August 26, 2014

Cavaliers 3-team trade officially announced

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The reported deal between the Cleveland Cavaliers, Brooklyn Nets, and Boston Celtics was official announced.  The biggest part of the trade for the Cavs was for cap space.  They cleared enough room to give LeBron James a max contract of about $20 million a year.  Their cap space is estimated to be around $22 million after this trade.  Along with the cap room, the Cavs acquired Boston’s 2015 second round pick (top 55 protected), the rights to Ilkan Karaman, and the rights to Edin Bavcic.  The 2015 second round pick will not extend into future years even if the Cavs do not receive it in 2015.  In the trade, the Nets received Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev.  The Celtics received Tyler Zeller, Marcus Thornton, and the Cavs’ 2016 first round pick (top 10 protected).  The Cavs’ 2016 first round pick sent to Boston is top 10 protected in 2016, 2017 and 2018, but will be unprotected in the 2019 draft.

This trade was all about cutting big contracts and making cap space for the team to be active in free agency this offseason.  According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the trade was not done for the sole purpose of making room for LeBron.  The Cavs received rights to Ilkan Karaman and Edin Bavcic in this trade, too.  Ilkan Karaman, 24, was selected by the Brooklyn Nets with the 57th pick of the 2012 NBA Draft.  He most recently played in the Turkish Basketball League for Fenerbahçe Ülker.  Edin Bavcic, 30, was originally selected by the Toronto Raptors with the 56th overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft.  He currently plays for KAOD in Greece.

NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs and Nets looking to swap guards

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As if hiring a new head coach and deliberating over the No. 1 pick was not enough, the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets.

Sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein that the Nets have identified Cleveland’s Jarrett Jack as a prime target for increasing their options at point guard. In return, the Cavaliers would get trigger-happy swingman Marcus Thornton.

Whereas Jack will be entering the second year of a four-year, $25 million deal, Thornton has only one year left on his contract, paying him $8.57 million, which appeals to the Cavs and new general manager David Griffin as they attempt to create as much salary-cap flexibility as possible for the summer of 2015.

Jack, though bringing veteran leadership to Cleveland, showed that he needed the ball in his hands to succeed on the floor as his per-game averages and efficiency fell across the board compared to his time in Golden State.

Thornton, conversely, has shown that he can score when given the opportunities, averaging 21 and 19 points per game, respectively, during his time in Sacramento. With the Nets last season, he scored 12.3 points per game on .511 eFG% (.547 TS).

While the move would likely be financial, the 27-year-old Thornton could also provide three-point shooting in David Blatt’s new offense.

(Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY)

Kyrie Irving will not travel to Saturday’s game in Brooklyn

Kyrie Irving will miss Saturday’s game in Brooklyn against the Nets and will not travel with the team. His status for Sunday’s game at home against the Indiana Pacers is still undetermined.

Irving, averaging 22.2 points and 6.1 assists in his third NBA season, missed his first game of the year on Thursday against Orlando. He was injured in the Cavs’ previous contest on New Year’s Eve Tuesday versus Indiana. His MRI was negative and he’s been listed as day-to-day.

DSC_0389Without Irving, the Cavs miraculously improved to 11-21 with a 87-81 overtime victory over the Magic. They somehow rallied from a nine-point deficit in the final minute of regulation.

Veteran Jarrett Jack is expected to continue to start at point guard in Irving’s absence. He tallied 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists on Thursday in a season-high 42 minutes, yet finished just 5-for-16 from the court.

Fortunately, the Nets also have had their share of struggles this season and have an identical record as the Cavs. They pulled off a last-second upset over Oklahoma City on Thursday.

[Related: The Diff: The Cavs and their terrible, horrible offense]

Photo: Scott Sargent/WFNY

Cavs Friday Five: It’s Basketball Time

Cavs OpenerMy plan for the sports calendar is as follows. Get geared up for the Tribe once Spring Training rolls around in the end of winter and pray they can hold my attention until July when Browns’ training camp gets under way. Then it’s the Browns’ turn to hold serve, stay relevant, play meaningful games and just not fall completely apart until the Cavs tipoff on the hardwood. The Browns sure made things interesting last Sunday, nearly moving to .500 at the halfway point and knocking off the best team in the NFL, but we all know how that ended. Luckily I didn’t have to carry that bitter taste in my mouth for too long as Wednesday brought Kyrie and Andy, this new thing called defense, and a familiar milk dud looking friend roaming the sideline.

IT’S BASKETBALL TIME!

And with the season now underway it’s time for the first installment of the Cavs Friday Five. [Read more...]

What did Mike Brown do for you?

mike-brown-203x300As the gold confetti fell from the rafters and “Cleveland Rocks” blared, once again, from the Quicken Loans Arena sound system, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown stood proudly on the sideline as his players, one by one, came off of the floor with their first win in what stands to be season of questions which will slowly be answered as the calendar turns to 2014. It was a typical Mike Brown game in that it featured a second-half sputter on the offensive end, but would be countered by defense and timely rebounding efforts which ultimately willed an inexperienced team to victory over a team many have pegged to be one of the final few teams to represent the Eastern Conference this coming spring.

