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Links to the Present: Not A Leader Edition

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

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Kyrie Irving had a candid chat with RealGM.  He admitted that he has not been a leader for this Cavs team.  This isn’t a surprise for Cavs fans who have witnessed Irving pout, freeze out Dion Waiters, and mentally check out. LeBron James and fellow veterans, Mike Miller and Shawn Marion, will fix Irving’s leadership issues this season, and having Irving already cognizant of them will make the process that much easier.  Here’s what Irving told RealGM:

“Everybody asks me if this is my year to be a leader … I haven’t been so far though, not at all. I’ve just been a kid trying to figure it out. There’s no perfect way to be a leader, and coming in as a 19-year-old kid and having everything bearing on your shoulders, there are a lot of ups and downs. Now it’s about being the best every single day and not being afraid.

“I’m more than excited with our new veterans. I’m really excited just from the standpoint of how the locker room is going to go and how to really be a professional. I’m not saying that the veterans that we had weren’t professionals themselves, but we didn’t have enough. Given the right and wrong things to do in the league, I’ve had to learn on my own and that’s what some of us been doing.

“Now, we have guys who’ve been in the league for years, guys who’ve won championships and have had to give a piece of their game for the greater good of the team. It’s something I admire and something I’m going to learn from.”

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Links to the Present: Seeing Wins Editions

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Shawn Marion is coming to the Cavs.  It’s old news now.  However, people are still weighing in on what he will bring to the team.  Jimmy Cook of King James Gospel kept his take on Marion very short. The Matrix brings durability, playoff experience, and great shooting.  Cook also mentions that Marion played 31.7 minutes per game last season.  That number will go down and his effectiveness will go up.  The Cavs have hit title run Miami Heat status in that regard.

The team keeps getting guys like Mike Miller and Shawn Marion that could still be starters and big contributors for a less talented team.  On the Cavs though, these guys will be role players looking to post the most efficient seasons of their entire careers.

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Link to the Present: Countdown to Love Edition

Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Kevin Love is coming to Cleveland and is going to sign a five year deal for $120 million after he is traded on August 23rd.  Adrian Wojnarowski  reported this Thursday, and, almost immediately, Cleveland’s bad luck came to darken the report.  There is a slight possibility the trade will be vetoed by the NBA.

Mark Stein and Brian Windhorst discussed this possibility as soon as the Love trade was announced.

On Thursday, Yahoo! Sports reported that the Cavs and Wolves have agreed to a trade in principle and that Love has an agreement to re-sign with the Cavs next summer for five years, $120 million after opting out of his contract.

But sources insist that no agreement for Love to sign an extension in Cleveland next summer — when he can become a free agent — is in place.

In addition, under NBA rules, such an agreement would be illegal, and, if proven, it potentially could be grounds for the league to block this trade and dole out punishment to both teams.

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Links to the Present: Awesome Edition

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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Dion Waiters and Bradley Beal aren’t as far apart skill wise as some people assume.  Jermey Conlin penned a piece for Hardwood Paroxysm explaining why this is so.  Of course, he had to mention the Kevin Love trade as the starting point for this discussion.  Would the Cavs trade Waiters for Love?  Yes.  Would the Wizards trade Beal for Love?  No.  The main reason people think Beal is better so far is because of his strong three point shooting and single playoff appearance.  Waiters’ stats are similar to Beal’s though.

Beal is a better shooter from three than Waiters, but Beal also takes so many more two-point jump shots, and makes fewer of them (Beal shot 37.2 percent on 519 two-point attempts outside the paint – Waiters shot 43.1 percent on 378 attempts) that there’s effectively no difference in their scoring efficiencies. In a twist of irony, it’s Waiters’ superiority on low-efficiency shots that actually offsets Beal’s superiority on high-efficiency shots at the rim and beyond the three-point line. Waiters has the reputation of the shameless gunner, but his shot selection is actually much better than Beal’s.

