August 15, 2014

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

Goran Dragic, Channing FryeAnd 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 48-win franchise. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. His best skill is his three-point shooting: He has shot 38.9% on 6.8 such attempts per 36 minutes in his last four seasons played.

Phoenix was tremendous with Frye on the court last season: They had a 110.4 offensive rating with him on the court, only 102.5 without him. He provided tremendous floor spacing and lineups with him, should-have-been All-Star Goran Dragic and fellow free agent P.J. Tucker were really, really good. Cavs fans likely were scarred by Phoenix after that infamous Sunday night game in late January.

Frye was another potential Cleveland frontcourt target, a logical connection because of his shared time in Phoenix with GM David Griffin. Frye would have been an excellent replacement for the similarly skilled Spencer Hawes. Over the weekend, the 26-year-old Hawes agreed to terms on a four-year $23 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. That deal includes a player option for the fourth season. No word yet on if Frye’s deal might include any options as well.

Orlando might seem to be an odd fit … but after investing heavily in Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon in recent drafts, they need to add complementary scoring. They also drafted Elfrid Payton and surprisingly signed Ben Gordon. Yes, four years is a lot for the 31-year-old Frye, but we knew it would be a very competitive market place for his services.

What’s next for the Cavs? Who knows right now. Their fully guaranteed frontcourt: Brendan Haywood, Tyler Zeller, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett. Of course, Anderson Varejao has a partially guaranteed deal ($9.7 million total with $4M guaranteed) and they traded for second-rounder Dwight Powell. That’s not a very impactful unit right now. It’s very young and very raw. Everything changes with one certain free agent, but if not him? The secondary options are flying off the market.

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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 million. McRoberts will hold a player option after year three.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier in the day that Charlotte had increased its offer up to the midlevel to retain McRoberts. The Cavaliers were one of many teams previously said to be interested, too.

McRoberts, a 6-foot-10 veteran, had a career season for the Bobcats. In starting 78 games, the 27-year-old averaged 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 30.3 minutes. His assist numbers are among the best for any big man in the league. He had a decent three-point shooting season too, making 36.1% of his 291 attempts. His defense is a question, but his offensive game obviously was coveted in the open market.

Assuming that this deal is indeed the entire midlevel exception, Miami still has the biannual exception at its disposal. Currently, their books are filled with the cap holds for LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, all free agents. James’ desire for a max contract, and the need to potentially still pay major deals to Bosh and Wade, had Miami limited in its free agency hopes.

Indians acquire outfielder Chris Dickerson from Pirates

chrisdickersonThe 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, Brewers, Yankees and Orioles.

This season for Triple-A Indianapolis he was batting .309/.407/.479. In his 65 games, he has 15 doubles, seven homers and 12 steals. The Indianapolis Star’s Mark Ambrogi recently profiled the International League All-Star representative.

The move was helpful for the Indians who also announced some injury updates today. Michael Bourn’s MRI revealed a “mild to moderate hamstring strain” and he’ll be out at least 3-4 weeks. Bourn was placed on the DL on Friday, initially for Columbus outfielder Tyler Holt.

In addition, Nyjer Morgan rehab was stalled and he’s getting a second opinion on his injured right knee. Morgan was initially placed on the disabled list on May 15, then transferred to the 60-day list.

Dickerson is just another replacement bat to provide short-term depth and assistance. He had been frustrated about not getting an opportunity at the big league level with Pittsburgh. A left-handed bat, he’s sure to get occasional at-bats for Cleveland in a backup role.

Of course, the Indians and Pirates are common trade partners. Pittsburgh’s GM Neal Huntington worked in the Cleveland system worked for a decade before his hire in 2007. The teams swapped Jeanmar Gomez and outfielder Quincy Latimore back in January 2013.

Update: To make room on the 25-man roster, the Indians designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.

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

WWW_BulletinBoard_Cavs1A 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. Nothing was sacred. [Read more...]

