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Cavaliers Sign Marcus Thornton To 10-Day Contract

Feb 21, 2018 11:34 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to sign Marcus Thornton to a 10-day contract.

Thornton has averaged 18.8 points per game this season for the Canton Charge.

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LeBron James Against Removing Conferences In Playoffs

Feb 21, 2018 5:37 PM

LeBron James has played his entire career in the Eastern Conference and he's against the NBA changing the format of the playoffs to seed teams 1-16 instead of by conference.

The Eastern Conference has been a weaker conference for years.

"I would disagree with that," James said. "I think our league has been built the right way as far as when it comes to the postseason."

James has reached The Finals every year since 2011.

"There's been dominant conferences throughout time," James said. "In the '80s you had the Lakers who dominated the league at one point, then you had Boston that dominated the league. In the '90s you had Chicago that dominated the league. San Antonio also had its run. We had our run in the East with Miami, Golden State is having their run.

"It just changes the landscape of the history of the game. If you start messing with seedings and playoffs and then you start talking about, 'Well, if this team would have played this Western Conference team, what....' It's cool to mess around with the All-Star Game, we proved you can do that, but let's not get too crazy about the playoffs. You have Eastern Conference and you have Western Conference. You have Eastern Conference champions, you have guys from the Eastern Conference that win the big dance and sometimes you have it from the West as well."

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Ben Simmons Alludes To 76ers Pursuing LeBron James In Free Agency

Feb 18, 2018 3:35 PM

Ben Simmons alluded to the Philadelphia 76ers pursuing LeBron James this offseason in an Instagram post from All-Star weekend.

The 76ers could create max cap space to potentially sign James.

Simmons is represented by Klutch Sports, which was founded by Rich Paul and James.


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Dwyane Wade Initiated Questions About Kevin Love's Absence

Feb 16, 2018 11:40 AM

Dwyane Wade was the first player on the Cavaliers to vocally challenge Tyronn Lue to disclose where Kevin Love had been when he left the arena during a loss to the Thunder on Jan. 20th and the team's practice the following day, according to sources.

Numerous players verbally attacked Love, who eventually explained his absence. In the initial reports, Isaiah Thomas was characterized as leading the charge against Love.

Koby Altman contends Wade wasn't traded because of the team meeting but due to fit.

A team source also said LeBron James possibly felt relief by Cleveland's trade of Wade back to the Heat.

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Cavaliers Could Have $300M In Payroll, Taxes For 18-19 Season

Feb 15, 2018 11:14 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have the most expensive payroll in NBA history during the 18-19 season if LeBron James re-signs.

In the short term by trading for George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr., the Cavs added about $10 million in salary and luxury tax to their books this season. That will boost their tax payment to about $50 million and their overall payroll to nearly $190 million.

If James stays and Hood remains with Cleveland and lands a long-term deal that starts at $12 million or more, the Cavs would likely crest $300 million in total spending based on the contracts they have on their books. That would include roughly $150 million in luxury tax alone.

Some rival executives viewed the Cavaliers' moves at the deadline as the front office preparing for James' departure as it is difficult to fathom the team spending this much money. Multiple executives from the Cavaliers reinforced that this is not the plan.

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Koby Altman Had Rare Meeting With LeBron James Before Deadline

Feb 14, 2018 10:07 AM

Koby Altman sat down with LeBron James approximately 24 hours before the trade deadline.

James had only spoken with Dan Gilbert once since June 30th and his relationship with Altman has been more distant than it had been with David Griffin. James has let Rich Paul communicate with the Cavaliers on roster issues.

Altman assured James that management was determined to reshape the roster.

Altman shared the framework of possible trades for Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood, George Hill and DeAndre Jordan.

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Clippers' Refusal To Take Iman Shumpert Was Sticking Point In DeAndre Jordan Trade

Feb 14, 2018 10:03 AM

Koby Altman received permission from Dan Gilbert for the Cleveland Cavaliers to trade Jae Crowder, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and Cleveland's 2018 first round pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for DeAndre Jordan.

The Clippers were willing to accept that trade if the Cavaliers found a third team for Shumpert and the $21 million remaining on his contract while also helping them get a center back.

Altman and Michael Winger made calls to try to find a third team.

Winger asked if he could communicate with Shumpert about a potential buyout, but Altman wanted the talks to be more advanced before granting that permission.

Altman had discussed a Jordan trade with Lawrence Frank and Winger for weeks but they were difficult to make progress on because the Clippers wouldn't take Tristan Thompson, JR Smith or Shumpert.

The Cavaliers ultimately traded Shumpert in a three-way trade with the Kings and Jazz that netted them George Hill and Rodney Hood.

