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Links to the Present: Contracts Edition

Monday, March 24th, 2014
These shoes may some day have Kyrie Irving's name plastered all over them.

These shoes may some day have Kyrie Irving’s name plastered all over them.

The NBA revolves around contracts.  Teams give players contracts to play, and companies give players contracts to endorse.  The Knicks even signed a contract with the devil to have a win streak for the rest of the season to make the playoffs.  The Cavs null and voided that contract, but I know it was there in some way.  Look at the roster they were winning with.

Kyrie Irving’s contract with Nike is done after this year.  It’s unlikely he will go anywhere else, and Joe Sherman even thinks Kyrie is the perfect point guard for Nike to design a shoe for.  Nike currently lacks a point guard signature shoe, so that is leaving them out of the market for the nations’ dribbling and driving shorties.  (more…)

Links to the Present: Branding Edition

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Look at that handwriting!

Dion Waiters is branding himself as part of the Cleveland community.  March Madness is here, so Dion is taking part in the annual Plain Dealer celebrity bracket challenge with the Brown’s Josh Gordon, the Tribe’s Cory Kluber, and former Ohio State University football player Christian Bryant.  (more…)

Links to the Present: Distractions Edition

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Hopefully Kyrie Irving is feeling this relaxed about Dion Waiters' breakout game.  No jealousy right?

Hopefully Kyrie Irving is feeling this relaxed about Dion Waiters’ breakout game. No jealousy right?

I’m feeling good.  Kyrie Irving may be out for two weeks, but Dion Waiters posted his first NBA double double against the Miami Heat last night, and the Cavs legitimately held their own against a 43 point LeBron James performance.  Luol Deng wasn’t even playing, and Alonzo Gee was able to be a real replacement dunking on LeBron and making some threes.  I’m going to distract myself for a little bit to keep thinking we will keep this transcendent Kyrieless play up.


Links to the Present: Traditions Edition

Monday, March 17th, 2014

He can play in a mask, but can he play in a sling?

Every year at several points during the Cavs season, I find myself furiously searching “Kyrie Irving Injury.” I thought this year was going to break that tradition, since Irving has made it more than half of the season missing only three games. It seems I’m wrong again. (more…)

Links To The Present: They Probably Won’t Make It Edition

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
Luol Deng once looked amazing with Nate Robinson running the point.  What does that say about Kyrie Irving?

Luol Deng once looked amazing with Nate Robinson running the point. What does that say about Kyrie Irving?

The Cavs have been off since Saturday, and to be completely honest, I have to say nothing is going on with them basketball wise.   They are not a good team by their record, 24-40.  When you see them play, they often look worse than that record.  These three days off have been filled with contemplation by writers across the world, and  they’ve determined that the Cavs probably won’t make the playoffs, that Kyrie Irving should leave, and that LeBron James coming back is a possibility. (more…)

Links to the Present: Big Guy And Sloan Conference Edition

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
This pair may return for Z's retirement ceremony.

This pair may return for Z’s retirement ceremony.

The news has spread that LeBron James may be attending Zydrunas Ilgauskas’s jersey retirement ceremony March 8th.  The NBA schedule works out for LeBron, and the past works for the pair too.  LeBron grew up watching Big Z lead a lot of terrible Cavs teams.  Big Z hopes the star of Akron is received warmly, since they are friends.

I, on the other hand, hope LeBron is not received at all.  The night is about Big Z and just a whiff of LeBron is going to lead to a handful of boos, cheers, and inevitable coverage about the pair’s friendship that overshadow the big guy.


Links to the Present: The Jimmer Hawes Edition

Monday, March 3rd, 2014
Spencer Hawes has very efficient finger pistols when playing with Kyrie Irving.

Spencer Hawes has very efficient finger pistols when playing with Kyrie Irving.

The Jimmer Fredette saga never had a chance to start in Cleveland, but the Spencer Hawes saga has more than made up for that.

“‘We are very excited to add a player like Jimmer to our roster,’ Bulls GM Gary Forman said in a statement. ‘We’ve followed him closely throughout his collegiate and professional career, and believe he’ll be the type of player that will fit in with our group and be an asset to the team.’” [Ben Golliver,]


Links to the Present: Being Hurt Edition

Thursday, February 27th, 2014


As a Cavs fan, I know all about hurt.  Usually, they are hurting me emotionally.  Sometimes, they are hurting themselves physically.  You just never know.

“Since the advent of rookie-scale extensions and maximum contracts, no player has turned down a max extension offer before entering the final year of his rookie-scale deal. Irving potentially has the chance to make history” [Amin Elhassan, ESPN]


Have you seen this story before?

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014


Hey!  Kyrie may want out of Cleveland!!  Or something along those lines from Brian Windhorst.

On days like this, I hope the Cavs do trade Kyrie.  It’s not personal, these articles are just perpetual, and trading Kyrie is a way to make them stop.

For what it’s worth, Kyrie is one more all-star vote away from being a “supermax” player, making $20 million or more per year in his extension.  He doesn’t even need to be particularly great, just popular, to reach “supermax” status.  Is he worth that much loot?   As of this moment, I am not sure he is, to Cleveland or any other team.  Let another management group decide this summer whether he is an investment worth $100 million after one healthy season out of three in which he helped guide his team to 25 – 30 wins annually. 

Remember when Denver traded Carmelo, or Toronto parted with Rudy Gay, and things turned for the better?  What haul could be gained for Kyrie and is it better for the present and future than Irving at $20+ million per year?  This answer could be a “yes”; there are a lot of good point guards in the NBA, eight with a PER above Kyrie, and 29 above average.  Regression based stats consider his defensive impact as awful.  And ultimately winning games is what will keep people in the seats, Kyrie or not.

Anyways, as a fan, this has little to do with Kyrie; I just don’t want to deal with these reports for another five years.

Links to the Present: Untimely Article Edition

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports starts us off with this post from last night about Chris Grant’s failed run in Cleveland. With gems like the ones below, Wojnarowski attempts to prove the thesis: it’s Grant’s fault LeBron James isn’t coming back.

  • “Grant hadn’t scouted Valanciunas hard enough to gain full confidence in his abilities.”
  • “The belief was that Grant was searching for a way to cross Valanciunas off the list and draft a player that he believed to be a safer bet: Texas’ Tristan Thompson. What’s more, Rich Paul, James’ childhood friend and player agent now, represented Thompson.” (more…)