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Cavs' Unbalanced Roster Led To Poor Body Language, Effort

Jan 25, 2015 7:13 PM

Several unnamed players on the Cleveland Cavaliers came to the realization that their roster was not built to get any further than the second round before they made a series of trades in January.

One player said the frustration of an "unbalanced roster probably contributed" to the players' poor body language and effort level.

Another said "it was never Coach [David] Blatt's fault."

The Cavaliers had just two functional big men following Anderson Varejao's injury, but Timofey Mozgov has made a huge difference.

The backcourt was also improved with J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Fear The Sword)

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Waiters Unconcerned He Didn't Receive Goodbye Message From LeBron

Jan 25, 2015 12:30 AM

Dion Waiters said he has only spoken to Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson among former Cleveland Cavaliers teammates since his trade to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Waiters added LeBron James has yet to text or call him since the deal.

"Man, he had his chance to reach out," Waiters said. "I'm not losing any sleep.

"I'm blessed because I went from a great organization to another great organization where I know I can learn to become a better player."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Dion Waiters, LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA

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Kyrie Irving Misses Out On Derrick Rose Rule With No ASG Starting Spot

Jan 23, 2015 11:26 AM

Kyrie Irving stood to earn an extra $7 million to $10 million had he been voted into the NBA All-Star Game as a starter due to the "Derrick Rose" provision.

The five-year, $90 million extension Irving signed last offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers would have made him eligible for a higher earning rate if he met certain criteria.

Irving would have had to earn fan votes into the All-Star Game or win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award.

Irving finished fourth in fan voting behind John Wall, Kyle Lowry and Dwyane Wade.

Joe Vaden/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Stephen Curry, Kyle Lowry Headline 2015 NBA All-Star Starters

Jan 22, 2015 7:05 PM

Stephen Curry was the leading vote-getter for the NBA 2015 All-Star Game, beating LeBron James.

Western Conference Starters
Stephen Curry, Warriors
Kobe Bryant, Lakers
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Marc Gasol, Grizzlies
Blake Griffin, Clippers

Eastern Conference Starters
John Wall, Wizards
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
LeBron James, Cavaliers
Carmelo Anthony, Knicks
Pau Gasol, Bulls

Voting Results

Western Conference Frontcourt

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Pelicans, 1,369,911
Marc Gasol, Memphis Grizzlies, 795,121
Blake Griffin, Los Angeles Clippers, 700,615
Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs, 546,817
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder, 545,226
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers, 498,131
DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Kings, 465,334
Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets, 348,275
Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, 292,557
Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, 144,702
Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs, 132,150
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers, 117,816
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, 107,223
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors, 99,039
Tyson Chandler, Dallas Mavericks, 98,654

Western Conference Backcourt

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, 1,513,324
Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 1,152,402
James Harden, Houston Rockets, 1,069,368
Chris Paul, Los Angeles Clippers, 551,167
Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers, 365,417
Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors, 314,254
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder, 248,758
Rajon Rondo, Dallas Mavericks, 219,506
Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, 216,246
Mike Conley, Memphis Grizzlies, 103,015

Eastern Conference Frontcourt

LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 1,470,483
Pau Gasol, Chicago Bulls, 974,177
Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks, 647,005
Marcin Gortat, Washington Wizards, 570,005
Chris Bosh, Miami Heat, 542,006
Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, 386,208
Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors, 231,741
Joakim Noah, Chicago Bulls, 203,718
Nikola Vucevic, Orlando Magic, 129,293
Paul Millsap, Atlanta Hawks, 121,938
Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, 114,955
Al Jefferson, Charlotte Hornets, 110,980
Kevin Garnett, Brooklyn Nets, 106,820
Nikola Mirotic, Chicago Bulls, 103,645
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons, 86,717

Eastern Conference Backcourt

John Wall, Washington Wizards, 886,368
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors, 805,290
Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat, 789,839
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, 535,873
Jimmy Butler, Chicago Bulls, 455,756
Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls, 379,994
DeMar DeRozan, Toronto Raptors, 159,123
Jeff Teague, Atlanta Hawks, 83,900
Lou Williams, Toronto Raptors, 82,135
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, 55,014

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LeBron: Cavs Now 'Clicking' Due To Timofey Mozgov

Jan 22, 2015 11:08 AM

Timofey Mozgov has averaged 10.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in seven games since being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Cavaliers lost their first three games with Mozgov, but have since won four in a row and LeBron James believes they're now "clicking."