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


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 room series. Joe, in your position rankings. Me, in my analytics review. Obviously, I’m the token analytics guy and you two are in more of the traditional scouting realm. It’s a great combination. So I thought it’d be fun to ask you some questions that remain on my mind. [Read more...]

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

miles_mediadaySwingman 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 10.6 points in 116 games with 38.8% three-point shooting. He was signed to a very reasonable two-year $4.45 million deal back in 2012. The signing was likely the best contract handed out by the Cleveland organization in the post-LeBron James era.

Throughout the 2013-14 season, the Cavs played very well with Miles’ much-needed floor-spacing. Although he only played 984 minutes, the Cavs were +2.4 per 48 with him on the court. He battled a handful of injuries and played in only three games after the All-Star Break.

In Indiana (or nearly anywhere else), Miles could provide excellent bench scoring. The Pacers offense stagnated throughout the year and he’d play a nice complementary shooting role alongside the scrappy Lance Stephenson, if he re-signs.

There’s no doubt going to be a market for C.J. Miles in the shooting-crazed NBA world of 2014. I’m a bit disheartened that the Cavaliers don’t seem to be that interested just yet. His $2.89 million cap hold is currently on the team’s books. The Cavs have expressed early interest in Washington’s Trevor Ariza, another active shooter who should have a much more expensive price tag.

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

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 that, as expected, the Cavs would meet with Irving in New Jersey and offer him the max extension. The new contract will take place for the start of the 2015-16 season, not this upcoming one.

Celebrate for now, folks. It’s nice to now that Kyrie Irving will be in Cleveland for a long, long time to come. A max deal could potentially change in value if Kyrie is an All-Star Starter again this coming season … but details are for another day.

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 be meeting with the 29-year-old Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Ariza just finished up a five-year $33.5 million deal he signed way back in 2009 with the Houston Rockets. The Cavs were one of his suitors back then, right after he had finished up a few nice seasons off the bench for the Lakers. Ariza is one of the top available wings this offseason after averaging 14.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 40.7% three-point shooting.

ESPN’s Marc Stein said the Cavs remain interested in retaining big man Spencer Hawes, who has a host of bidders. The Blazers, Clippers, Rockets and Mavericks were mentioned in Stein’s tweet. Portland could be an intriguing fit as Hawes is from Seattle.

Hawes, who only is 26, just finished a two-year $13 million contract. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in his 27 games with Cleveland last season after the midseason trade from Philadelphia. A prolific long-distance threat, he shot an incredible 41.6% on 308 threes last year after shooting 31.5% on only 359 attempts in his first six NBA seasons.

We’ll keep you posted on further rumors and developments. Luol Deng, as expected, is a hot target for many other teams besides the Cavaliers.

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, no?

And then today, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst grouped the Cavs with the Rockets and Bulls that would “need to execute significant shuffling and perhaps even offload star players to clear [the maximum] $22.2 million.” Well that’s a bit of a different picture. [Read more...]

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

Alex KirkAlex 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 in the draft class by ESPN Insider’s Chad Ford. In his scouting report, Ford mentioned how Kirk is “strong and deceptively athletic,” but had back issues in college.

Draft Express ranked him as the No. 89 prospect. They noted how his 13.6% body fat was second-worst at the draft combine, but he has a “massive” 7’3.5″ wingspan. You can view their video interview with Kirk below.

The Cavs desperately need more size and defense, so Kirk is a logical fit for a tryout. Last season, undrafted point guard Matthew Dellavedova made the team after playing in Las Vegas, so there is certainly a precedent for some of these players actually making a difference long term.

Last week, it was announced that David Blatt will indeed coach the Cavs’ team in Las Vegas. The squad, likely with Andrew Wiggins, Joe Harris, Anthony Bennett and others, is sure to be one of the most exciting in the league. They begin play on July 11 against the Milwaukee Bucks in a showdown between the top picks in the NBA Draft.

