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Cavaliers Would Have Interest In Trading For Gordon Hayward

Apr 17, 2019 3:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers would have interest in trading for Gordon Hayward this offseason should he become available by the Boston Celtics.

The Cavaliers offered Hayward a max contract during his 2014 restricted free agency.

Hayward's name is mentioned by the Cleveland Plain Dealer in trade scenarios involving the contract of J.R. Smith. The Celtics will try to re-sign Kyrie Irving and trade for Anthony Davis this offseason. If they strike out on Irving and Davis, the Celtics could conceivably reset around Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown.

Hayward is under contract for two more seasons.

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Cavaliers Already Receiving Trade Interest On J.R. Smith's Contract

Apr 17, 2019 1:51 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers are already receiving trade calls on J.R. Smith. The Cavaliers believed they would receive better offers for Smith and his unique contract in the offseason rather than the trade deadline.

Smith's contract counts for more than $15 million for trade purposes but the receiving team will only be committed to paying him $3.8 million. Smith's contract with grandfathered into the current CBA when it comes to salary matching. The receiving team can stretch Smith's $3.8 million over three years to create even more cap space.

“We have a trade chip in JR Smith, and his contract, where we can take on some money that other teams are trying to get some cap relief from,” general manager Koby Altman said Friday. “We are actually the only team in the NBA that can provide guaranteed cap relief until July 1. We can guarantee that right now and we actually had a phone call (Thursday) on that trade chip, so, we’re going to keep on being aggressive adding those assets because we do eventually want to consolidate and be really good at some point.”

The Cavaliers are seeking a first round pick from a team looking to create cap space.

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Tags: J.R. Smith, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Likely To Hire Trent Redden As GM Under David Griffin

Apr 17, 2019 9:05 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans will likely hire Trent Redden as general manager. Redden is currently assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Redden was David Griffin's chief aide with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Pelicans hired Griffin as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations.

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Cavs Begin Search For New Head Coach With Juwan Howard, Jamahl Mosley Interviews

Apr 14, 2019 3:16 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin interviewing assistant coaches for their vacant head coach position this week.

The interviews will kick off with Juwan Howard and Jamahl Mosley.

The Cavs are also expected to interview assistant coaches still in the playoffs, including Alex Jensen from the Jazz and David Vanterpool from the Blazers.

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Larry Drew, Cavaliers Mutually Agree To Part Ways

Apr 11, 2019 6:15 PM

Larry Drew and the Cleveland Cavaliers have mutually agreed to part ways.

Drew’s current contract expired with the conclusion of the 18-19 season. 

“We have great respect and appreciation for Larry and the job that he did as the head coach of the Cavaliers for nearly the entire 2018-19 campaign. He brought professionalism, class and steady leadership both this past season and prior four years,” said Koby Altman. “Larry and I had a productive discussion about this past season, the future of the franchise and the search process that we will shortly launch regarding the head coaching role. Larry respectfully declined to participate in the search process and will not be returning to coach the Cavaliers. All of us in Cleveland wish Larry nothing but the best going forward.”

Drew was named head coach of the Cavaliers on November 5 to replace Tyronn Lue.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports the Cavaliers will have Alex Jensen, David Vanterpool, Nate Tibbetts, Darvin Ham and Wes Unseld Jr. on their list of candidates. Cleveland could consider a head coach from college as well.

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Quicken Loans Arena To Be Renamed Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse

Apr 9, 2019 1:46 AM

Quicken Loans Arena is set to be renamed Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse during an announcement on Tuesday.

The Cavs sent out a notice for a "major announcement" with Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman, and Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson slated to be in attendance.

The 19,000 seat stadium is currently undergoing a major renovation. 

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Avery Johnson Negotiating Buyout With Alabama

Mar 22, 2019 9:39 AM

Avery Johnson and Alabama are negotiating a contract buyout.

Johnson took over the Crimson Tide in 2015, replacing Anthony Grant after six seasons. He has only been to one NCAA tournament during his four seasons.

Johnson received a two-year contract extension in 2017, keeping him under contract through 2023. He makes around $3 million per year.

Johnson's name emerged as a potential candidate for the Cleveland Cavaliers' vacancy in November after Tyronn Lue was fired.

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Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Alabama Crimson Tide, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

Serge Ibaka Suspended Three Games For Fight, Marquese Chriss Gets One

Mar 12, 2019 6:13 PM

Serge Ibaka has been suspended three games without pay, while Marquese Chriss has been suspended one game without pay for their involvement in a fight during Monday's game between the Raptors and the Cavaliers.

