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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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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…)

More Links to the Present: Big Love Edition

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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Kevin Love in USA Today’s thebiglead. “I don’t think the Cleveland [trade rumors] are outlandish at all. They have a great young foundation.” Let the world of Cavs fandom turn on its axis. Let the Cleveland media hysteria commence. Let Mallory read this article and have a five minute conversation with the life sized Kevin Love Fathead on his wall and, then, pen a sonnet… Jason McIntyre (interviewer) has rocked our worlds. If you don’t think KLove enjoys teasing everyone à la LeBron James circa 2009, then I have a social media IPO I’d like you to invest in.

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Links to the Present: Coaching Search

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

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The Cavs coach search is still going on, and it seems like there isn’t a clear cut favorite for the position. New candidates are being added almost daily.  Chris Haynes of Comcast Sports is reporting that Nate McMillan, a Pacers assistant coach and former head coach of the Blazers and Supersonics, has been talked about as a possible coach for the Cavs.

Being that the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers are the only two teams currently without a head coach, I think it’s safe to speculate that they inquired about McMillan.

Haynes reached his conclusion about Nate because the league said there had been contact with the Pacers about him interviewing with teams.  The Cavs and Lakers are the only teams still without a coach.

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Links to the Present: Hot Edition

Friday, June 6th, 2014

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The biggest news of the past day has to be LeBron James cramping up during the first game of the Finals because the air conditioning wasn’t working at the Spurs’ arena.  That led to Bud Shaw figuring out how we can get Mr. James back to Cleveland.  Hire Mr. Freeze.

Not to say the Cavs are desperate to land James, but no doubt they’d consider hiring Albert Belle as their thermostat control expert if that’s what it took.

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Links to the Present: Not Really Cavs Edition

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

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The news surrounding the Cavs right now is sparse.  Chad Ford is saying very obvious things about the draft for the team: “First, team doctors are going to have to get comfortable with Embiid’s back. If there is any hint it might require more treatment or long-term correction, the chances of Embiid going No. 1 dwindle.”  No new crazy trades or scenarios are being proposed aside from the ones trying to get Joakim Noah, Al Horford, Kevin Love, or LaMarcus Aldridge to the Cavs.  Everyone wants those guys.

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