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Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder Considered NBA's Only True Sellers Entering Deadline Period

Feb 25, 2021 10:21 PM

With the NBA expanding its playoff format and a crowd of teams right around .500, there are only a limited number of teams that will look to sell pieces ahead of the trade deadline. 

"They're selling," said Tim MacMahon regarding the Houston Rockets. "They're definitely selling."

"The only teams that are truly selling are Houston, Cleveland and Oklahoma City," interjected Tim MacMahon. "Everybody else is ether not going either way, like probably a team like Detroit, or trying to make the playoffs."

The Cavaliers are aggressively shopping Andre Drummond, while the Rockets could make Victor Oladipo available. The Thunder, meanwhile, have traded away a number of their veterans over the past few months as they begin a full rebuild.

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Cavaliers Waive Marques Bolden From Two-Way Contract

Feb 24, 2021 11:05 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived Two-Way center Marques Bolden and signed guard Brodric Thomas to a Two-Way contract.

Bolden (6-10, 249) played in six games with the Cavaliers this season and was a member of Cleveland’s 2020 training camp roster. He has played in three games (all starts) this season with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League affiliate, averaging 6.3 points on .583 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 17.0 minutes.

Thomas (6-5, 185) played in four games this season with the Houston Rockets after joining the team’s 2020 training camp roster and being converted to a Two-Way player for Houston on Dec. 19. He was waived by the Rockets on Feb. 12 and returned to their NBA G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, on Feb. 14. Thomas has played in eight games (all starts) this season with the Vipers, averaging 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in 33.3 minutes. He played 80 games (78 starts) collegiately at Truman State, averaging 18.8 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.1 blocks in 31.8 minutes over three seasons, and went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Tags: Marques Bolden, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA Waiver

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Knicks Considering Trade For Andre Drummond

Feb 24, 2021 4:06 PM

The New York Knicks are "analyzing" whether to make a trade for Andre Drummond, a source told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Cavaliers benched Drummond two weeks ago as they attempt to trade him.

The Knicks are the most flexible team to slip Drummond’s expiring $28 million contract onto their roster as they still have $15 million of cap space.

The Toronto Raptors were previously working on a deal for Drummond, but couldn't find sensical matching salaries. 

The Cavaliers could agree to a buyout with Drummond if he's not traded by the deadline. 

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Tags: Andre Drummond, Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Sign Broderic Thomas To Two-Way Contract

Feb 24, 2021 2:57 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign Broderic Thomas to a Two-Way contract.

Thomas went undrafted in 2020 and then was on a Two-Way contract with the Houston Rockets before he was waived on Feb. 12th.

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Kevin Love Close To Return From Calf Injury

Feb 17, 2021 5:45 PM

Kevin Love participated in most of practice with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday as he nears his return from a calf injury.

Love has been out since Dec. 27, when he aggravated a calf strain he initially sustained in the team's exhibition opener.

"Hopefully that's a good sign," J.B. Bickerstaff said of the latest step in Love's slow improvement. "Obviously you wait and see how he responds tomorrow, but he's making progress and he was with us for most of the day.''

The Cavaliers have lost 10 out of 11 games and are no longer playing Andre Drummond as they attempt to trade him.

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J.B. Bickerstaff Praises Andre Drummond's Professionalism 'In Difficult Circumstances'

Feb 17, 2021 5:41 PM

J.B. Bickerstaff responded to criticism the Cleveland Cavaliers have received for not playing Andre Drummond as the team looks to trade him. Draymond Green spoke out most forcefully on the issue.

Bickerstaff was aware of Green's comments but avoided saying he disagreed with them.

"Nobody's opinion should be muted,'' Bickerstaff said Wednesday. "Obviously there's conversations that we've had with our guys as far as this process goes that everybody's not privy to. But again, guys have a right to speak their voice and organizations have to do what's best for the organization. I think that's kind of how it works and it shouldn't be a two-way street, so to speak.''

Bickerstaff again praised Drummond's professionalism "in difficult circumstances.''

"He's been great,'' Bickerstaff said. "He was in the locker room at halftime having conversations with the guys about what he saw on the floor. He was there after the game. He's been tremendous through this whole thing and it's not easy.''

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Nuggets Versus Cavs Added To Friday Schedule To Replace Postponed Hornets Game

Feb 16, 2021 12:42 PM

A game between the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers was added to the schedule on Friday.

The newly scheduled game replaces a previously scheduled game between the Hornets and Nuggets that was postponed due to contact tracing

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No Active Discussions Over Buyout Involving Andre Drummond

Feb 15, 2021 1:05 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have yet to engage in any discussions over buying out Andre Drummond, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.

The Cavs will sit Drummond until they trade him, and are in talks with the Raptors

The team has transitioned to Jarrett Allen at the center position, and believe it'd be unfair to Drummond to cut his minutes.

ESPN adds that a number of teams are interested in Drummond.

 

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Cavs To Trade Andre Drummond, Discussions Active With Raptors

Feb 15, 2021 10:59 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers plan on sitting Andre Drummond until they find a trade for him and are in active discussions with the Toronto Raptors.

Though Drummond was pulled from Sunday's lineup due to "rest", sources told The Athletic he was pulled in part due to his “attitude and play” recently.

Drummond is on a $28.7 million expiring contract this season.

The Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks would have interest in Drummond if he is bought out.

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Larry Nance Jr. Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Finger, Likely To Undergo Surgery

Feb 7, 2021 11:40 AM

Larry Nance Jr. will miss the next four-to-six weeks due to a fractured finger on his left hand, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Nance Jr. is also likely to undergo surgery on his hand.

Nance Jr. was averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds on the season.

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Matthew Dellavedova Still Experiencing Symptoms From Concussion, Could Consider Retirement

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Cavs Receive Permission To Increase Home Attendance To 2,720 Fans

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Kevin Love Cleared To Resume Individual Basketball Activities

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Nets Interested In JaVale McGee

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Rockets Acquire Kevin Porter Jr. From Cavaliers

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Cavaliers To Trade Or Waive Kevin Porter Jr.

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NBA Postpones Wizards-Cavaliers Games Scheduled For Sunday, Monday

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RealGM Radio: Seerat Sohi On The Harden Trade And More

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Cavaliers Waive Thon Maker, Yogi Ferrell

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Knicks, Cavaliers, Mavericks Interested In Signing Talen Horton-Tucker

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Cavaliers Sign Yogi Ferrell To 10-Day Contract Using Hardship Exception

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Darius Garland Could Miss One Week With Shoulder Injury

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Dante Exum Out 1-2 Months With Strained Right Calf

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Kevin Love Out 3-4 Weeks With Right Calf Strain

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Kevin Love To Return To Lineup, Dylan Windler Out With Broken Left Hand

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Kevin Love Out For Opener Due To Calf Strain

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RealGM Radio: Arturo Galletti On East Over/Unders

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Cavaliers Discussed Russell Westbrook Trade With Rockets

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Thon Maker Agrees To Non-Guaranteed Deal With Cavs

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Jazz Trade Rayjon Tucker, Future Second To Cavaliers

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