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Mailing it in: Amateur GM Edition

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

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We’ve been a little lax on NBA draft coverage this year at Cavs: the Blog. We’re on the outside looking in, after drafting at the top of the lottery the last four years, and with the Cavs playing till just last week, none of us have had time to do the proper scouting and evaluation. In addition, more than a couple of our staffers think there’s no way a 24th draft pick is even going to play for the Cavs next year. But here we are, in one of the NBA’s best times of the year, a time when hopes for every franchise renew. We don’t want to give it short shrift, either. That’s where you come in.

If you’re interested in participating in the CtB Mock draft that will be taking place this week, please email me at OldSeaMiner@gmail.com. To participate, you’ll need to be able to respond to emails in a timely manner. You’ll also need to profile a player or three with a paragraph full of insight and wit as we go through the mock draft. If you can’t participate, please use the comment section to tell us all about the player(s) you like in this draft, and a plausible scenario for them ending up on the Cavs. Also, if the player you love is so earth shatteringly awesome, you just have to tell us about them, even if they won’t end up on the Cavs, well, that’s ok, too. Any sane draft day trade scenarios are welcome, *but remember, sign-and-trades can’t happen until free agency starts, so table those till next week. Happy drafting, and go Cavs.

*Correction: as the Cavs are above the tax apron with their current cap holds, they cannot receive any players in a sign and trade scenario. As Jacob Rosen at WFNY explained in his piece on Dwyane Wade scenarios, there are almost no ways for the Cavs to get under the tax apron to be able sign and trade. My apologies on the error. I’ve been under a mistaken assumption for over a week. The CBA is not self evident.

Not a Recap: Cavs 97, 76ers 84 (Or, Heat Check Lineups and D3LLY Dagg3rs)

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

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Nate and Cory attended this game – and I think they’re still at the Horseshoe.  So expect a more thorough recap tomorrow.  In the meantime I’ll offer my thoughts for you to sound off.  Here are 11 quick takes – Lloydian style – in honor of the 11-game winning streak.

1.) This was one of the sloppier games the Cavs have played in a while.  They continue to throw bounce passes into heavy leg-traffic.  They also go for the touchdown pass a LOT.  I think they collectively missed about six alley-oops tonight.

2.) Tonight was a nice win because LeBron and KLove really struggled shooting the ball.  They combined to go 7-24.  For all the talk about the Cavs not getting Love involved in the offense or “using him properly” – I’ve seen so many occasions this year where he spots up on the perimeter, receives the ball, and then swings it around to someone that’s not spotted up.  Tonight he passed up a perfectly wide-open 3 to give the ball to poor Delly, who had to make something happen with time running down on the clock.  Love wasn’t the only guy to do this to SuperDova.

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Mailing it in: Your Roster Changes

Friday, November 14th, 2014

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Long weekend here at the CtB offices. We all took off a day early in anticipation of this weekend’s games. The Cavs head to Boston tonight, and play the 3-and-4 Celtics at 7:30. Then it’s back to the Q for a 7:30 match-up with the 4-and-3 Hawks on Saturday.  I don’t know about you, but four days was a long time to wait for my Cavs fix. I’m wearing my Ben Wallace wig, going through cold sweats, and clutching my Boobie Gibson bobble-head. (I need to buy some new gear.)

To get us through, let’s talk about whether you think this Cavs team is ready to roll through for the rest of the season, or whether this first half a dozen games has made you consider some roster changes. Would you leave it the same? Are there any positions/players you think the Cavs need to add? Subtract? Is there a shotblocker you’ve had your eye on? Does the cut of Will Cherry’s jib offend your basketball palette? If you don’t want to talk roster, why don’t you reveal your favorite Cavaliers mid-game snack? Heck. Share a recipe if you want. If you really wanted, you could even talk Celtics and Hawks, but wouldn’t you rather have the formula for beer nog and Triscuit nachos?

Mailing It In: Rounding Out the Roster…

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

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Greetings all! Our long summer is winding down, and we’ve got a ton of great content in store for you in the next couple weeks as the Cavs and the Cavs the Bloggers return from their summer sojourns. But for now, we’re not quite up to where we should be productivity wise. So we’d like to hear from you. One question I’ve had on my mind lately: “Is the Cavs roster that we see now, the same one that we’re going to see by midseason?  The end of the season?” To me, it seems the Cavs have one or two roster moves up their sleeves. “But the Cavs just added Sweet Lou Amundson!” you say? Color me unimpressed.

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Mailing it In: Quick Takes

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Yesterday’s Kevin Love Wojbomb caught us unawares. We were timing our responses for August 23rd. With the CtB staff scattered across the globe: on vacation, moving, or working we sadly had no one on hand to give this monumental development the hard hitting response it deserves. Instead of sounding the conch call, and resounding the words “CtB Staff, assemble!“, we jumped in the air and then chipped in to give you some #HotSportsTakes and maybe a roster move or two.

Tom: if the details are true then this moves makes sense even as I think Wiggins will be a monster. I do find it premature that so many folks think Waiters doesn’t fit and should be moved. The Cavs must complement LeBron Love and Irving with youth and athleticism. Dion could fit quite well. A guy the Cavs could add? Kevin Love clone beta release .78:  Josh Harrelson (profile courtesy of CtB alum, Kevin Hetrick).

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Mailing it In: Anger Management Edition

Monday, April 14th, 2014

No great and groundbreaking work from the C:tB staff this morning, though Tom Pestak might have something a little later today. Instead, we thought we’d give you an open forum. This season, more than any since the LeBrocalypse, has been frustrating. So what are you frustrated about? Kyrie Irving’s ability to put the brakes on competitiveness at a moment’s notice? The media? Mike Brown’s defensive schemes, and lack of — you know — plays? Andy’s Mustache? Spencer Hawes’ facial hair homage to Hugh Jackman? Our lack of Charge coverage? The 99.9% Sergey free 2014? Tristan’s stunted development? The haphazard way this team completely changed four times in a season?

Let it all out. We all need catharsis, and we want to know. We’d change the font to Comic Sans if we could. Conversely, if you’re one of those annoying, “positive,” glass-half-full people who doesn’t enjoy a good b***h fest, tell us what you’re looking forward to in the off-season, the summer, and next fall, so we can laugh at you. (I kid. We probably won’t laugh — just snarl begrudgingly — jealous of your ability to keep perspective.)