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Corey Brewer Placed On Trade Block Again By Wolves

Corey Brewer has been placed back on the trading block by the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers.

Flip Saunders, after calling Brewer "too valuable to trade" on Nov. 20, publicly acknowledged last week that the Wolves' many injuries and subsequent struggles to compete in the difficult West have forced Minnesota to concede that the team is shifting from a "retool" mode to a "rebuild."

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavaliers Interested In Wesley Matthews

The Cleveland Cavaliers have expressed interest in Wesley Matthews but have been rejected in their quest to land him from the Portland Trail Blazers, according to sources.

The Blazers have dismissed all overtures for Matthews and hope to re-sign him as a free agent in the offseason.

Portland is 19-6 so far this season.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron Has 'Expanded Rest Of His Game' While Athleticism Declines

LeBron James only has six dunks in the halfcourt this season as his game evolves while getting older.

ESPN.com published a pair of stories on Thursday examining James' place in the league as a 12-year veteran.

One quoted an advance scout as saying, "The LeBron who could dunk on any player at any time is probably gone. ... He's probably never been a better basketball player than he is right now, though." The other noted how James had only six dunks in the Cavs' half-court offense through his first 20 games.

"It's funny you say that because a family member of mine sent me the same message you just talked about," James said. "You can look at it in a bad way or a good way. I've expanded the rest of my game. I'm still out there making plays. My athleticism, obviously I'm not the 18-year-old kid that I was before. But I can still do the things I need to do to be successful."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Jermaine O'Neal To Decide On Playing Future In January; Cavs, Clippers, Mavs, Warriors Interested

Jermaine O'Neal said he expects to make a definitive decision on his playing future early in 2015.

"I'm going to make a clear-cut decision after the holidays," O'Neal said.

O'Neal admitted he knows there are teams that are interested in a possible deal and he has not ruled out returning for what would be his 19th NBA season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors are among the teams that covet O'Neal should he play again.

O'Neal played for the Warriors last season.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron Misses First Game Of Season With Knee Soreness

LeBron James sat out the Cleveland Cavaliers' loss at the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday with a knee injury. James had played in every game for the Cavaliers in the regular season.

The soreness is located in the back of James' left knee and that he first started feeling the discomfort after the Cavs' win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

"Nothing major," David Blatt said. "Again, not a serious problem. We'll monitor it, we'll treat him and we'll see how he's feeling (Friday)."

James missed the Cavs' morning shootaround in order to receive treatment on "general soreness" in his left knee.

 

Blatt also said the knee hasn't been a lingering issue this season for James.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dellavedova Reminds LeBron Of Norris Cole

Matthew Dellavedova made a big impact for the Cleveland Cavaliers in their 105-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.

This marked Dellavedova's second game back from injury, but the first in which he played significant minutes.

"We've been waiting for Matty to come back," David Blatt admitted. "He's a big part of what we do. He gives us a steady hand off the bench. He gives us great energy and activity on the defensive end and he plays simple and smart on the offensive end. Given that this was only his second game back and he's been out for more than four weeks, his performance was just outstanding against very, very high-level NBA guards."

Dellavedova's defense helped the Cavaliers' rally.

"He's just scrappy, man," James said. "Delly is a guy that's always been counted out. Saying he can't make it, he can't do this, he can't shoot enough, not fast enough, not tall enough. One thing about it: Heart and effort will take a way a lot of the things that you cannot do. I'll take a guy like that any day on my team."

James believes Dellavedova reminds him of a former teammate that helped the Heat win two titles.

"I had Norris Cole on my team in Miami," James said. "He was the same type of guy. We called him the pit bull. You just put him out there on anybody and he's always going to be successful and know you can never discredit how he goes about the game and how hard he plays. You put him out there for 20 seconds and it will be the hardest 20 seconds he ever played, like he'll never play again... Everything they do won't show up in the box score but teammates and people that know the game know he made an impact."

Via Chris Fedor/Northeast Ohio Media Group

Cavs Interested In Kosta Koufos, Willing To Deal Dion Waiters For Difference Maker

The Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in trading for Kosta Koufos, according to sources.

The Cavaliers are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back Dion Waiters.

Koufos is an unrestricted free agent next summer. His camp has made it known to Grizzlies management that it has less than pleased with the limited role carved out for the 7-footer over the past two season, according to sources.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

LeBron Seeks 'I Can't Breathe' Shirt To Honor Eric Garner

LeBron James weighed in on Derrick Rose's stance to wear a "I Can't Breathe" shirt to honor the death of Eric Garner.

"It's spectacular," James said. "I loved it. I'm looking for one."

Garner, an African-American man, died last summer from being placed in a choke hold by a New York police officer.

When asked if he planned to wear the T-shirt before a game, James was coy, but hinted it could potentially happen.

