Two Games
If Draymond Green had been given a Flagrant Foul 2, he would have been suspended for two games.

Zach Lowe/ESPN (via Dan Feldman/Pro Basketball Talk)

Scott Foster, Ken Mauer, Jason Phillips Assigned To Work Game 6
Ken Mauer is the veteran of the crew with 30 years of experience, while Scott Foster is a 22-year veteran and Jason Phillips is in his 16th season.

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LeBron James: We Definitely Need Kevin Love To Play Better
LeBron James was asked what the Cavaliers need from Kevin Love in Game 6.

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J.R. Smith Opts For Free Agency
J.R. Smith re-signed with the Cavaliers last offseason for two years at $10.3 million.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Warriors Have 86 Percent Probability Of Winning Finals
The Warriors lost Game 5 but still have an 85 percent chance of winning the 2016 title.

Alok Pattani/ESPN

LeBron James: Winning Title Was Just One Reason Why I Returned To Cleveland
LeBron James' decision to return to Cleveland extends beyond just winning a title.

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Warriors +54 With Draymond Green At Center In Finals, -24 Without Him
The Warriors have been at their best since last year's playoffs with various iterations of a lineup with Draymond Green at center.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

NBA Reviewing Play Between Draymond Green, LeBron James
If Draymond Green were to be assessed a flagrant foul 1 after league review, he would receive an automatic suspension for Monday's Game 5.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN