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Tyronn Lue Extends Open Invitation For Kevin Garnett To Join Cavs' Coaching Staff

Sep 29, 2016 5:54 PM

Tyronn Lue has extended an open invitation for Kevin Garnett to join his coaching staff with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I talked to him about it," Lue said after Cavs practice Thursday. "I know his wife is pushing for it a lot. Brandi is pushing for it, trying to get him to come and coach. He says he's not ready yet. He goes back -- 'I might do it' -- but he's back and forth. We'll see. But I'd definitely make a spot for him if he wanted to come back and coach."

Garnett retired last week after 21 seasons in the NBA.

"He's one of my best friends," Lue said of Garnett.

Lue, 39, was rooting for the 40-year-old Garnett to play a 22nd and final season in Minnesota this year.

"Didn't want to see him do it," Lue said of Garnett's retirement. "I thought he would've been the first player in NBA history to play in his teens, 20s, 30s and 40s. He just turned 40 in May. I just thought that would've been great for him."

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Cavs Plan Committee Approach For Backup Point Guard Minutes

Sep 28, 2016 10:17 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will take a committee approach to filling the backup point guard minutes left by Mo Williams' retirement.

"We have to do it by committee," Tyronn Lue said Tuesday afternoon, following the team's first practice. "I thought (DeAndre) Liggins looked really good today. Did a great job. Kay (Felder). I think we can play Jordan (McRae) a little backup point, we've got Shump (Iman Shumpert) who can play a little backup point and having LeBron on the floor with him will help him out. We just have to do it by committee until we figure it out."

Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder are the only traditional point guards on the Cavs' roster.

"Oh, man. It's a great opportunity," Felder said following his first NBA practice Tuesday. "I get to learn from Kyrie. I'll maybe be a little bit more in touch with him, because you know it would have been me and Mo right there. But now it's just me. Just to learn from Kyrie, learn what he's been through in his career, it will be fun."

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Cavs Interested In Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers, Kirk Hinrich

Sep 26, 2016 6:55 PM

With Mo Williams deciding to retire from the NBA, the Cleveland Cavaliers have a need at the point guard position.

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder at the position heading into the season.

The Cavaliers have been in contact with Norris Cole, Mario Chalmers and Kirk Hinrich. Cole and Chalmers were teammates of LeBron James with the Heat.

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Tags: Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Kirk Hinrich, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Mo Williams Changes Mind, Decides To Retire

Sep 26, 2016 2:51 PM

Mo Williams has ultimately decided to change his mind again to retire from the NBA.

Williams announced on Twitter last week that he would return to the Cleveland Cavaliers for one more season.

The Cavs owe Williams $2.2 million this season. David Griffin declined to answer whether the team would pursue a settlement, but said "we were planning on something like this being possible."

Williams had been leaning strongly toward retirement this summer, then reversed course on the eve of training camp. 

The Cavaliers only have Kyrie Irving and Kay Felder on their depth chart at point guard.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tyronn Lue Wanted To Make Sure He Was 'Right Fit' For Cavs' Job

Sep 23, 2016 11:37 AM

Tyronn Lue signed a five-year, $35 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the offseason.

Lue tried to avoid the spotlight this summer after helping the Cavs win their first title.

"I'm not the type of guy who wants the credit," Lue said in a lengthy, phone interview with cleveland.com from Santa Barbara, Calif., where he and his assistants were hanging out this week for LeBron James' minicamp for the Cavs' players.

"That's why this summer, I was declining all the talk shows," Lue said. "I won coach of the year at the ESPYs, but I didn't go to ESPYs. That's not me. I don't want the attention. I love the game of basketball, I love coaching. The attention, being on TV, all that stuff, that's not what it's about for me."

Lue was initially unsure if he was the right coach for the job so he never signed a three-year, $9.5 million deal he verbally agreed upon with the Cavs when they promoted him to head coach.

"I wanted to make sure it was the "right fit."

"Was I right for this job?" Lue said, rhetorically. "I hate being on TV, hate dealing with media on TV. All that stuff, I don't like that. Being with LeBron, who draws all kinds of attention, I knew I was going to see myself on TV. I hate that. I like to fly under radar. I wanted to make sure the fit was right."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Dahntay Jones To Sign Camp Deal With Cavaliers

Sep 22, 2016 7:17 PM

Dahntay Jones will sign a camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Jones was waived by the Cavaliers following The Finals. Jones was signed prior to the last game of the 2015-16 regular season.

Jones showed up in Santa Barbara this week to attend LeBron James' minicamp.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Mo Williams Decides Not To Retire, Returning To Cavs For One More Season

Sep 21, 2016 11:03 PM

Mo Williams has announced he will play one more NBA season after contemplating retirement throughout the offseason.

Williams is under contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for one season at $2.2 million.

Williams had told people close to him over the summer that he would retire, but the Cavs said they never heard that from him and were unsure if he would return.

Williams played on a bad left knee last season, and the knee was said to be one of the reasons he was considering retirement. 

The Cavaliers were facing potential depth issues at point guard as the only other player at the position on their roster other than Kyrie Irving is Kay Felder.

