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Carmelo Anthony: I'm Not Going Anywhere

Feb 13, 2016 12:04 PM

Carmelo Anthony responded to his inclusion in trade rumors on Saturday.

Anthony was linked to a trade involving the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, but Anthony has a no-trade clause.

"There's always some trade s--- going [on]. I don't pay attention to those rumors," Anthony said Saturday during an interview on Sirius XM NBA Radio. "I'm not going anywhere."

 

The talks, described as preliminary, included Anthony going to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love being traded to the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks receiving draft picks and players.

Anthony was then asked whether he's thought about spending his future playing for a losing organization.

"Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team," he told reporters in Toronto. "But it's not a conversation for right now."

Ian Begley/ESPN

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs, Celtics Have Discussed Kevin Love Trade

Feb 12, 2016 11:36 PM

The Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers have held preliminary trade talks centered around Kevin Love.

There have also been very preliminary discussions about expanding the deal to include Carmelo Anthony, who would have to waive his no-trade clause with the New York Knicks to facilitate a trade to the Cavaliers.

The Knicks would receive draft picks and players in return with one believed to be Timofey Mozgov.

Those talks have not progressed.

Anthony reiterated on Friday he has no plans to seek a trade.

“Not yet. I'm pretty sure I'll have that conversation with myself and my family and my team,” he said. “But it's not a conversation for right now.”

Two other possibilities for Anthony are the Celtics and Los Angeles Clippers.

For now, the Celtics are focused on Love.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

Tags: Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Remains Undecided On 2016 Olympics

Feb 12, 2016 12:50 PM

LeBron James is undecided about whether he'll play for the United States in the 2016 Olympics in Rio this summer.

James has participated in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Olympics for the United States.

James has been in every Finals since 2011 and the Cleveland Cavaliers are the favorites to represent the Eastern Conference.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National, National Olympics

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Lakers Offered Kobe Bryant For LeBron James In 2007

Feb 10, 2016 11:39 AM

The Los Angeles Lakers reached out to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the summer of 2007 about a trade of Kobe Bryant for LeBron James.

Bryant was 28 years old and at the peak of his prime but he was frustrated with the state of the Lakers and seeking a trade. Bryant was under contract for two more seasons.

"At that time, the Lakers had to do something. I was just losing faith in what they were trying to do. It was like I was a meal ticket," Bryant told ESPN's Baxter Holmes this week. "You come out and score 40, 50 points, fill the seats, we're going to keep the payroll at a minimum, generate revenue. It's like, look, listen, I am not with that, dude. I have to win without Shaq. I've got to do it. We've got to do something."

James was just 22 and coming off a trip to The Finals and signed for three more seasons.

The Cavaliers' front office remembers it as the only trade call with an offer for James.

Cleveland attempted to make the Lakers a different offer for Bryant that excluded James.

"I never would've approved it. Never. The trade to go to Cleveland? Never," Bryant told Holmes. "That wasn't one of the teams that was on my list. It was Chicago, San Antonio (or) Phoenix."

The Lakers were unable to get a deal done with the Bulls because Bryant didn't approve of Luol Deng being included. A deal with the Detroit Pistons was also agreed upon for Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton, but Bryant didn't have the Pistons on his list.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Have Interest In Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik

Feb 9, 2016 2:11 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have interest in Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans and Omer Asik ahead of the trade deadline.

The Atlanta Hawks could be selling off parts of their core in an attempt to retool.

The Cavs also discussed a Timofey Mozgov trade with the Sacramento Kings.

Cleveland has multiple Traded Player Exceptions available to them to use in a trade.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyle Korver, Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Tyronn Lue Remains On Good Terms With David Blatt

Feb 8, 2016 1:55 PM

Tyronn Lue understands the dynamics and narrative that he and LeBron James may have had something to do with the firing of David Blatt.

"Look, they ridiculed Jesus Christ, so I'm certainly no exception," Lue told cleveland.com in an exclusive interview. "I don't care what's being said. I know how loyal I was to Coach Blatt and the people that know me understand that. I have no control over what people think. I have a job to do and I'm going to do my best."

