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Clippers, Spurs Enter Picture For Ray Allen

The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers have emerged as possible destinations for Ray Allen.

Allen is still deciding whether or not he will retire, but he has been widely expected to join LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers should he continue his playing career.

Doc Rivers is a natural recruiter for Allen given their time together with the Boston Celtics.

The Spurs have one roster spot available.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Love: Taylor Should Focus On How He 'Got A Lot For Me'

As Kevin Love was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves' owner Glen Taylor told a local radio station that his issues on defense and staying healthy may be an issue for his new team.

"I think where maybe he got away with some stuff not playing defense on our team, I'm not sure that's how it's going to work in Cleveland," Taylor said on ESPN Radio 1500 AM in the Twin Cities on Tuesday. "I would guess they're going to ask him to play more defense, and he's foul-prone.

"I question Kevin if this is going to be the best deal for him, because I think he's going to be the third player on the team," Taylor added. "I don't think he's going to get a lot of credit if they do really well. I think he'll get blame if they don't do well. He's around a couple guys that are awful good."

Love responded to the comments on Wednesday, one day after saying he thought his relationship with Taylor was a positive one.

"I think emotions are definitely running high right now," Love told "Mike & Mike." "For Glen to say that, I just think that he should be focusing on the players that he just received. I mean, he has two of the No. 1 picks in the last two drafts: Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. He has another guy who can really play in Thaddeus Young."

"I think he got a lot for me. So I'd be focusing even more on that. More than anything, I'm just excited to start my time in Cleveland, get to work with my new teammates, and start with this new family here."

Via ESPN

Kevin Love Immediately Wanted To Play For Cavs After Call From LeBron

Kevin Love wanted to join the Cleveland Cavaliers immediately after he received a call from LeBron James about the possibility of playing together.

"LeBron signed to come back and a few hours later he called me and I said 'I'm in,' " Love said Tuesday at a news conference. "That had a lot to do with my decision. It means a lot to be a part of this organization ... everything in my entire life for the last six years had led me up to this opportunity."

 

Love said Tuesday he currently has no plans to sign an extension with the Cavs. Love signed a four-year, $61 million extension in 2012, but the 2016-17 season, worth $16.7 million, is a player option. Love is also not planning to pick up that option either and will play out the final year of his contract with the Cavs.

Love did say he plans to be with the team long-term.

"[An extension] hasn't been talked about," Love said. "I'm committed to this team and committed long term to the end goal, which is to win a championship."

The Cavaliers pursued Love even months before James re-signed.

"This is culmination of a year and a half of conversations to trade for [Love]," Cavs general manager David Griffin said. "This is a player that, quite frankly, fits us as well as any player could have. LeBron makes a great deal of these things possible by his presence alone. That piece had a great deal to do with Kevin's comfort with joining us. Hopefully we'll (have) him for a very long time."

Via Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Agent: Zydrunas Ilgauskas Isn't Considering Comeback

Zydrunas Ilgauskas has been retired for three seasons and the Cleveland Cavaliers retired his No. 11 last season, but he could be considering a comeback.

ESPN Cleveland radio host Tony Rizzo first talked about an Ilgauskas return on Sunday and reiterated the possiblity on Monday.

Ilgauskas and LeBron James have remained close friends and the Cavaliers have a clear need at center.

Ilgauskas' agent, Herb Rudoy, told RealGM's Shams Charania that speculation on a comeback is a "false rumor."

Via Chris Fedor/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Attempting To Deal For Timofey Mozgov

The Cleveland Cavaliers have been attempting to trade for Timofey Mozgov over the past six to eight weeks, according to Brian Windhorst.

But Sports.ru's Alexander Chernykh has reported that it will not happen.

Mozgov is making $4.65 million this season with the Denver Nuggets and has a $4.95 million team option in 15-16.

The Cavaliers have a clear need at backup center.

Via James Herbert/CBS Sports

Kyrie Irving To Start At PG For Final Team USA Tuneup

Kyrie Irving will start at point guard when Team USA players Slovenia in its final tuneup before the FIFA World Cup.

Mike Krzyzewski is considering using Irving and Derrick Rose as alternating starters at point guard.

"We'll see as thing goes on," Krzyzewski said after Monday's two-hour practice. "We might alternate 'em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes."

Krzyzewski could also use Irving and Rose on the floor together.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Gilbert Had Lengthy Meeting With Love Before Agreeing To Trade

Dan Gilbert had a lengthy meeting with Kevin Love in Las Vegas before the Cleveland Cavaliers reached agreement with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a trade.