Williams turns 34 in December.

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Tags: Mo Williams, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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J.R. Smith To Skip Cavs' Voluntary Minicamp

Sep 19, 2016 11:36 AM

J.R. Smith will skip the Cleveland Cavaliers voluntary minicamp this week in California.

Smith and the Cavaliers continue to negotiate a contract. Smith is seeking a multiyear deal with the Cavaliers.

The session is meant to create camaraderie ahead of the season. Last year, the team gathered in Miami for a camp.

One of the reasons Smith's talks have failed to find common ground is the wide variety of contracts shooting guards signed during the offseason. Comparable shooting guards include Kent Bazemore (four years, $70 million), Eric Gordon (four years, $53 million) Jamal Crawford (three years, $42 million), Courtney Lee (four years, $48 million) and Joe Johnson (two years, $22 million).

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J.R. Smith Believed To Be Seeking $15M Per Season

Sep 17, 2016 5:29 PM

J.R. Smith still hopes to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers with training camp quickly approaching.

In an interview with Complex.com posted Friday, Smith said the Cavs' offer was such that "we're not where we want to be at from a personal standpoint."

The next part is somewhat confusing. He said "I don't want to feel like I'm taking advantage of the Cavs for everything they've done for me, and I don't want them to feel like I'm taking advantage of them. It's more of a mutual respect thing."

In numerous conversations with Smith's camp, they feel he's proven his worth to the Cavs. 

The Cavs are already more than $22 million over the the NBA's $94 million salary cap. 

 

Smith is believed to be looking for approximately $15 million per season. The Cavs would likely prefer a shorter contract. The Cavs gave Smith a two-year, $10 million contract with a player's option for the second season prior to the 15-16 campaign. That was after Smith declined a $6.4 million option on his previous contract.

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Larry Drew Renegotiating Contract With Cavs

Sep 16, 2016 6:45 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are renegotiating the contract of assistant coach Larry Drew.

Drew is set to become Tyronn Lue's chief assistant and associate head coach.

Drew, formerly a head coach for both Atlanta and Milwaukee, is under contract in Cleveland for another season but the new role warrants a bump in pay, and the two sides are negotiating a price.

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John Holland Signs Camp Deal With Cavs
John Holland averaged 16 points and 3.1 rebounds per game for the Charge, the Cavs' D-League affiliate.

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Eric Moreland Agrees To Camp Deal With Cavs
Eric Moreland played in eight games last season with the Kings.

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Rich Paul Buys $3M House In Los Angeles
Rich Paul bought the L.A. house because "increasingly, his clients, in addition to LeBron, are spending summers in Los Angeles."

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Iman Shumpert Arrested On DUI Charge
The NBA typically issues a two-game suspension for a first DUI conviction or guilty plea.

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Cavs Anticipating 35 Percent Drop On Tax Bill In 16-17
The Cavaliers spent approximately $160 million last season in salary and taxes combined.

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Kevin Love 'In Best Place' Mentally, Physically Since Cavs' Trade In 2014
The Cavaliers have consistently said publicly and privately they have no intention of trading Kevin Love.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast break down the Central Division.

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Cavaliers Expect Mo Williams To Retire
The Cavaliers decided not to waive Mo Williams to stretch the $2.2 million they owe him next season over three seasons.

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Cory Jefferson Agrees To Camp Deal With Cavs
Cory Jefferson averaged 5.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game with the Cavs in Summer League.

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Larry Sanders Received Serious Interest From Warriors, Cavs
Larry Sanders will not return to the NBA until he feels mentally healthy enough to do so.

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Mo Williams Strongly Considering Retiring
Mo Williams' injury concerns and desire to eventually coach have factored into his thinking.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James' 'Dream' Is To Own NBA Franchise
LeBron James would like to own an NBA team when his playing career is over.

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LeBron James Remains Open To Playing In 2020 Olympics
LeBron James will be 35 for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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LeBron James To Host Pre-Training Camp Workouts In Los Angeles
LeBron James has spent most of the summer in his new mansion in Brentwood near Los Angeles.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron James Potentially Took Less Money With New Deal
LeBron James could have signed a full max five-year contract next offseason assuming the Over-36 rule would be changed under the new CBA.

Danny Leroux/Sporting News

LeBron James Agrees Upon Three-Year, $100M Deal With Cavs
LeBron James has agreed upon a three-year, $100 million contract with the Cavs.

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Cavs-Knicks, Warriors-Spurs Featured On 16-17 Opening Night
The Cavs also hosted the Knicks in LeBron James' first game back in 2014.

Matt Moore/CBS Sports

Cavs To Host Warriors On Christmas Day
The Warriors and Cavaliers met in each of the past two Finals, as well as Christmas Day in 2015.

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Kay Felder Signs With Cavaliers
Kay Felder was the 54th overall pick in the draft.

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DeAndre Liggins Signs Camp Deal With Cavs
DeAndre Liggins averaged 5.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 25.2 minutes per game in Summer League for the Cavs.

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