The incident occurred with 0:01 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 126-101 victory over the Raptors.

Ibaka’s suspension was based on his instigation of the physical altercation, throwing a punch at Chriss, and his prior history of fighting during NBA games. 

Chriss’ suspension was based on throwing a punch at Ibaka.

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David Griffin Explored Ways Cavs Could Acquire Kevin Durant After 2016 Finals

Mar 12, 2019 9:44 AM

A few days after winning the 2016 Finals, David Griffin gathered his staff and asked them to explore ways the Cleveland Cavaliers could acquire Kevin Durant in free agency.

Durant was heading for free agency and there was an increasing fear that he could sign with the Golden STate Warriors.

The Cavaliers would have had to essentially gut their team in order to acquire Durant.

"I don't believe you can dream big enough in the NBA," Griffin said recently of that meeting. "You have to go through the exercise."

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Serge Ibaka, Marquese Chriss Ejected After Throwing Punches

Mar 12, 2019 1:41 AM

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss were ejected after trading punches during Cleveland Cavs' 126-101 win over the Toronto Raptors.

The confrontation occurred as the two jostled for position during an inbounds play with 1 second left in the 3rd quarter. After falling to the ground, Ibaka got up and wrapped his hands around Chriss' neck before throwing a punch. Chriss responded with a blow of his own.

Chriss had previously fouled Ibaka hard in the 2nd quarter of the game. Neither player were available for comment afterwards. 


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Channing Frye Confirms He'll Retire At End Of Season
Channing Frye will end his career with the Cavaliers.

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Cavaliers Will Attempt To Trade J.R. Smith In June
J.R. Smith has just $3.8 million of his $15.6 million salary for 19-20 guaranteed.

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Cavaliers Sign Nik Stauskas For Remainder Of Season
The Cavaliers had an open roster spot following the deadline.

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Rockets Acquire Iman Shumpert, Kings Get Alec Burks In Three-Way Trade
The Rockets, Kings and Cavaliers have agreed to a three-team trade.

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Rockets Looking To Acquire Alec Burks From Cavs
The Cavs recently acquired Burks and two 2nd-round picks for Kyle Korver.

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Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood From Cavs For Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin, Two 2nds
Rodney Hood had the ability to veto trade after signing the one-year qualifying offer with the Cavaliers.

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Kevin Love Takes Part In 5-On-5 Scrimmage, Close To Return
Love has been out since having foot surgery in late October.


Tristan Thompson Out 2 More Weeks, Kevin Love Impresses In Shoot-Around
There is still no timetable for Kevin Love's return.

Cavaliers Have No Interest In Trading Kevin Love
Kevin Love can now be traded by the Cavaliers six months after signing a four-year, $120 million contract extension.

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LeBron James Appreciative Of Kyrie Irving's Apology Call
LeBron James was coincidentally having dinner with Kevin Love in Los Angeles when Kyrie Irving called.

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Cavaliers Sign Cameron Payne To 2nd 10-Day Contract
Cameron Payne is averaging 8.8 points and 2.8 assists in 17.7 minutes per game.

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NBA Clears Cavaliers Of Wrongdoing On Patrick McCaw Contract
The Cavaliers signed Patrick McCaw as a restricted free agent to a two-year, $6 million offer sheet.


Cavaliers Agree To Sign Deng Adel To Two-Way Deal
Deng Adel was most recently with Raptors 905 of the G League.

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Larry Nance Jr. Out 2-4 Weeks With Sprained MCL
Nance, who signed a 4-year, $45 million contract extension this season, is averaging 8.8 points and 7.5 rebounds.

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NBA To Formally Review Cavaliers' Signing Of Patrick McCaw
The investigation comes at the request of the Warriors.

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Kevin Love 'Would Love' To Remain With Cavaliers
Kevin Love will become eligible for a trade on January 24th ahead of the Feb. 7th trade deadline.

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Cameron Payne To Sign 10-Day Contract With Cavs
Cameron Payne was recently waived by the Bulls.

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Cavaliers Waive Pat McCaw
Pat McCaw recently signed a two-year, $6 million contract, which was non-guaranteed.

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LeBron James: Winning 2016 Finals Made Me Greatest Player Ever
The Warriors had won 73 games and had a 3-1 lead against the Cavaliers before their comeback.


Patrick McCaw Joins Cavs On Two-Year, Non-Guaranteed Contract
The Cavs have until January 7th to decide whether they want to guarantee McCaw's contract for the rest of this season.

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