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Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last

Mar 26, 2015 1:28 PM

J.R. Smith has had the biggest Box Plus-Minus improvement of all the players traded this season as he's become a critical part of the Cleveland Cavaliers success following his arrival from the New York Knicks. 

Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Enes Kanter ranks second with a +5.9 difference since arriving to the Oklahoma City Thunder from the Utah Jazz. The Jazz have also benefitted from his absence as it has given more minutes to Rudy Gobert.

Will Barton, Mo Williams, Anthony Tolliver, Ramon Sessions, Timofey Mozgov, Iman Shumpert, Tarik Black and Goran Dragic round out the top-10.

Overall, the Heat have the best Trade Score at 6.10, ahead of the Charlotte Hornets at 5.90 and Cavaliers at 5.10. The

Brandon Knight has had the biggest drop since being traded, going from +2.3 with the Milwaukee Bucks to -4.0 with the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks replaced Knight's +2.3 with a -2.0 from Michael Carter-Williams and they have struggled since the trade.

The Dallas Mavericks are also one of the losers of in-season trades as Rajon Rondo has struggled and they also lost the production of Brandan Wright.

The Bucks have the worst Trade Score at -4.30 with the Mavericks ranking next to last at -3.70.

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Tags: Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Report: LeBron 'Frustrated' By Kevin Love Not 'Getting With The Program'

Mar 25, 2015 7:43 PM

LeBron James has tried to make the situation with Kevin Love work, but he's grown frustrated by it, according to sources close to the situation. James reportedly is "frustrated by Love's inability and in some ways unwillingness to get with the program."

James pushed for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade for Love last offseason.

Love can become a free agent this offseason or in 2016 when the cap rises.

The Cavaliers traded away Andrew Wiggins as part of the package for Love.

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LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team

Mar 25, 2015 1:35 PM

LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

James said his close friend and former St. Vincent-St. Mary teammate Brandon Weems was on Calipari's coaching staff at Kentucky for two years, and "I gained even more of a relationship" with Calipari.

"What I admire is how he's able to take, year after year, these high egos coming out of high school and turn it into a team," James said of Calipari. "He makes them believe, not even believe, it's what it should be, that the team is more important than the individual. No matter who you are, no matter where you come from, in order for the team to have success everyone has to buy in.

"I love that about him, he doesn't cap, he doesn't put a cap on his talent, on those guys," James continued. "He gives them the reins if they play the right way, and he wants them to succeed at the highest level. So, you can respect that."

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Kevin Love Plans On Remaining With Cavaliers 'Either Way'

Mar 23, 2015 2:38 PM

Kevin Love said his relationship with LeBron James is "evolving" and admitted that the two are not close during two interviews on Monday.

"I plan on being a Cavalier either way," said Love when asked about his potential free agency in the offseason.

Love told Mike & Mike that his relationship James is "fine."

"You know, we're not best friends, we're not hanging out every day, but we see each other every day, whether we're at the practice facility, whether we're on the road or going to a game," Love said. "I think our relationship is also evolving. I could say the same with each and every coach, coach Blatt, and each and every player on the team. But, that's part of the NBA."

Love picked Russell Westbrook, his teammate at UCLA, for MVP over James.

"They're both having an MVP-type season, but I'm going to go with Russell Westbrook because he's, every single night you're looking at his stat sheet, they're fighting for a playoff spot, with Serge Ibaka going down now, Kevin Durant potentially being out the rest of the year and him still going out there and fighting for his team, and winning, and fighting for that seventh or eighth spot in the playoffs," Love said. "I think Russ is arguably having the better season."

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Anderson Varejao Focused On Next Season After Contemplating Comeback

Mar 23, 2015 1:01 AM

Anderson Varejao said he contemplated attempting a return from an Achillies tear this season.

"I wanted to give it a try, but I'm being told to continue my rehab so I can be ready for the start of next season," Varejao said. "It's hard. I want to play. I'm progressing, but I'm going to listen to the team. They have my best interest."

"Man, it's tough but I'm going to keep working and being supportive."

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Cavs Had Interest In Steve Nash

Mar 22, 2015 7:01 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers informed Steve Nash's agent, Bill Duffy, that the team would have interest in signing him if he were to be bought out by the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Cavaliers viewed Nash as a potential short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving.

Nash, however, only wanted to come back with the Lakers. Nash plans on living in the Los Angeles area in retirement. 

“In preseason, I did everything right,” he said. “I had a good camp. I came in maybe in the best shape on the deal. I played one preseason game and felt decent. I thought maybe I could get better from here. The next morning, I woke up, and I was a mess. … I just had to come to the realization that if I’m lucky, I’d play in 10 games this year.

“I think I can [still] have a great game. But I can't do it more than once or twice a month.”

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LeBron Questionable For Friday's Game After Missing Shootaround With Illness

Mar 20, 2015 11:23 AM

LeBron James is questionable for Friday's game against the Indiana Pacers due to an illness. James missed Friday's shootaround.

