yardbarker
RealGM Basketball

Cleveland Cavaliers WiretapCleveland Cavaliers Wiretap
Cleveland Cavaliers news gathered from around the net.

LeBron's Major Rise In Leadership Evident To Teammates

Before the Cleveland Cavaliers' first practice of the preseason, LeBron James held a players only meeting for 30 minutes in which he discussed every player from fellow All-Stars Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving to training camp invitations who may not make the team.

David Blatt was anxious to start practice, but he gave James his blessing to hold the meeting beforehand.

"I was looking like, 'Wow.' That's crazy that he broke down every individual thing he wants guys to do," Dion Waiters said. "He wrote down every player from the guy in training camp who may be here or may not be here. …It was unbelievable. It was great."

Said Anderson Varejao: "He used to talk individually to the players before, but not like that."

The Cavaliers have noticed a major rise in leadership from James.

"I recruited [before] I left here," James said. "I just didn't win nothing so nobody wanted to come with me. I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd. I recruited Joe Johnson. I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn't win. They didn't want to come to Cleveland."

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Cavaliers Waive Chris Crawford, Stephen Holt

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived guards Chris Crawford and Stephen Holt.

The Cavaliers' roster now stands at 16.

Crawford appeared in five preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 7.6 minutes per game. Holt played in two preseason games and averaged 3.0 points in 2.3 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavs Monitoring Dion Waiters' Shot Selection, Adjustment To Balanced Roster

Dion Waiters has shot a total of 54 times in this preseason, the most of any Cleveland Cavalier player in five games. Each game he has been the leading shot-taker.

Waiters shot four-of-15 on Friday night, when Kyrie Irving scored 23 points on two less shots.

David Blatt chose his words carefully when responding to Waiters' rapid field goal attempts.

"I was thinking about that at halftime, actually," Blatt said. "Remember that we didn't play with a full roster tonight and our normal rotation was not what it will be. The way that Dallas played led to a lot of open perimeter shots, which Dion is going to take because that's what he does.

"I don't think he should lead the team in shots. On the other hand I don't really care. I just want us to take good shots and make them. But we'll look at it. It's something we really should look at it and we will."

The Cavaliers appear concerned with Waiters' ill-advised shots and are challenging him and others to adjust to a balanced roster.

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On NBA Season Over-Unders

In this two-part episode, host Daniel Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti of BoxScoreGeeks.com (@ArturoGalletti) go through the over-unders for all 30 NBA teams for the 14-15 season. 

Timestamps for the discussion on each team:

Part One

Atlanta Hawks (40.5 wins)- 

2:10

Boston Celtics (26.5 wins)- 

6:13

Brooklyn Nets (41.5 wins)- 

8:58

Charlotte Hornets (45.5 wins)- 

14:35

Chicago Bulls (55.5 wins)- 

16:58

Cleveland Cavaliers (58.5 wins)- 

25:23

Dallas Mavericks (49.5 wins)- 

33:15

Denver Nuggets (40.5 wins)- 

38:36

Detroit Pistons (36.5 wins)- 

43:05

Golden State Warriors (50.5 wins)- 

48:09

Houston Rockets (49.5 wins)- 

54:25

Indiana Pacers (32.5 wins)- 

1:00:46

Los Angeles Clippers (55.5 wins)- 

1:06:32

Los Angeles Lakers (31.5 wins)- 

1:12:07

Memphis Grizzlies (48.5 wins)- 

1:17:25

Miami Heat (43.5 wins)- 

1:21:13

Lightning Round

1:25:43

Click here to listen or download Part 1 

Part Two

Milwaukee Bucks (24.5 wins)- 

1:20

Minnesota Timberwolves (25.5 wins)- 

4:30

New Orleans Pelicans (41.5 wins)- 

9:25

New York Knicks (40.5 wins)- 

14:15

Oklahoma City Thunder (57.5 wins)- 

22:12

Orlando Magic (28.5 wins)- 

28:50

Philadelphia 76ers (15.5 wins)- 

34:52

Phoenix Suns (42.5 wins)- 

40:11

Portland Trail Blazers (48.5 wins)- 

44:01

Sacramento Kings (30.5 wins)- 

46:46

San Antonio Spurs (56.5 wins)- 

49:31

Toronto Raptors (49.5 wins)- 

54:49

Utah Jazz (25.5 wins)- 

58:26

Washington Wizards (49.5 wins)- 

1:01:20

Other bets on the board-

Click here to listen or download Part 2

You can also click here to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

Via RealGM Staff Report

LeBron: Winning Two Titles Has Made Recruiting To Cleveland Easier

LeBron James addressed how he was able to forgive Dan Gilbert and play for the man who excoriated him with a public letter on the Cleveland Cavaliers' team website in 2010.

