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NBA Gives Players Permission To Participate In Asian Games

Aug 14, 2018 10:38 PM

The NBA has given permission for players to participate in the Asian Games.

In a news release, the NBA said its agreement with FIBA allows for the league's players to play for their countries at the "Olympics, the FIBA Basketball World Cup, Continental Cup competitions and associated qualifying tournaments.

"Because the Asian Games are not one of those competitions, NBA players under contract are unable to participate," it says in the NBA's release. "However, due to a lack of clear communication of that agreement between the NBA and the Chinese and Philippines Basketball Federations, and after further discussions with both Federations, the NBA has agreed to provide this one-time exception."

Jordan Clarkson will participate with the Philippines. 

"My heart is full of gratitude for everyone who helped make this happen," Clarkson said in a Facebook post, reacting to the NBA's decision to let him and others participate.

Houston Rockets center Zhou Qi and Dallas Mavericks forward Ding Yanyuhang can both play for the Chinese team.

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Tags: Jordan Clarkson, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, National

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Cavaliers Agree To Sign Isaiah Taylor To One-Year Deal

Aug 9, 2018 8:18 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign Isaiah Taylor to a one-year deal.

The Cavaliers have pursued the market for a point guard over the past week.

Taylor averaged 6.6 points, 1.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 17.4 minutes over 67 games last season with the Atlanta Hawks.

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LeBron James To Return To Cleveland With Lakers On Nov. 21

Aug 8, 2018 10:14 PM

LeBron James will return to play the Cleveland Cavaliers as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 21.

The game will be played on the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving. The NBA scheduled a high profile game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Golden State Warriors last season on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

The Lakers will open the season at the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 18 followed by their home opener on Oct. 20 against the Houston Rockets.

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Tags: LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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RealGM Radio: Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman On The Central Division

Aug 8, 2018 3:18 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux), Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast (@NateDuncanNBA) and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk (@DanFeldmanNBA) break down the Central Division.

They discuss how the Bucks, Bulls, Cavs, Pacers and Pistons fared in the off-season and predict the season to come, including projected finish, breakout players and rookies they are most excited to see.

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Tags: Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers, Milwaukee Bucks, NBA, RealGM Radio

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Clippers Trade Sam Dekker To Cavaliers

Aug 7, 2018 4:22 PM

The Los Angeles Clippers have traded forward Sam Dekker, the draft rights to Renaldas Seibutis and cash considerations to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the draft rights to Vladimir Veremeenko.

As a result of this transaction, the Clippers will create a trade exception.

“We want to thank Sam for his contributions to our team competitiveness and culture this past season,” Lawrence Frank said. “Sam is a talented and hard-working athlete who represented this organization well as a player and a person. We wish him the best of luck with his opportunity in Cleveland.”

Dekker, 24, appeared in 73 games for the Clippers last season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 49.4 percent from the field in 12.1 minutes.

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Tags: Sam Dekker, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers Waive Okaro White

Aug 6, 2018 10:07 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Okaro White.

White (6-8, 204) originally signed with Cleveland on April 7, 2018 after completing a 10-day contract with the team in March of last season. He did not appear in a regular season game with Cleveland but played in all seven games for the Cavs in the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League 2018 in Las Vegas, averaging 6.0 points and 7.4 rebounds in 23.9 minutes per game.

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Tags: Okaro White, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Cavaliers To Acquire Sam Dekker From Clippers

Aug 5, 2018 3:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will acquire Sam Dekker from the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers are clearing a roster spot while Dekker will get a better opportunity to earn minutes with Cleveland.

Dekker was traded by the Rockets to the Clippers last offseason as part of the Chris Paul trade.

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Tags: Sam Dekker, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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David Nwaba Agrees To Sign With Cavaliers

Aug 1, 2018 1:43 PM

David Nwaba has agreed to sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The two sides are still finalizing terms of the deal.

The Cavaliers were in touch with Nwaba beginning on Day 1 of free agency.

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Tags: David Nwaba, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Rockets Consider Trade For J.R. Smith

Aug 1, 2018 11:28 AM

The Houston Rockets have been searching for trade possibilities using the dead contract of Ryan Anderson.

The Rockets have expressed interest in J.R. Smith as he is owed $30.4 million over the next two seasons, though the 19-20 season is partially guaranteed.

The Rockets lost Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute this offseason.

"I've heard they kicked the tires on J.R. Smith," said Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post.