Mozgov's biggest impact is on defense protecting the rim.

"It's funny, I was talking to my friend the other day and I said he's probably the best, as far as big, true big," James said. "You know, Chris Bosh is a great big, Kevin Love is a great big. But I'm talking about a true, 7-foot, big guy. He's probably the best one I've played with since Z (Zydrunas Ilgauskas).

"They have different skill sets, but they both have skill. They know how to play. Some times you get a lot of bigs that are just big. He knows how to play and it's great to have him out there."

Anderson Varejao brings a lot of intangibles to the Cavaliers, but he has never been a real rim protector.

"Having a big guy to protect the rim like that is huge," James said. "It helps Kevin out, it helps us guards, knowing that if we get beat you're going to have someone protecting the rim. And he's big at all times.

"Every time you drive you know he's going to be there. Either you're going to have to make a tough shot, he's going to block a shot, he's going to change a shot or foul you. To have that kind of protection is huge for us."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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LeBron Meets With Ray Allen About Joining Cavs

Jan 22, 2015 10:10 AM

LeBron James recently met with Ray Allen in an attempt to recruit him to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Allen hasn't yet decided if he'll play during the 14-15 season.

ESPN Radio's Ryen Russillo reported last month that Allen's message to teams inquiring earlier in the season and his message was to check back in January with a decision expected in February.

James Jones and Mike Miller have also been in contract with Allen.

The Cavs have 14 players on their roster with one slot open should they choose to sign Allen.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Tags: Ray Allen, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron Working With NBC On Prime-Time Game Show

Jan 21, 2015 4:48 PM

LeBron James' SpringHill Productions is partnering with NBC to create a prime-time game show with payouts that could reach seven figures. The lead producer on the project is Andrew Glassman, who has developed shows "Average Joe" and "Three Wishes" for NBC.

The game show doesn't have a formal name or air date yet.

"It gives people here an opportunity to live out a dream, the things they only dreamed about, and that's to make more money than they ever thought they could make in their lives," James said Wednesday. "So it's a life-changing experience if they get an opportunity to be selected, and I thought starting here, with the people that I love here, means a lot to them. And me being a part of the game show is just all part of my team doing things that's outside the box but also that's fun for families and people that any ages can gravitate to."


James is not working on the project day to day during the season. The project was launched last summer.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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Shawn Marion To Retire After This Season

Jan 21, 2015 2:56 PM

Shawn Marion plans to retire after this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which will mark the end of a 15-year NBA career that was mostly spent as a star with the Phoenix Suns.

"I wanted to go out on my terms," Marion said. "The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard."

Marion considered retirement last summer but chose to sign with Cleveland mostly for a chance at a second championship ring and the proximity to his son in Chicago.

Marion was drafted by the Suns in 1999, when he set a goal to play 15 seasons. The 36-year-old believes he could play another three seasons but being away from his first child, 8-month-old Shawn, has convinced him to retire after this season with the Cavaliers.

Paul Coro/Arizona Republic

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Average NBA Franchise Valuation Now More Than $1 Billion

Jan 21, 2015 11:15 AM

The average NBA franchise valuation is now a record $1.1 billion.

There are now 11 NBA teams worth at least $1 billion, compared to three a year ago.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the way at $2.6 billion, up 93% over last year. 

The value of the New York Knicks shot up 79% to $2.5 billion, ranking the team second overall.

Rounding out the top five are the Chicago Bulls ($2 billion), Boston Celtics ($1.7 billion) and Los Angeles Clippers ($1.6 billion).