"As a man, if you got a problem with somebody, you sit down face to face and you talk to them eye to eye. And you hash it out and move on," James said. "So, I think a lot of things that go on in life or in sports with people kind of holding grudges is because they're afraid to actually take a step forward. It's a fine line between pride and progress, and I'm on the progress side. I'm not on the pride side."

James also talked about how he's had a more successful time recruiting players to join him with the Cavaliers than he did in the past.

"I recruited [before] I left here, but I just didn't win nothing so nobody wanted to play with me," James said, pointing out that previously, the lone marquee free agent to come to Cleveland based on his influence was Larry Hughes in 2005. "I recruited. I recruited Michael Redd, I recruited Joe Johnson, I recruited Chris Bosh. I recruited a lot of guys. I just didn't win, and they didn't want to come to Cleveland. So, I guess me winning two championships, it helped out a lot."

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Blatt's Best Players He Coached Before NBA Shows Jump In Talent

The jump in talent David Blatt gets to work with coming over from Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Cleveland Cavaliers is significant.

Blatt was asked to name the best player he ever coached overseas and responded with five names: Anthony Parker, Andrei Kirilenko, Nikola Vujcic, Sarunas Jasikevicius and Andrea Bargnani.

Blatt said all of those players, plus LeBron James, have a “willingness to take responsibility and a sense of purpose in everything they did on and off the court.”

Via Jason Lloyd/Akron Beacon Journal

Cavs Declined Lakers' Interest On Varejao In Gasol Talks Last Season

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly showed repeated interest in Anderson Varejao while pursuing a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers involving Pau Gasol.

The Lakers' interest was to no avail.

Varejao had 14 points and three rebounds against the Miami Heat in preseason on Saturday.

Gasol signed with the Chicago Bulls in the offseason.

Via Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Bosh: Transition Playing With LeBron Will Be Difficult For Love

Chris Bosh went from first option with the Toronto Raptors to third option with the Miami Heat, which was a difficult transition as an offensive player.

Kevin Love will undergo a similar transition this season in joining LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"Yeah, it's a lot more difficult taking a step back, because you're used to doing something a certain way and getting looks a certain way," Bosh said recently. "And then it's like, well, no, for the benefit of the team, you have to get it here.

"So even if you do like the left block, the volume of the left block is going to be different. Now you have to make those moves count. So with me, it was like a chess game. I'm doing this move and thinking about the next move and trying to stay five moves ahead. You're not getting it as much. If you got one or two a game, it's a lot different."

Love averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds per game in his final season with the Wolves, which compares to Bosh's 24.0 points and 10.8 rebounds with the Raptors in 09-10.

"It's going to be very difficult for him," Bosh said of Love's new task. "Even if I was in his corner and I was able to tell him what to expect and what to do, it still doesn't make any difference. You still have to go through things, you still have to figure out things on your own. It's extremely difficult and extremely frustrating. He's going to have to deal with that."

Via Ethan Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Danny Ainge Believes Ray Allen Could Wait Until January/All-Star Break To Sign

Danny Ainge is not convinved that Ray Allen will sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers -- at least not for now.

"Ray can really help them, but I anticipate that Ray will wait and see the landscape of the NBA," Ainge said during his weekly call-in to 98.5 the Sports Hub. "I just think he might wait and see how everybody's clicking. There's a handful of teams that would love to have Ray on their team right now that are trying to win a championship."

Ainge was Allen's general manager in five seasons with the Boston Celtics.

Several teams, including Cleveland, Chicago, Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Washington, have expressed interest in Allen.

"He may wait until All-Star break or January," Ainge said. "And just see what teams are playing well, which teams are the healthiest and which team that he thinks that he might fit in, just in the style of play. With new coaches at some different places, he may just want to see how it unfolds before he makes a decision."

