Dion Waiters is tremendous fun on Twitter


Dion Waiters, oft-criticized Cleveland Cavaliers guard, is on Twitter. A lot. He’ll stay up late at night retweeting his fans and admirers, sharing photoshops and pictures of them wearing his gear. Over the past few days since LeBron James’ announcement, Waiters has been particularly excitable on Twitter. Below are a collection of some of my


Browns to unveil live bull mastiff mascot named Swagger


Ready for a hot sports take? I actually kind of like the name Swagger. It fits the Dawg Pound. It fits the momentum and energy carried over from May’s draft. It fits the tough-nosed defense and head coach Mike Pettine. It fits the revitalization of Cleveland. It’s hip and it’s young. It’s kind of like


How the CBA incentivizes LeBron to opt out next summer

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When news emerged of LeBron James’ contract details, most of Northeast Ohio was likely surprised and caught off guard. “He just committed to a long-term future in Cleveland, why only two years? Why an opt-out?” The clear-cut answer lies within the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, signed back in 2011. LeBron is dead-on with his Cavaliers


David Blatt on Anthony Bennett: ‘Last year is in the past’

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Anthony Bennett has been a little bit of a media darling at this year’s Las Vegas Summer League. After missing last year’s event following shoulder surgery, he’s had a hot start in the Cavs’ first two games this weekend. During Friday’s 70-68 victory over Milwaukee, he had 15 points and eight rebounds, somewhat over-shadowing the


With LeBron James, Cavs franchise value could eclipse billion-dollar mark

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There’s no doubt the Cleveland Cavaliers instantly became a more valuable franchise yesterday. The only question would be how much more valuable LeBron James makes the team. According to an article by Bloomberg News’ Scott Soshnick, we could be talking about a billion-dollar franchise. Soshnick spoke with a few experts in the field, including Peter


Channing Frye to sign four-year $32 million deal with Orlando

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And another free agent announces their decision: Channing Frye will soon sign a higher-than-expected four-year $32 million deal with the Orlando Magic. The 31-year-old big man sharpshooter had a phenomenal comeback season for the Phoenix Suns last year. After missing all of 2012-13, he averaged 28.2 minutes in starting every single game for the surprise


Josh McRoberts agrees to mid-level deal with the Miami Heat


Forward Josh McRoberts, a coveted free agent for many teams, has reportedly agreed to terms with the Miami Heat today. Many reports, such as those from ESPN’s Marc Stein, Yahoo’s Marc Spears and more, peg the to-be-signed deal as the full midlevel exception for four years. The total potential value of the deal is $23


Indians acquire outfielder Chris Dickerson from Pirates


The Indians added necessary outfield depth this afternoon in trading for outfielder Chris Dickerson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for future considerations. The Indians will either give up cash or a player-to-be-named-later. Dickerson, 32, has 314 games of major league experience with a healthy .262/.339/.406 batting line. He has played for four different MLB teams, the Reds,


LeBron rumors and what’s next for the Cavs… While We’re Waiting

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A weekend recap and primer for the week ahead. The LeBron James murmurs are at an all-time high after a crazy, crazy Sunday. While many of us were stuck in traffic driving back home after the holiday weekend, Twitter blew up. It was insane. I felt scared to tweet upon my arrival back in Akron.


Andrew Wiggins as a 2-guard and other areas of concern – WFNY Roundtable

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One of the best qualities of Waiting For Next Year is the diverse interests of our many writers. After the draft, I asked two of my WFNY colleagues for their take on Andrew Wiggins and his key areas of highlight/criticism going forward. Enjoy. Jacob: All three of us wrote about Wiggins. Kirk, in your film


C.J. Miles to meet with Pacers, likely to leave Cavs in free agency


Swingman C.J. Miles will meet with the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, the first day of free agency, reports Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico. The 27-year-old is likely going to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers and seek a larger role elsewhere, Amico later added. Miles was an efficient shooter with the Cavs the past two seasons, averaging


Cavs agree on five-year max contract extension with Kyrie Irving

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Terrific news within two hours of free agency: The Cavaliers have agreed to a five-year max contract extension with star point guard Kyrie Irving. The deal is reportedly worth $90 million. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the agreement, then Cavs owner Dan Gilbert followed up with a celebratory tweet of his own. Reports on Monday suggested


Cavs show early free agency interest in Trevor Ariza, Spencer Hawes

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NBA free agency officially began at midnight Tuesday. Within the first hour, flurries of rumors hit the Twittersphere. Although no key news has surfaced yet, the Cavaliers have been linked to a few understandable targets. Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Cavs are among those showing “significant interest” in Wizards forward Trevor Ariza. Washington’s brass will


No, it’s not that difficult for the Cavs to have max contract space

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There appears to be quite a deal of confusion about the Cleveland Cavaliers’ salary cap situation. Let’s try to clear the air with some math, shall we? Just last week, GM David Griffin said the team could clear space for a max contract “just by waving our hand and making it happen.” Seems simple enough,


New Mexico center Alex Kirk to play on Cavs’ Summer League team

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Alex Kirk, a 7-foot center out of New Mexico, will play for the Cavs team in the Las Vegas Summer League next month. Basketball Insider’s Alex Kennedy reported the news earlier on Friday. The junior center averaged 13.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks for the Lobos this past season. Kirk was ranked No. 87


On Andrew Wiggins’ ‘fast-twitch’ abilities: There’s an app for that


When the national TV cameras shifted over to Cavs general manager David Griffin last night, he used a phrase that sparked my analytical curiosity. The particular phrase is highlighted below in his comments: “We really believe, at this point, for Andrew [Wiggins], his defense is a skill set. He does it with the fast-twitch muscle


Jabari Parker slight favorite over Wiggins to win Rookie of the Year

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Milwaukee’s Jabari Parker was listed by Bovada as the slight favorite to win the 2014-15 Rookie of the Year over No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Here are the 2014-15 Bovada odds, per SportsInsights.com: Jabari Parker, Bucks +500 Andrew Wiggins, Cavaliers, +550 Nerlens Noel, Sixers, +900 Julius Randle, Lakers, +900 Doug McDermott, Bulls, +1,000 Elfrid Payton,


Cavs receive straight A’s in 2014 NBA Draft grades

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With the selections of Andrew Wiggins and Joe Harris last night, the Cavaliers are receiving rave reviews from around the national media … really. It’s a rare phenomenon for the Cleveland basketball team after three straight years of head-scratching drafts. Listed below are snippets and grades from six different basketball writers. We’ll post others as


An analytics reader’s guide to the 2014 NBA Draft


For years and years to come, the performances of Joel Embiid, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins will be irrevocably intertwined because of the draft. The Cleveland Cavaliers are in the driver’s seat to select their favorite of those youngsters and secure their NBA rights for at least five years. It’s not an easy decision.


Cavs rumors, Indians All-Stars and #CavsTwitter draft party … While We’re Waiting


Silly season:  Both Grantland’s Andrew Sharp and Bleacher Report’s Michael Pina wrote about the chaos of Cavs rumors yesterday. It has officially become a national circus. Thankfully, it’s all over today. That’s because the draft is Thursday. Remember that, kids.