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The Wombat Returns

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Almost immediately on the heels of dealing Brendan Haywood’s Contract and Mike Miller (along with two future second round picks) to the Trailblazers for trade exceptions, the Cavs agreed to re-sign backup point guard, resident pest to opposing teams, and regional cult hero Matthew “The Wombat” Dellavedova.

According to ESPN, Delly, a restricted free agent, accepted the team’s qualifying offer and will return on a one-year deal worth approximately $1.2 million. And though initial reports suggested that the move would allow Delly will become an unrestricted free agent next summer, because he’s still in his first four years, the Cavs will still have the ability to match any offer he receives.

At the beginning of the off-season, Delly was said to be looking for a multi-year deal that started around $4 million. But given the Cavs’ cap situation, The Wombat decided to bet on himself with the QO, and let his play garner him a bigger payday next year. The question remains if he’ll get a chance to do so… (more…)

Cavs Trade Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Late last night, Adrian Wojnarowski broke the story that the Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood are being traded to Portland for a pair of trade exceptions. Cleveland will receive a $10.6 million dollar exception for Haywood, and a $2.96 million dollar exception for Mike Miller. In addition Portland will receive the better of Cleveland’s two 2019 second round picks, and a 2020 second round pick. Many expect Miller to seek a buyout and look to play for a contender. The fact that Portland reportedly sent cash to the Cavs makes this seem strange to me (cash is often conveyed to cover the cost of a buyout). For any of you wondering if Miller could join the Cavs à la Zydrunas Ilgauskus, the NBA closed that loophole. Miller has to wait one year before signing with Cleveland.

What does this mean for The Cavs? (more…)

Breaking: Cavaliers Sign Richard Jefferson

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

So the Cavs signed six-foot-seven, 35 year-old Richard Jefferson who played in Dallas last year. Jefferson signed for the veteran minimum, so will count about $947,000 against Cleveland’s salary cap.  Despite some naysaying opinions, if Jefferson plays as well as he did last season, he can be a solid bench contributor for the Cavs. Jefferson’s numbers are better than fellow old guys, Tayshaun, Caron, and Rasual Butler, and while Jefferson may be 35, he wasn’t terrible on the defensive end last year.

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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 Reportedly Agree to Terms with Iman Shumpert

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Alex Kennedy just broke the news that the Cavs have reportedly come to terms with Iman Shumpert (and his awesome hair) on a four year, $40M deal…

Three down… three to go!

[SEMI-BREAKING NEWS]: Cavs Reportedly Agree In Principle With Both of Their PF(F)s (Power Forwards Forever!)

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

First, Kevin Love broke the news that he was returning to Cleveland to take care of “Unfinished Business.” Then the reports filtered out that TT was going to join him. After a flurry of activity, @CavsDan wound up with a pretty massive shopping spree that saw him reportedly agree in principal with KLove on a five year, $110 million deal, and Canadian Dynamite on a five year, in excess of $80 million deal.

Here’s what Kevin had to say in his Player’s Tribune piece…

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BREAKING NEWS: Kyrie Irving Out 3-4 Months with Fractured Kneecap [Updated with Kyrie Response]

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Kyrie Irving has a fractured left kneecap and has been ruled out for the rest of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers announced Friday. He limped off the floor midway through overtime of Game 1 and left the arena on crutches.

According to the team, Kyrie will have surgery and is officially out for 3-4 months, putting his status for the start of next season in jeopardy. The injury was discovered in an MRI taken earlier today.

Kyrie looked good following the eight day break between the Eastern Conference Finals and The Finals, recording 23 points, six assists, four steals and a game-saving block on Stephen Curry in the final seconds of regulation. But he went down midway through overtime with an injury to his already ailing knee.

Sincerest wishes to Kyrie for a speedy recovery from all of us at C:tB.