Via A. Sherrod Blakely/Comcast SportsNet

LeBron, Durant, Davis Named As GMs Top Picks To Build Franchise Around

The USA Today conducted an anonymous poll of 27 NBA executives on who would be their first pick if they were starting a team from scratch.

Sixteen of the respondents replied with LeBron James as their pick, while seven said Kevin Durant and three said Anthony Davis.

Tim Duncan, who is 38, also received a vote.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Cleveland Cavaliers Archives

Kyrie Irving Likely Out For Preseason Game Against Heat

The Cavs were concerned enough with the injury that they sent Kyrie Irving for X-rays and and MRI, which showed no damage.

LeBron Felt 'Uncomfortable' Being In Same Room As Riley At Wade's Wedding

LeBron James told friends that he felt uncomfortable having to share the room with Pat Riley during Dwyane Wade's wedding over the summer.

Kyrie Irving Injures Leg, Tests Negative

Kyrie Irving was using a walking boot as he left with teammates for sightseeing on the team's day off.

Bosh, LeBron Haven't Spoken Since Departure

Chris Bosh said he's focused on his teammates in the present.

Ray Allen Remains Undecided On Playing This Season

Ray Allen remains undecided if he'll play this season amid reports that he'd agreed to a deal with the Cavaliers.

Cavaliers Could Rest LeBron At Times During Regular Season

LeBron James has played in 842 out of a possible 886 regular season games over his first 11 seasons in the NBA.

Cavaliers Really Like Blatt's 'Spurs-Esque' Offense

Mike Miller described David Blatt's offense as "borderline genius."

Cavaliers Sign Stephen Holt To Camp Deal

Stephen Holt, a 6-4 guard, played four seasons at Saint Mary's.

LeBron Was Disappointed By Miami's Decision To Amnesty Mike Miller

The decision by the Heat in the 2013 offseason to amnesty Mike Miller drew the ire of LeBron James.

Cavaliers Trade Keith Bogans To 76ers

The Cavaliers will also send a future second-round pick and create a $5.3 million trade exception in the process.

Brendan Haywood Cleared For Full Participation To Start Cavs' Camp

David Blatt called Brendan Haywood the surprise of the day one of camp.

Cavaliers Acquire Bogans From Celtics For Lucas, Murphy, Thomas, Powell, Draft Picks

The Cavaliers have aquired Keith Bogans from the Celtics in exchange for John Lucas III, Erik Murphy, Malcolm Thomas, Dwight Powell and two future second round picks.

LeBron Admits 'Greater Chance' He Stayed With Heat If They Won 13-14 Championship

LeBron James admitted in an interview with Rachel Nichols on CNN's "Unguarded" that he was more likely to stay with the Heat if they had won the 2014 title against the Spurs.

LeBron Went 67 Days Without Sugars, Dairy

LeBron James lost weight this offseason, going on a strict 67-day diet.

Tristan Thompson Seeking Extension Worth $11M Per Season

Tristan Thompson is represented by Rich Paul, who is also the agent of LeBron James.

Ray Allen Still Undecided On Playing Future; Wizards Among Teams 'Periodically' Reaching Out

The Wizards are "periodically" checking in on Ray Allen.

A.J. Price Signs Camp Deal With Cavaliers

A.J. Price will attend training camp with the Cavaliers.

Lou Amundson Signs Camp Deal With Cavs

Lou Amundson recently worked out for the Cavaliers.

Canton Charge Hire Jordi Hernandez As New Head Coach

The Cavaliers have hired Jordi Fernandez as the new head coach of their exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League affiliate, the Canton Charge.

Lou Amundson Works Out For Cavaliers

The Cavaliers are one of the teams Lou Amundson is considering signing with on a camp deal.
Older Wiretap Articles »


RSS Feed RSS Feed
 

Archive

2014
     October
     September
     August
     July
     June
     May
     April
     March
     February
     January
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008
2007
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001

Basketball Wiretap Headlines

    NBA Wiretap Headlines

      NCAA Wiretap Headlines

        MLB Wiretap Headlines

          NFL Wiretap Headlines

            NHL Wiretap Headlines

              Soccer Wiretap Headlines