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Ricky Rubio Thinking About Return To Spain After NBA Contract Ends

May 29, 2023 10:58 AM

Ricky Rubio has started to think about the end of his career. While on a podcast in his native Spain, Rubio said he's started considering ending his career back home.

“I am starting to consider my return,” Rubio said. “Going home. To Barcelona. Close to home.”

Rubio previously played for Barcelona prior to joining the NBA in 2011. He's played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and Cleveland Cavaliers during his 12-year NBA career. Rubio's current contract with the Cavs is what he's focused on completing before considering a return to Spain.

“I have two years left on my contract. Maybe one,” Rubio said. “We will see.”

The final season for Rubio in 2024-25 is partially guaranteed. His deal for this coming season is fully guaranteed.

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Nick Gilbert Passes Away Saturday Due To Genetic Condition

May 7, 2023 12:52 PM

Nick Gilbert, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, passed away on Saturday due to a genetic condition at the age of 26 years old.

Nick Gilbert had a lifelong battle with neurofibromatosis (NF1).

Nick Gilbert frequently represented the Cavs at the NBA draft lottery, twice getting the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The Gilberts launched a foundation in 2017 that funded more than $18 million in research grants to find a cure for Type 1 neurofibromatosis.

The Cavs dedicated their most recent season to Nick Gilbert and others affected with the genetic condition.


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Cavaliers 'Absolutely' Will Keep J.B. Bickerstaff As Head Coach Next Season

Apr 28, 2023 12:45 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers reaffirmed they will retain J.B. Bickerstaff as head coach next season.

“End that speculation. Yes. Absolutely. Absolutely. There’s no question about that,” Koby Altman told and one other outlet when asked if Bickerstaff would return for the 2023-24 campaign during a private conversation following his 40-minute end-of-season press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Friday morning. “Look at what he has accomplished. I have not heard that stuff. Maybe because I haven’t been reading or been on Twitter. I have not heard that noise. That’s not even a question.”

The Cavaliers won 51 games during the regular season and finished second in the NBA in Net Rating, but they were eliminated in five games in the first round by the New York Knicks.

“J.B. has been through this rebuild from the ground up and he’s done a phenomenal job instilling a culture here of accountability and hard work,” Altman said. “You can’t fluke your way into 51 wins and you can’t fluke your way into the No. 1 defensive rating in the NBA. That’s coaching. I know we have great defensive personnel, but you have to have buy-in from that and that comes from the head coach. We’re extremely happy with J.B. and the job he’s done. I think he’s going to look back and reflect on what we could have done better, just like the players look back at what they could have done better.

“We’re always looking internally of how we can make improvements from a front office standpoint to put the best team we can out there, but when you look at 95 wins over the last two years, the trajectory of this team, the internal growth of the players, multiple All-Stars over the last couple years, it’s hard not to be proud of the job they’ve done.”

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Cavaliers Draftee Luke Travers Signs Three-Year Deal In Australia

Apr 17, 2023 9:43 AM

Cleveland Cavaliers draftee Luke Travers has signed a three-year deal with Melbourne United of the Australian NBL. It's unknown if the deal includes an NBA out, but Travers plans to play for Cleveland at 2023 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

Travers was drafted by Cleveland with the 26th pick of the second round of the 2022 NBA Draft. The now 21-year-old forward was selected with the understanding that he may stay overseas for at least two to three more seasons.

Travers has played the first four seasons of his professional career with the Perth Wildcats. In 32 games last season, the versatile 6-foot-7 forward averaged 9.7 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.

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Isaac Okoro Likely To Play In Game 1 Against Knicks

Apr 14, 2023 5:01 AM

Isaac Okoro is likely to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers lineup for Game 1 on Saturday against the New York Knicks.

Okoro, who did some contact work in practice, missed the last six games of the season due to a sore left knee.

J.B. Bickerstaff remained vague about Okoro's potential return, saying "we'll see" when asked about his availability for Game 1. 


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Cavs Interested In Re-Signing Caris LeVert

Mar 22, 2023 8:22 AM

When the Cleveland Cavaliers traded for Caris LeVert ahead of the 2022 NBA trade deadline, it wasn't just to aid in a playoff push for that season. The Cavs traded for LeVert with intentions of keeping him Cleveland long-term.

Despite opportunities to trade LeVert ahead of this season's trade deadline, Cleveland held onto the wing scorer. Now, with LeVert set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Cavaliers would like to re-sign him to a multi-year deal.