The last game James missed was also against the Pacers on Feb. 27, which the Cleveland Cavaliers lost.

The Cavaliers are 2-9 when James doesn't play.

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Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving Named NBA Players Of The Week

Mar 16, 2015 3:08 PM

Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving have been named the NBA's Players of the Week.

Irving led Cleveland to a perfect 3-0 record this past week, averaging a team-high 37.3 points on .633 (38-60) shooting from the field, including .867 (13-15) from the three-point line, .885 (23-26) from the foul line, 4.0 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.3 steals in 38.7 minutes per game.  

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Kevin Love Hopes To Cure Recurring Back Spasms Before Playoffs

Mar 15, 2015 1:38 AM

Kevin Love denied that he may need a procedure after the season, but he acknowledged that he has been dealing with stiffness and recurring back spasms since November.

"It's something I want to get right before we get to the playoffs, because that's what's most important at this point," Love said. "It's not something that's -- I'm going to have to address my body. But I address my body every offseason. I'll go from my toe all the way up to my head to try to figure out how to better my body for next season. It's not something that's going to bother me down the road."

Love believes there is no need to sulk in his current situation with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"It's still a work in progress, but I think I've figured it out a little better," Love said. "It's like McHale used to tell me: Just go where they ain't. Just go out there and try to space the floor as best as I can."

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LeBron On Kyrie: The Kid Is Special

Mar 13, 2015 10:38 AM

Kyrie Irving scored a career high 57 points in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 128-125 overtime win over the San Antonio Spurs.

Irving made the game-tying shot at the end of regulation over Kawhi Leonard.

“The kid is special,” LeBron James said of Irving. “We all know it. We all see it. For him to go out and put up a performance like he did was incredible.”

“Kyrie Irving was unstoppable. I don’t know how to guard that,” Gregg Popovich said. “He did a hell of a job. We all know how talented he is, but he really went to a new level tonight. He had a hell of a night and that talent just got us.”

Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

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Riley: LeBron Could Have Had Something Historic Over Next 5-6 Years With Heat
Pat Riley felt that the Heat were in the position he wanted them to be in despite losing in the 2014 Finals to the Spurs, but LeBron James decided to return to the Cavaliers.

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Kevin Love Doesn't See Himself As Stretch-Four
Kevin Love does not believe he is a stretch-four even as he attempts 8.1 three-pointers per game over his past seven.

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Russell Westbrook, LeBron James Named Players Of The Month
Russell Westbrook had a PER of 34.6 in February, averaging 31.2 points, 9.1 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.

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Ray Allen Decides Not To Play In 14-15 Season
Ray Allen will reassess his status for the 15-16 season.

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LeBron James Sits Against Pacers For Rest
David Blatt said he made the decision to sit LeBron James based on a combination of things."

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LeBron James Has 42.9 Usage Rate Without Irving
LeBron James has a 33.1 usage rate overall.

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Kyrie Irving To Receive MRI On Injured Shoulder
Kyrie Irving is listed as doubtful for the Cavaliers game against the Pacers Friday night.

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Cavs, Warriors Feature Best Two Five-Man Units In NBA
The Cavaliers' five-man unit of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and J.R. Smith has been the best in the NBA in terms of net rating at +25.9.

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Kendrick Perkins' Decision Came Down To Cavs, Clippers
Kendrick Perkins played AAU basketball with LeBron James and he chose the Cavaliers in part due to his relationship with him.

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LeBron James Jr. Already Has Received College Offers
LeBron James says his son "has great awareness and hed rather pass first and set guys up. Most kids nowadays just want to score.

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LeBron: The NBA Is The National Business Association
During LeBron James' career, he has increasingly become more involved with the National Basketball Players Association and he is now vice president.

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Kendrick Perkins To Sign With Cavaliers After Buyout
Kendrick Perkins has committed to join the Cavs.

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Cavaliers Appear To Be Preferred Team Of Kendrick Perkins
One significant criteria for Kendrick Perkins in choosing a team has been the opportunity for playing time.

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Ray Allen Could Decide Not To Play
There is a growing belief around the NBA that Ray Allen will not play this season.

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Windhorst: Wiggins Would Have Remained With Cavs If He'd Signed With Rich Paul
Before Andrew Wiggins' freshman season at Kansas began, Rich Paul was considered the favorite to become his agent.

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Bulls, Clippers, Cavs Expected To Pursue Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins will be bought out by the Jazz.

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Warriors, Cavs Favored By Oddsmakers To Win 2015 Title
The Warriors are 12-5 favorites, followed by the Cavaliers at 3-1.

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LeBron Has Led NBA In PER Post-ASG Every Season Since 2009
LeBron James' pre-All-Star break PER streak dated back to 06-07, but was ended last season when Kevin Durant had a PER of 31.1 to his 29.1.

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LeBron James Elected Vice President Of NBPA
LeBron James has become increasingly involved in labor issues throughout his career.

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LeBron To Watch McDonald's All-Americans Simmons, Briscoe, Diallo
DraftExpress projects all three players as top-10 picks in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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