Aug 23, 2014 11:45 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Dwight Powell, the 45th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Powell played four years at Stanford, appearing in 136 games (105 starts) with averages of 10.8 points and 6.3 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. The 6-11, 240-pound forward from Ontario, Canada is a two-time First Team All-Pac 12 selection. He averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals during his senior season and was the Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Powell also played for Canada in the World University Games in the summer of 2013.
Aug 22, 2014 10:08 PM EDT
The Phoenix Suns inquired with the Minnesota Timberwolves about a possible deal for Kevin Love just hours before an anticipated deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers is scheduled to become official.
The Suns are offering Eric Bledose in a sign-and-trade agreement.
The Cavaliers and Wolves have had an agreement in place on Love for weeks, and it remains intact, sources said.
Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.
Bledsoe is prepared to play for the Suns under the one-year, $3.7 million qualifying offer.
The Suns offered Bledsoe a four-year, $48 million contract similar to what Kyle Lowry received from the Toronto Raptors.
Aug 21, 2014 11:58 AM EDT
Anthony Bennett has been linked to the Philadelphia 76ers as part of the long-anticipated Kevin Love deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he may be staying with the Minnesota Timberwolves after all.
The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.
Beat writer Jerry Zgoda reports that Bennett will stay with the Wolves.
"Just a reminder: if you keep reading Bennett is headed to Philly for Young in forthcoming trade...don't believe it," wrote Zgoda.
Aug 19, 2014 1:23 PM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff.
They join Tyronn Lue, who was named associate head coach earlier this summer. Phil Handy will also serve as Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach, along with Vitaly Potapenko, who has been tabbed to continue as the team’s Assistant Director of Player Development.
Aug 19, 2014 11:18 AM EDT
Anthony Bennett is expected to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his destination is not yet certain.
The Cavaliers will acquire Kevin Love from the Minnesota Timberwolves, but there have been reports Bennett would be sent to the Philadelphia 76ers in the deal.
“I’m just a young man just ready to work,” Bennett said on Monday.
“Wherever I end up, doesn’t really matter to me. I just want to play the game of basketball.”
Bennett had a disappointing rookie season after coming back from shoulder surgery and doesn't find the uncertainty on his future distracting.
“Not distracting at all, just still focused on what I have to do, just working hard, keep my body healthy, just watching what I eat,” Bennett said.
“Last summer I couldn’t really do anything, just was pretty much out from the jump. This summer I was back on track right after the season, just watching everything I do, watching what I eat, just making sure everything is right for Summer League. I’m continuing more so I can be ready for the season.”
Aug 18, 2014 11:57 PM EDT
Rich Paul first met LeBron James at the Akron-Canton Airport when they were about to board a flight to Atlanta.
James was captivated by Paul's Warren Moon throwback jersey and the future player agent was on his way to Atlanta to buy more as he was selling jerseys out of the trunk of his car.
Paul gave James his connection in Atlanta and said that he would receive a discount if he were to drop his name.
“It was fate,” Paul said. “I could have missed the plane. I could have taken an earlier flight. I could have not worn the jersey. I could have been having a bad day and not spoken to him.”
The two eventually became friends and eventually business partners.
“We hit it off instantly,” James said. “Every time I was doing something, I’d call Rich and ask if he can make it, and he’d say, ‘I’ll be right there,’ and he was.”
Paul eventually began bringing in $15,000 per week in revenue and began looking for a store location until James hired him after the 2003 NBA Draft.
“He told me that he really didn’t have a job for me, but that he wanted me close and we’d figure it out,” Paul said.
Aug 17, 2014 11:40 AM EDT
The Cleveland Cavaliers are optimistic that Ray Allen will eventually sign with them before training camp.
Allen is considering retirement and remains undecided on whether he'll play during the 14-15 NBA season.
The common thought was Allen would eventually join LeBron James wherever he signed this summer.
Aug 17, 2014 11:33 AM EDT
John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cleveland Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.
"Now, obviously coaching at Kentucky is special," said Calipari. "It is unique and special. But this, for me, becomes about these kids. I have no desire, nor am I out looking for (jobs). I got the job. I got the job. What would move me to stay was these kids need me here. That's what I'm doing. At the end of the day, that was what (kept him at UK). It wasn't money."
Calipari was "not as (close) as everybody thought" to leaving for the NBA.
Calipari says James' decision wouldn't have played a factor.
"No. No. I don't think so. Because he and I have a great relationship, but it's not based on me coaching him," Calipari said. "We've got a relationship. I've known him for years and years. We've always been friends. But it was never based on that. I've said that. I've had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I'm leaving names off, but I've coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There's nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.
"Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what's right for their career was something I couldn't have gotten by anyway."
Aug 17, 2014 11:16 AM EDT
Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Marion also received interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers could only offer Marion a veteran's minimum deal, but the chance to play alongside LeBron James and compete for a title clinched his decision.
Marion met with Larry Bird earlier this week and could offer more money, but the Pacers would only spend as much on him using their Paul George injury exception as would be allowed while staying under the tax.
Aug 17, 2014 10:23 AM EDT
The Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in signing Shawn Marion.
Marion has met recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Indiana Pacers, but remains unsigned.
The Miami Heat also remain interested in Marion.
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Aug 12, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.
The Cavaliers signed Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.
Bill Self believes the pending move from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves will be best for Andrew Wiggins.
Ray Allen's agent, Jim Tanner, reiterated Allen has not decided whether he will return for the 2014-15 NBA season.
Ray Allen has been linked with joining LeBron James with the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers and Kevin Love could not agree upon a long-term contract at this time under CBA rules.
LeBron James is planning on spending the rest of his career with the Cavaliers despite a contract that allows him tremendous flexibility.
The 76ers will now have Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft.
The Wolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Cavaliers for Kevin Love.
Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with the Cavaliers over the Pacers.
No agreement is imminent between Chauncey Billups and the Cavaliers.
The Cavs' management saw a thinner LeBron James when they hosted him at the team's training facility.
The Cavaliers have signed Mike Miller (guard/forward) and James Jones (guard).
Shawn Marion has received a strong push for a deal with the Indiana Pacers, a league source told RealGM.
Anthony Bennett could be traded to the 76ers as part of the long anticipated Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love trade.
The Cavaliers and Wolves have a "handshake" deal in place on a trade of Andrew Wiggins for Kevin Love.
LeBron James has lost significant weight this summer as he has changed his diet to cut carbohydrates.
Aug 04, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Shawn Marion met with the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Monday, according to sources.
Larry Drew is moving toward joining the coaching staff of David Blatt with the Cavaliers.
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