Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

Not a (Summer League) Recap: Houston 96, Cleveland 90 (or, Let’s Rant)

Friday, July 18th, 2014

After spending a lovely evening watching the Akron Rubber Ducks dispatch the Erie Seawolves at Canal Park, I returned home to discover my DVR had eaten the Cavs game.  So no formal recap, sadly. Houston eliminated beat the Cavs in Summer League play in a game in which Cleveland was without Matthew Dellavedova who’d been excused to join the Australian national team. Will Cherry started in his place and did not disappoint, finishing with 21 points, three dimes, and four boards on 8-14 shooting. His strong play has earned the attention of NBA and Euro scouts.  But let’s not kid ourselves, this game was all about Andrew Wiggins.

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All You Need is Love?

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Was John Lennon full of it? There’s been a lot of debate of late on whether the Cavs should parlay some of their good draft fortune over the last three years into an elite, “win now” NBA talent. The trade target most emblematic of that “win now” ethos: Kevin Love. The below look at the Cavs salary cap, as of Thursday morning, is courtesy of Basketball Insiders. To make this a complete roster, the Cavs have several players to add, and not a lot of cap room to do it.  The cap is set to $63.065 million, which leaves the Cavs approximately $2.44 million under the cap. (As I understand it*, the “room exception” that the Cavs have offered to Mike Miller will only be in effect after the Cavs reach the salary cap. Miller — and now James Jones on a league minimum– won’t sign a contract till after that.) Given those constraints, let’s examine how Kevin Love would fit on the Cavs.

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Can this be Over, Already?

Friday, July 11th, 2014

What a bizarre few days its been. Northeast Ohio has hung on every word — every scrap of news about LeBron’s impending decision. And still? LeBron’s silence is deafening. The emotional meter has swung from hope, to overconfidence, to pent up exuberance, to frustration, to befuddlement. No one knows what to make of the delay that is holding up half of the NBA off-season. In the age of #HotSportsTakes, everyone has had an opinion on whether ‘Bron is coming back to Cleveland and how everyone should act. My barber, the people I work with, random people in a movie theater: all of them have either asked me or told me whether James is coming back. Heck, even the groundhog that lives under my shed was wearing a “Forgiven” t-shirt, yesterday. It’s all gotten a bit out of hand. Why are people so emotionally invested in this guy? Why’s everyone losing their stinkin’ minds?! I agree with Tom Pestak’s ethos: sports should be fun. If they’re not, what’s the point? It’s ok to get crazy and a little silly at times, but this doesn’t feel fun anymore. (more…)

The Point Four-ward: Summertime Rolls Edition

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) Last week, I wrote about the Cavs moves in free agency and failed to mention LeBron James. However hard to believe, it’s true. At the time, all of five days ago, I was still trusting what people who cover the league closely had been telling me since the Heat came crashing down in the Finals: sometimes where there’s smoke, there’s just a smoke machine. Basically, while The Return continued to be the year-long rumor that refused to die, very few people saw much in the story besides the story. Of course, the Cavs were going to court LeBron, as any team with the cap room and a drunk gunslinger’s chance of catching the eye of the best basketball player on the planet should have. And, for a league interested in becoming a year-long news cycle similar to the NFL, Cleveland presented The Angle: the plucky, oft-spurned suitor who croons and coos through 7-10 days of lead stories before James, eventually, though inevitably, returns to the pillowy-soft wedding bed of the Miami Heat.

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The Point Four-ward: Size Matters Edition

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) In his post-draft press conference last Thursday, David Griffin re-opened a hole on the Cavaliers’ roster that fans thought had finally and mercifully been plugged. Andrew Wiggins, he said, would find his most success as “a big two-guard.” So, while admitting that Wiggins would play both shooting guard and small forward, it’s clear that Griffin (and, presumably, head coach, David Blatt, as well) envision an eventual starting back court of 6-2 Kyrie Irving and the 6-8 Wiggins. That’s right, Cavs fans, just when you thought the team was finally running in the general direction of a complete roster, they land their collective sneakers — squish, squish — right back into the steaming pile that has been their small forward position for the last few years.

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Above Par, Chandler Parsons

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

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I love Chandler Parsons. My girlfriend thinks he’s a model, and basketball nuts think he’s a bargain for what he has done for the Rockets as a second round pick. However, if you search the words “Cavs” and “Chandler Parsons” on Google, there are only two articles, both from Cavs’ blogs, even fathoming the idea of Parsons coming to the Cavs.  I know it’s a long shot.  The Cavs would most likely have to pay him above his actual value of $8-10 million a year, and even if they they did over pay him, the Rockets could match the offer or make the Cavs do a sign and trade deal for him.  He might not even sign a Cleveland offer sheet solely because he values big city life or just warm weather.  He’s a valuable player in the modern NBA, which is why so many teams are contemplating making an offer to him.

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“What are We Gonna do Now?” (a Cavs Free Agency Primer)

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Well, the NBA free agency courtship period started at midnight, and the current Cavs roster currently doesn’t look much better than the ones that we’ve been forced to watch for the last four years. But, last night, the Cavs did get Kyrie Irving to agree to a five year max extension for $90 million dollars, which kicks in after this season. (More on that in a future post). For now, let’s take a look at some of the Cavs free agent options. I’ve tried to inform my opinions with the probability that the players come to the Cavs and their RAPM stats from 2014 and earlier. Here’s the Cavs current depth chart. That’s a lot of contracts.

First Team Second Team Third Team
PG Kyrie irving Jarrett Jack Matthew Dellavedova
SG Dion Waiters Sergey Karasev Joe Harris
SF Andrew Wiggins Carrick Felix Scotty Hopson
PF Tristan Thompson Anthony Bennett Dwight Powell
C Anderson Varejao Tyler Zeller Brendan Haywood

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The Development of Andrew Wiggins

Monday, June 30th, 2014

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This will be a short article, mainly intended to lay out a few thoughts that are too long for twitter.  I am really excited about the Wiggins pick, and have a half formed idea on how to develop him.

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NBA Draft Farewell: Final Thoughts From the Floor at Barclays…

Friday, June 27th, 2014

This and that…

• Adam Silver teamed with former Baylor F/C, Isaiah Austin, for the draft’s most genuinely moving moment.

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Countdown…

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

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Some observations from the floor of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY leading up to the 2014 NBA Draft:

•Still a lot of conflicting reports about the Cavs intentions with the first pick. Andy Katz tweeted that the team had decided who they would pick but was still deciding if they’d keep the pick. A lot of other people have been telling me that they’re hearing that the pick’s staying put. A lot could change in the next 30 minutes, but the smart money (which, for the record, I have never had enough of to either make more or lose it all) is on the Cavs decision makers being “unified” on who they are going to pick … unless someone blows them away.

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