July 25, 2014

NBA News: Cavs acquire Shaun Livingston off of waivers

Late on Christmas night, the Cleveland Cavaliers announced that they have claimed guard Shaun Livingston off waivers from the Washington Wizards, waiving guard Donald Sloan to clear the roster space. 

Livingston, 27, has appeared in 17 games (four of which were starts) for the Wizards, averaging 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 18.8 minutes per game. The 6-foot-7, 175-pound guard out of Peoria Central (IL) High School is in his eighth NBA season and has career averages of 6.6 points on .457 shooting, 2.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 22.4 minutes over 341 games (110 starts).

In 2007, Livingston — the fourth-overall pick in 2004 — tore three of the four ligaments in his left knee, requiring 8-to-12 months off of the floor. He has played for seven other teams (one in the NBDL) since returning to the game of basketball. This past October, it was Livingston who had been outplaying Jeremy Lin in Houston, only to be released in order to, per Yahoo! Sports, avoid a point guard controversy. He was waived once again, this time by the Wizards, for Shelvin Mack.

Donald Sloan played in 20 games this season, averaging 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 12.9 minutes per game. Sloan was signed by the Cavs from the Erie BayHawks of the NBA Development League on March 16, 2012 and has appeared in 53 games (11 starts) during his two-year NBA career, averaging 5.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 17.5 minutes per game. He had a back-and-forth depth-chart battle with guard Jeremy Pargo, but seemed to have fallen out of favor due to the defense and scoring ability of his competitor.

[Related: Cavs can’t find answers, fall to Pacers 99-89]

Box Score: Timberwolves 91 Cavs 73

The Cavs fell behind on a Kevin Love jump hook in the first minute and never could quite catch up to the Timberwolves on Friday night. Scoring continues to be the Cavaliers’ glaring weekness, which is the worst weakness to have in a game where you try to outscore your opponent. The Wine and Gold shot just 34.5% from the field and scored a season low 73 points.
 
Alonzo Gee led the Cavaliers with 20 points. CJ Miles and Donald Sloan were the only other Cavalier scorers in double figures with 13 and 10 respectively. Anderson Varejao saw his streak of 10 straight games with 15 rebounds come to an end, pulling down only 14.
 
For the Timberwolves, Kevin Love was his usually monster self, scoring 36 points to go with his 13 rebounds. Rookie standout, Alexey Shved, had one of his worst games of his young career, and was a non factor all night.
 
The Cavaliers are back at home Saturday against Detroit. Detroit has lost two in a row since beating Cleveland on Monday.
 
Cleveland
Team Statistics: Starters for Cleveland Cavaliers
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Gibson G 27:20 2-7 1-4 0-0 -16 0 0 4 2 4 0 0 2 5
J. Pargo G 16:52 2-9 0-2 1-2 -15 0 2 2 2 1 0 2 2 5
A. Varejao C 33:37 2-10 0-0 0-0 -20 4 14 2 2 0 1 1 5 4
A. Gee F 30:55 7-12 2-6 0-0 -14 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 16
T. Thompson F 24:48 3-7 0-0 0-0 -13 0 3 0 2 2 0 1 5 6
Team Statistics: Bench for Cleveland Cavaliers
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-87 7-24 6-9   11 41 15 18 15 2 8 24 73
Percentages .345 .292 .667    
D. Sloan 31:08 4-11 1-2 1-2 -3 0 5 1 3 1 0 3 0 10
C.J. Miles 23:12 5-12 2-5 1-2 -3 0 1 0 5 1 0 0 1 13
T. Zeller 15:23 2-6 0-0 1-1 0 4 7 2 0 1 0 0 5 5
O. Casspi 14:33 2-6 1-3 0-0 -3 1 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 5
K. Jones 8:33 1-3 0-0 0-0 +3 2 4 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
L. Walton 6:50 0-2 0-2 0-0 -5 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 2 0
S. Samuels 6:49 0-2 0-0 2-2 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2

