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Cavs Thought They Had Paul George Trade Agreed Upon On June 30th

Jul 23, 2017 6:58 PM

On June 30th, the Indiana Pacers, Cleveland Cavaliers and Denver Nuggets thought they had a Paul George deal in place.

Everyone tentatively agreed on a conference call between the teams.

George was going to be traded by the Pacers to the Cavaliers with Kevin Love going to the Nuggets and Gary Harris moving to Indiana in a package involving other pieces.

A call was to be arranged between George and Dan Gilbert, which was an important step before finalizing the trade. Cleveland's front office began making other plans for the offseason.

Kevin Pritchard then sent message that the Pacers were backing out and then quickly agreed to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Paul George, Kevin Love, Gary Harris, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving's Frustration With LeBron James Stems From Game Play

Jul 23, 2017 6:41 PM

Before Kyrie Irving approached Dan Gilbert on July 7th about a trade, the Cleveland Cavaliers had become worried about his mindset.

David Griffin had several conversations with Irving throughout the year and worked to improve the situation. 

Irving's frustration with LeBron James is largely rooted in game play. The ball has been out of Irving's hands, and in James', more than he preferred.

Irving also was frustrated with how Randy Mims, a close friend of James, has a position on the Cavaliers' staff and travels on the team plane.

Several times during the Cavs' playoff run, Irving had long, intense conversations with James as they tried to get the team into a groove following a choppy and inconsistent regular season, sources said.

The Cavaliers were unable to hold exit meetings with their players as they were focused on Griffin's future.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause With Cavaliers

Jul 23, 2017 6:36 PM

LeBron James will not waive his no-trade clause with the Cleveland Cavaliers at any point during the 17-18 season for any team.

James' future with the Cavaliers beyond the 17-18 season is unclear. James holds a $35.6 million player option for the 2018-19 campaign

Kyrie Irving, who can't become a free agent until 2019, recently requested a trade from the Cavaliers.

Dirk Nowitzki and Carmelo Anthony are the only other players in the NBA with a no-trade clause.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

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

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Kyrie Irving Had Reservations About Cavs' Roster If LeBron James Leaves In 2018

Jul 22, 2017 10:12 PM

Kyrie Irving divulged to Dan Gilbert that he has reservations about how the Cleveland Cavaliers' roster has been constructed to complement LeBron James and that their long-term prospects could be compromised if James leaves in 2018.

James has refused to commit to Cleveland beyond the coming season and that has led Irving to become proactive in controlling his own career arc.

The Cavaliers play at a slower pace to suit James while paying Klutch Sports clients Tristan Thompson and J.R. Smith on significant deals.

The Cavaliers have included Irving in trade talks around the NBA following his request and they even considered the possibility of dealing him beforehand.

Irving had wanted to discuss the possible trade scenarios with Cavaliers' ownership and management following The Finals, but the meeting was difficult since David Griffin's own future was uncertain and they've been operating without a new general manager in place. Only recently has Koby Altman emerged as the likely choice to replace Griffin.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Believe They Could Have Turned Irving, Love Into Chris Paul, Paul George

Jul 21, 2017 6:55 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers believe they could have turned Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love into Chris Paul and Paul George in June.

Cleveland kept both Irving and Love in June as they were unaware Irving would soon be requesting a trade before the end of July.

Paul orchestrated an opt-in and trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets before the start of free agency.

George was traded on June 30th by the Indiana Pacers to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Kevin Love, Paul George, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Knicks Interested In Trading Carmelo Anthony, Future First Picks To Cavs For Kyrie Irving

Jul 21, 2017 6:28 PM

The New York Knicks have strong interest in trading for Kyrie Irving.

New York is willing to include Carmelo Anthony and future first round picks but Kristaps Porzingis is considered untouchable.

Irving has listed the Knicks as one of the teams he would have interest in being traded to following his request to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 and grew up in New Jersey.

Anthony has a no-trade clause and has recently preferred a trade to the Houston Rockets but he's previously expressed interest in the Cavaliers.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Had Kyrie Irving Trade On Table Before Draft

Jul 21, 2017 6:21 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a deal involving Kyrie Irving on the table before the draft that was crafted by David Griffin.

The Cavaliers didn't know at that time that Irving would like to be traded this offseason.

Cleveland was attempting to trade for Paul George or Jimmy Butler at the time. The Cavaliers, at that point, were focused on moving Kevin Love.

