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Saunders Hadn't Given Up On Re-Signing Love Before Wiggins' Trade

Jul 30, 2015 12:38 PM

Flip Saunders was entirely prepared to keep Kevin Love as he entered free agency in 2015 until the Cleveland Cavaliers approached the Minnesota Timberwolves with the Andrew Wiggins' trade.

"I didn’t have a problem keeping Kevin into the final year of his deal and coaching him," said Saunders. "Guys just don’t turn down the extra year and $30 million. Even though he maybe wanted to leave, I thought we still had an opportunity to re-sign him. When you are patient, you can say, “This is what we need to get something done, and if we don’t get it, we’re keeping him.”

Then things kind of fell into place, with LeBron going to Cleveland and [Andrew] Wiggins becoming available. That’s when you can say 'lucky'."

Love had an uneven first season with the Cavaliers, but he decided to re-sign on a five-year deal.

"No, it wasn’t (bluster)," said Saunders. "People thought it was. Thoughts might have changed when I announced I would coach. Because what coach wouldn’t want to coach a guy who was All-NBA? Coaches want to win that night. I’m in a unique situation, because as the coach, I live in the present, but as the GM, I look into the future. I try to steer both courses. But people believed I would coach the guy."

Zach Lowe/Grantland

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

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Colangelo Believes LeBron Wants To Participate In 2016 Olympics

Jul 29, 2015 5:01 PM

LeBron James was reportedly set to retire from USA Basketball following the 2012 Olympics when he ruled out the 2014 World Championships and was considered doubtful for the 2016 Olympics.

But Jerry Colangelo isn't ruling anything out for 2016.

"I think LeBron wants to be part of it," Colangelo said.

James already has played in over 41,000 career NBA minutes and has appeared in three Olympics for the United States.

William Lou/The Score

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

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Lakers Won't Sign J.R. Smith

Jul 27, 2015 2:32 PM

There were unsubstantiated rumors over the weekend linking J.R. Smith to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports the Lakers will not be signing Smith.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Smith remain engaged in contract talks.

Mark Medina/Los Angeles Daily News

Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Matthew Dellavedova Returns To Cavs On One-Year, $1.2M Deal

Jul 27, 2015 12:24 PM

Matthew Dellavedova will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year deal worth $1.2 million.

Dellavedova will be eligible for free agency again next offseason.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Matt Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Grizzlies, Thunder, Mavs Expected To Pursue Mike Miller

Jul 26, 2015 11:11 PM

The Memphis Grizzlies, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks are expected to pursue Mike Miller.

Miller was traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Portland Trail Blazers and he'll be waived.

The Cavs' trade of Miller "was right thing to do" according to a LeBron James' source. Miller was previously waived by the Miami Heat in a tax-savings move that angered James.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavs Trade Brendan Haywood, Mike Miller To Blazers

Jul 26, 2015 9:13 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers.

Haywood's contract is non-guaranteed for the 15-16 season at $10.5 million.

Portland will receive second round picks from the Cavaliers in 2019 and 2020.

The Cavaliers were unable to find a suitable trade using Haywood's contract and will instead have two traded player exception that can be used later in the amounts of $10.5 million and $2.85 million.

Trading away Miller could save the Cavaliers as much as $10 million in salary in luxury taxes.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Mike Miller, Brendan Haywood, Cleveland Cavaliers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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James Jones Re-Signs With Cavaliers

Jul 25, 2015 9:05 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed James Jones.

Jones appeared in 57 games (two starts) for the Cavs during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game. He also shot .360 from the three-point line and .848 from the free throw line. 

Jones previously said he would re-sign with the Cavaliers.

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

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Cavs Likely To Settle For TPE In Exchange For Haywood's Contract

Jul 23, 2015 6:03 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers hope to soon trade Brendan Haywood for a traded player exception.

The Cavaliers have shopped the non-guaranteed contract of Haywood around the NBA, including talks with the Brooklyn Nets on Joe Johnson. They haven't been able to find a deal to their liking and could instead trade Haywood for a traded player exception.

The Cavs used a trade exception they created last summer to trade for Timofey Mozgov during last season.