Minnesota

Team Statistics: Starters for Minnesota Timberwolves
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
L. Ridnour G 30:33 6-12 0-1 0-0 +15 1 5 7 1 1 0 0 3 12
M. Lee G 20:19 1-5 0-3 4-6 +5 0 8 0 2 1 1 0 2 6
N. Pekovic C 24:30 0-3 0-0 4-4 +15 1 1 1 2 0 1 0 4 4
K. Love F 35:11 10-19 2-5 14-18 +18 6 13 0 3 1 1 1 0 36
A. Kirilenko F 30:50 4-5 0-1 0-0 +23 3 7 6 3 4 3 0 1 8
Team Statistics: Bench for Minnesota Timberwolves
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 30-70 4-19 27-35   13 53 18 21 13 8 2 17 91
Percentages .429 .211 .771    
A. Shved 23:31 3-8 0-4 1-3 +4 0 4 2 5 1 1 0 3 7
D. Cunningham 22:47 2-6 0-0 2-2 +9 2 6 0 1 3 0 1 2 6
J.J. Barea 19:41 3-5 2-3 2-2 +9 0 3 2 2 1 0 0 1 10
J. Howard 19:06 1-4 0-2 0-0 -2 0 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
G. Stiemsma 13:32 0-3 0-0 0-0 -6 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
L. Amundson DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Williams DNP – Coach’s Decision

 

Report: Waiters to get more minutes because of Irving’s injury

Yesterday, we received word that Jeremy Pargo will be the new starter at the point for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the absence of star Kyrie Irving. Today, we’re learning more about how exactly Byron Scott plans to manage Irving’s lost minutes.

Scott said that rookie guard Dion Waiters, who already has averaged 29.2 minutes per night in the first 10 games, will probably receive 6-8 more minutes per game, according to a tweet tonight from ESPN Cleveland’s Kenny Roda. Waiters will split this time between point guard and shooting guard. Our very own Scott, who’s at the game, then sent this follow-up:

Of Waiters’ 292 minutes — according to Basketball-Reference.com — he’s played just over 36 of those minutes without Irving. Backups Pargo or Donald Sloan usually were at the point during those brief times. We’ll see how things work specifically on the court tonight as the Cavs return to action to play the Philadelphia 76ers again.

[Related: Kyrie-less Cavaliers Hope for Different Results In Second Sixers Showdown]

Jeremy Pargo to start for injured Kyrie Irving

First-year Cavalier Jeremy Pargo will draw the start in Wednesday night’s contest against the Philadelphia 76ers, replacing the injured Kyrie Irving at the point guard spot.

Addressing the media at Cleveland Clinic Courts following the team’s shootaround sesssion, head coach Byron Scott stated that he opted for Pargo due to his efforts and communication on the defensive end of the floor. Scott admitted on Tuesday that Donald Sloan, his other option to replace Irving, is a better facilitator on the offensive side of the floor, but it appears that defense has won out, at least in the interim.

“Offensively I’m not asking him to do nothing he can’t do,” Scott said. “I know he can run the show and push the tempo. I know he makes good decisions and if he has open shots, I want him to take them. The game plan doesn’t necessarily change, we just want to do it better.”

Pargo, through three games this season, is averaging 2.7 points and 1.3 assists. The 26-year old was acquired this off-season in a trade with Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for DJ Kennedy. He will likely split time with Sloan as well as a combination of Daniel “Boobie” Gibson and rookie shooting guard Dion Waiters when it comes to primary ball-handling.

[Related: Protecting Kyrie]

NBA News: Cavaliers’ Donald Sloan given warning for flopping (Video)

Though all eyes were on Anderson Varejao when the NBA decided to crack down on players flopping, it is reserve point guard Donald Sloan who has been given the first warning by the league.

With 5.58 remaining in the fourth period of Cleveland’s game vs. Chicago (Nov. 2), Sloan of the Cavaliers committed a physical act that was considered a “flop” under the league’s new rule. He has received a warning in regards to this violation.

[Related: Cavs Fall to Bulls, 115-86]

Report: Point Guards Pargo, Sloan Battling for One Roster Spot

Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal has been all over training camp roster news this week, and his latest blurb last night featured a battle at the guard position:

With about a week left in training camp, one of the looming decisions is whether to carry two or three point guards. The Cavs must release two more players before the start of the season, but those cuts aren’t expected to come until after Tuesday’s preseason finale.

Scott is willing to carry three point guards, but it’s becoming clear that either Sloan or Pargo will likely be released at the end of training camp.

