Dan Gilbert and LeBron James are officially on the same page again according to the the press conference from earlier today. Actually, everything and everyone in the organization is on the same super positive, happy, and cooperative page. Gilbert commented on David Blatt, LeBron James, and David Griffin as he fielded questions from reporters for about twenty minutes. It was an opportunity for Cavs fans to see an owner on the podium that has clearly gone through as many emotions as they have during the time since James’ departure. It was an opportunity to see a man that has grown immensely since publishing a rage inspired letter.
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Talks with Tristan Thompson about a contract extension before the Halloween deadline have stalled according to ESPN and Brian Windhorst. The talks represent more than keeping the “big man who specializes in offensive rebounding.”
Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James’ agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011.
Both league executives and agents are closely watching how the Thompson talks play out as a gauge for how involved James is making himself in the team’s front-office moves. James signed a one-year contract with a second-year player option over the summer to try to take advantage of a rising salary cap. But it had the ancillary effect of keeping the team a little uncomfortable about the future.
If Tristan isn’t re-signed, it will allow people to comfortably say LeBron is not performing as quasi general manager for the Cavs. If TT is re-signed, people will speculate about what influence The King had on the decision to re-up him and the resulting contract. Gossip will be inevitable. (more…)
Each week there is a ton of NBA media pertaining to the Cavs and the league in general that deserves recognition. A lot of it goes unread because there just isn’t enough time to keep up with it during the work week. Don’t worry. I’ve got you covered with six notable reads/videos (much like the six beers in a six pack) from the past seven days to get you through the weekend feeling entertained, caught up, and much smarter. I might even suggest a beer to enjoy while reading these pieces.
This batch was fermented with an extra handful of teammate yeast. Sports Illustrated published an article by Lee Jenkins from their October 27th print issue online. Mr. Jenkins focuses on LeBron James’ development as a teammate. It’s taken the King a long time to become the transcendent creator and floor general fans witness each night, but the wait was worth it. He’s completely game changing when he facilitates.
ESPN correspondent Dave McMenamin has received confirmation from David Blatt and the Cavs organization that Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters will be starting alongside the Cavs big three of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and LeBron James. Andy beat out Tristan Thomspon for his spot. However, Blatt was careful to say that the Wild Thing didn’t earn the starting role by playing better than Big T.
Blatt said that the decision came down, in part, to Varejao’s history of playing alongside James after the two were teammates from 2004-10 already.
“That was more or less the idea of beginning with Andy just because those two guys are so good together,” Blatt said. “And Tristan is equally as efficient in either case. So, that’s more or less the basis, but it doesn’t mean that Tristan won’t be starting some of the games. I’m sure he will be. Just right now, that’s the way we’re looking to go.”
Today, Bill Simmons and Zach Lowe of Grantland unveiled the second part of their NBA League Pass rankings. After reading part one of their rankings yesterday, I felt relieved that the Cavs weren’t in the bottom fifteen. It would seem illogical for them to be considering they have LeBron James, Kevin Love, The Wild Thing, and Kyrie Irving, but being born and raised in Cleveland has taught me to expect the worse for my sports teams.
LeBron James has come out and stated that he thinks the Bulls are the more battle tested team in the East. While some may think LeBron is admitting that he believes the Bulls are a better team, that is not really the case. Brian Windhorst reported on LeBron’s thoughts today.
“[The Bulls] are a team that’s much better than us right now just off chemistry,” James said. “They’ve been together for awhile, we’ve got a long way to go.”
“You’ve got to go through something to create a bond; that means for the worse,” James said. “We’ve got to lose ballgames that we think we should’ve won, we’ve got to get into an argument every now and then just to test each other out.”
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 takeaway, at least for those of us that aren’t surprised by the trade, is that Love and the Cavs have an understanding that he will re-sign for 5 years, 120 million in 2015.
No third team, just one draft pick.
Someone hand Austin Carr an Enduracool - he’s splashing tears of joy all over the floor.
PS – Be sure to scroll down and read Robert’s excellent piece on Wiggins, Mike Miller, and James Jones from earlier this morning.
The indefatigable Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Cavs will sign Mike Miller with their room exception. Miller posted 3.9 wins shares, a .111 WS/48, a PER of 12.5 and a true shooting percentage of .619 last year. His RAPM was an underwhelming -2.31, due to a DRAPM of -3.39. He posted a SWaGR of only 1 win. Mile Miller is a very good spot up shooter, but he is a role player at this point in his career. Still, he’s probably going to be a solid locker room player for the Cavs.
The Cavs are still hoping to land LeBron James. ESPN is reporting that the Cavs have traded away Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to Brooklyn, while Boston will receive Marcus Thornton from the Nets and Tyler Zeller along with a future first round pick from the Cavs. The Cavs need to take back a pick from either of the other two teams to make the trade valid.
This trade will allow the Cavs the cap room to continue pursuing LeBron, who has stated he wants to make max money next season. It isn’t dissappointing to see the underperforming Jack leave the team, but Zeller will be missed. Throughout last season Zeller showed he had what it takes to be a realiable center coming off of the bench.
LeBron is meeting with Pat Riley in Las Vegas today, so where he lands after free agency is coming closer to the end. Hopefully, the Cavs will know his decision in the coming days. This offseason is certainly looking up for Cleveland.
The pick from the Cavs to the Celtics is reportedly protected.
— Jason Lloyd (@JasonLloydABJ) July 9, 2014
Sources: Cavs pursuing Ray Allen
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 9, 2014
The Cavs may have someone to make clutch threes on their team next season.