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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 fiber in his body. That’s unusual. I had the opportunity to work with Shawn Marion at one point. He’s an incredibly quick player off the floor and quick laterally and guarded multiple positions. That was something that really spoke to me about Andrew, and I know it spoke to our coaching staff as well, and all of our scouts felt he had the most upside.” [Read more...]

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
Jabari Parker, Bucks +500
Andrew Wiggins, Cavaliers, +550
Nerlens Noel, Sixers, +900
Julius Randle, Lakers, +900
Doug McDermott, Bulls, +1,000
Elfrid Payton, Magic, +1,000
Dante Exum, Jazz, +1,000
Nik Stauskas, Kings, +1,200
Shabazz Napier, Heat, +1,200

It’s not a huge surprise to see Parker atop the leaderboard. He was billed as the more “NBA-ready” prospect with a better current offensive repertoire. He can easily become Milwaukee’s lead scorer, albeit in a crowded frontcourt with John Henson, Ersan Ilyasova and the troubled Larry Sanders.

In Cleveland, Wiggins won’t ever have to be the lead offensive option. Kyrie Irving is the team’s star, a former Rookie of the Year himself and has averaged 20.7 points per game for his career so far. Dion Waiters also has averaged 15.3 points per game in his two seasons. Wiggins will be able to grow naturally as a third or fourth option offensively and shine with his defense and athleticism.

If one recalls, Anthony Bennett was listed as sixth in the 2013-14 odds. Michael Carter-Williams, initially listed as fifth, overtook post-draft favorites Trey Burke and Victor Oladipo (eventual runner-up) to win the award.

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Cavs receive straight A’s in 2014 NBA Draft grades

andrew wiggins_draftWith 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 we see them throughout the day:

Adi Joseph, USA Today Sports, Grade: A-

“This was solid draft redemption after the head-scratcher of last year, No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett. The Cavaliers took the right players who made sense for their slots and the team. Wiggins has tremendous upside and could blossom alongside a point guard like Kyrie Irving. Harris is the shooter that Cleveland needed. Anyone criticizing these picks needs to realize that, while messing up the top pick was a little harder this year, it still was possible. Both Wiggins and Harris could be impact players next year. Now, about getting that LeBron James guy …”

Nathan Giese, Hoops Habit, Grade: A

“Wiggins is one of the better defenders in the draft. He’ll be relied upon to use his UPSIDE to his advantage. One qualm I have about this pick is that Wiggins needs to develop into the player he can become. The question is, can he succeed with a Cavaliers locker room that has had a history of bad blood? He’s very athletic and has the makings of a great player. It’s just a matter of if he can become that player he’s capable of or not.”

Chad Ford, ESPN Insider, Grade: A

“The Cavs, in my opinion, did the right thing here. They could’ve taken Jabari Parker and justified it by saying they needed a player who could help them now. Instead they took the player with the most upside and showed a willingness to let him develop into the best player in the draft. I think Wiggins is a better fit for the team anyway. He brings defense, he can play the 2 or 3, and he won’t need the ball in his hands to make an impact on the team. Wiggins has as much or more talent than Kyrie Irving and, in time, will be the guy they build around. Harris is a shooter and is tough as nails. Though he’s not a great defender, he brings great effort. Overall, the Cavs improved their team this year and finally got a second long-term franchise building block next to Kyrie Irving. It was a good night, Cavs fans.”

Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report, Grade: A-

“The uber-athletic small forward from Kansas saw his stock fluctuate throughout his one collegiate season, but he finished exactly where he started—in the top spot. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been leaving that small forward spot open for quite some time, all in the hopes that LeBron James might eventually come back to the team that originally drafted him, but it’s now filled by Andrew Wiggins and his interesting wardrobe choice.”

Matt Moore, CBS Sports, Grade: A+

“The best overall prospect and they don´t need him with the ball early with Irving and Waiters. The future is now.”