Gilbert received permission from the Wolves and NBA officials to meet with Love.

The Cavaliers and Wolves reached agreement in principle weeks ago, but had to wait until Andrew Wiggins became eligible for a trade.

Love withdrew from Team USA on July 26 while the team was training in Las Vegas.

Via Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Emeka Okafor Receives Interest From Cavaliers, Heat

Emeka Okafor has received interest from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat among roughly half of the NBA's teams, according to sources.

Okafor, however, is unlikely to sign with a team until midseason as he continues to heal from a herniated disk.

"He'll be in high demand when he's back," one source said.

Okafor suffered his injury during preseason last year and was subsequently dealt from the Washington Wizards to the Phoenix Suns.

Via Marc Stein/ESPN

Love Chooses Jersey No. 0 With Cavaliers

Kevin Love will wear No. 0 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Love wore No. 42 in his six seasons with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who traded the All-Star forward on Saturday.

Love's former college teammate, Russell Westbrook, also wears No. 0 with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavaliers Acquire Kevin Love, Send Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett To Timberwolves In Three-Team Deal

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to the Minnesota Timberwolves and Miami's protected 2015 first round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers.

As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.

“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success," David Griffin said in a statement. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cleveland Cavaliers Archives

Cavs Sign 2nd Rounder Dwight Powell

Dwight Powell averaged 14.0 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.3 steals during his senior season and was the Pac 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Suns Made Last Ditch Bid For Love With Offer Of Eric Bledsoe

Eric Bledsoe has been seeking a five-year, $85 million max contract and would consider only a max deal in a sign-and-trade, which would be four years and $64 million.

Wolves May Keep Anthony Bennett

The Wolves have reportedly been interested in flipping Anthony Bennett for Thaddeus Young from the 76ers.

Cavs Hire Boylan, Brielmaier, Drew, Posey As Assistant Coaches

The Cavaliers have finalized their coaching staff and named Jim Boylan, Bret Brielmaier, Larry Drew and James Posey as assistant coaches on head coach David Blatt’s staff.

Anthony Bennett Focused On Basketball, Not Eventual Destination

Anthony Bennett is expected to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but his destination is not yet certain.

Rich Paul First Met LeBron While Building Retro Jersey Business

Rich Paul first met LeBron James at the Akron-Canton Airport when they were about to board a flight to Atlanta.

Cavs 'Optimistic' On Eventually Signing Ray Allen

Ray Allen remains undecided on playing during the 14-15 NBA season.

Calipari Wouldn't Have Left Kentucky Even If He'd Known LeBron's Decision

John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.

Shawn Marion Agrees To Sign With Cavs

Shawn Marion has committed to sign with the Cavaliers.

Shawn Marion Receives Interest From Clippers

The Clippers join the Cavs, Pacers and Heat in their interest in signing Shawn Marion.

Shawn Marion Meets With Bird, Still Considering Options

The Cavaliers were considered the favorites to sign Shawn Marion prior to the meeting with Larry Bird.

Cavaliers Sign Alex Kirk To Multi-Year Deal

The Cavaliers signed Alex Kirk to a partially guaranteed, multi-year contract, league sources told RealGM.

Bill Self: Cavs' Trade Will Really Motivate Andrew Wiggins

Bill Self believes the pending move from the Cavaliers to the Timberwolves will be best for Andrew Wiggins.

Agent Reiterates Ray Allen Is Undecided On 14-15 Season

Ray Allen's agent, Jim Tanner, reiterated Allen has not decided whether he will return for the 2014-15 NBA season.

Ray Allen Will Make Decision In September

Ray Allen has been linked with joining LeBron James with the Cavaliers.

Cavs Granted Permission To Speak To Love, No Deal In Place For New Contract

The Cavaliers and Kevin Love could not agree upon a long-term contract at this time under CBA rules.

LeBron: I Don't Plan On Leaving Cleveland Again

LeBron James is planning on spending the rest of his career with the Cavaliers despite a contract that allows him tremendous flexibility.

76ers To Acquire Anthony Bennett; Thad Young To Wolves As Part Of Love Trade

The 76ers will now have Anthony Bennett, Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams as lottery picks from the 2013 NBA Draft.

Cavs, Wolves Agree Upon Kevin Love Trade

The Wolves will receive Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first round pick from the Cavaliers for Kevin Love.

Shawn Marion Leaning Toward Signing With Cavaliers

Shawn Marion is leaning strongly toward signing with the Cavaliers over the Pacers.
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