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LeBron James Hasn't Had Change Of Feeling About Cavaliers

Sep 25, 2017 5:23 PM

LeBron James remains interested in finishing his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers but he's undecided about his 2018 free agency.

James has a player option for 18-19 that he's likely to decline.

"(Feelings on Cleveland) haven't changed, that's why I sit here today still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship," James said. "Any time I'm able to be a free agent or my contract is ending, I'll approach that when the summer comes. I don't ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans or talk about free agency all year long because I'm not going to give energy to something I can handle in the summertime when I should be focused on what I'm doing on a day-to-day basis to help this franchise compete for a championship."

James returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 and expressed multiple times that he anticipated finishing his career with the franchise. While James re-signed with the Cavaliers in 2015 and 2016 without any doubt, he's expected to test the market in 2018.

"At the end of the day, I have a contract and I will fill out that obligation as I've always done," James said. "If you know me, I've always handled it in the most businesslike way. And I will do that with my team and I will do that in the summertime as we always have."

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

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

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Dwyane Wade Agrees Upon Buyout With Bulls

Sep 24, 2017 10:18 PM

Dwyane Wade has agreed upon a contract buyout with the Chicago Bulls.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat are considered the leaders for Wade once he clears waivers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The Oklahoma City Thunder could also express interest in Wade.

Wade gave up $8 million of his $23.8 million salary to leave the Bulls.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Carmelo Anthony Expands Trade List To Include Cavaliers, Thunder

Sep 22, 2017 9:09 PM

Carmelo Anthony has expanded his list of teams he'd accept a trade to include the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Ian Begley, the Oklahoma City Thunder are also on Anthony's list.

Throughout the summer, Anthony was zeroed in exclusively on the Houston Rockets.

The Knicks and Rockets have been at a stalemate for several weeks as they've been unable to find a trade scenario to satisfy both teams. The Knicks insisted they were unable to complete a deal with the Rockets and needed more teams to work with.

Anthony has a full no-trade clause in his contract with the Knicks.

While the Rockets remain Anthony's preferred team, he's worked to accommodate the Knicks to find a trade before the start of the season.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti

Sep 21, 2017 12:43 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Arturo Galletti (@AmericanNumbers) continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

They go through over/unders and other relevant odds for the Bulls (2:38), Hawks (8:04), Nets (12:18), Knicks (16:42), Pacers (23:09), Magic (30:03), Pistons (37:10), 76ers (44:03), Hornets (57:50), Heat (1:03:04), Bucks (1:08:44), Wizards (1:22:04), Raptors (1:28:30), Cavs (1:35:52) and Celtics (1:52:18).

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Kyrie Irving: You Can't Put A Price On Happiness

Sep 18, 2017 2:40 PM

Kyrie Irving went on ESPN's "First Take" on Monday and was asked about why he wanted to be traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

"I want to be extremely, extremely happy in perfecting my craft and that was the only intent I had in all of this,” Irving said. “You can't put a price on happiness.”

Irving was also asked why he didn't communicate his intentions with LeBron James.

"I don't think you owe anything to another person in terms of figuring out what you want to do with your life,” he said. “It’s not anything personal, I'm not here to tirade anybody or to go at any particular person or the organization because I have nothing but love for Cleveland. I have nothing but love for the time I spent there. It's nothing about that. There comes a time where you mature as an individual, it's time to make that decision. And there is no looking back from that standpoint. There is no time to figure out how to save somebody's feelings when ultimately you have to be selfish in figuring out what you want to do.”

ESPN (via Alex Reimer/WEEI)

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Vecsey: LeBron James 'Definitively' Leaving Cavaliers For Lakers In 2018

Sep 16, 2017 1:18 PM

LeBron James will be a free agent in 2018 and speculation has been increasing that he will leave the Cleveland Cavaliers to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers.

"I’m publicly terminating the pandemic of speculation surrounding LeBron James’ playing plans past this season," wrote Vecsey. "For months, many in the media declared or composed presumption the Lakers would be the beneficiaries of his talents when he became a free agent July 1, 2018. I’m eradicating all conjecture and uncertainty! I’m comfortable now in stating unequivocally, LeBron will leave the Cavaliers a second time and join the Lakers, and return the team to LA Lore status."

The Lakers are preserving their cap space and looking to create more for 2018 in order to sign two max contract players.

James left the Cavaliers initially in 2010 and then returned in 2014.

James is spending more time in Los Angeles lately and was seen with his wife this past week looking at high schools for their two sons.

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Cavs Not Currently Entertaining Idea Of Trading Kevin Love

Sep 14, 2017 12:20 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers do not currently have plans to trade Kevin Love, according to sources.

Love was nearly included in a three-team trade in June that would have secured Paul George from the Indiana Pacers.

Love's trade value has dipped dramatically since 2014.

Love will be relied upon to take a bigger role on offense for as long as Isaiah Thomas remains out with his hip injury.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

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Cavaliers Sign John Holland To Two-Way Contract

Sep 8, 2017 4:29 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard/forward John Holland to a Two-Way Contract.

Holland (6-5, 205) was the NBA G League Impact Player of the Year last season after appearing in 37 games (all starts) for the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively-owned G League Team. He averaged 22.9 points (seventh in the league), 4.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in a league-high 38.9 minutes per game. Holland also shot .481 from the field, .346 from beyond the arc and .881 from the foul line, while helping the Charge reach the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season.