Jeff Eisenberg and Marc Spears, Yahoo Sports, Grade: A

“He didn’t rack up absurd scoring numbers like Kevin Durant or propel his team to a national title like Carmelo Anthony, but the one-and-done star still flashed enough upside to merit being a top pick. Wiggins showcased an ability to defend multiple positions, an explosive secondary jump around the rim and a knack for finishing with aplomb in transition. The top criticism of Wiggins: he wasn’t assertive enough to take advantage of his physical gifts. In Kansas’ stunning NCAA tournament loss to Stanford, he scored just four points and attempted only six shots, inexplicably floating around the perimeter.” There’s no doubt Wiggins has a tendency to coast, but he still has the ability to make an instant impact and get better in years to come.”

Kelly Dwyer, Yahoo Sports, Grade: A+

“Once again, the Cleveland Cavaliers entered draft night with the top pick in the draft, and for the second straight season there was some question as to who the squad would glom onto. New GM David Griffin chose Wiggins in this scenario, and it’s not hard to understand why – his mixture of offensive potential and at times dominant defense could turn him into a franchise player if everything develops as promised. Concerns about previous whiffs in the first round or Kyrie Irving’s permanence are for another day – Wiggins is a stud and a deserved top overall pick.”

Tyler Lashbrook, SB Nation, Upside: A+; Fit:A+; Immediate Impact: B+

“The Cavaliers surprised everyone last year when they took Anthony Bennett first overall, but didn’t pull any fast ones this year, picking Andrew Wiggins with the top selection. Wiggins’ upside is through the roof and he happens to fit nice with Cleveland’s young roster. He will immediately fill Cleveland’s gaping hole at small forward to compliment Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.”

Brad Rowland, FanSided, Grade: A+

“I loved everything about the way that Cleveland emerged from this draft. First, Andrew Wiggins was the top overall selection, and in the wake of the Joel Embiid injury, he was easily the best long-term prospect for the Cavs. In addition, Wiggins is the best perimeter defender on Cleveland’s roster from the moment he touches down in Ohio, and that makes him a better immediate fit than Jabari Parker would have been. It’s a win-win.”

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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. [Read more...]

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

WWW_CavsClock_Brown1Silly 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. [Read more...]

Watch: Top prospect Francisco Lindor’s 6th home run for Akron RubberDucks

Francisco Lindor is the Indians top prospect and a top-15 prospect in all of baseball. He was advertised as a All-Star with the glove with a solid power-lacking bat.

Somebody say power? Well, the 20-year-old hit his sixth home run yesterday in 71 games in Double-A this season. Here’s the video from

Lindor’s batting line is now .281/.360/.403. Despite the uptick in homers, he only has nine doubles and his slugging percentage is a slight decline from his .407 mark in High-A last season.

Minor League Ball’s John Sickels raved about Lindor’s 35:51 walk:strikeout ratio in his prospect note report earlier today. Lindor also has led the RubberDucks to the top fielding percentage in the 12-team Eastern League.

On Tuesday, he was named as the only Indians participant in the 2014 Futures Game. The Puerto Rico native will be playing for the World Team on Sunday, July 13, at Minnesota’s Target Field.

[Related: On Asdrubal Cabrera, Francisco Lindor and wanting good things too soon]

Cavs have some interest in Orlando’s package of two lottery picks, Arron Afflalo

arron afflaloThe draft is Thursday. The draft is just over 48 hours away. That means we’re approaching the nadir of silly season draft rumors.

Today’s latest speculation: The Cavs have some interest in a package from the Orlando Magic for the No. 1 overall selection. Orlando’s offering: No. 4, No. 12 and 28-year-old Arron Afflalo, who just had a very nice season.

ESPN’s Chad Ford and Jeff Goodman reported on Tuesday afternoon the Cavs remain “torn” between Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Thus, the team’s front office continues to contemplate some trade offers.