In the article, Lloyd reported straight from Scott that Dion Waiters will play shooting guard exclusively during his rookie season, saying that “He has enough on his plate.” Thus, this battle is for Kyrie Irving’s main backup and the hopeful 12 minutes per game.

Of course, the 26-year-old Pargo was a more “high-profile” offseason acquisition, arriving in a July trade with Memphis along with a future second-round pick for D.J. Kennedy. The Gonzaga product’s older brother Jannero also had a journeyman career in the NBA.

Meanwhile, Sloan, 24, who was a D-League call-up last season, shined in garbage spots last season behind Irving. A product of Texas A&M, he has a nonguaranteed contract this year. Pargo’s contract is worth $1 million, but Lloyd said the Cavs likely would have no problem parting ways with him if he lost the battle.

[Related: Could Dion Waiters fill the James Harden role?]

NBA Summer League Box Score: Cavaliers 94, D-League Select 88

In a little bit more up tempo affair than Sunday night’s game, the Cavaliers used a late surge to top the D-League Select squad by a final of 94-88. Tyler Zeller was the star again for the Cavaliers with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Donald Sloan added 19 of his own and was the catalyst for the late scoring run to seal the victory. Dion Waiters struggled with his shot for the second straight game, hitting just 4-of-14 shots, finishing with 11 and adding 3 assists and a highlight reel dunk on a fastbreak feed from Zeller. The Cavaliers face the Suns tomorrow night in Vegas at 8:30 PM.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS (1-1)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
D. Kennedy G-F 10:24 1-1 0-0 0-0 +3 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
S. Samuels F 21:27 2-3 0-0 7-8 +18 1 6 7 1 5 2 1 0 0 11
T. Zeller F-C 24:59 5-8 0-0 9-10 +6 4 3 7 0 4 2 1 2 0 19
D. Sloan G 29:02 5-8 1-1 8-10 +7 0 2 2 0 3 1 2 0 0 19
D. Waiters G 29:38 4-14 0-1 3-4 +3 0 1 1 3 3 0 2 0 2 11
J. Holiday 16:22 2-5 0-2 0-0 +1 0 2 2 1 1 0 1 0 1 4
L. Harangody 18:15 4-6 1-1 3-4 -12 1 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 12
G. Temple 10:22 0-3 0-1 1-2 +3 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
M. Eric 11:56 1-2 0-0 2-2 -1 0 2 2 1 6 0 1 2 0 4
T. Campbell 19:14 2-4 2-2 5-5 +1 1 1 2 1 0 1 1 0 1 11
R. Jones 04:58 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Pressey 03:23 0-1 0-1 0-0 +1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Azubuike DNP – COACH’S DECISION
O. Casspi DNP – COACH’S DECISION
D. Gibson DNP – COACH’S DECISION
K. Irving DNP – COACH’S DECISION
T. Thompson DNP – COACH’S DECISION
Totals 200 26-56 4-10 38-45 7 23 30 10 30 7 10 4 4 94
46.4% 40.0% 84.4% TEAM REBS: 12 TOTAL TO: 10
NBA D-League Select (1-1)
POS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A +/- OFF DEF TOT AST PF ST TO BS BA PTS
A. Emmett F 34:12 4-11 0-4 6-9 -5 0 0 0 4 6 4 2 0 0 14
M. Dove F 13:08 2-4 0-0 1-4 -13 0 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 5
M. Cousin C 08:02 1-1 0-0 1-2 -9 1 0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
M. Collins G 23:13 6-9 0-0 0-2 -4 3 3 6 1 1 0 2 0 1 12
J. Wise G 13:40 0-3 0-0 0-0 -13 0 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 2 0
J. Smith 26:06 7-12 4-6 3-4 -3 0 5 5 1 1 2 1 0 0 21
C. Daniels 13:54 2-5 0-2 1-1 +8 1 4 5 0 4 0 2 1 1 5
C. Johnson 16:55 1-2 0-0 2-2 -1 0 2 2 1 5 0 1 0 0 4
K. Hayes 04:49 0-0 0-0 0-1 +2 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
L. Lyons 22:45 3-6 2-3 7-8 +4 1 1 2 1 4 0 3 1 0 15
R. Major 18:00 3-4 0-0 0-1 +5 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 0 6
J. Pattillo 05:16 1-2 0-0 1-2 -1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 3
Totals 200 30-59 6-15 22-36 6 19 25 9 35 7 15 4 4 88
50.8% 40.0% 61.1% TEAM REBS: 13 TOTAL TO: 15