Breaking News: Kevin Love Has Shoulder Surgery; Projected Recovery Time 4-6 Months

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Here is the official team press release that just went out…

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love underwent successful surgery this afternoon at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City to repair his dislocated left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Dr. David W. Altchek. Continuing treatment and rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic Courts and Cleveland Clinic Sports Health will be conducted by the Cavaliers’ medical staff and Head Team Physician Dr. Richard D. Parker. His projected recovery time is four to six months.

While this certainly provides a concrete answer to whether or not there would be a glimmer of hope for a return of the Cavs’ forward late in the post-season, it no doubt will raise many new questions about his impending decisions regarding free agency this summer. Love can still opt in to the final year of his existing contract with the Cavaliers. It will be interesting to see how things progress.

The timeframe could also potentially put Love’s availability to begin next season in doubt regardless of his contract situation.

In the meantime, all our best at C:tB go out to Kevin for a speedy recovery.

[UPDATED: KLove posted this on Instagram this morning]

UPDATE: David Griffin Addresses Kevin Love Injury; J.R. Smith Suspension; Moving Forward in the Playoffs

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

David Griffin addressed the media this morning at the Cavs practice facility in Independence regarding the latest update on Kevin Love’s injury. The prognosis from the Cavs GM was certainly a less hopeful outlook on both the severity of the injury and the possible availability of Love for the playoffs beyond the next round.

“I want to make it clear that’s highly unlikely,” Griffin said of Love returning during the playoffs from a dislocated left shoulder. “The damage to his shoulder is extensive. This is not a situation where we’re expecting he will be available for any of this and we’re in the process of gathering information in terms of what the exact, right, next steps are and every option is on the table.”

Griffin was attempting to set the record straight following any misconceptions drawn from the team’s release on Monday, which just declared that Love would be out for the Eastern Conference Semi-Final round of the playoffs.

“I think it would be a real surprise if he were able to participate in the postseason,” Griffin said. “I still have a sliver of hope for something very late, but highly unlikely.”

Griffin also touched on other subjects in the aftermath of the events of Game 4 in the Garden against the Celtics, including his feelings on the punishment doled out by the League on J.R. Smith, Kendrick Perkins and Kelly Olynyk, as well as the state of the Cavs moving forward in the playoffs.

He also said this…

Check out the entire interview here on the Cavaliers page of NBA.com.

Click here for LeBron James’ comments.

Click here for David Blatt’s comments.

Breaking News: Kevin Love Ruled Out for EC Semi-Finals; J.R. Smith Suspended Two Games; Kendrick Perkins Fined

Monday, April 27th, 2015

[UPDATED WITH J.R. SMITH RESPONSE TO SUSPENSION]

On the heels of Kevin Love being forced to leave in the first quarter of the Cavs win over the Celtics yesterday in Game 4 with a dislocated left shoulder, word came this afternoon that the Cavs have ruled Love out for their upcoming Eastern Conference Semi-Final Series (which would begin either Saturday or next Monday depending on the outcome of tonight’s game between the Bulls and Bucks).

Love suffered the injury after Kelly Olynyk was called for a loose-ball foul for pulling and yanking down on Love’s left arm a little more than halfway into the first quarter on Sunday. Love called Olynyk’s actions “bush-league” after the game and said he thought it was intentional. Olynyk received a one-game suspension for his actions, as announced by the NBA this afternoon, which he will be forced to serve at the beginning of next season.

[Olynyk himself finally spoke to the media (Adam Himmelsbach of the Boston Globe), as reported earlier today by Fox Sports Ohio, to talk about the incident and his trepidation about visiting Cleveland in the future.]

After X-rays and an MRI on Love’s shoulder today revealed the extent of the damage, the team officially declared him out for the next round (against either the Chicago Bulls or Milwaukee Bucks — the Bulls currently lead the series 3-1). Love’s injury is being officially referred to as “an acute anterior inferior glenohumeral dislocation with the corresponding ligament/labrum tearing and humeral head bone bruising.”

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