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Articles tagged: Cleveland Cavaliers

Report: Cavaliers ‘open’ to trading Kevin Love

Kevin Love

Despite their insistence otherwise, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly willing to trade Kevin Love if the right deal comes their way.

According to Jason Lloyd of the Athletic, league sources indicate that the Cavaliers are “open” to moving Love despite the organization’s public insistence that he will stay to be part of an effort to remain in contention.

It would make sense for the Cavaliers to try to move Love. With LeBron James gone, they’re no longer a title contender. Moreover, the Cavaliers’ first-round selection next season is top-ten protected and will go to the Atlanta Hawks otherwise. The Cavaliers have some incentive to be bad in order to keep that pick.

Team sources have repeatedly denied that Love would be shopped if James left. That may be just posturing, especially if they can get a good deal for him.

Dan Gilbert expresses gratitude in statement about LeBron’s departure

Dan Gilbert

There was no Comic Sans letter this time.

The Cleveland Cavaliers issued a statement late Sunday evening from team owner Dan Gilbert about the departure of franchise icon LeBron James. Rather than criticize James in an angry and bitter letter like he did after James left Cleveland last time, Gilbert instead took the opportunity to express gratitude towards James for bringing the city and franchise a championship.

“We will always remember the evening of June 19, 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers, led by LeBron James, ended the 52-year drought delivering the long elusive championship that many thought they would never see… A championship that united generations of Clevelanders, both living and passed,” Gilbert said.

“Virtually anyone with roots in Northeast Ohio paused and felt the memories of the past and the utter joy that the burden of the so-called ‘curse’ was finally a thing of the past. Cleveland, Ohio was the home of a championship team for the first time since 1964. Words do not express the meaning and the feeling this accomplishment brought to the people of Northeast Ohio.

“None of this would have happened if LeBron James did not agree to come back home and lead the Cavaliers to the promised land. The entire Cavaliers franchise thanks LeBron for that precious moment and for all of the excitement he delivered as he led our team to four straight NBA Finals appearances.”

After thanking LeBron for bringing the Cavs a title, Gilbert then praised James for his contributions and commitment to the area, and wished his best to the James family.

“LeBron is a family man, first. We wish his kids, his wife Savannah, his mother Gloria, and LeBron himself nothing but the best in the years and decades ahead. LeBron’s connection to Akron, Cleveland and all of Northeast Ohio will most certainly endure as his commitment to the region and his support of many important causes has been impactful to so many kids and families.

“LeBron, you came home and delivered the ultimate goal. Nothing but appreciation and gratitude for everything you put into every moment you spent in a Cavaliers uniform. We look forward to the retirement of the famous #23 Cavs jersey one day down the line…”

Gilbert not feeling hurt this team is an incredible change to the way things were last time around. It is quite clear that James is leaving on amicable terms and that his positive legacy in Cleveland is cemented, which is exactly how it should be.

Report: Cavs locked in top ticket holders before LeBron’s departure

The Cleveland Cavaliers made a shrewd (or shady, depending on your perspective) move this year to make sure floor seats at Quicken Loans Arena will be occupied for the next few seasons.

The Cavaliers knew they were facing an important summer with the possibility of LeBron James leaving as a free agent to join another team. The organization’s worst fear was realized when James announced he would be joining the Los Angeles Lakers.

After James left Cleveland to join the Miami Heat in 2010, lean years followed for the Cavaliers. Many feel the same will be the case now that James has departed once again. With a reasonable chance attendance figures will decline, the Cavaliers reportedly decided to make season ticket holders with floor seats commit in February for the next three seasons.

It would be completely understandable if fans with those prime seats no longer wanted them with the NBA’s best player no longer playing there 41 times a season. Unfortunately, it sounds like they are locked in for a few more seasons. But if you ask Dan Gilbert, he’ll probably tell you those fans are better off now.

Report: LeBron James will not have face-to-face meeting with Cavaliers

LeBron James

LeBron James has no plans to meet face-to-face with the Cleveland Cavaliers once free agency opens, according to a report.

According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, James’s agent Rich Paul will conduct all his free agent business by phone, even with his other clients. As further evidence that this should not necessarily be taken as a bad sign by the Cavaliers, James’s camp has been in contact with the team on a regular basis since the end of the season.

In fact, James’s decision to opt out is being viewed through an optimistic lens by Cleveland. Cavaliers brass feared that, if he opted in, it would be an effort to force a sign-and-trade to a team like the Houston Rockets that didn’t have the cap space to sign him.

Reports have indicated James isn’t really looking for flashy free agency pitches. This certainly ties in with that.

Report: Cavaliers have no intention of trading key player if LeBron James leaves

Kevin Love

It does not sound like you should expect to see a massive rebuild if LeBron James leaves the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer.

According to Joe Vardon of, the Cavaliers have no plans to trade forward Kevin Love even if James departs via free agency. Cleveland would instead prefer to keep Love and try to build a playoff team without James instead of tearing it all down and starting over.

“There is no reason to go backwards,” one source said of the Cavaliers moving forward without James.