INACTIVE

  • Cavaliers: –
  • NBA D-League Select: –

TECHNICAL FOULS

  • Cavaliers: –
  • NBA D-League Select: –

SCORING

  • Lead Changes: 8
  • Times Tied: 9

ARENA STATS

  • Arena: Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas, NV
  • Officials: #11 Lauren Holtkamp, #38 Greg Dandridge, #24 Damian O’Connor
  • Attendance: -
  • Duration: 2:02

NBA Free Agency Rumor: Cavs Eyeing PG Jonny Flynn

This sounds familiar. Both in 2010 and then again in March, the Cavs reportedly targeted PG Jonny Flynn, the former Syracuse star who has fizzled thus far in the NBA.

Now, today, we’re seeing from the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd that Cleveland again is rumored to target Flynn when free agency begins soon.

Everyone rightfully focused on draft, but free agency begins Sunday. Expect #Cavs to pursue unrestricted free agent Jonny Flynn to be the backup point guard. Interest there on both sides.

Several reports over the past few weeks have had Flynn in the Cleveland area for workouts, occasionally alongside Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Cleveland’s possible selection in the first round tomorrow.

Flynn was the No. 6 pick in the 2009 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, the year they took three point guards in the first round. He has struggled in limited playing time, just averaging 9.2 points and 3.9 assists on 40% shooting in 163 career games, averaging 22.9 minutes per contest. Most recently, the 23-year-old finished last season with the Portland Trailblazers.

Behind Kyrie Irving, the Cavs have a non-guaranteed contract for Donald Sloan and a team option for Daniel Gibson. Sloan impressed late last year, but doesn’t have quite the same high-profile pedigree. Gibson occasionally plays both guard positions, but lacks ideal size.

[Related: NBA Draft Debate: Would You Move Kyrie for the Right to Draft Anthony Davis?]

Cavaliers Sign Guard/Forward D.J. Kennedy

The Cavaliers announced this afternoon that they have signed guard/forward D.J. Kennedy to fill the roster spot vacated by the departure of guard Lester Hudson following his two 10-day contracts. Kennedy, 22, played this season for the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League, averaging 15.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 4.4 assists in over 37 minutes per contest.  The 6’6″ Kennedy played four seasons at St. John’s, where he averaged 11.7 points and 6.1 rebounds as a four-year starter. Kennedy becomes the fourth player currently on the team to have spent time this season in the development league (Donald Sloan, Manny Harris, Luke Harangody) and could get some playing time with Alonzo Gee’s ankle injury keeping him out of the past three games.

Box Score: Cavs 98, Wizards 89

The Cavaliers aren’t really tanking by choice as can be proven by this victory. The Cavaliers won by nine with a starting rotation including Luke Harangody. Well, maybe someone else is just tanking harder.
FINAL
Team 1 2 3 4 Total
CLE 22 28 23 25 98
WAS 22 21 28 18 89
Cleveland
Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Sloan G 31:10 6-10 0-0 1-2 0 0 3 4 4 0 0 0 1 13
A. Parker G 27:20 4-5 0-1 7-8 +4 0 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 15
T. Thompson C 34:59 5-11 0-0 4-4 0 0 3 0 4 0 2 4 5 14
L. Harangody F 37:13 6-11 1-1 3-4 -3 4 10 0 1 3 0 2 3 16
A. Gee F 28:45 3-8 0-1 5-5 -4 0 3 2 1 2 0 0 3 11
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 34-66 3-8 27-33 5 34 17 16 8 3 9 17 98
Percentages .515 .375 .818 Team Rebounds: 14
O. Casspi 19:15 3-5 0-1 2-2 +13 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 8
L. Hudson 19:03 3-7 1-3 3-6 +6 1 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 10
M. Harris 18:27 2-5 1-1 2-2 +8 0 3 1 0 1 0 1 0 7
L. Walton 15:44 2-3 0-0 0-0 +7 0 4 3 2 0 0 0 0 4
S. Samuels 8:04 0-1 0-0 0-0 +14 0 2 0 1 0 0 1 2 0
S. Erden DNP – Inactive
D. Gibson DNP – Torn Tendon, Left Foot/ankle
K. Irving DNP – Contused/sprain Right Shoulder
A. Jamison DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Inactive