The final outcome was undoubtedly aided by a near triple-double from star point guard Kyrie Irving, even when his shot was not falling at an efficient rate; Tristan Thompson, Irving’s fellow third-year comrade, quietly led the team in scoring; a surprising and crowd-igniting appearance by free agent center Andrew Bynum understandably drew headlines. It could also be said that it would be Brown who would have felt the brunt of the narrative had the Cavaliers dropped what was a 10-point lead in the waning seconds of the third quarter—it didn’t help matters that the Cavs, led by Irving, were pressing at times, dribbling and standing and hoisting more than moving and passing. But the concerns, for at least one game, were all for naught as the Wine and Gold would manage to prove victorious in a game that Brown described as “gritty, grimy and ugly.” [Read more...]

Box Score: Nets 103, Cavaliers 100

Brook Lopez was just too much for the depleted and young Cavalier frontcourt. The Brooklyn big man had a game-high 35 points and fouled Tyler Zeller out as the Cavaliers used a late surge to close the gap against the Nets, but Kyrie Irving’s game-tying three-point attempt misfired as time expired, giving the Nets a 103-100 win at the Barclays Center. C.J. Miles led the team with a season-high 33 points which included 8-of-10 three pointers. Tristan Thompson added another double-double with 17 points and 15 rebounds, and Irving scored 13 on just 5-of-16 shooting. For Brooklyn, Joe Johnson and Deron Williams each added 15 points of their own. The Cavaliers just could not keep the Nets off the foul line as they were outnumbered in that department 39-19 in attempts. After three days off, the 7-25 Cavaliers next face the Sacramento Kings at home.

Cleveland

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

K. Irving G 34:54 5-16 1-6 2-2 -1 0 4 7 2 1 0 0 3 13
D. Waiters G 32:24 2-8 0-1 1-2 -9 0 2 4 4 3 0 0 1 5
T. Zeller C 27:25 6-14 0-0 0-0 -20 4 7 1 2 0 0 2 6 12
T. Thompson F 36:04 5-11 0-0 7-8 +8 9 15 1 2 0 2 0 4 17
A. Gee F 32:04 4-9 0-1 2-2 -7 0 4 1 4 3 0 0 1 10

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals 38-82 9-20 15-19 13 40 21 18 7 2 4 24 100
Percentages .463 .450 .789 Team Rebounds: 7
C.J. Miles 34:13 11-15 8-10 3-3 +7 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 5 33
L. Walton 29:50 2-4 0-2 0-2 +9 0 4 6 2 0 0 0 3 4
J. Pargo 13:06 3-5 0-0 0-0 -2 0 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 6
O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Gibson DNP – Inactive
K. Jones DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Livingston DNP – Coach’s Decision
S. Samuels DNP – Inactive
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

Brooklyn

Starters

Pos

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

J. Johnson G 41:22 6-13 1-4 2-2 +14 1 2 2 1 3 0 0 1 15
D. Williams G 39:58 5-12 0-3 5-6 +5 0 4 7 1 2 0 0 2 15
B. Lopez C 35:35 13-20 0-0 9-11 +15 5 11 1 2 0 1 0 5 35
G. Wallace F 37:04 1-6 0-2 5-8 -2 2 10 3 2 2 1 0 1 7
K. Bogans F 19:14 1-3 1-2 0-0 +5 0 1 1 2 1 0 0 1 3

Bench

Min

FG

3Pt

FT

+/-

Off

Reb

Ast

TO

Stl

BS

BA

PF

Pts

Totals 35-75 4-15 29-39 12 39 15 12 12 4 2 16 103
Percentages .467 .267 .744 Team Rebounds: 12
R. Evans 21:42 1-5 0-0 5-6 -8 3 10 0 1 3 0 2 3 7
J. Stackhouse 17:49 3-5 1-2 1-2 -7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 8
A. Blatche 11:49 2-5 1-1 2-4 -10 1 1 0 2 0 1 0 1 7
C.J. Watson 8:58 1-2 0-1 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 2
M. Brooks 6:29 2-4 0-0 0-0 +4 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 4
J. Childress DNP – Inactive
K. Humphries DNP – Inactive
T. Shengelia DNP – Coach’s Decision
T. Taylor DNP – Coach’s Decision
M. Teletovic DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Public Enemy No. 1?

LeBron and Jay-ZLeBron James and Jay-Z Host First Annual “Two Kings” Dinner

A lot of times it’s much easier to dish out the advice than it is to follow your own advice. I literally just wrote a couple days ago that we need to all collectively just sit back and enjoy the LeBron show while we can and stop frantically worrying about where LeBron may or may not go in the summer of 2010. “Every time I think I’m out….they pull me back in!”

Henry Abbott at TrueHoop wrote a blog entry this week called “The Boys of 2010″, in which he discusses all the great players who will be free agents in 2010. He writes, [Read more...]