Looking At The Final Roster Spot

2018-10-15

Some thoughts on the Cavaliers’ open roster spot in light of  the team’s recent moves… A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Cavaliers’ various training camp invitees, what they brought to the table, and their chances of making the team. It seemed like Isaiah Taylor was the favorite for the fifteenth and final roster spot until word spread about the stress fracture he was dealing with. After that, it…

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Random Thoughts

2018-10-02

With the Cavaliers in the midst of training camp and the regular season just a few weeks away, here are a few random thoughts that have occurred to me. —It doesn’t look like David Nwaba is part of the rotation right now, and that is going to upset a lot of people who follow the team closely. An athletic player who works hard at both ends of the floor, Nwaba…

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The Battle For The Final Spot

2018-09-27

At long last, it’s finally here. While it’s only been a little over three months since we’ve last seen the Cleveland Cavaliers together, it seems more like an eternity. That’s really no surprise when you consider all that’s happened to the Wine & Gold since the Golden State Warriors swept them out of the NBA Finals in June. Since the final buzzer sounded in Game Four, the Cavaliers have drafted…

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Southeast Division Preview

2018-09-10

Today our countdown to training camp continues as we take a look at the Southeast Division. Whether they’re playoff contenders or making a push to the top of the lottery, the Southeast Division is full of interesting players on flawed teams. Let’s take a look. Team: Atlanta Hawks Additions: Trae Young, Jeremy Lin, Justin Anderson, Kevin Huerter, Alex Len, Omari Spellman, Vince Carter, Cole Aldrich (training camp deal) Subtractions: Mike Muscala, Dennis Schroeder,…

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The Road to Contention, Part III: LEEEROY JENKINS!

2018-08-08

I know. This title dates me. The 2005 World of Warcraft video that documented Leeroy abandoning his guildmates and crashing headlong into the fray only to result in the slaughter of his guild, is however emblematic of the type of teambuilding the Cavs could engage in: a win now, and win at all costs mentality. This is the kind of strategy the Knicks embraced in building around ‘Melo and Amare…

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Getting To Know Sam Dekker

2018-08-07

As the Cleveland Cavaliers continue rebuilding their roster to begin the second post-LeBron James era, a few points emphasis within their plan have become apparent. First off, they aren’t interested in a complete tear down ala’ the 2010-2011 Cavaliers. They believe that fielding a competitive team is better for the development of the young core players on the roster, as it makes it more difficult for a losing mentality to…

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The Road to Contention, Part I: State of the Cap Address

2018-07-31

My fellow Cavalier fanatic brethren. Several weeks ago, within the moments it took Klutch Sports to hit send on a press release, our team moved from that of a deep luxury tax-paying contender, searching for ways to maneuver around the cap, to one that is free of many of those tax constraints but is now searching for a way to contend. For those left wondering what options are remaining for…

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Finding Fits

2018-07-23

Whether they try to contend for a playoff spot or tear down their team in a complete rebuild, the Cleveland Cavaliers are in a state of transition. When the best player in the game leaves your team, that’s bound to happen, and that’s exactly what happened to the Cavaliers with LeBron James now a Los Angeles Laker. Besides James, Jeff Green and Jose Calderon have both left for new teams,…

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Rumor: Cavs Had Strong Opportunity to Trade Up for Luka Doncic

2018-07-12

According to Joe Vardon of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Cleveland Cavaliers had an opportunity to trade with the Atlanta Hawks for an opportunity to draft Luka Doncic on draft night that would have included Kent Bazemore.  While no further details were provided in Vardon’s recap other than the Cavs being pretty excited and concentrated on Collin Sexton with the 8th pick (who is averaging more points per game than…

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What About Love?

2018-07-09

As the Cleveland Cavaliers move into their second Post-LeBron Era, there are a lot of questions swirling around the team. How good can Collin Sexton be? Will Cedi Osman take a larger role next season? Can (and will) the Cavs move off of the contracts of Tristan Thompson and JR Smith? The most common discussion taking place is whether or not the Cavaliers should tear down the roster for a…

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The Allure of the West

2018-07-04

From CtB, Happy Fourth of July. For today’s article, Excl and James Michael Kenney-Prentiss team up to bring you the following meditation on LeBron’s move west, to the city of angels. The West – majestic, mysterious, beckoning – beckoning all would-be adventurers with promises of gold, of glory, of the indefinable, yet desirable. The allure has captured many an imagination, and has spurred some of the greatest triumphs and saddest…

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