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


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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The Point Four-ward: Live Life and Let Griffin

July 1st, 2015 by Robert Attenweiler


Four points I’m thinking about the Cleveland Cavaliers…

1.) One thing I keep coming back to when looking at the Cavs roster with their bevy of free agents, both restricted and non, and a couple of preferable, if not glaring, holes to be filled before the team tips off their new season around Halloween 2015: if I can predict it, that probably means it’s not going to happen.

I’m not talking about the obvious moves here. I’m not talking about whatever deal the team gives to Kevin Love… or Tristan Thompson… or LeBron James. Those are all likely to happen and they’re likely to happen in one of only a few different ways.

James will (most likely) sign another two-year deal featuring a player option for the second year that will allow his Highness, The King, to continue to maximize his maximum contract status as the salary cap grows over the next several years.

Of course, he could sign elsewhere. But not really.

Or he could sign a multi-year contract. But, again, not really.

James will, as expected, remain a Cavalier… a fact that, admittedly, would have been quite unexpected to imagine writing at this time last year.

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Live Thread: NBA Free Agency Midnight Madness [Updated with Recap, Analysis and Grades]

June 30th, 2015 by EvilGenius

Who watches the Watchmen Free Agents? Literally every team’s sleep deprived front office staff, every unrestricted, restricted or Free Agent-to-be, every source-laden information gathering basketball writer or blogger worth their salt, and most every fan of the increasingly ubiquitous National Basketball Association as the clock strikes 12(EST) and the calendar turns to July.

There’s a certain frenzied psychosis that accompanies the official start of the NBA Free Agency period that cannot be completely quantified nor explained. It’s like Black Friday for multi-millionaires. For some teams, “Everything Must Go!” in favor of precious cap space and future draft picks. For others, it’s “Stars Or Bust!” in the pursuit of a shot at relevance and possibly a ring, before the salary cap well and truly goes bananas next summer.

The Cavs find themselves in the slightly schizophrenic position of trying to keep all of their own Free Agents in the fold, while also shopping for some key bargains that could potentially bolster their bench rotation for next season. From all reports, they’re prepared to offer a five year max deal (worth somewhere in the $110M range) to Kevin Love when the witching hour arrives. Will they show up at the Peninsula Hotel pool (or wherever Kev is hanging out at the moment) with contract in hand like they did with Kyrie last year? How long will it take to get around to TT, Iman, J.R. and Delly? Will they try and lock them up quickly, or let other teams make offers to match? And how long until the King signs on the dotted line?

We’ll begin to find out shortly as the midnight madness kicks off Free Agency in earnest. Stay tuned for all of the breaking rumors, news and developments…

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Eastern Conference Offseason Primer Part One

June 30th, 2015 by Cory Hughey


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. Part II will be out later this week.

I often listen to a film or documentary in the background while I write to drown outside noises out. It’s a habit I picked up in LA to ignore police sirens, bums digging through dumpsters for cans, and my neighbor training her dog in Korean (I miss that one ). By chance tonight, I was watching The Men Who Built America, while David and myself took turns putting together this preview. If you haven’t seen it, it’s a terrific miniseries about the unscrupulous titans of industry who created the soot stained ivory tower that is the American empire. They lied. They reneged on deals. They used blackmail. They drowned an entire town. They did anything they needed to, to win.

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Your Comprehensive 2015 Cavs Free Agency Guide

June 29th, 2015 by Nate Smith


Well, Jensen Karp blew up Twitter last night when he tweeted a get-together pic between KLove and the King (pic edited). I guess that’s as good a way as any to kick off the madness that will be the 2015 NBA free agency period. So, release the NBA suits! In less than 48 hours, teams can start recruiting free agents (12 AM EST, July 1st). Of course, any free agency talk for Cleveland starts with the fact that LeBron James has officially opted out of his contract and is now a free agent. Of course, everyone expects the King to re-sign with the Cavs, and the official line is that he is taking a “wait and see” approach with regards to the Cavs and free agency. Windy reports.

Last week, Cavs general manager David Griffin said the team had been in regular contact with James since the end of the Finals and that he was “very engaged” in discussions about the roster. Sources told ESPN, however, it is James’ intention to stay somewhat removed from the Cavs’ free agency until other free agents are handled.

Translation? James’ cap hold of $21.6 million is less than the free agent contract he will sign later this summer, of about $23 million dollars. But, for maximum flexibility, it may help the Cavs to “officially” sign him last of all. In light of this, let’s take a look at the Cavs options in free agency, both with their own free agents, and prospective ones.

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2015 Cavs Draft Recap

June 26th, 2015 by Cory Hughey


I imagine that draft night is the most exhausting day of the year for NBA beat writers. They’ve crammed for weeks (or hours) for the event. Meticulously triple-checked Scrabble letters on the floor name spellings for accuracy, and asked Microsoft Sam and Siri how to annunciate foreign last names, that don’t flow naturally off of the harsh American tongue. They write countless preview articles about what their sources, or the Magic 8-Ball on their desk tells them. Once the big day finally arrives, they are prepped and primed to pump out instant analysis for the media monster. Pick by pick, they get closer to the story all the research has built up to. Finally, their squad is on the clock. Once Adrian Wojnarowski leaks the selection on twitter, the reaction article finally begins, and ten minutes later, a trade is announced. I imagine a brief temper tantrum, with a furry of mumbles expletives follows, and perhaps the Magic 8-Ball is thrown against the wall in a fit of rage.

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Live Thread: 2015 NBA Draft (Update: With Instant Staff Analysis!)

June 25th, 2015 by EvilGenius

For the first time in four years, Cavs fans will have to wait well beyond the first half hour of the NBA Draft to discover what will transpire with their favorite team. And doesn’t it feel good?

Meanwhile, just because the drama and hype is somewhat muted for Cleveland, it doesn’t mean that there won’t be plenty of twists, turns and exciting developments in the hours leading up to the 24th pick and beyond. So, enjoy all of the subterfuge, the insane reach picks, the sliding big men, the unpronounceable Euro surnames, the awkward handshakes from the Commish, and yes… all of the crazy threads worn by the soon-to-be rookie class of the NBA.

Share your thoughts, and check back often for pick updates, trade news and all things draft related…

UPDATE: Hi, Krolik here. What we’re going to do is have a few of us give ludicrously quick analysis of each pick as it comes in, because there’s nothing like the joy of making predictions that will almost certainly come back to bite you in a matter of minutes. And we’re tentatively sure we can make it work. CATCH THE FEVER! You’re in good hands here — yours truly, for one, has been making horrendously embarrassing pre-draft predictions since 2007. This should be fun, guys.

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