WashingtonWashington

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Wall G 39:57 8-16 0-0 3-4 0 0 2 9 2 1 1 0 1 19
J. Crawford G 35:31 8-17 1-3 1-2 -8 3 4 3 2 0 0 1 3 18
K. Seraphin C 35:27 6-12 0-0 3-4 -14 1 4 0 2 1 2 1 3 15
J. Vesely F 35:30 5-10 0-0 1-1 +4 6 11 2 2 1 1 0 3 11
C. Singleton F 19:14 1-3 0-1 0-0 +2 1 2 1 0 3 2 0 2 2
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pt
Totals 38-87 4-14 9-12 12 34 20 10 8 9 3 22 89
Percentages .437 .286 .750 Team Rebounds: 8
J. Singleton 24:58 6-10 1-2 0-0 -8 0 6 2 0 1 2 0 2 13
C. Martin 23:32 2-9 1-5 1-1 -10 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 5 6
R. Mason 12:29 1-6 1-3 0-0 -1 0 1 1 0 1 1 0 0 3
S. Mack 8:08 1-4 0-0 0-0 -9 0 1 1 2 0 0 1 3 2
M. Evans 5:14 0-0 0-0 0-0 -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
A. Blatche DNP – Inactive
T. Booker DNP – Plantar Fasicitis – Left Foot
B. Cook DNP – Coach’s Decision
N. Hilario DNP – Coach’s Decision
R. Lewis DNP – Inactive
+/-: Team net points while player in game
TO: Turnovers
PF: Personal Fouls
BS: Blocked Shots
BA: Blocks Against

Game Info

Technical Fouls:None
Arena: Verizon Center, Washington
Attendance: 17,200
Officials: Ken Mauer, Eli Roe, Michael Smith
Duration: 2:19

While We’re Waiting… So long Ryan Hollins, tell-all books and crushing on Donald Sloan?

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email at tips@waitingfornextyear.com.

Ryan Hollins’ no-good, awful, very bad day. Or how it could have went. “Ryan Hollins wiped the sleep from his eyes; slapped the alarm clock against the wall, shattering it; and rose from his bed. Ugh, I hate Mondays, Hollins thought. He did not know he was channeling Garfield. He ambled into his bathroom, which had tile made of Venetian marble. The tiles were very expensive, but Ryan Hollins was able to purchase them with a portion of the millions of dollars he had made playing professional basketball. These were the type of tiles a very rich man bought for his bathroom.

Ryan Hollins stepped into his shower, adjusted his faucet to a temperature that was either way too hot or way too cold, and began his daily ritual of dropping the soap an impossible number of times. As he sort of feebly pinned the soap—which looked like a large pill in comparison to his gigantic frame—between his right wrist and his bellybutton, it occurred to him that he, like all primates, possessed thumbs. Ryan Hollins had no clue what to do with this revelation, but it caused him to drop the soap again. He resolved, as he did every day, that he was “clean enough.” He reached for a towel, and the towel disintegrated.” [McGowan/Cavs the Blog] [Read more...]

Cavaliers add PG Donald Sloan to roster

The Cavaliers have signed PG Donald Sloan to the team for the rest of the season the team announced today. Sloan was playing for the Erie Bayhawks of the developmental league, and was generally considered the best point guard available in the D league. His stats-

In eight games (all starts), Sloan has averaged 22.8 points on .496 shooting, 5.1 rebounds, 7.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 38.6 minutes per game with the BayHawks. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard from Texas A&M has appeared in eight NBA games this season, playing five games for the Atlanta Hawks and three games for the New Orleans Hornets. In eight NBA games, Sloan averaged 2.3 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.6 assists in 7.4 minutes per game.

The 24-year-old spent the 2010-11 season with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA Development League, playing in 49 games (33 starts) and posting averages of 10.7 points on .483 shooting, 3.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 27.7 minutes per game.

In a twist of fate, Kyrie Irving was paired up with Sloan on a campus visit to Texas A&M. Sloan was a senior at the University, and Irving was a high school senior making a visit.