In fact, Love’s best shot of remaining in Cleveland may be if James leaves. A source added that nobody on the roster would be untouchable in a scenario in which James returns, as the Cavaliers would look for opportunities to add veteran talent around him. Otherwise, a James departure would likely mean a team built around Love and rookie Collin Sexton, and would also give them the financial room to maneuver and bring in some new supplementary pieces.

Love has voiced a desire to remain in Cleveland despite the constant trade rumors that surround him. It sounds as though he may get his wish.

Vegas title odds for Cavs, Lakers shift big after latest LeBron news

LeBron James

The decision LeBron James made to not opt into his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers for next season is viewed by most as a mere technicality, but Las Vegas oddsmakers clearly think it is an indication of where he will end up this summer.

On Friday morning, LeBron informed the Cavs that he will not be picking up the $35.6 million player option on his deal. NBA reporters were quick to note that Cleveland is still in the mix to sign LeBron and opting in probably would have meant a trade is in place, but Vegas wasted no time shifting championship odds for the 2018-19 season.

Before LeBron decided not to opt in, the Cavs were at 12/1 odds to win the NBA Finals next year. That quickly plummeted to 40/1 at one sportsbook and 50/1 at another. The Los Angeles Lakers were 7/1 to win it all as of Friday afternoon.

If you’re a believer in Vegas insiders always having the answers, the LeBron sweepstakes are already over. Oddsmakers have made it clear which team they think King James is going to sign with.

Cavs reportedly ‘firmly in mix’ for LeBron James despite contract decison

LeBron James

LeBron James informed the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday that he will not opt into the one year remaining on his deal, but that does not mean the team has no chance to bring him back next season.

After news of LeBron’s decision surfaced, Brian Windhorst of ESPN noted that the Cavs remain “firmly in the mix” to re-sign the four-time NBA MVP. The team most negatively impacted is the Rockets, whose most realistic path to adding LeBron would have been by way of a trade.

The Cavs can still offer James significantly more money than any other team, but it is unlikely that the size and length of the contract will be the biggest consideration for LeBron.

Despite the subtle hints he may or may not be dropping on social media, it seems like LeBron’s decision will come down to the Cavs and Los Angeles Lakers.

Report: LeBron turned down Cavs’ requests to meet about trades, free agency

LeBron James

The Cleveland Cavaliers are apparently willing to make big moves in free agency and on the trade market to convince LeBron James to remain with the franchise, but LeBron is making life difficult for them by not discussing what would make him happy.

ESPN reports that the Cavs have been working on several scenarios for trades and clearing salary cap space to sign free agents, but LeBron has turned down their requests to meet or have a conversation about the plans. While LeBron has operated that way in the past and it’s nothing new for Cleveland, you can understand how it would make navigating the offseason difficult.

According to ESPN, the Cavs are willing to work on finding ways to acquire players like Chris Paul, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard either via trade or free agency, but their chances of doing that become slimmer the longer LeBron keeps the lines of communication closed.

One of the reasons the Cavs chose not to trade the Brooklyn Nets’ first-round pick that they acquired from the Boston Celtics in the Kyrie Irving trade is that they have no idea what LeBron is planning to do this summer. They could have conceivably tried to trade that pick as part of a package for a star veteran, but they did not want to risk going that route and having James leave anyway. Because of the uncertainty, they kept the pick and drafted former Alabama star Collin Sexton at No. 8 overall.

There have been a lot of indications that LeBron has already made up his mind about signing with one specific team, and the Cavs may be the only other franchise in the running. Without LeBron telling them what moves he wants to see them make, anything they do this offseason has risk attached.

Report: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander told Cavs not to pick him

Shai Gilgeous Alexander

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 8 pick in the NBA Draft, and one player they may want to avoid is Shai Gilgeous-Alexander.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst was on WKNR in Cleveland on Thursday and said that Gilgeous-Alexander refused to work out for the Cavs and told them he doesn’t want to play for them.

Gilgeous-Alexander played one season at Kentucky. He averaged 14.4 points, 5.1 assists and 4.1 rebounds last season. He shined during the SEC Tournament with a 29-point effort against Tennessee, and he put up 27 against Buffalo in the NCAA Tournament. We’re expecting him to make a big impact on whatever team that drafts him.

Report: Wizards ‘actively exploring’ trade possibilities for Marcin Gortat

The Washington Wizards are reportedly looking to trade Marcin Gortat before the NBA Draft, but they may not be willing to give up the necessary assets to unload the big man.

According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Wizards are “actively exploring” trade possibilities for Gortat, but they are unwilling to give up the No. 15 overall pick in the draft as part of a potential deal. That is apparently an issue for teams.

Gortat, 34, has one year and $13.5 million remaining on his contract. He appeared in all 82 games for Washington last season and averaged 8.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, but teams may not want to pay that much for an aging big man.

The Wizards would probably be fine with keeping Gortat, but their have been indications that he is not getting along with John Wall. That’s probably part — if not most — of the reason both he and the team are open to parting ways.