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Mike Miller Opts Into $2.8M Deal With Cavs

Jun 29, 2015 11:57 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Mike Miller has opted into his $2.8 million contract for the 2015-16 season, a league source told RealGM.

Miller had the deadline on his option Monday night.

A 15-year NBA veteran, Miller averaged 2.1 points and 13.5 minutes while playing 52 games last season. Miller had a rejuvenation in his return with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2013-14, when he averaged 7.1 points and 45.9 percent three-point shooting.

For his career, Miller is an 11.3 points per game scorer, a positive voice in the locker room and versatile player in his prime. He has played for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington, Miami and Cleveland.

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Tags: Mike Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Love May Meet Teams, But Likely To Return To Cavs

Jun 28, 2015 7:33 PM

Kevin Love may meet with other NBA teams in NBA free agency, but there is a growing belief across the league that he will back up his sentiments throughout the season and return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sources close to Love have indicated that he will likely re-sign with the Cavs.

During this past season, at times Love consulted with teammates on whether he should lock into a long-term deal this summer or look for a shorter deal.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Opts Out Of $21.5M Player Option, Plans To Re-Sign With Cavs

Jun 28, 2015 4:08 PM

LeBron James will bypass his $21.5 million player option with the Cleveland Cavaliers and become a free agent on July 1, according to sources.

James intends to re-sign with the Cavaliers.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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Nets, Spurs Interested In Acquiring Sasha Kaun's Draft Rights From Cavs

Jun 25, 2015 10:36 AM

The Brooklyn Nets and San Antonio Spurs have interest in acquiring the rights to Sasha Kaun.

Kaun was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2008 out of Kansas, but he's since been playing in Russia for CSKA Moscow.

Kaun would like to finally play in the NBA.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Sasha Kaun, Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs, Brooklyn Nets, Euroleague, Russian PBL, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, International, International League

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Cavaliers, J.R. Smith Have Mutual Interest On New Deal

Jun 24, 2015 4:36 PM

J.R. Smith has opted out of his $6.5 million deal for the 15-16 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, sources tell RealGM.

The Cavaliers and Smith have mutual interest in a return.

Smith was acquired by the Cavaliers in January from the New York Knicks.

Shams Charania/RealGM

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

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Kevin Love Opts Out Of Contract As Expected

Jun 24, 2015 2:22 PM

Kevin Love has opted out of the final season of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers to become a free agent.

Love was widely expected to opt out this offseason as he can at least sign a one-plus-one contract.

Love's season ended in Game 4 of the first round with a dislocated shoulder.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to pursue Love in free agency if LaMarcus Aldridge decides to leave. The Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics are also planning on pursuing Love.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Cavaliers remain the frontrunner to sign Love to a long-term contract.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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

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Execs Predict Cavs Will Do Kevin Love Sign-And-Trade

Jun 23, 2015 3:56 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have repeatedly said they plan on re-signing Kevin Love this offseason. 

But executives around the NBA predict the Cavaliers will eventually agree upon a sign-and-trade involving Love. The Cavaliers would be able to recoup rotation players and picks by dealing Love, while also making their big man rotation make more sense.

For Love to be worthy of a max contract, Love needs to be a higher usage player as he was with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“LeBron (James) needs to have the ball so much for you to be as good as you can be, and you need to be very selective about the guys who get to have it when he doesn’t,” David Griffin said. “You cannot have too much ball dominance around him.”

The Cavaliers are fairly certain to keep Tristan Thompson over Love given the fact that Thompson has the same agent as James.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

Tags: Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Blatt 'Highly Likely' To Return To Cavs

Jun 22, 2015 10:56 AM

David Blatt is "highly likely" to return next season as head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"David Blatt, I'm told, is highly likely to return to Cleveland. Management wants him back. Ownership wants him back.

"The players feel this way: they like him as a person, but the veteran players saw some deficiencies," said Broussard. "They saw he didn't really make adjustments during games. They thought his defensive philosophy wasn't good. It wasn't until Tyronn Lue really took over defensively that they improved on that end."

Broussard was also told Blatt had some issues calling plays during timeouts.

"LeBron James, how does he feel? He feels like there are better coaches out there to lead them to a championship with more NBA experience. Two of whom work here at ESPN: Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy. 

"That said, LeBron is not going to get involved. He's not going to issue an ultimatum. He's not going to say 'It's me or David Blatt'. He's not going to hint at what they should do. He's going to stay clear of it. He wants the organization to pick their coach.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Dunc'd On Basketball Pod: Dan Feldman On Cavs, Hawks' Offseasons

Jun 22, 2015 2:28 AM

Dan Feldman (@DanFeldmanNBA) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA)  to break down the offseason ahead for the Cavaliers and Hawks while digesting the latest NBA news.

