Archive for the ‘Opinion’ Category

The Point Four-ward: Room for Improvement

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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Four points I’m thinking about the summer workout plans of the Cleveland Cavaliers…

NBA fans often bemoan the summer’s later months, the ones that find our steady intravenous drip from the hoops-related news cycle almost entirely pinched off. For the players, though, the desert-like days spanning mid-July through mid-September are the only time of the year where the spotlight of fan and media attention is turned off — with some players retreating further from that light than others… of course. Some may focus on spending this time with their families. Others take lavish vacations to decompress and recover from the grind of a long NBA season. But, eventually, at some point during the summer they get back into the gym and work on their games.

With the NBA landscape gone radio silent, here’s what I’m hoping four Cavaliers are working on with all the diligence (and, hopefully, the effectiveness) of a Rocky training montage.

1.) Timofey Mozgov: The left-baseline jumper.

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The Point Four-ward: Got Them Benchwarmin’ Blues

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) The Cavs didn’t just re-sign a cult hero when they inked guard Matthew Dellavedova to a  one-year $1.2 million deal, they created the type of depth and flexibility in their backcourt that the team never really had last season.

When the Cavs decided to trade Dion Waiters for key pickups Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith last January, they found themselves down one reliable ball handler. Then, when they decided to sign aging big man Kendrick Perkins rather than a third point guard they doubled down on the fact that they’d be okay with just two point guards on the roster — Dellavedova backing up starter Kyrie Irving — because their primary ball handler was and would continue to be LeBron James.

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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.

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Summer Headlines

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015
"I am not just a hustle guy," Tristan Thompson on his role within the offense. Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

“I am not just a hustle guy,” Tristan Thompson on his role within the offense.
Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Editor’s Note: With summer in full swing, we thought we’d gather some news that you might not have heard yet, concerning many of your favorite Cavaliers’ summer plans, brought to you by Nate Smith and our crack reporter, David Wood.

Tristan Thompson to Switch Shooting Hands, Again.

While waiting for his agent to finish contract negotiations with the Cavaliers, Thompson reportedly reached the decision to switch (again) after talking to DeAndre Jordan at a Los Angeles nightclub. Jordan and Thompson discussed their reputations as hustle players. After the L.A. Clippers showed a “renewed commitment to making him a major part of their offense.” DeAndre re-signed, and now he reportedly hates when people think an offense can’t be run through him. “It’s disrespectful. I could just as easily take 98% of my shots from ten feet out and still be effective. I just choose not to. I might even quit dunking this year to prove a point. CP said I could, right before I signed.”

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Random Thoughts: Dog Days

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Cavs are in a strange position with Tristan Thompson and Matthew Dellavedova. Cleveland’s playing the free agency game in a year where few other teams are being frugal with their restricted free agents. Instead, teams are throwing money around like Jolly Ranchers at a Fourth of July parade. Cavs are treating TT and Delly like it’s 2014. It’s not. It’s hard to ask those guys to lower Citizen Sans’ luxury tax bill when J.J. Barea, the star of Little People, Big World, just signed a $16 million deal.

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The Point Four-ward: Harris-tanbul (Not Constantinople)

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers in Summer League…

1.) It sure was nice to see Joe Harris finally shake off… well, whatever he had to shake off in order to get the ball to go in the hoop. Harris “exploded” for 13 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Cavs Summer League team clawed its way back from a 21-point deficit to notch a 94-87 OT victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris had been a combined 4-20 from the field (1-9 from three) through the Cavs first two Summer League contests, so seeing him nail 4-8 from deep against the Bucks seemed to indicate that the second year swingman out of Virginia can actually do what the Cavs will need him to do if he is ever going to crack the regular season rotation.

It wasn’t just Harris’ shot that gave Cavs fans so little to hope for when thinking about the future of the team’s 2014 second round pick. He was also a -12 and -14 respectively in his first two games before leading the team with a +21 in Monday’s match-up.

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The Point Four-ward: Roster-farian

Friday, July 10th, 2015

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) We all knew it was going to happen.

But, when LeBron James re-signed with the Cavs for one year at $23 million (and a second year, a player option, at $24 million), a collective sigh could be heard across Cavs Nation. It wasn’t a sigh brought on by anticipation, it was a pure sigh of relief: relief that James wasn’t going to drag out his contract negotiations forever leaving the Cavs in an even relative limbo.

No more stories about how James planned to wait until last to re-up with Cleveland, putting symbolic pressure on the organization in their attempts to upgrade a roster that, even when greatly depleted, got to Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Now it’s official: James will be a Cavalier again.
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Eastern Conference Offseason Primer Part Two

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

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Cory Hughey and David Wood teamed up to breakdown the Eastern Conference teams’ needs in free agency. Click on the team names to see a detailed break down of their contract situations. 

I feel a lot better now that Kevin Love has pretty much re-signed with the Cavs. I often acted like I didn’t want him back, but I really just didn’t want to be disappointed. I also loved Kevin Pelton’s Love piece. In short, he said Love was part of both the best defensive and offensive units the Cavs had this season. To celebrate the Love news, I made a dinner that symbolizes Cleveland, and why Love probably came back. I cooked some good old beef hot dogs in beer (Busch Light, if you were wondering) and then whipped up a gastrique sauce with oranges. I’m a chef, sort of.

The point is that a gastrique is supposed to be uppity and hot dogs are the steak of the poor. However, it must also be noted that hot dogs are still delicious. The above meal defines Cleveland. We are a city that knows how to appreciate the finest things in life, but doesn’t decide to be defined or controlled by them. Clevelanders just enjoy what’s delicious.

My sister lives on the West Coast and many of my college friends do too, Los Angeles to be specific. It’s a different world there. People who aren’t girls do yoga, and they have pizza that’s just bread with broccoli on it, aka liar pizza. In Los Angeles/the West Coast, I don’t think a hot dog has been eaten unironically in years, unless you count the ones devoured by tourists who line up at Pink’s Hot Dogs. That’s a tough life to live and Kevin’s choice today showed that he wants to enjoy finely sauced hot dogs without feeling shame. I don’t blame him. Now, here’s a former Angelino to discuss some free agency stuff. (more…)

The Point Four-ward: Live Life and Let Griffin

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) One thing I keep coming back to when looking at the Cavs roster with their bevy of free agents, both restricted and non, and a couple of preferable, if not glaring, holes to be filled before the team tips off their new season around Halloween 2015: if I can predict it, that probably means it’s not going to happen.

I’m not talking about the obvious moves here. I’m not talking about whatever deal the team gives to Kevin Love… or Tristan Thompson… or LeBron James. Those are all likely to happen and they’re likely to happen in one of only a few different ways.

James will (most likely) sign another two-year deal featuring a player option for the second year that will allow his Highness, The King, to continue to maximize his maximum contract status as the salary cap grows over the next several years.

Of course, he could sign elsewhere. But not really.

Or he could sign a multi-year contract. But, again, not really.

James will, as expected, remain a Cavalier… a fact that, admittedly, would have been quite unexpected to imagine writing at this time last year.

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