6. Brooklyn Nets: $1.5 billion
7. Golden State Warriors: $1.3 billion
8. Houston Rockets: $1.25 billion
9. Miami Heat: $1.175 billion
10. Dallas Mavericks: $1.15 billion
11. San Antonio Spurs: $1 billion
12. Portland Trail Blazers: $940 million
13. Oklahoma City Thunder: $930 million
14. Toronto Raptors: $920 million
15. Cleveland Cavaliers: $915 million
16. Phoenix Suns: $910 million
17. Washington Wizards: $900 million
18. Orlando Magic: $875 million
19. Denver Nuggets: $855 million
20. Utah Jazz: $850 million
21. Indiana Pacers: $830 million
22. Atlanta Hawks: $825 million
23. Detroit Pistons: $810 million
24. Sacramento Kings: $800 million
25. Memphis Grizzlies: $750 million
26. Charlotte Hornets: $725 million
27. Philadelphia 76ers: $700 million
28. New Orleans Pelicans: $650 million
29. Minnesota Timberwolves: $625 million
30. Milwaukee Bucks: $600 million

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Cavaliers Assign Joe Harris To Canton

Jan 20, 2015 6:38 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team.

Harris has played in 33 games (one start) for the Cavs this season, averaging 2.9 points in 11.5 minutes per game.

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Dion Waiters Treated 'With Love' By Thunder, Gets To Touch The Ball
Dion Waiters was averaging 14.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game over his first five with the Thunder.

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Cavaliers Attempting To Acquire Veteran Point Guard
With their current roster, the Cavaliers may be unable to sustain if Kyrie Irving were to be injured.

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Cavs Have Given No Thought To Replacing David Blatt

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs Interested In Jordan Farmar
Jordan Farmar played for David Blatt in 2011 with Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Nate Robinson Bought Out, Clippers, Heat, Cavs, Wizards Interested
Nate Robinson will weigh offers from teams once he clears waivers, RealGM's Shams Charania reports.

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Tristan Thompson Turned Down $13M Per Season Extension From Cavs
Most NBA observers expected a contract in the $10 million per season range or as much as $12 million for Tristan Thompson.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavs Openly Talk About Coaching Issues With Opposing Players, Personnel
The issues between David Blatt and his players as well as assistant coach Tyronne Lue appear to be getting more serious.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Kevin Love Plans To Opt In For $16.7M Player Option
Kevin Love said Tuesday that he plans to forgo free agency in 2015 and opt into his player option with the Cavaliers.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Blatt Clarifies 'Not Max Player Yet' Comment To Kevin Love, Media
Kevin Love acknowledged that David Blatt's comment created a stir but seemed to understand the explanation.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavaliers -26 Over 286 Minutes With Love-Irving Combo Minus LeBron
The Cavaliers have struggled this season with LeBron James out of the lineup.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

LeBron James Could Return On Tuesday
The Cavaliers have been resting LeBron James with the hope of him getting back to 100 percent health.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Blatt: Kevin Love's Not A Max Player Yet
David Blatt had an exchange with a reporter about why they're not winning despite still having Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love in the lineup.

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Kevin Love: We Know Things Will Work Out For Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have tried not to panic despite a 19-18 record.

Sam Amick/USA Today

LeBron James Returns To Miami For Rehab
LeBron James spent part of the week doing rehab at the Cavs' practice facility but also spent time this week in Miami.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

LeBron James On Track To Return In Week, Avoiding 'Continuous Sitting' At Games
LeBron James has missed a career-high seven straight games due to knee and back strains.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

A.J. Price Waived By Cavaliers
A.J. Price was with the Cavaliers in preseason before signing with the Pacers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Cavaliers Acquire Timofey Mozgov From Nuggets For Two 1st Rounders
The Cavaliers have agreed to a trade to acquire Timofey Mozgov from the Nuggets for two first round draft picks.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Blazers Interested In Jermaine O'Neal
Jermaine O'Neal was drafted out of high school in 1996 by the Blazers.

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Cavaliers Continue To Target Timofey Mozgov
The Nuggets have been reluctant to trade Timofey Mozgov.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Dion Waiters Traded To Thunder, Cavs Acquire Shumpert, J.R. Smith
Dion Waiters has been traded to the Thunder, while J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert are now Cavaliers.

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