The Point Four-ward: Harris-tanbul (Not Constantinople)

July 15th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers in Summer League…

1.) It sure was nice to see Joe Harris finally shake off… well, whatever he had to shake off in order to get the ball to go in the hoop. Harris “exploded” for 13 points, 10 of which came in the fourth quarter and overtime, as the Cavs Summer League team clawed its way back from a 21-point deficit to notch a 94-87 OT victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Harris had been a combined 4-20 from the field (1-9 from three) through the Cavs first two Summer League contests, so seeing him nail 4-8 from deep against the Bucks seemed to indicate that the second year swingman out of Virginia can actually do what the Cavs will need him to do if he is ever going to crack the regular season rotation.

It wasn’t just Harris’ shot that gave Cavs fans so little to hope for when thinking about the future of the team’s 2014 second round pick. He was also a -12 and -14 respectively in his first two games before leading the team with a +21 in Monday’s match-up.

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The Point Four-ward: Roster-farian

July 10th, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) We all knew it was going to happen.

But, when LeBron James re-signed with the Cavs for one year at $23 million (and a second year, a player option, at $24 million), a collective sigh could be heard across Cavs Nation. It wasn’t a sigh brought on by anticipation, it was a pure sigh of relief: relief that James wasn’t going to drag out his contract negotiations forever leaving the Cavs in an even relative limbo.

No more stories about how James planned to wait until last to re-up with Cleveland, putting symbolic pressure on the organization in their attempts to upgrade a roster that, even when greatly depleted, got to Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Now it’s official: James will be a Cavalier again.
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[BREAKING NEWS]: LeBron James to Re-sign

July 9th, 2015 by Cory Hughey

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ESPN’s Chris Broussard still had enough energy after his hilarious Twitter beef with Mavericks owner, Mark Cuban, to break the news that LeBron James will re-sign with the Cavaliers for two-years, with a player option for the second season. The timing was impeccable.

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6-On-6: Free Agency Edition

July 8th, 2015 by EvilGenius

This year’s NBA Free Agency period has been unlike any other with bags, bushels and Brinks trucks full of cash being handed out to literally anyone and everyone who can navigate a roundball. And the biggest name hasn’t even signed yet, let alone begun to negotiate his deal with his hometown team. Fortunately for the Cavs, in contrast to his two previous stints as a Free Agent, LeBron James is in full on “chill mode.” LBJ has the luxury of kicking back with his pals in the Bahamas, content to wait to see how many untold millions his Klutch Sports co-client, Tristan Thompson, can furiously pull down like so many offensive rebounds.

Still, plenty of other names, both big and small, have cashed in on the pre-cap-explosion extravaganza, and while many have been content to stay put, several others have made for greener pastures. For this supersized, “cash money” edition of 6-On-6 (in the spirit of Free Agency, why go 5-On-5 when you can get one more?), we discuss the best fits, the worst fits, just how explosive the Canadian Dynamite situation is, whether the Cavs can afford any more swish from J.R., who else they might shake out of the woodwork with CavsDan’s tree of money, and (per Nate’s suggestion) get creative on how the Haywood contract could really be used…

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Podcast Episode 73: Free Agency 2015, the Summer of Money

July 7th, 2015 by Nate Smith

While waiting for the Cavs to sign Tristan Thompson, Robert, Tom, and I hopped in the podcast booth to discuss the negotiations, Mo Gotti, the Haywood deal, Gerald Green’s missing finger, and the offseasons of the Cavs’ Eastern Conference rivals. Also, Tom rants on Reggie Jackson’s $80 million dollar contract. Enjoy.

You can listen above, on soundcloud, or on iTunes.

Breaking News: Cavs Sign Mo Williams to a 2-Year Deal

July 6th, 2015 by Tom Pestak

WOW!  I’m a sucker for a good story, and Mo Williams reuniting with LeBron James and Anderson Varejao is a GREAT story.  Mo was about as depressed as a multi-millionaire pro athlete can get after LeBron left for Miami.   He stayed salty for a while.

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Recap: Free Agency Fireworks So Far (or, Some Sizzle… Some Fizzle… Some Duds)

July 4th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Happy Fourth of July Cavs fans! Well, we wanted fireworks… and we got some. A little more than three days into the 2015 Free Agency, and there have already been pyrotechnics galore. From the moment the clock struck 12:01am (EST) on Wednesday, the deals, rumors and reports on this year’s NBA Free Agents have filled the air like so many spectacular burning embers.

With deals exploding faster than the salary cap will next summer, the Cavs have been right in the thick of it all, and putting on a heck of a show thus far. Others have joined them in the celebration, popping off with record-setting numbers to retain their own Free Agents and to lure others to come check out their displays. While a few of the former big guns of the league have experienced some failure to launch in their bid to find new ways to wow their crowds.

Here’s a quick breakdown from the bombs bursting in air, all the way down to the sparklers, black snakes and smoke bombs from the past week…

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Eastern Conference Offseason Primer Part Two

July 2nd, 2015 by Cory Hughey

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Cory Hughey and David Wood teamed up to breakdown the Eastern Conference teams’ needs in free agency. Click on the team names to see a detailed break down of their contract situations. 

I feel a lot better now that Kevin Love has pretty much re-signed with the Cavs. I often acted like I didn’t want him back, but I really just didn’t want to be disappointed. I also loved Kevin Pelton’s Love piece. In short, he said Love was part of both the best defensive and offensive units the Cavs had this season. To celebrate the Love news, I made a dinner that symbolizes Cleveland, and why Love probably came back. I cooked some good old beef hot dogs in beer (Busch Light, if you were wondering) and then whipped up a gastrique sauce with oranges. I’m a chef, sort of.

The point is that a gastrique is supposed to be uppity and hot dogs are the steak of the poor. However, it must also be noted that hot dogs are still delicious. The above meal defines Cleveland. We are a city that knows how to appreciate the finest things in life, but doesn’t decide to be defined or controlled by them. Clevelanders just enjoy what’s delicious.

My sister lives on the West Coast and many of my college friends do too, Los Angeles to be specific. It’s a different world there. People who aren’t girls do yoga, and they have pizza that’s just bread with broccoli on it, aka liar pizza. In Los Angeles/the West Coast, I don’t think a hot dog has been eaten unironically in years, unless you count the ones devoured by tourists who line up at Pink’s Hot Dogs. That’s a tough life to live and Kevin’s choice today showed that he wants to enjoy finely sauced hot dogs without feeling shame. I don’t blame him. Now, here’s a former Angelino to discuss some free agency stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

[BREAKING NEWS]: Cavs Reportedly Agree to Terms with Iman Shumpert

July 1st, 2015 by EvilGenius

Alex Kennedy just broke the news that the Cavs have reportedly come to terms with Iman Shumpert (and his awesome hair) on a four year, $40M deal…

Three down… three to go!

[SEMI-BREAKING NEWS]: Cavs Reportedly Agree In Principle With Both of Their PF(F)s (Power Forwards Forever!)

July 1st, 2015 by EvilGenius

First, Kevin Love broke the news that he was returning to Cleveland to take care of “Unfinished Business.” Then the reports filtered out that TT was going to join him. After a flurry of activity, @CavsDan wound up with a pretty massive shopping spree that saw him reportedly agree in principal with KLove on a five year, $110 million deal, and Canadian Dynamite on a five year, in excess of $80 million deal.

Here’s what Kevin had to say in his Player’s Tribune piece…

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