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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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Links to the Present: Getting LeBron? Updated Edition

Monday, July 7th, 2014

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Last night Twitter almost exploded, as the rumor factory was working overtime talking about the Cavs and LeBron James.  The stories started on Twitter and stayed there for the most part.  Joe Lull, a Cleveland radio guy, started it off.

Update:

Who knows what to believe about all of the Tweets last night.  Jason Lloyd is calling out the talk about Big Z going to Miami.  If no one was one the flight from the Cavs organization, what does that say about all of the subsequent Tweets about LeBron favoring Cleveland?

 

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Links to the Present: Free Agency Edition — Updated

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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Free agency has started in the NBA, so there is a lot of money that is being given out to players that may or may not deserve it.  Martin Gortat, a center the Cavs could have used, got a five year deal worth $60 million.  The pitbull defender, Avery Bradley, has been re-signed by the Celtics for a four year contract worth $32 million.  The guard who got away, Shaun Livingston, has gone to the Warriors where the details of his contract still haven’t been released.  And, of course, Kyrie Irving has agreed to a max extension with the Cavs. 

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Update II:

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Links to the Present: Report Cards, Trades, and a Presser

Friday, June 27th, 2014

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The Cavs organization must have been reading our mock draft last night because they took the same player we took with the number one pick, Andrew Wiggins.  No wonder the grade for that pick is so high.  Although we didn’t take Joe Harris with our 33rd pick in the mock draft, writers are pretty high on him too.

The head draft expert at ESPN, Chad Ford, awarded the Cavs an A.  He didn’t give out an A+ to anyone.

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Links to the Present: Introducing David Blatt… & Dante Exum?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

First off, our own Robert Attenweiler wrote a fantastic piece this morning for our parent TrueHoop network, “Wait for the drop,” which compared being a Cavs fan over the last few years to riding the Demon Drop at Cedar point, except without “the part that sounds like any fun.”

When most fan bases would be ecstatic to win the top pick in arguably the most stocked draft in years, it’s not a shock that Cleveland fans, rather than high-fiving their way toward a rack of Andrew Wiggins jerseys, found themselves stuck in a moment of anxiety-riddled silence before finally muttering to their friends, “They’d better not screw this up.”…

Secondly, former CtBer, Kevin Hetrick, gives us his “Big Board,” over on GotBuckets. Picks 31-45, and 30-20 are already up with more to come (we hope).

As if that weren’t enough, the Cavaliers held a press conference this afternoon to introduce David Blatt as Head Coach. Watch it here, and check out the quotable bullets below.

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Cavs nab Tyronn Lue too!

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

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Wow – things certainly change quickly in the NBA.

Not even a week ago I listened to a podcast where Brian Windhorst explained to Tony Rizzo that the Cavs reputation “is mud” and that Gilbert is trying to “buy credibility”.

And now the Cavs have hired David Blatt – and the search continues for a single human being that will say even one remotely not-positive thing about him.  During the coaching search the Cavs were said to be very fond of Tyronn Lue, assistant under Doc Rivers in Boston and LAC.  Well, after Blatt was hired I think we all assumed it ruled out guys like Lue – after all why would they want to leave one assistant job for another?

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/clippers-assistant-tyronn-lue-to-become-cavs-associate-head-coach-181128579.html

Well, Lue just left LaLa land – and is taking the position of “Associate Head Coach” in Cleveland.  Seems to mean he’s the top assistant working alongside Blatt.  He has apparently been in talks with David Blatt for some time, per Woj.

Cleveland – a DESTINATION FRANCHISE.

Links to the Present: OH NO! Edition

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

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The Cavs’ pending decision of who to draft with the number one pick may have gotten easier.  Joel Embiid has suffered a foot injury.  Jeff Goodman at ESPN broke the story.

“He suffered a foot injury to his right foot, sometime over the last few days,” agent Arn Tellem told ESPN’s Andy Katz by phone Thursday. “He’s getting evaluations from various doctors and experts in the field. We’ll know more Friday.”

One source told ESPN.com that Embiid “may have broken” his foot, but Tellem wouldn’t speculate on the seriousness of the injury until he had heard back from doctors. Tellem also said it was unlikely he would be doing any more workouts before the draft, which is June 26.

Embiid seemed to be the probable number pick up until now.  Chad Ford even mocked him to the Cavs after a supposedly stellar workout.  Regardless of how good the workout went, the previous injury concerns, although they were back injuries, are now the only thing I can think about.  I’ll be talking myself into Andrew Wiggins if this injury is something very serious.  (more…)

Links to the Present: Best Around Edition — Updated w/ more Parker & Wiggins

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Russia's head coach Blatt celebrates victory against Brazil after the men's preliminary round Group B basketball match at the Basketball Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games

The Cavs have been conducting an intense investigation to find the best coach.  The search has taken them all the way from Los Angeles, Tyron Lue, to Israel, David Blatt.  They’ve covered the whole spectrum of expierence too.  Lue has never been a head coach, while Blatt has been a head coach, just not in the NBA.  However, Blatt is a winner if you hold the Israel league, the Israeli Cup, and the Euroleague championships in high esteem.  He won all of those this past season.

David Blatt is going to be fresh on Dan Gilbert’s mind after today because Blatt is having his first face-to-face meeting with the Cavs.  Bob Finnan reports on the situation.

David Blatt, 55, ex-coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv. He’s scheduled to make his second interview and first face-to-face meeting with Griffin and Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert on June 18. (more…)