Lue and Blatt remain on very good terms.

"Me and Blatt are cool," Lue said. "We've spoken a few times since [he was let go]. I text him a few days ago, so it's not what people want to think. To say I was doing things behind the scenes to get this job is crazy. This job? A team that's in first place? Come on.

"As long as Coach Blatt supports me, that's all that matters."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Not Interested In Someday Coaching

Feb 1, 2016 1:58 PM

LeBron James is not interested in becoming a head coach when his playing career is over.

"Man, I couldn't be a head coach," James said." Boy, I'll get blamed for every little thing. Can you imagine that? Please."

James has always been considered one of the NBA's most intelligent players.

"It's the shoes that I've been put into it and I understand it, but it's not a distraction at all," James said of the attention he receives now, fair or foul. "The only thing I'm worried about is winning. That's all that matters to me. Everything else comes secondary and that's all I'm about.

"So, I'm happy to be one of the leaders of this team, of this franchise, and we're going to go out and try to win every game and be great citizens off the floor and role models to these young kids that's looking up to us. All that other stuff, that stuff doesn't mean anything."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA

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Cavs Discussed Accountability In Key Players-Only Meeting After Blatt's Firing

Feb 1, 2016 1:12 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers held an extended and spirited players-only meeting after they were informed of the firing of David Blatt.

The meeting turned into an airing of grievances for players, including LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving.

The discussion led to an agreement that has helped their recent strong play.

"It was like ripping off a scab," one team source said. "And it was exactly what needed to happen, I think it was what [Griffin] was hoping for."

"It was very healthy for the team," another source said. "It probably needed to happen weeks ago."

Accountability within the team was a central issue during the discussion.

James, Irving and Love came to an understanding that they needed to police each other on certain matters and use their influence within the team to set a standard for accountability.

James, Irving and Love led the conversation, owning up to personal faults and using the open forum to express what they expected out of their teammates.

"It's the type of conversation that only comes out when it's time for that conversation, if you know what I mean," a source said. 

James Jones played a key role in the gathering.

Tyronn Lue did not address the team until the following morning at shootaround.

Brian Windhorst, Zach Lowe/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love Enjoying Continuity Of Touches In Post, Elbow

Jan 31, 2016 4:04 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers featured Kevin Love early during their win on Saturday over the San Antonio Spurs due to the absence of Tim Duncan.

Love had 14 points in the first 10 minutes of the game and finished with 21 overall.

"Ever since I was young I was one of the big guys," Love said. "At my position I'm not the tallest guy in the world but I've always played inside/out. When I get to the free-throw line or get those post touches it helps me have continuity and feel a little bit of a flow and involved in the offense. That definitely helps me and makes the hoop bigger in a lot of ways just getting those easy touches."

"Yeah, yeah, he's played some good ball over the last year and a half that we've had him," LeBron James said of Love's recent stretch with three straight 20-plus scoring nights. "I think right now he's finally getting comfortable in his role. I think coach (Tyronn) Lue has done a great job clearing the air with what he expects out of all of us, including Kev, and he's a big focal point of our team. When he's playing locked in like this, it's great for us."

Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Pat Riley Denies Insinuation LeBron James Tried To Fire Spoelstra

Jan 29, 2016 2:54 AM

Pat Riley denied insinuations that LeBron James tried to have Erik Spoelstra fired as head coach of the Miami Heat during his tenure with the franchise.

"Not from him to me, ever," Riley said Thursday of James, who left the Heat two seasons ago in free agency to return to Cleveland. "So a lot of stuff is following him out the door. Whether it's right or wrong, it's just the nature of it. But as far as that goes, no, he never, ever walked in and said anything."

Riley's comments come on the heels of Israel-based reports earlier this week in which Heat limited ownership partner Raanan Katz suggested James was largely responsible for David Blatt's firing and he tried to do the same with Spoelstra.