Playing in a more high-powered lineup, LeVert has seen his shots drop, but his efficiency rise. LeVert is averaging 11.9 points, his lowest since his rookie season, but LeVert is shooting a career-best 37.6% on three-pointers. He's also adding a solid 3.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 30 minutes per game, mostly off the Cavs bench.

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Cavs Hope Jarrett Allen Can Return Next Week

Mar 18, 2023 11:32 AM

Jarrett Allen has missed the Cleveland Cavaliers last four games with a right eye contusion. Allen is closing in on a return, as Cleveland hopes their starting center can be back for at least one game in a two-game set in Brooklyn next week.

This is the second straight season the Cavs have lost Allen to a late-season injury. Last year, Allen missed Cleveland's last 18 regular season games, and the Cavaliers first game in the Play-In Tournament. He returned for Cleveland's second game in the Play-In Tournament, but the Cavs fell to the Atlanta Hawks.

Unlike last season, where Allen's injury was more serious and the Cavs didn't have as much depth, Cleveland has held on without their big man. The Cavaliers are 3-1 without Allen during this stretch that he's been out.

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Sam Merrill, Cavs Sign Multi-Year Contract

Mar 14, 2023 12:32 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Sam Merrill to a multi-year contract.

Merrill (6-4, 197) signed a 10-day contract with the team on March 3rd and appeared in one game for the Cavaliers. Prior to joining Cleveland, Merrill appeared in 35 games (34 starts) this season for the Cleveland Charge, the Cavaliers’ exclusively owned and operated NBA G League affiliate, averaging 16.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.7 minutes. He scored a season-high 32 points, including a Charge franchise record 10-14 (.714) shooting from the three-point line on February 22 against the Greensboro Swarm.

In 37 career NBA games (two starts) with Milwaukee, Memphis and Cleveland, Merrill has connected on 28-71 (.394) from the three-point arc. 

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Sam Merrill, Cavaliers To Sign 10-Day Contract

Mar 2, 2023 8:42 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Sam Merrill have agreed to a 10-day contract. Cleveland has an open roster spot after completing a buyout agreement with Kevin Love. 

Merrill has played in 35 games with the Cleveland Charge of the G League this season. The 6-foot-4 guard has averaged 16.4 points for the Charge this season. Merrill has shot 43.1% on 8.2 three-point attempts per game.

Merrill appeared in 36 NBA games over the previous two seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and Memphis Grizzlies. He attended training camp with the Sacramento Kings before being waived at the end of the preseason.

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Kevin Love Has Strained Relationship With Cavs Front Office

Feb 23, 2023 11:21 PM

Kevin Love's relationship with the Cleveland Cavaliers front office is currently strained, sources told Chris Fedor of

Love was yanked from the Cavs rotation in the lead up to his buyout request last week, with the forward eventually signing with the Heat.

The Cavs were growing uneasy with Love's growing unhappiness while sitting on the bench and were willing to buy him out to prevent a potential blowout. 

J.B Bickerstaff said he reached out to Love after the buyout, though has yet to hear back. 

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Kevin Love Agrees To Sign With Heat

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Kevin Love Agrees To Buyout With Cavs; Will Meet With Heat, Sixers

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Lakers Considering Kevin Love If Bought Out

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Kevin Love Finalizing Buyout With Cavs, Heat Expected To Be Interested

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Cavaliers Sign Danny Green

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Danny Green Near Agreement With Cavaliers

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Danny Green Could Receive Interest From Celtics, Cavs If Bought Out

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Cavs Interested In Royce O'Neale

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Kevin Love Out Of Cavs Rotation

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Josh Hart Drawing Interest From Cavs, Blazers Make Jusuf Nurkic Available In Trades

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Dillon Brooks Suspended 1 Game, Donovan Mitchell Fined $20K For Altercation

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Donovan Mitchell On Dillon Brooks: That's Just Who He Is

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Kyrie Irving Strategically Left Celtics Off Trade List In 2017

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Chris Grant Decides Against Joining Hawks As Senior Adviser To Stay With Spurs

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Dean Wade To Return To Cavs Lineup On Saturday

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Lakers, Pelicans, Bucks, Cavs, Mavs Interested In Bojan Bogdanovic

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Cavs Considering Three-Team Trade To Land Malik Beasley

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Anderson Varejao Rejoins Cavs in Player Development, Global Ambassador Role


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Ricky Rubio Targeting Thursday Return From Torn ACL

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