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Tags: J.R. Smith, Ryan Anderson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Houston Rockets, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Details Emerges Of Altercation Between Tristan Thompson, Draymond Green At L.A. Party

Aug 1, 2018 9:58 AM

Draymond Green and Tristan Thompson got into an altercation at an ESPYs after-party in Los Angeles.

Green and Thompson got into a minor scuffle in the final moments of Game 1 of the 2018 Finals.

Thompson pointed towards the exit to invite Green to meet him outside.

“I can’t meet him outside (of an NBA game) because I’ll still get fined,” Green told reporters after Game 1. “But I can meet him in the streets any day. … In the summers, you can meet anybody. But all that meet me outside, meet me at the bus, I ain’t going for that. But if he want to see me somewhere else, that’s fine. Any time.”

After Game 4, Thompson was rebuffed by Green when he attempted to shake his hand.

“We ain’t cut from the same cloth,” Green said.

Green and Thompson were guests of LeBron James at Delilah in west Hollywood.

According to sources, Thompson attacked Green out of nowhere.

“It was a sucker punch,” said one source who attended the party. “But, to be honest, it wasn’t really a punch. It was more like a shove.”

Another source described it as a face mush while other reports described it as a legit punch.

The two were quickly separated with James and Kevin Durant among the ones to intervene.

The party continued with Green and Thompson co-existing without incident.

“Man, that wasn’t no fight,” one source said. “It was much ado about nothing.” 

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Tags: Draymond Green, Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA

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LeBron James 'Thought Long And Hard' About Signing With Rockets, 76ers
LeBron James never formally met with the Rockets or 76ers.

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Kevin Love Agrees To Four-Year, $120M Extension With Cavaliers
The deal puts Kevin Love's five-year total at $145 million.

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Cavaliers Interested In Luke Babbitt, Trevor Booker
Cleveland also has until Aug. 22nd to use a $5.8 million traded player exception from the Kyrie Irving trade.

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Cavaliers Continue To Negotiate With Rodney Hood
Rodney Hood can take Cleveland's $3.4 million qualifying offer if he's unable to secure a long-term offer.

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76ers Discuss Trading Jerryd Bayless To Cavaliers For Kyle Korver
Kyle Korver has two seasons remaining on his contract at more than $15 million.

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Cavaliers Waive Kendrick Perkins
Kendrick Perkins appeared in one game for Cleveland in in 17-18.

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Cavaliers Agree To Sign Channing Frye To One-Year, $2.4M Deal
Channing Frye was traded by the Cavaliers to the Lakers at last year's deadline.

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Collin Sexton Considered Only Untouchable Player On Cavaliers
The Cavaliers are not shopping Kevin Love, but he's certainly not untouchable.

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Cavaliers Rejected Offer From Hawks To Trade Up To No. 3
The Cavaliers could have selected Luka Doncic had they taken on the contract of Kent Bazemore.

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Kings Interested In Rodney Hood
Talks have not progressed between Rodney Hood and the Kings to the point where an offer is imminent.

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Tyronn Lue Ready For New Challenge Coaching Cavs
Tyronn Lue described hearing news of James' departure as "hard to swallow."

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Cavaliers Explain Why They Plan On Keeping Kevin Love
Koby Altman rejected the possibility of the Cavaliers tanking.

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Jeff Green Agrees To One-Year Minimum Deal With Wizards
Jeff Green spent last season with the Cavaliers.

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Cavaliers Open To Trading Kevin Love
Kevin Love can become a free agent in 2019 if he opts of his $25.6 million deal for 19-20.

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LeBron James Spoke With Kobe Bryant On Saturday By Phone, Invited Magic Johnson To House
LeBron James asked Rich Paul to research the Lakers, Cavaliers, Rockets and 76ers ahead of the start of free agency.

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Report: LeBron James Informed Dan Gilbert He'd Leave Cavs With Call On Saturday
The Cavaliers had been bracing for LeBron James to leave their franchise for the second time for the past month.

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LeBron James Agrees To Sign Four-Year, $154M Deal With Lakers
LeBron James has agreed to join the Lakers.

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76ers Remain Viable Option To Sign LeBron James
The 76ers are trying to sell LeBron James on their pair of young superstars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

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LeBron James, Rich Paul Spoke With Koby Altman At Start Of Free Agency
Sources declined to characterize the nature of the call.

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Cavs, Warriors, Thunder, Wizards Pay Luxury Tax For 18-19
The Cavaliers paid the most at $50.7 million, followed by the Warriors at $32.3 million, the Thunder at $25.4 million and the Wizards at $7 million.

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