Links To The Present: TV Deal Edition + Kyrie in a Walking Boot + Updates

October 8th, 2014 by David Wood

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The NBA has announced their new media deal with Turner Sports and ESPN.  From the 2015-2016 season all the way through the 2024-2025 season, the league will receive $24 billion.  The last deal only paid $7.5 billion, and it was over eight years.  The new deal means one thing for certain.  The cap is going to go up a large amount at some point; however, it isn’t clear when.  Larry Coon, the NBA salary cap professor, explained the new deal’s implications.

Since the salary cap is directly tied to revenues, this means we would expect the cap to increase significantly. The league sets the cap each year based on its projected revenues for the upcoming season. By the league’s convoluted salary-cap math, a $1.1 billion increase in national TV revenues would equate to a nearly $16 million jump in the 2015-16 salary cap, above and beyond its expected increase without the infusion of new TV money.

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The Point Four-ward: Keepin’ That Bench Warm

October 8th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) The preseason is a time, much like one’s college years, where a certain amount of experimentation is to be expected, so too much shouldn’t necessarily be made of where one’s decisions might get one. For instance, there was a point in the final minutes of the first quarter of the Cavs’ 107-80 preseason win over Maccabi Tel Aviv on Sunday where head coach David Blatt’s substitution pattern yielded a lineup of Matthew Dellavedova, Mike Miller, Shawn Marion, Anderson Varejao and Lou Amundson. This group saw a grand total of 90 seconds of action together, but it did highlight that, for the bevy of players the Cavs have who can routinely create their own shot, they are still capable of putting a five-man unit that is… well, decidedly less able to do that.

I know, I know, it was 90 seconds. That’s all. In fact, it was a 90 seconds where the Cavs even outscored Tel Aviv 6-3. But if you take away Dellavedova’s buzzer beating J with three defenders on him, that 90 seconds was essentially the Cavaliers’ version of the Island of Misfit Toys and featured such unlikely plays as Varejao feeding the ball to Amundson like he was Amundson’s grandmother (and Amundson finishing off his plays like he was, say, my grandmother). Marion didn’t look comfortable trying to create for himself, missing an eight foot hook shot right before Delly’s heroics, and, Miller didn’t take a shot as part of this lineup.

In fact, Varejao’s insistence that he and Amundson become the next Steve Nash-to-Amar’e Stoudemire seemed like it was done partly in fun (and only partly, you know, because Amundson was open under the hoop) as you could almost see the players in that lineup look around and said, “Really? With these guys??”

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ALL THE REBOUNDS!

October 7th, 2014 by Tom Pestak

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If you tuned into the Cavs preseason opener against Maccabi Tel Aviv Electra (pretty sweet name…Electra) you may have noticed the Cavs dominated the boards.  I mean, completely and utterly dominated.  The final disparity was 64-36.  Varejao, Love, and Thompson all had double-digit rebounds and they had 15 offensive rebounds between them.  If a preseason game against a non-NBA opponent isn’t piquing your interest, I’ll just cut to the chase: Love, Varejao, and Thompson, are ELITE rebounders.

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The Pre-Re: Recap of the Cavaliers 107-80 Preseason Win Over Maccabi Tel Aviv

October 6th, 2014 by Robert Attenweiler

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Even after the months of build-up, it was still surreal. There was a Cleveland Cavaliers basketball game played at Quicken Loans Arena that featured LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving leading the wine and gold. Once the ball got tipped, NBA basketball followed, if the preseason version of it. But the introductions took on an air of unreality, showing off all the pieces the Cavs accumulated over the summer finally together in the flesh (or, cousin to the flesh, the grainy internet stream) playing against people other than themselves. It was just the first step down a long road, one littered with broken glass, land mines, bear traps, chewed gum and the chance that Derrick Rose could always develop an outside shot, but, at least for now, it was a first step that was all spring. What this team eventually becomes won’t be realized for some time now, but there were glimpses in this 107-80 exhibition win over head coach David Blatt’s former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, that exciting basketball lies ahead.

First off, the introduction sequence is incredible. Echoing the new hint of Cleveland skyline on the Cavs home court, the video introduction showed each of the team’s players posing with the city skyline projected on them, True Detectice-opening-credits style. Once the ball was tipped, though, Cavs fans got a taste — not a full meal, but a taste — of what this team could look like this season.

