Archive for the ‘Off-Season Moves’ Category

Insta-Commitment… Welcome Back J.R. Swish!

Friday, August 21st, 2015

As has become his custom for announcing new commitments these days, J.R. Smith let the world know that he was returning to the Cavs via Instagram last night. The deal is reportedly for two years and more than $10M, according to ESPN.com sources. The second year of the contract will be a player option, and also that Smith will have the ability to veto any trade during the season.

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Cavs Sign Another Blue Devil PG… Quinn Cook

Monday, August 17th, 2015

As summer, and the wait for TT and JR to sign, drags on, the Cavs are still making moves to bolster their training camp squad, and perhaps their roster. After playing for them in the NBA Summer League, former Duke guard Quinn Cook (22) has reportedly signed with the Cavs.

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Deja Vu: Jared Cunningham is a Cav Once More…

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The already long NBA journey of Jared Cunningham (24), that began with the Cavs drafting him at number 24 overall in the 2012 draft, came full circle yesterday when he reportedly agreed to a deal with the team (likely not guaranteed), after committing to camp.

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[BREAKING NEWS]: LeBron James to Re-sign

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

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ESPN’s Chris Broussard still had enough energy after his hilarious Twitter beef with Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, to break the news that LeBron James will re-sign with the Cavaliers for two-years, with a player option for the second season. The timing was impeccable.

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Breaking News: Cavs Sign Mo Williams to a 2-Year Deal

Monday, July 6th, 2015

WOW!  I’m a sucker for a good story, and Mo Williams reuniting with LeBron James and Anderson Varejao is a GREAT story.  Mo was about as depressed as a multi-millionaire pro athlete can get after LeBron left for Miami.   He stayed salty for a while.

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Rejoice, for Kendrick Perkins shall sign with the Cavaliers

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

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This Cavaliers season has been one of highs and lows. The team won the draft lottery, LeBron came back, Kevin Love came shortly thereafter, and all was good. Then, the team, and Love, had some serious struggles out of the gate, and woe came down upon us all.

Recently, the Cavs have been on an absolute tear since getting healthy and acquiring Timofey Mosgov and J.R. Smith, and now things get even better: The Impossible Dream has happened, and Kendrick Perkins will now be a Cleveland Cavalier, according to ESPN.com’s Royce Young, who previously wrote what must be considered the definitive post-Celtics Perkins piece earlier this season.

Perkins is mainly known for his ability to set lots and lots of screens, many of questionable legality, and his individual post defense. He does very few other basketball-related things well. Out of 346 qualified players, Perkins ranks 335th in PER, which is not good. He has one of the worst True Shooting percentages in the league at 46.1%, which is impressive since he’s a center who rarely shoots, and he has the highest turnover ratio in the league. (However, his True Shooting percentage is still higher than Dion Waiters’, so there’s that.)

Perkins’ Real Plus-Minus is kinder to him, however, and puts him right about in the middle of the pack among NBA centers, which backs up the notion that he contributes with screens, post defense, and rim protection in ways that don’t show up on the stat sheet. (It should be noted that RPM has not been nearly this kind to Perkins in years past.)

It’s clear what Perkins provides: A battle-tested veteran who can be relied on to give spot minutes in the playoffs and give Mozgov a rest in the regular season, and a guy whose myriad of deficiencies will be mostly covered up by playing with three guys who can keep the floor spaced and will have the ball in their hands for the vast majority of the time.

The +/- Fun Zone

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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Back in April, Cavs: The Blog writer Tom Pestak took a ton of time to try and figure out which Cavs two man units were the most effective using plus-minus data for individual players and plus-minus data for two man units.  To make some sense of that data, a little math was required.  Plus-minus (PM) numbers don’t take into account how many minutes players and lineups played, so it needs to be adjusted to be looked at as a per 48 minute rate.  Once that rate is figured out it can be used for all sorts of fun stuff.  By comparing players’ expected PM/48 in lineups to their lineup’s actual on the court PM/48, you can see how well the players made magic together.  If the numbers match up, then the unit played average, but if the two numbers are drastically different, the unit either under-performed or over-performed.

Tom did this exhaustive exercise for two man units on the Cavs. The conclusion: everything commonly thought was more or less wrong.  CJ Miles was a beast, Andy V and Matty D made everyone better, and Kyrie only exceeded an expected PM/48 number when playing with Miles.

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Waiting For This Year: Kevin Love Trade Is Now Official

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

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It seemed like so much longer than just 30 days, but August 23, 2014 did eventually come and, with it, the deal that delivers Kevin Love to the Cleveland Cavaliers became official.

Now, even though everyone has been talking about this trade for weeks like it had already occurred, this trade has now occurred. The Cavaliers get the 6-10, 260 pound, three-time all star, sending the Minnesota Timberwolves the spoils of their last two years of lottery luck in Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett. The Philadelphia 76ers steps in to facilitate the trade/the continued gutting of their roster sending Thaddeus Young to the Wolves and getting back guard Alexey Shved and forward Luc Mbah a Moute from Minnesota and the Miami Heat’s 2015 first round pick from Cleveland.

Wiggins is only the second number one pick in NBA history to be traded before playing his first professional game. He joins Chris Webber who was traded from the Magic to Golden State on a draft day trade in 1993. Wiggins’s post-draft summer was a little less comfortable than Webber’s, though, as he had to deal with trade rumors basically from the moment LeBron James re-signed with the team in mid-July.

Love is coming off a season where he averaged 26.1 points and 12.5 rebounds a game and his ability to stretch the floor (37.6% shooting from three) makes him the perfect compliment to James.

Because the trade has been a veritable lock for several weeks now, you know what most everyone here at Cavs: The Blog thinks, hopes, eats, prays and loves about Love. But now, at least, we can talk about an Irving-Love-James core (even thinking “Big Three” makes me throw up a little in my mouth) as a real, actual thing and look forward to watching arguably the most talented team in Cavaliers history.

You can read the team’s official release here.

 

Breaking News: Shawn Marion Commits

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

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Shawn Marion is going to sign with the Cavs.  The Pacers seemed to be in the running for his services because they could offer more money than the Cavs, but they have lost out.  Marion wants to play for a contender.

Sources told ESPN.com that Marion informed the Cavaliers this weekend that he intends to sign with them this month despite the fact that Cleveland can only offer him a minimum deal.

Marion is known for his goofy shooting stroke and for his ability to defend a variety of positions.  He was a critical piece on the Mavericks team that won the 2011 finals and caused LeBron James to retool his game the following season.

He averaged 10.4 points a game and 6.5 rebounds a game last season.  Marion will be a welcome addition to the Cavaliers offense too;  he doesn’t need the ball to make an impact and always seems to get his own points without being the focal point of the offense.  He has just what the Cavs need: defense and the ability to move without the ball effectively.

The Point Four-ward: Get Those Hands Up!

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) Still finding yourself on the fence about whether or not to embrace Kevin Love? Well, sipping from a frosty, ice-brewed, beachwood-aged mug of Kevin Love highlights should put some flash back in your step, mister. I’d been resisting spending too much time aboard the Love Boat this summer, but since we’re in that dangerous stretch between Summer League and Team USA games (where madness truly does lie), I thought I’d spend a minute or twenty with the Cavs presumptive 2014-15 starting power forward. And you know what? Kevin Love does all those Kevin Love things that everyone says he does. But the thing that really stuck out was how much of his 10-minutes plus of highlight footage spanning an 82-game season came on the two occasions where Love was matched up against Tristan Thompson.

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