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Kings Tried To Include Georgios Papagiannis In Cavs-Jazz Trade

Feb 14, 2018 9:50 AM

The Sacramento Kings attempted to include Georgios Papagiannis as part of a three-way trade at the deadline with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Sacramento Kings.

Rival executives say the Kings wanted to save themselves the embarrassment of waiving Papagiannis, who was the 13th pick in 2016.

Koby Altman and Sacramento assistant general manager Brandon Williams vocally disagreed over the insertion of Papagiannis in the trade.

Cleveland couldn't take on his deal because the NBA's repeater tax would turn the balance of his $2.3 million contract for this season and $2.4 million next season into three times that due to the luxury tax.

The Kings waived Papagiannis after the deadline.

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LeBron James: I Just Like Being Around Guys Who Want To Play And Work Hard

Feb 12, 2018 10:30 AM

LeBron James and the Cavaliers blew out the Celtics in the team's first game with George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood and Larry Nance Jr.

“At the end of the day, I just like being around guys who want to play and work hard,” James said.

“I know I demand a lot of excellence out of my teammates, but I demand it out of myself, too. And we on the road, we want to try and play as well as we can, and we want to try to put ourselves in contention to try to compete for another championship, and that’s my mindset.”

Hill, Clarkson, Hood and Nance combined for 49 points.

"They were phenomenal," Tyronn Lue said. "They played hard and they competed, and it was just good to see the team smiling again and having fun."

Tom Reed/The Athletic

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RealGM Radio: Ben Golliver On The Deadline, Looking To The Playoffs, Offseason

Feb 11, 2018 8:23 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated (@BenGolliver) review an eventful trade deadline.

The two discuss Cleveland’s massive series of trades and analyze what the moves around the NBA mean for the playoffs and off-season to come.

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Kendrick Perkins Retires From G League
Kendrick Perkins averaged 8.7 points on .532 shooting with 7.1 rebounds in 21.2 minutes per game.

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LeBron James Likes Cleveland's Trade Acquisitions
The Cavaliers acquired Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., Rodney Hood and George Hill.


Cavs, Clippers Held Advanced Trade Talks On DeAndre Jordan
The Cavaliers and Clippers engaged third teams on a potential DeAndre Jordan trade.

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Dwyane Wade, Pat Riley Mended Relationship At Henry Thomas' Funeral
Henry Thomas represented both Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem, along with Chris Bosh, Tim Hardaway and Shaun Livingston.


Kendrick Perkins Retracts Announcement Joining Cavaliers
Kendrick Perkins has been playing with the Cavaliers' G League affiliate and has been expected to join the Cavaliers once a roster spot opens.

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Dwyane Wade Traded By Cavs To Heat
Dwyane Wade will return to Miami.

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Cavaliers Acquire Rodney Hood, George Hill In Three-Way Trade With Jazz, Kings
Rodney Hood will be a restricted free agent in 2018.

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LeBron James Didn't Offer Cavs Any Assurances On 2018 Before Lakers' Trade
The deal adds $28 million to the Cavaliers' future cap while also relinquishing a first round pick.

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Lakers Trade Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance To Cavs For Isaiah Thomas, Frye, FRP
The Cavaliers have helped the Lakers create cap space.

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Cavaliers Continue To Seek Kemba Walker Trade
The Hornets would like salary cap relief as part of any trade for Kemba Walker.

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Cavaliers, Clippers Seek Third Team For DeAndre Jordan Trade
The Cavaliers and Clippers continue to engage in DeAndre Jordan trade talks heading to the deadline.

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Isaiah Thomas Hopes He's Not Traded By Cavaliers
Isaiah Thomas acknowledged he's had a difficult start to his tenure with the Cavaliers.

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Teams Were Preparing Trade Offers For LeBron James
LeBron James told the media he had no intention of approving a trade this season.

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DeAndre Jordan Remains Cavs' No. 1 Trade Target
The Cavaliers would trade one of their bad contracts and their own first round pick for DeAndre Jordan.

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Forbes Values Average NBA Franchise At $1.65 Billion
Every NBA team is valued at $1 billion or more for the first time in league history.


LeBron James: I Would Never Waive My No-Trade Clause
LeBron James explained why he won't consider waiving his no-trade clause.

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Dan Gilbert, Koby Altman Don't Have Relationship With LeBron James
LeBron James and David Griffin were close with the former Cleveland general manager keeping him informed of major roster decisions.

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Kyrie Irving Told Cavs He Didn't Want To Play Another Minute With LeBron James
LeBron James was confident he could repair whatever damage had been done to his relationship with Kyrie Irving.

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Cavs, Kings Continue To Discuss George Hill Trade
George Hill is owed $19 million next season, which tempers Cleveland's desire for a move.

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LeBron James Won't Waive No-Trade Clause At Deadline
Teams have been doing their due diligence on whether LeBron James would have interest in leaving the Cavaliers now.

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