Before rejoining the Charge in 2016-17, Holland was in training camp with the Cavaliers where he played in three preseason games and averaged 10.7 points in 18.8 minutes. 

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Jae Crowder Informed Mother Of Trade Minutes Before She Passed Away

Sep 7, 2017 6:15 PM

Jae Crowder informed his mother that he had been traded by the Boston Celtics to the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly before she passed away from cancer at the age of 51.

"There was a lot going on that day, obviously," Crowder told reporters in Cleveland during his introductory press conference. "The good thing about the whole ordeal was I was able to whisper it to my mom before she passed. I was with her. I just told her, 'We're going to Cleveland.' Five minutes later, she passed. That day was tough, but it was a good day for myself, for my basketball career, to move on to an organization like this, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, to put myself in a position to play for it all. I couldn't ask myself for nothing else. I was thankful for Boston, for everything they've done for me, and for trading me to a team like this. I was thankful for the opportunity. But that day was pretty wild."

Crowder is looking forward to his new opportunity with the Cavaliers.

"I was a little concerned," he said. "We had a lot of wing players stacked up. It was a little concerning. I made it clear to the organization that I was concerned about it and just wanted more direction. I think they gave it to me with the trade. They showed me what they wanted to do. I respected it."

 

WEEI

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Isaiah Thomas Won't Have Surgery, Expected To Play 'At Some Point' In 17-18

Sep 7, 2017 1:11 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers attempted to deflect any questions about the hip of Isaiah Thomas during a press conference.

Koby Altman confirmed that the treatment plan of Thomas does not include surgery. Altman does expect Thomas to return "at some point" this season before he becomes a free agent in 2018.

“Our responsibility is to get him back to 100% and that’s our goal,” Altman said. “Our performance team has mapped out a great plan, a multi-faceted plan to really attack this thing, and Isaiah is deeply committed to that.”

Thomas suffered a torn labrum in his hip last season.

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Isaiah Thomas: Fans Need To Fix Perspective On Who Has Power
In a first person essay for The Players' Tribune, Isaiah Thomas wrote about how players don't have as much power as many believe in terms of choosing where to play.

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Isaiah Thomas Parts Ways With Agent
Isaiah Thomas will hire a new agent to handle his 2018 free agency.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Could Have Suffered Torn Labrum Last December
Torn labrums are often initially believed to be a groin pull.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Danny Ainge: Kyrie Irving Will Be Better Passer With Celtics
Kyrie Irving's assist rate was over 30 percent in each of his first three seasons before the arrival of James.

Kurt Helin/Pro Basketball Talk

Dwyane Wade Hasn't Ruled Out Heat, Lakers, Clippers
The Heat would certainly consider re-signing Dwyane Wade.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Kyrie Irving Can't Wait To 'Maximize Potential' With Celtics
Kyrie Irving admitted he hasn't talked to LeBron James since the trade machinations began.

Jeff Zillgitt/USA Today

Sources: Building Relationship With Rich Paul Was Factor In Lakers Signing KCP
The Lakers will be able to communicate with Rich Paul throughout the season and Dave McMenamin writes "it will all be protected under the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope prism."

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Cavaliers Receiving Nearly $12M Annually From Goodyear Jersey Sponsorship
The deal was initially estimated by a sponsorship evaluation firm to be worth $7 million to $10 million per year.

Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Dan Gilbert Promises To Never Move Cavaliers From Cleveland
As part of the $140 million renovation project, the Cavs would have extended their leased at Quicken Loans Arena from 2027 to 2034.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavaliers Operating Under Assumption LeBron James Will Leave In 2018
Even though many sources around the NBA expect LeBron James to leave the Cavaliers, that decision is far from certain.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Report: Dan Gilbert Was In Charge Of Cavs' Negotiations On Kyrie Irving Trade
The Cavaliers hired Koby Altman as general manager but Dan Gilbert reportedly ran their negotiations on trading Kyrie Irving.

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

Cavaliers, Celtics Reach Final Agreement On Kyrie Irving Trade
Kyrie Irving will be traded to the Celtics.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

GM: Kyrie Irving Would Have To Become Top-10 Player To Equal Boston's Trade Cost
Kyrie Irving's trade return was the most impressive of the 2017 offseason.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Could Miss Most Of 17-18 If Recovery Doesn't Proceed Smoothly
Isaiah Thomas has a bone bruise in addition to his right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Isaiah Thomas Vows To Return From Hip Injury As 'The Same Player'
Isaiah Thomas doesn't believe his hip injury will have a long-term impact upon his career.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavaliers Ready To Complete Trade With Celtics For Late FRP
The Cavaliers and Celtics began discussions on an amended trade on Tuesday.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Celtics, Cavs Haven't Been In Contact On Amended Trade
Boston feels like they were transparent with Koby Altman when a trade agreement was reached about the timeline of when Isaiah Thomas can return.

Mark Murphy/Boston Herald

Cavaliers Cancel $140M Renovation Of Quicken Loans Arena
Community groups opposed spending tax money on the upgrades.

Karen Farkas/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cavs Seeking Extra Compensation From Celtics Following Isaiah Thomas Exam
The Cavaliers are seeking further compensation from the Celtics following the physical of Isaiah Thomas.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Cavs Considering Options Following Isaiah Thomas' Physical
Isaiah Thomas has yet to begin running this offseason.

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