Cleveland Cavaliers Wiretap

Donovan Mitchell Misses Fourth Straight Game With Hamstring Injury

Nov 22, 2023 11:26 PM

Donovan Mitchell missed his fourth straight game due to a hamstring injury on Wednesday night.

The Cavs gave no updates on Mitchell, who last played on November 15.

J.B. Bickerstaff said that the team is being patient with the injury. 

"It's just a matter of him trying to get healthy. We will always do what we have to do to make sure guys are right. They have to go through those steps and not skip those steps,
 said Bickerstaff.


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Scott Perry: Knicks Didn't View Donovan Mitchell As Franchise-Carrying Singular Force

Oct 27, 2023 4:44 PM

Now that Scott Perry has moved over to the media, he explained the decision by the New York Knicks to not embark on an all-out pursuit of Donovan Mitchell during the 2022 offseason. Mitchell was widely expected to eventually be traded by the Utah Jazz to the Knicks, but they instead moved him to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Obviously we made a push to trade for him,” Perry said on a recent episode of "The Hoop Genius" podcast.

“But it was going to be done within reason. He was a good player but he needed more around him to win. Because if he was that singular force, Utah probably would’ve been in the conference finals if he were that singular force. But he wasn’t that singular force. That’s not a criticism against him. That’s just an evaluation that you must make.” 

While the Cavaliers were able to trade for Mitchell without parting with any of their core three players of Darius Garland, Evan Mobley or Jarrett Allen, the Knicks likely would have had to trade RJ Barrett and one or more other young players. The Cavaliers did include Lauri Markkanen, who emerged as an All-Star with the Jazz.

“(Mitchell’s) an excellent basketball player. Multi-year All-Star. Tremendous young man. New York kid,” Perry said. “But you got to ask yourself, if the other team you’re tracking with is wanting to take two-thirds or three-quarters of all your young talent, and all of your draft capital, is what’s left behind going to good enough for you to win rather than hold on to what you have and be a little patient?”

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Myles Garrett Buys Minority Stake In Cavs

Oct 26, 2023 1:07 AM

Cleveland Browns pass rusher Myles Garrett purchased a minority stake in the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team announced on Wednesday.

Garrett will also serve as a brand ambassador for the team.

"As a leader on and off the field, Myles has become a Cleveland icon and shares in our organization's commitment to being a transformative force for good across the region," said owner Dan Gilbert in a statement.

Garrett signed a five-year, $125 million extension with the Browns in 2020. 

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Cavaliers Hire Dave Joerger As Coaching Consultant

Oct 24, 2023 4:51 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have hired Dave Joerger as a coaching consultant.

Joerger had been an assistant coach with the Philadelphia 76ers under Doc Rivers over the past three seasons. Joerger was previously a head coach with the Memphis Grizzlies and Sacramento Kings.

Joerger will also serve as coach of Team USA in FIBA AmeriCup Qualifying games in February. 

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Cavs Waive Sharife Cooper, Rob Edwards, Aleem Ford, Pete Nance, Justin Powell, Devontae Shuler, Zhaire Smith

Oct 22, 2023 9:30 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived seven players from non-guaranteed training camp contracts. The Cavs waived Sharife Cooper, Pete Nance, Justin Powell and Zhaire Smith. Cleveland also signed-and-waived Rob Edwards, Aleem Ford and Devonte Shuler.

All seven players are expected to join the Cleveland Charge for the upcoming G League season.

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Cavs Exercise 24-25 Option For Evan Mobley

Oct 19, 2023 8:50 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have exercised their 2024-25 rookie scale team option for Evan Mobley. This is the fourth-year option for Mobley and will see him paid $11.2 million for the 2024-25 season.

Mobley appeared in 79 games last season. He averaged 16.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

NBA teams have until October 31 to exercise rookie scale team options for the 2024-25 season.

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Zhaire Smith Lost 60 pounds, Needed Feeding Tube After Allergic Reaction

Oct 8, 2023 9:23 AM

Zhaire Smith is on a training camp deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He knows he'll have to win a spot on the roster, but Smith is used to fighting to get back on the court.

When Smith was with the Philadelphia 76ers, he had a severe allergic reaction to Thai chicken. The reaction was so bad that it became life-threatening.