"It's possible," he said. "I'm looking for one. I think it was great."

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Fixed Issues Moving LeBron To PG Duties, Irving Off Ball

During the early part of the season, Kyrie Irving was maligned for his low assist totals amidst the Cleveland Cavaliers' struggles on offense.

The Cavaliers have changed their system over the past month since their loss at Utah Jazz in which Irving had no assists.

"He was playing off the ball. This is where the Cavs have made incredible strides over the last month. Since that Utah game, LeBron (James) has taken over basically as the point guard and Kyrie has allowed him to do it.

"(Against the Knicks) you saw LeBron running the show and Kyrie being the No. 2. The difference was LeBron was setting people up. The team had 19 assists. LeBron had 12 of them, six of those assists went to Kyrie. He puts up 37 points on a night where LeBron isn't going great offensive and his assists didn't matter as much because the team was operating differently.

"Because he's giving less energy on the offensive end, Kyrie is expending that energy on the defensive end playing some of the best defense of his career."

David Blatt has also left Irving on the floor at the beginning of the second and fourth quarters during James' time on the bench.

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Mike Miller Hoped To Play 3-4 More Seasons, Finish Career With Grizzlies

Mike Miller hoped to re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies after the season after averaging 7.1 points in 82 games for the team last season.

“I thought I was going to finish my career there,” Miller said. “I really did. I was happy there. I wanted to play another three, four years, [and I] thought I could get that done in Memphis.”

Instead, the Grizzlies pursued and signed Vince Carter in free agency, which essentially took away Miller’s roster spot.

Miller then joined LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Via Jonathan Abrams/Grantland

Cleveland Cavaliers Archives

Kevin Love Plans On Staying With Cavs 'For A Long Time'

Kevin Love said he plans to remain with the Cavaliers for the foreseeable future.

LeBron: I Don't Have A Position, I'm Just A Ball Player

LeBron James has largely been considered a small forward, but a positional category has probably never applied to him due to his versatility.

LeBron, Griffin Named NBA Players Of The Week

LeBron James and Blake Griffin have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 24 and Nov. 30.

Cavaliers Claim A.J. Price Off Waivers

The Cavaliers have claimed A.J. Price off waivers.

Kyrie Irving Accepting Most Defensive Responsibility Of Career

Kyrie Irving has taken an elevated defensive responsibility, admitting that he is taking the most burden on that end in his four-year career.

Cavs Recall Alex Kirk From D-League

Alex Kirk has played in three games (all starts) for the Charge this season with averages of 23.7 points on .483 shooting, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 39.3 minutes per game.

LeBron James Remains Optimistic Despite 'Fragile' State Of Cavs

LeBron James framed the Cavaliers' state as "fragile" after the team dropped to 5-7 with a 110-93 home loss to Raptors on Saturday.

Brendan Haywood Aware Cavs Could Trade Him

Brendan Haywood has a non-guaranteed contract for next season worth $10.5 million that could a trade chip for the Cavaliers.

LeBron Believes Minutes For Cavs' Big 3 Have To Come Down

LeBron James is averaging the third-most minutes per game in the NBA at 39.1.

Duncan Respects LeBron's Return To Cleveland, Didn't Think It Was A Possibility

The Spurs will play the Cavaliers on Wednesday for the first time since LeBron James returned to the franchise.

LeBron's Relationship With Blatt Remains Work In Progress

LeBron James and David Blatt continue to be a work in progress understanding each other.

Damian Lillard, LeBron Named NBA Players Of The Week

Damian Lillard and LeBron James have been named the NBA's Players of the Week for games played between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16.

Timberwolves Discussing Corey Brewer Trade With Cavs, Rockets

The Cavaliers and Rockets view Corey Brewer as a notable boost for their wing depth.

Cavaliers Assign Alex Kirk To D-League

Alex Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.

Kevin Love Denies Interest In Joining Lakers As Free Agent

Kevin Love denied a report that that he will consider opting out and signing with the Lakers next offseason.

Dellavedova Out 4-6 Weeks With Sprained MCL

Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers' loss at Portland.

Darrell Arthur Suspended One Game By NBA For Shove On Dion Waiters

Darrell Arthur has been suspended one game without pay for shoving Dion Waiters in the back as he elevated for a layup on Friday night.

Waiters Returns For Anthem Friday After Not Observing Due To Religion

Dion Waiters informed Chris Haynes that he is a Muslim and that's the reason he excused himself prior to the national anthem on Wednesday.

LeBron James Endorses Dion Waiters' New Reserve Role

LeBron James has endorsed the Cavaliers moving Dion Waiters to the bench as the sixth man, believing it will add more balance to the team.

LeBron, Irving Had 'Healthy' Exchange Of Words After Blazers Loss

The exchanged words led to Kyrie Irving leaving quickly without speaking to the media.
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