As the teams tipped off, it soon became clear that Maccabi was the more practiced team. This was the 2013 Euroleague champion’s ninth game (having gone 6-2 in the previous eight) and it showed. Tel Aviv moved the ball with a crispness that Cavs fans hope to see from their team, as they were essentially running Blatt’s system. Maccabi moved the ball, as Mr. Cavalier, Austin Carr, loves to point out “with the pass, not the dribble” and shot the ball effectively early on.

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Links To The Present: Dion’s Moxie Edition

October 3rd, 2014 by David Wood

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Dion Waiters isn’t planning on listening to unkind words this season. After John Wall suggested that the best best backcourt consisted of himself and Bradley Beal, Dion reacted. Waiters just said how he felt and who can blame him.

“That’s nonsense,” Waiters said after practice Tuesday. “(Beal is) supposed to say that, but I know deep down, he’s not messing with me and Ky (Kyrie Irving). I think me and Ky are the best backcourt, young backcourt. That’s all.”

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Not a (Cavs Scrimmage) Recap: Wine 66, Gold 52

October 1st, 2014 by David Wood

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The Cavs are back. And, the Austin Carr who has an infectious smile is also back.  When I turned on the stream tonight, he was the first person I noticed, and he looked happier than he has in any of the past four seasons.  His exuberance is definitely because LeBron James is back with a new friend, Kevin Love. Read the rest of this entry »

On Reconciliation

October 1st, 2014 by Nate Smith

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I’ve often wondered about the stories of divorced couples who get remarried — especially when there may have been another relationship in the middle for one or both parties. How do couples learn to trust each other again? How do you remember the past without dwelling on negativity? How do you get over the hurt you’ve caused each other? I’ve been pondering these questions because I’d really like to repair my relationship with LeBron.

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Links To The Present: Offense and Hair Edition

September 30th, 2014 by David Wood

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Mike Miller and LeBron James have spoken about David Blatt’s offense, and they think it is going to be one of the best in the league.  Chris Fedor of The Northeast Ohio media group talked to Miller and LeBron on Sunday.

“His offensive stuff is borderline genius,” wing Mike Miller said following Monday’s practice. “It takes a little time, but you see why he’s done such a good job leading teams to championships. He’s a good coach.”

“It’s very free flowing and it’s going to be challenging for guys,” James said. “I can see it. Guys are kind of thinking through it a little too much, but I think when we get it there are so many different options. It’s live at every position and there’s a counter to everything a defense can do.”

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Podcast Episode 55: 2014 Training Camp!

September 28th, 2014 by Nate Smith

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The Cavs first practice kicked off on Sunday. Kyrie Irving called it “surreal.” We here at at CtB can hardly believe it either. Our first on-the-court glimpse of this Cavs team is only a few days away. Until then, we’ll have to fantasize. While visions of half-court alley oops danced in our heads, Robert, Ben, David and I hopped in the podcast booth for a 2014 training camp preview. Who will lead this team? Are there hidden storylines? Who’s going to start? Who’s going to close? Does Mike Miller have a better ‘do than Andy? We answered all these questions and more.

You can hear us on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/ctb-5/ctb-podcast-55-2014-training-1 .

You can also subscribe to the podcast through iTunes at http://feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:64011415/sounds.rss .

Links to the Present: Non-Guaranteed Money

September 26th, 2014 by David Wood

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The Cavs are still making moves.  This team never stops.  Last night, the organization sent John Lucas, Malcom Thomas, Erik Murphy and Dwight Powell to the Boston Celtics.  The Celtics sent Keith Bogans to the Cavs. Lucas, Thomas, and Murphy all have non-guaranteed contracts; the Keith Bogans contract the Cavs got back is also non-guaranteed for $5.3 million this season and $5.5 million next season.  In addition to players, the Celtics received the two second round picks the Cavs owned from the Kings.  While the Cavs will be over the cap the coming seasons by signing Kevin Love, LeBron James, and Kyrie Irving to max extensions, the Bogans contract will allow the team to add another large salary player through trade when it is combined with Brendan Haywood’s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract.  Kevin Pelton of ESPN Insider explains.

Cleveland can combine Bogans and Haywood and acquire a player or players making up to $21 million while instantly taking that same amount off the other team’s cap.

 

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