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Links to the Present: Continuing Love Edition

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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The Kevin Love trade has seemed inevitable for the past two weeks now.  ESPN has reported that it is now even more inevitable, as no other teams are involved in talks about obtaining Love.  The Bulls don’t have a young cheap possible superstar to offer, and the Warriors still don’t want to give up Klay Thompson in a trade for Love.

Last week, ESPN.com reported that the Bulls had re-emerged as a serious suitor for Love, despite the fact they had a few more trade assets to offer Minnesota before last month’s NBA draft. But sources said this week that Chicago essentially has conceded to the Cavs, knowing it can’t furnish a player with both Wiggins’ superstar potential and his favorable rookie-scale contract.

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Links to the Present: Summer Doldrums Edition

Monday, July 28th, 2014

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The Cavs inked their number one draft pick, Andrew Wiggins, on Friday.  He can no longer be traded for thirty days.  So the team has until August 23rd to figure out a trade for Love not involving Wiggins.  While this is my hope, it seems unlikely that the Wolves will make any deal with the Cavs that doesn’t involve their talented wing prospect.

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Links to the Present: Different Looks Edition

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

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Summer league is over and the Cavs have added some additional players to round out the roster, so it is officially time to start speculating about what the starting lineup may look like.  Mike Mayer of Fear the Sword has kicked off the discussion.  His predicted lineup looks like it would be Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, LeBron James, Tristan Thompson, and Andy Varejao.  He argues for Waiters over Wiggins from the standpoint that Wiggins is a rookie.

Defensively, Wiggins projects to be very good, but as a rookie, it’s unlikely that he would actually be any better than Waiters. At least not from day one.

So while Wiggins may be a better fit for this spot in theory, I would actually be pretty surprised if he starts over Waiters on opening night.

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Links to the Present: Chicken Edition

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

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The Cavs landed veteran free agent Mike Miller yesterday to begin the process of filling out the roster.  It’s a move that will surely give the team some added depth.  The Cavs are still looking at a trade for Kevin Love to add a final piece to contend for titles with; however, the Wolves and Cavs seem to be playing a game of chicken, where a crash is inevitable if Andrew Wiggins isn’t in one of the cars headed to the trade zone.

Sam Amico of Fox Sports breaks down some of the points on why the two teams can’t agree.

Right now, it appears the Cavs and Timberwolves have drawn their lines in the sand. “No Wiggins, no Love,” the T-Wolves seem to be saying. “You’re not getting Wiggins, period,” the Cavs seem to respond. Again, each stance makes perfect sense — for now.

Amico counters that the Cavs have all the power here.

But the Cavs probably have the actual advantage here. Love won’t be signing a contract extension with the Timberwolves. So that means the T-Wolves stand a chance to lose him for nothing. The Cavs, however, are willing to offer them something. Just not Wiggins. Not now. And frankly, why should they?

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Links to the Present: Follow Up Edition

Monday, July 14th, 2014

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LeBron James is officially a Cleveland Cavalier, since he has signed a contract for $42.1 million that has an opt out option after only one season.  There’s no reason to fear he is going to leave though.  Like many decisions in life, this one was all about the money.

Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer explains why LeBron structured the contract with an opt out option.

The salary cap rises 7-10 percent most seasons. The moment you sign a long-term deal, you are locked into that deal. Those close to James estimate that the starting salary for the maximum deal next season could be at least $22 million. So they want to keep their options open when it comes to the contract.

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Links to the Present: The LeBron Choice Edition

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

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Everything the past few days to do with the Cavs has been related to LeBron in some way.  Trading away Sergey Karasev, a first round pick, Tyler Zeller, and Jarrett Jack was done to open $21 million to sign LeBron to a max salary, if he wants to come to the team.  And, the trade is being graded exactly on whether or not LeBron returns by local fans and even national pundits.

Kevin Pelton of ESPN has given the trade a “C” for Cleveland.  However, Pelton acknowledges that even though the trade leaves the roster depleted and out of a future first round pick the trade is perfect if LeBron comes to the team.

If the Cavaliers know that’s going to happen, this trade gets an A-plus. If the league’s best player is coming, you do whatever is necessary to make it happen.

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