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Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, Dunc'd On

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LeBron: Proud Of Our Guys To Reach Finals In First Year

Jun 21, 2015 1:38 PM

LeBron James admitted he is not happy about losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals but addressed Cleveland Cavaliers' fans.

"It hurt to lose, and I'm still in a little funk right now, but I'm trying to work my way out of it," James said in a video posted Saturday for Bleacher Report.

"You know, for a team that's first getting together, in our first year to be able to reach the Finals -- not saying I'm happy with the results, but I'm proud of our guys. Just the growth that they had from the first day we walked in the gym to the other day, us losing, I'm proud of the guys and what they was able to accomplish."

James said he has no regrets to return to the Cavaliers.

"Being back home is everything that I dreamed of, everything that I thought about," he said. "Being back with these fans, being back with this community, just being back here and trying to bring joy to this city, which deserves it. Bringing a sense of pride to this city, which deserves it. Giving this city something to talk about, which they deserve."

"Hopefully I can put our team in position once again to try to compete for a championship next year and year in and year out. That's my goal, and my inspiration hasn't changed."

Bleacher Report

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

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Mo Williams Interested In Return To Cavaliers
Mo Williams is seeking a multi-year deal.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

NBA Issued Memo On No Longer Giving 'We'll Match Any Offer' Comment On RFAs
Agents Rich Paul and Mark Termini of Klutch Sports urged the NBPA to challenge the way teams have historically dropped loud hints about their matching plans

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavs Shopping Non-Guaranteed Contract Of Brendan Haywood
The Cavs would like to acquire a backup point guard to Kyrie Irving.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

David Blatt 'Absolutely' Plans To Continue With Cavs
The working relationship between LeBron James and David Blatt figures to be a continuing story this offseason.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

2015 NBA Finals Becomes Most Watched Since Jordan's Bulls In 1998
The six-game series averaged nearly 20 million viewers.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Tristan Thompson Won't Play For Canada This Summer
Canada will be participating in the 2015 FIBA Americas Championship, which allows the top two teams to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.

Chris B. Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron: We Put Ourselves Back Where This Franchise Needs To Be
LeBron James cited how his family is happy being back in northeast Ohio and that it makes his job easier.

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Cavs' Luxury Tax Bill Could Hit $75M In 15-16
The Cavaliers are facing an exploding payroll in 15-16 that could be between $100 million and $110 million.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Cavs Want LeBron To Express Opinions On Roster Decisions
The Cavaliers would prefer LeBron James to have an open dialogue with the front office and express his opinions strongly about which players he'd like the team to keep and which ones he considers luxuries.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

J.R. Smith Likely To Decline $6.4M Player Option
J.R. Smith said he will probably decline his $6.4 million player option for the 2015-16 season.

Chris Broussard/ESPN

Warriors Win 2015 NBA Finals
Stephen Curry and the Warriors have won their first Finals since 1975.

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LeBron In Finals To Win Series, Not Win MVP
LeBron James will not receive any consolation in winning MVP of The Finals if the Cavaliers don't win the series.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

David Griffin Has Learned More About Building Around LeBron During Playoffs
The Cavaliers have perhaps learned a lot about how to build a team around LeBron James during these playoffs without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love.

Zach Lowe/Grantland

LeBron: I Feel Confident Because I'm The Best Player In The World
LeBron James was asked if he's feeling less pressure since his team is undermanned due to injuries.

RealGM Staff Report

Advanced Stats Of The NBA Finals After Games 1-5

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Michele Roberts Wants Changes To Placement Of Courtside Cameramen
LeBron James will express concerns this summer about how close photographers and videographers are to the basketball court.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

LeBron Not Thinking About Free Agency, Happy With Cavaliers
LeBron James is not expected to pick up his one-year, $21.57 million player option.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Some Cavs Believe David Blatt Needs To Deepen Rotation
David Blatt only played seven players in Game 4 before clearing the bench in the fourth quarter when the game became a blowout for the Warriors.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Warriors Given 79.2 Percent Chance To Win Series By Oddsmakers
The Warriors are currently being offered at -380, meaning a $10 bet would only provide a profit of $2.63.

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LeBron James Has Glue Applied To Cut At Halftime
LeBron James' playing time in Game 4 was not impacted the injury.

Baxter Holmes/ESPN

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