The rumors James has dealt with actually remind Riley of his own experiences leaving the Lakers and the Knicks.

"I've been in that situation twice," said Riley. "I left Los Angeles, and a lot of stuff followed me out the door to New York. A lot of stuff followed me down here to Miami. It took almost 10 years to sort of get out of that storyline."

 

Michael Wallace/ESPN

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

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LeBron James: Criticism Of Relationship With Coaches 'Miscontrued'
LeBron James insisted he has always supported his head coach and has never undermined any of them.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Gregg Popovich Takes Shot At Cavs After His Own Blowout Loss To Warriors
Gregg Popovich said he might have been fired if his GM could have seen his locker room after their blowout loss to the Warriors.

Jabari Young/San Antonio Express News

Cavaliers Not Taking Trade Offers For Kevin Love
Kevin Love signed a five-year, $112 million deal the past summer and became eligible to be traded on Jan. 15.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James Believes Faster Pace Will Help Cavs In Long Run
The Cavaliers are fifth in offensive efficiency this season.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tyronn Lue Has Been Mentored By Phil Jackson, Doc Rivers, Jerry West
Tyronn Lue was a journeyman NBA player with an ability to connect with his teammates and even players from opposing teams.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

David Blatt's Camp Believes Firing Was '1,000 Percent LeBron'
The Cavaliers hired David Blatt in 2014 before they realized how seriously James wanted to return.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Wolves Not Interested In David Blatt For Assistant Job
David Blatt initially expected to work with Andrew Wiggins with the Cavaliers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Would Have Strongly Considered Tom Thibodeau If They Fired Blatt In Offseason
Tom Thibodeau was fired by the Bulls after their elimination by the Cavaliers in last season's playoffs and he remains available.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavaliers Hire Mike Longabardi As Assistant Coach
Mike Longabardi was in charge of the Suns' defense and will now join the Cavs.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy Criticize Use Of Unnamed Sources
Mark Jackson appeared to directly reference Adrian Wojnarowski, who wrote a piece this week about how Jackson was the preferred choice of LeBron James' camp.

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Cavs To Try To Play At Faster Pace
LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love each asked out of the game earlier than Tyronn Lue expected against the Bulls.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Tyronn Lue To Use Kevin Love At Elbow
Opposing scouts and coaches have wondered aloud for over a year why the Cavaliers didn't use Kevin Love at the elbow.

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Source: David Blatt Was Hired To Coach Young, Developmental Team
The Cavaliers had drafted Andrew Wiggins and David Blatt was expecting to try to improve a young team built around Kyrie Irving.

Brian Windhorst, Dave McMenamin/ESPN

LeBron James Suggests It May Have Been Good Time For Change
LeBron James denied having advance knowledge of the Cavaliers' decision to fire David Blatt and was adamant he had nothing to do with his dismissal.

Chris Hayes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tyronn Lue Wants To Establish Consistent Second Unit
Tyronn Lue wants to consistently play 10 players at until the playoffs start.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Resisted Long Push From LeBron's Camp To Hire Mark Jackson
Tyronn Lue remained the compromise choice for the Cavaliers and LeBron James' camp, who preferred Mark Jackson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Blatt Lost Respect Of Cavs By Trying To Win Favor With Big 3, Struggles With Playcalling
David Blatt was nearly fired on Dec. 26 following a 29-point loss to the Blazers, but a win over the Suns in their next game bought him more time.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Brendan Haywood: David Blatt 'Couldn't Help' Cavs, Lost Respect From Team
Brendan Haywood said the situation is unfortunate since David Blatt is "a good guy."

Steve Aschburner/NBA.com

David Griffin: LeBron James Doesn't Run This Organization
David Griffin said the Cavaliers were "measuring more than wins and losses" in evaluating David Blatt.

Fox8 Cleveland

Some Cavs Speculated Team Meeting Was To Inform Them Of Kevin Love Trade
When a team meeting was called to inform the players David Blatt had been fired as head coach of the Cavaliers, the news came as a complete shock.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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