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Cavaliers Exercise Fourth-Year Option On Dion Waiters

The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised the fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters.

Waiters owns career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in his two seasons with the Cavaliers.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Cavs Waive Shane Edwards

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Shane Edwards.

The Cavs roster now stands at 15.

Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Love: My Decision Was About Wanting To Win

Kevin Love wrote a first-person essay called "How I Spent My Summer Vacation", which details his trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I grew up a lot – personally and professionally – during my time with the Wolves," writes Love. "I’ll be the first to tell you that I didn’t always handle things perfectly. We are all unfinished products. It’s not easy to handle the disappointment of losing when you’re in your early twenties. There were times when I wasn’t easy to be around in the locker room. It’s hard to be a leader when you don’t have the model — and when you don’t have a blueprint for what winning in the NBA looks like.

"But I make no excuses. I posted my best personal numbers last season, and we still didn’t make the playoffs. Some of the backlash was pretty hard to take — I learned that there is apparently such a thing as an “empty stat” (I’ll try to remember the importance of that the next time I am boxing out for a rebound against Tim Duncan).

"In the end, I was given the opportunity to move on, and I took it. My decision was about wanting to win. When I think back to being a kid shooting on an eight-foot hoop in my Shawn Kemp jersey, I never dreamed about putting up a triple-double or signing a max contract. I dreamed about holding up a championship trophy. In order to get to that place, I knew that I needed to move on."

Via The Players Tribune

Kevin Love Acknowledges He'll Need To Make Big Adjustments With Cavs

Kevin Love will play a different role with the Cleveland Cavaliers than he has throughout his entire basketball career, using his size and shooting ability to stretch the floor.

"My entire life I've played the game from inside-out," Love said. "So the more touches I can get inside to get myself going, the better. I'm not accustomed to starting out a game shooting a three, so it's just something that I see.

"I'm 26-years-old and I've been playing basketball for quite a long time. Just finding ways to mix it up. If anything, keeping it around the basket a little bit more and the offense will allow me to get offensive rebounds. That will be tough for teams with Andy [Varejao] and myself and Tristan [Thompson] in there."

Love says the offense calls for him to be out on the perimeter, but he says he has to make sure he remembers to go inside more.

"Yeah, the offense is built that way but I just have to make a conscious decision to get myself in there," Love said. "There are a lot of times where I just find myself fading to the three-point line. For me, it's a mentality and that's easy to fix.

"We've been putting in stuff like different pin-downs, cut-across and cross-screens to get me open in there. You'll see a lot more of that during the season. That's always how I played and I know that coach wants me to play that way, as well."

Via Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

GMs Predict Spurs' Title, LeBron For MVP, Jabari For ROY

The NBA has released its annual survery of general managers with the San Antonio Spurs receiving 46.2 percent of the votes for which team will win the 2015 Finals.

The Cleveland Cavaliers came in second with 15.4 percent, followed by the Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City tied for third at 11.5 percent. The Golden State Warriors received 3.8 percent of the vote.

LeBron James is the expected winner of MVP with 67.9 percent, followed by Kevin Durant at 21.4 percent. 

James is also the player most GMs would choose to build a franchise around with 50 percent of the vote, though that is down from 89.7 percent last season. Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant each received 25 percent of the vote.

Jabari Parker is a heavy favorite to win Rookie of the Year with 75 percent of the vote, followed by Andrew Wiggins at 17.9 percent.

Gregg Popovich is considered the best head coach in the NBA with 92.9 percent of the vote.

Via John Schuhmann/NBA.com

LeBron: We're Not A Big Three, We're A Big Fifteen

LeBron James is stressing the importance of the entire Cleveland Cavaliers' roster rather than repeat the Big 3 reputation of the Miami Heat while substituting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love for Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

"We're not a Big Three, we're a team," James said afterwards. "We're a Big Fifteen."

The Cavaliers will need significant contributions this season from the likes of Anderson Varejao, Shawn Marion, Dion Waiters, Mike Miller and Tristan Thompson.

"Are we ready for the (season opener), not right now," James said. "We will be. We will be as ready as any team is ready for the first game of the season. At the first game of the season, you're not ready to win the championship then."

Via Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Cleveland Cavaliers Archives

LeBron: Winning Two Titles Has Made Recruiting To Cleveland Easier

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

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 Cavaliers is significant.

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

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

Bosh: Transition Playing With LeBron Will Be Difficult For Love

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

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 Cavaliers -- at least not for now.

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.

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.
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