The Portland Trail Blazers and Philadelphia 76ers are the only teams currently with enough cap space to absorb Haywood and create a trade exception for Cleveland. The Cavs might need to surrender a draft pick to create the incentive for either team to help the Cavaliers with the TPE.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Brendan Haywood, Cleveland Cavaliers, Philadelphia Sixers, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rakeem Christmas Traded To Pacers, Signs Four-Year Deal

Jul 23, 2015 5:13 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded Rakeem Christmas to the Indiana Pacers for a 2019 second round pick.

Christmas was the No. 36 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

Christmas and the Pacers have agreed upon a four-year, $4.5 million deal.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Rakeem Christmas, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Pacers Acquire Rakeem Christmas From Cavs For Second Round Pick

Jul 23, 2015 5:09 PM

The Indiana Pacers have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for a 2019 second-round draft pick that the Pacers acquired in the recent trade for Roy Hibbert.

Christmas, 6-9, 250, was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In his four-year career with the Orangemen, he played 142 games.

"We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts," said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. "He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team."

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Tags: Rakeem Christmas, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Official Trade

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Cavs' Revenue Increased By $67M In 14-15 Despite $15.2M Jump In Salary
The Cavaliers will raise ticket prices 15 percent next year, which is the first increase in five years.

Michael Powell/New York Times

Richard Jefferson Agrees To Sign With Cavs
Richard Jefferson gives the Cavaliers additional depth on the wing.

Marc Stein/ESPN

J.R. Smith To Meet With Cavs, Somewhat Regrets Opt Out Decision
It is believed J.R. Smith was seeking somewhere in the $7 million to $9 million range annually.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

James Jones Plans To Re-Sign With Cavaliers
James Jones remains a free agent and is coming off a one-year deal with the Cavaliers.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs May Not Have Roster Spots For Draft Picks
Rakeem Christmas and Sir'Dominic Pointer were second round picks by the Cavaliers.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Meet With Sasha Kaun For Possibility Of Deal
The Cavs "aren't in a hurry" to make a decision on Sasha Kaun, according to a source.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Joel Freeland Signing Two-Year Deal With CSKA Moscow After Declining Mavs' Offer
Joel Freeland had several other offers, including veteran-minimum proposals from the Cavaliers and Spurs, sources said.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Tristan Thompson Agreement With Cavs Not Yet Close
The Cavaliers and Tristan Thompson are still expected to eventually agree upon a long-term deal.

Sam Amick/USA Today

LeBron James To Sign One-Plus-One Deal With Cavs
The first year of LeBron James' deal is worth $22.97 million and the second season is worth $24 million.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Kevin Love, LeBron Had 'Very Honest' Talk Before Free Agency
Kevin Love said he and LeBron James "just talked everything out and a lot of stuff was very honest and we came to a really good place and we agreed on a lot of things."

AP

Mo Williams, Cavs Agree Upon Two-Year, $4.3M Deal
Mo Williams gets a player option in Year 2 of the deal.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs Pursuing Trade For Jamal Crawford With Clippers
The Cavaliers are exploring a possible trade using the non-guaranteed contract of Brendan Haywood for Jamal Crawford.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Interested In Trading For Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson is owed $24.8 million for the 15-16 season and trading him for Brendan Haywood's non-guaranteed contract would save the Nets millions.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron Waiting On Tristan Thompson Talks To Be Resolved
LeBron James doesn't plan on initiating free agent talks with the Cavaliers until negotiations between Tristan Thompson and the team are resolved.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Matthew Dellavedova, Cavs Progressing On Multi-Year Deal
The Cavaliers and Matthew Dellavedova are making progress on a new multi-year contract in the $3 million to $5 million range, sources tell RealGM's Shams Charania.

Shams Charania/RealGM

Timofey Mozgov Undergoes Scope On Knee, Out Six Weeks
Timfoey Mozgov's rehabilitation and return to play protocol is slated for six weeks.

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Execs Believe Kevin Love Could Eventually Be Traded By Cavs
The Cavaliers are confident that a smaller lineup of Tristan Thompson at center and Kevin Love at power forward will work.

Sean Deveney/Sporting News

Iman Shumpert Re-Signs With Cavs On Four-Year, $40M Contract
Iman Shumpert's deal includes a player option for the fourth season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kevin Love Agrees To Stay With Cavaliers
Kevin Love broke the news via a first person essay in The Players Tribune.

RealGM Staff Report

Tristan Thompson, Cavs Nearing Agreement On $80M Deal
Tristan Thompson rejected a four-year, $52 million extension from the Cavaliers last offseason.

Brian Windhorst, Marc Stein/ESPN

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