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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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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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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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