Archive for December, 2011

Links to the Present: December 5, 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

“With all due respect to Baron Davis, Kyrie Irving wouldn’t mind taking over the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting point guard job in training camp. The Cavs have the option of using their amnesty clause on Davis to waive him and remove the $28.7 million he’s owed the next two seasons from the team’s salary for cap and tax purposes. If Davis stays, Irving said he’d welcome being mentored by the veteran. The Cavs could decide to start both in the backcourt with Irving, the No. 1 pick in the June NBA draft, at point guard.” [Marc J. Spears]

“At some point between now and Christmas, the Cavaliers will have a sticky situation to resolve in regard to their amnesty clause. They must decide whether to waive Baron Davis before this season or next. It’s bound to happen eventually, the Cavs just have to figure out when the time is right.” [Jason Lloyd]

“The Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported [Craig] Ehlo will be hired as a Cavs assistant coach on Monday. A source said the Cavs have yet to offer the job to anyone. The position came open on Coach Byron Scott’s staff when Chris Jent left to join Ohio State coach Thad Matta in Columbus.” [Bob Finnan]

“Varejao is making $7.95 million this season. In 2014-2015, he’ll be making $9.95 million (unless he’s cut – only $4 million of that is guaranteed). For one of the best defensive players on the planet, this is a bargain. He doesn’t give you the scoring you can get from Nene or Marc Gasol and he doesn’t guard the 5 as well as Chandler, but he’s not just an energy player. He’s almost unmatched in terms of defending the pick and roll and he’s long been underrated for the cuts he makes and his weird finishing ability around the basket.” [James Herbert on the value of Andy Varejao]

Mary Schmitt Boyer breaks down how the new CBA might impact the Cavs over the next half decade or so.

And the Cavaliers will play the Detroit Pistons in a home-and-home as a sort of truncated preseason.

On the Twitters

“NBA expected to release 2011-12 schedule on Tuesday.” [Bob Finnan]

“#Cavs at the practice facility today: Casspi, Thompson, Harangody, Harris, Samuels.” [PDCavsInsider]

“Finishing up classes at Duke. Believe his last day is Wednesday. RT @joec1505: why isn’t Irving there?” [Jason Lloyd]

Links to the Present: December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Chris Grant spoke to the media yesterday afternoon. He wasn’t able to answer much because NBA front offices are not yet allowed to talk to players, but both Mary Schmitt Boyer and Scott Sargent were there to provide their insights on the press conference:

“Grant met with the media on Thursday afternoon for the first time since the NBA lockout began on July 1. He acknowledged that Anderson Varejao, Ramon Sessions, Manny Harris and Samardo Samuels had worked out at the Cavs practice facility earlier Thursday, although he, coach Byron Scott and any of the other coaches were unable to speak to them. That was a privilege afforded to the medical and training staff and selected media relations people only. But in spite of all the restrictions and the unknowns, Grant looked like a happy man.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“While Anderson Varejao, Ramon Sessions, Manny Harris and Samardo Samuels would be on the premises, no one who receives a check from the Cavaliers outside of the communications staff is allowed to speak with them until the season starts one week from today. While fans have a lot of questions – How’s Kyrie Irving’s foot? Is Ramon Sessions going to be traded? – it will be at least a week until we are all provided response, be they canned or candid.” [Scott Sargent]

Our colleagues over at Fear the Sword have been doing player profiles the past couple of days to help us get reacquainted with the Cavs roster. Today’s profile is on sophomore guard Manny Harris.

According to Marc Stein, the NBAPA and the league are meeting today to hammer out the minor, final details of the new CBA.

On the Twitters

“NBA releases Xmas sked: 12pm: BOS/NYK on TNT, 2:30pm: MIA/DAL on ABC, 5pm: CHI/LAL on ABC, 8pm: ORL/OKC on ESPN, 10:30pm: LAC/GSW on ESPN.” [Mary Schmitt Boyer]

“When asked if it was his intention to re-sign with the #Cavs, Anthony Parker replied: ‘We’ll see.’ Hmmm. Interesting.” [Bob Finnan]

Links to the Present: December 1, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Cavalier players will finally be allowed to use team facilities for the first time in months:

“While the NBA’s owners and players continue the process of finalizing a labor agreement, business is slowly returning to normal. Agents and teams were allowed to speak again Wednesday for the first time since the lockout began and teams will open their facilities to players beginning today.” [Jason Lloyd]

According to WFNY, the Cavs are looking into re-signing Anthony Parker:

“With the National Basketball League set to tip off in 24 days, free agency rumors are abound.  With the Cavaliers looking to build through the draft while developing and coaching up younger talent, one of the men who could be tasked with a mentor-based role in 2011-12 is veteran shooting gaurd Anthony Parker who the team is reportedly looking to lock up for at least another two seasons.” [Scott Sargent]

CBS Sports has a quick refresher on what the Cavaliers roster looks like at present. It doesn’t appear the current roster will look much different from the roster we see on opening night, as I haven’t happened across any reports of the Cavs looking to sign any free agents other than Parker.

Marc Stein and Chad Ford on the possibility of a Baron Davis amnesty-ing:

“Sources with knowledge of Davis’ thinking maintain that owner Dan Gilbert’s fears that Davis will join Miami if he was released through amnesty and went unclaimed in the subsequent waiver process are unfounded, because Davis prefers at least three destinations (Knicks, Lakers, and Bobcats in a Charlotte reunion with former coach Paul Silas) to South Beach. But the Cavs are known to have little interest in cap space — aiming to stockpile trade assets and future draft picks instead — and are thus exploring every other option with Davis apart from amnesty.” [Stein and Ford]

On the Twitters

“Add Anthony Parker and Michael Redd to the list of free agents #Knicks have inquired about so far. Always looking for shooters. #fb” [Alan Hahn]

“Chris Grant will be speaking today. Will be good to hear from a guy who’s finally able to talk about basketball once again.” [Scott Sargent]

“Byron Scott is on hand NOT watching Varejao, Sessions, Manny Harris and Samardo Samuels.” [CavsPDInsider]