The report stated the Cavs “aren’t enamored” by offers from Philadelphia (No. 3 overall and Thaddeus Young) nor from Utah (No. 5 overall and Derrick Favors). Utah had been rumored yesterday to perhaps be sweetening that pot, perhaps with wing Alec Burks, guard Trey Burke and/or other draft picks.

With the No. 4 and No. 12 selections, the Cavs would be able to fill multiple needs and gamble at lower-risk spaces. They could select Joel Embiid, who might remain the team’s top target. They could go after a shooter such as Nik Stauskas or Doug McDermott with a later pick, something we had been expecting had the Cavs remained at No. 9 in the lottery. They could pull off any number of surprises.

Afflalo, the former Detroit Piston and Denver Nugget, averaged a career-high 18.2 points in 73 games this year for the lowly Magic. His shooting was very impressive, as he shot 42.7% from distance and his mid-range game was comparable to some of the best from this year’s free agent class. He will make $7.75 million in 2014-15, followed by a $7.9 million player option for 2015-16.

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Tyronn Lue accepts offer to be Cavs associate head coach

tyronn lueTyonn Lue, the runner-up in the Cavs head coach sweepstakes, has accepted the team’s offer to become its new associate head coach.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the surprising news on Monday afternoon. Lue, 37, served as an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers for the last five seasons.

“First, I wouldn’t be in the position to make this career move and advancement without the deep support, mentorship and friendship that I have received and enjoyed from Doc Rivers. I want to thank Doc for helping prepare me so well for this next step and challenge,” said Lue. “Cleveland is a great opportunity. I am looking forward to joining Coach Blatt, David Griffin and the entire Cavaliers organization at a very exciting and promising time for the franchise. Through numerous discussions with David and Griff, I felt Cleveland is a great situation for me. I believe my background will help me play a key part in helping achieve the vision that the leadership of this franchise has for its team. I can’t wait to get to work with Coach Blatt and our players.”

According to Wojnarowski, David Blatt and Lue have been in contact frequently, and Cavs GM David Griffin pushed for the hiring of both coaches. The offer for Lue is expected to be a “financially strong assistant coaching package.”

Certainly, this is a positive and shocking move. Blatt is 55 years old, but has no NBA coaching experience. Lue is an up-and-coming coaching prospect who was in hot demand this offseason. He played in the league for 11 seasons as well, mostly as a backup point guard. That point guard experience sure could come in handy with coaching Kyrie Irving.

“Over the past several weeks, it became clear that Ty could play a key role in our team’s future success,” said Griffin. “Ty fits our culture and vision for the franchise. His successful experience as both a player and coach is going to help us tremendously. Tyronn Lue joining Coach Blatt’s staff is more than exciting to all of us here in Cleveland. The leadership and knowledge of Ty is going to be critically important as we move into a new era of competitive Cavaliers basketball.”

The only hope is that this doesn’t lead to a too-crowded atmosphere on the Cavs bench. Last season, the team’s seven assistants were said to be the most in the league and a distraction among many in the infamous #seasonofhuh.

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On LeBron talk and the state of journalism … While We’re Waiting

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“The idiots are bad, but the smart people who take them seriously might be even more unbearable. … With the people who think LeBron isn’t a real winner, has no heart, will never be MJ, whatever … Why should anyone care what they think? It’s like discussing Obama’s legacy with people who still think he was born in Kenya.” – Grantland’s Andrew Sharp
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On the pride of Cleveland sports fandom … While We’re Waiting

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Yesterday was another one of those angsty days for Cleveland Sports Twitter. Amid the rumors of Cavs coaching options, Dan Gilbert’s potential continued middling and the unknown nature of the No. 1 overall pick, some of my friends and close contacts were getting pretty depressed about their Cavs fandom. Perhaps it was mostly tongue-in-cheek, but it got me thinking. [Read more...]