"It was Thai chicken. I ate that and the first symptoms started where my lips started swelling, so I drove home to try to heal. I started to brush my teeth and I was okay for about 10 minutes, then I started catching hives," Smith said.

Then once that happened, I called somebody to come to try to give me Benadryl. Once I took Benadryl my toes started swelling and I called 911. Everything on my body felt like I was on fire. So 911 came, and I was just in the back of the van and was in the hospital for about a month and a half. Lost about 60 pounds, and my body was deteriorating so I really had to start from scratch on a feeding tube and wires all throughout my body. It was a tough situation to go through, but it made me stronger."

Smith has spent the last few seasons working to get back to the NBA. He said he'll consider overseas options after training camp, but he hopes to stick on the regular roster or to land a two-way contract in the NBA.

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Jarrett Allen Has Ankle Bone Bruise, To Be Re-Evaluated In Two Weeks

Oct 7, 2023 1:23 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced that starting center Jarrett Allen suffered a left ankle bone bruise. Allen will be re-evaluated in two weeks. The timing of Allen's injury could put his availability for the start of the regular season in question.

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Donovan Mitchell Says He Won't Sign Extension With Cavs This Season

Oct 4, 2023 1:22 AM

Donovan Mitchell said he let the Cleveland Cavaliers front office know that he wouldn't be signing a contract extension this season.

“I still have the opportunity to sign an extension next summer. My primary focus is this. Just trying to go out there and trying to be the best team we can be and bring a championship to the city and go from there," said Michell.

Mitchell, who has two more guaranteed years on the deal he signed when he was with the Jazz, is eligible to sign a three-year extension worth $150 million.

Mitchell could get an additional year on his contract should he wait to sign the extension this summer.

The guard then reiterated his excitement for the upcoming season.

“I’m really excited about what we’ve got going here. I think that’s the biggest thing, especially for myself. We could do something special. That’s what I relayed to Georges (Niang) and Max (Strus) when I told them about coming here," said Mitchell.

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Ricky Rubio Remains Away From Cavaliers Indefinitely

Oct 2, 2023 11:26 AM

Ricky Rubio did not attend media day with the Cleveland Cavaliers in what is an excused absence, sources tell Chris Fedor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Rubio announced in August he was putting his NBA career on hold indefinitely to address his mental health.

“I have decided to stop my professional activity to take care of my mental health. I want to thank all the support I have received from the [Spanish national] team to understand my decision,” Rubio said. “Today #family makes more sense than ever. Thank you. I would ask that my privacy be respected so that I can face these moments and be able to give more information when the time is right.”

Shortly after Rubio’s announcement, the Cavs released a statement.

“We were informed today by Ricky and his representation that he has decided to step away from his illustrious basketball career to focus on his mental health at this time,” the team wrote on Aug. 5. “We understand how difficult of a decision this was for him and will balance providing whatever support we can while simultaneously respecting Ricky’s request for privacy.”

Rubio has two years and $12.5 million left on a contract signed with the Cavs last summer.

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Windhorst On Donovan Mitchell: 'I Do Not Expect Him To Sign An Extension' This Summer

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Koby Altman Arrested On Impaired Driving Charge


Cavs Sign Zhaire Smith To Exhibit 10 Contract

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Cavaliers Sign Sharife Cooper

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Cavaliers Sign Pete Nance

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Cavs Sign Justin Powell

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Tristan Thompson, Cavaliers Agree To Deal

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RealGM Radio: Caitlin Cooper, Dan Feldman On The Central Division (Sep 2023)

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Ricky Rubio Puts Career On Hold Indefinitely To Focus On Mental Health

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J.B. Bickerstaff 'Under A Measure Of Pressure' With Cavaliers

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Nets, Cavaliers To Play In NBA Paris Game 2024

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Cavs Win Summer League Title, Isaiah Mobley Named Game MVP


Cavaliers Intend To Keep 'Core Four' Together

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Robin Lopez, Bucks Agree To Deal

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Ty Jerome, Cavaliers Agree To Two-Year $5M Contract

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Cavaliers To Acquire Damian Jones From Jazz

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Cavaliers Acquire Max Strus On Four-Year, $63M Sign-And-Trade With Heat

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Georges Niang, Cavaliers Agree To Three-Year, $26M Deal

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Caris LeVert, Cavaliers Agree To Two-Year, $32M Deal

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