Multiple team officials declined comment, though a source said the team would move Irving and get a huge return.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron James Will Let Cavaliers Dictate Direction On Kyrie Irving Situation

Jul 21, 2017 5:20 PM

LeBron James won't intervene in the wake of Kyrie Irving requesting a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

James and the Cavaliers were surprised by Irving's pronouncement and were unaware of his feelings.

James is focused on preparing for the upcoming season regardless of who his teammates are.

Irving cannot become a free agent until 2019 while James can be on the open market in 2018.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Koby Altman Likely To Be Hired By Cavs As GM

Jul 21, 2017 5:05 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are likely to elevate Koby Altman to general manager permanently.

Altman has been serving in the role on an interim basis.

Altman previously worked as assistant general manager and was the highest ranking member of the front office left following the departure of David Griffin.

Dan Gilbert previously tried to hire Chauncey Billups this offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyrie Irving Requests Trade From Cavaliers

Jul 21, 2017 3:49 PM

Kyrie Irving has requested a trade from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The request came last week and was made to Dan Gilbert. Irving no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James and would like a situation where he can become more of a focal point.

Irving can become a free agent in 2019 though he has $60 million remaining on his deal over the next three years. Irving doesn't have a no-trade clause.

"Kyrie and I had a meeting with Cavs leadership where we discussed many different scenarios in reference to Kyrie and his future with the team," agent Jeff Wechsler told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. "The basis of those discussions and what went on in those discussions are between the Cavs and us. We are respectfully going to keep those private."

James was informed of Irving's request and was blindsided and disappointed, sources said. 

Chris Haynes reports Irving expressed interest in the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Sources tell Wojnarowski that Irving is attempting to take control of his own career and that it's unlikely he would be requesting a trade if there was more clarity on James' future.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Derrick Rose, Cavs Holding Serious Talks On One-Year Deal
Derrick Rose and the Cavaliers are in serious talks on a one-year deal.

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Kyrie Irving: Cavs 'In a Peculiar Place' Right Now
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LeBron James Concerned About Cavs' Front Office Situation
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Knicks Break Off Carmelo Anthony Trade Talks
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Cavaliers Agree To Three-Year, $8.3M Deal With Cedi Osman
Cedi Osman was the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Jeff Green Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers On One-Year, $2.3M Deal
The Cavaliers have agreed to sign Jeff Green.

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Jamal Crawford Bought Out By Hawks, Receiving Interest From Cavs, Wizards, Wolves
Jamal Crawford has been bought out by the Hawks.

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Jamal Crawford Unlikely To Join Lakers, Expected Interest From Wolves, Cavs, Wizards
The Lakers and Jamal Crawford have cooled their mutual interest.

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James Jones Won't Return To Cavaliers In 17-18
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Cavaliers Offered Below Market Rate Salary To Chauncey Billups
Chauncey Billups was offered a below-market salary of $2 million per season by the Cavaliers.

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Richard Jefferson To Return To Cavs For 17th NBA Season
Richard Jefferson will be paid $2.5 million.

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Chauncey Billups Withdraws From Consideration For Cavs' Job
Chauncey Billups has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Cavaliers' president of basketball operations job.

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Carmelo Anthony Open To Waiving No-Trade For Rockets, Cavs
Carmelo Anthony is now open to waiving his no-trade clause.

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Kyle Korver Agrees To Re-Sign With Cavs On Three-Year, $22M Deal
Kyle Korver was acquired by the Cavaliers last January.

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LeBron James Not Recruiting For Cavs This Offseason
LeBron James is in Alabama this weekend attending the wedding of Eric Bledsoe.

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Jose Calderon Agrees To One-Year Deal With Cavaliers
Jose Calderon finished last season with the Hawks.

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Rockets, Cavaliers Discuss Iman Shumpert Trade
Iman Shumpert has been inconsistent since re-signing with the Cavaliers in 2015.

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Pacers Were Offered Gary Harris In Three-Way Paul George Trade
The Pacers were seeking Jae Crowder, Marcus Smart and multiple picks from the Celtics.

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Cavaliers, Jose Calderon Have Mutual Interest
The Cavaliers had Deron Williams as their backup point guard at the end of last season.

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Cedi Osman Expected To Join Cavaliers For 17-18
Cedi Osman was the first pick of the second round in 2015.

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