April 23, 2014

NBA Trade Rumor: Cavaliers and Grizzlies working on deal for Leuer and Speights

EDIT: It appears this trade is agreed upon and just waiting for league approval.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies are in talks on a deal that would see Jon Leuer sent to Memphis and Marreese Speights, Wayne Ellington, and Josh Selby coming to Cleveland. Per Windhorst, draft picks would also be included in the deal.

The Grizzlies have been trying to rid themselves of some salary, and this deal would certainly help them with that. Speights is making $4.2 million this year and will make $4.515 million next season. Wayne Ellington is making $2.083 million this year and will be a restricted free agent after this season. Jon Leuer is making $762,195 this season and will have a qualifying offer to become a restricted free agent after this year.

As for the talent impact, well, there’s not much. Speights is a solid offensive big man and a decent enough rebounder, but his defensive woes will fit in a little too nicely on the Cavaliers. He’s averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 14 minutes per night. Ellington gives the Cavaliers some outside shooting that they do lack, but has never really developed as Minnesota or Memphis had hoped. He is shooting 42.3% from three point range this season.

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Box Score: Cavaliers 78, Grizzlies 84

This one stings a bit.

The Memphis Grizzlies, without starting PG Mike Conley, came out torching the Cavaliers’ defense on their first few possessions. It looked like it could be a predictably rough game. But then Anderson Varejao went to work. Andy started rebounding like a man possessed and ignited the Cavaliers to take the first quarter lead.

In fact, the Cavaliers would win each of the first 3 quarters behind Varejao and some of the best team defense the team has played all season. Unfortunately, they lost the quarter that matters the most, and the Grizzlies were able to play lights out defense down the stretch and steal a hard fought win from the Cavaliers.

There’s so much to be proud of in the way Cleveland played in this game, in particular Varejao who dominated arguably the Western Conference’s best frontcourt. Sure, the Grizzlies missed Mike Conley who sat with the flu, but the Cavaliers still forced one of the best offenses in the NBA to easily their lowest scoring output of the season.

But in the end, it’s still a loss. A loss the Cavaliers probably don’t deserve, but a win Memphis definitely deserved. The Cavaliers can learn a lot from the way the Grizzlies competed on defense in the 4th quarter. It’s just a shame to waste a 15 point, 22 rebound night from Anderson Varejao.

1 2 3 4 T
CLE 27 20 22 9 78
MEM 24 18 20 22 84

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
D. Waiters G 35:19 5-16 0-2 5-6 -6 0 0 3 2 4 0 1 1 15
J. Pargo G 30:35 4-12 1-4 0-0 -5 1 2 3 3 1 0 3 0 9
A. Varejao C 37:17 7-11 0-1 1-2 -3 8 22 3 3 2 1 0 2 15
A. Gee F 33:09 4-11 1-2 0-0 -10 2 5 1 2 0 0 0 4 9
T. Thompson F 32:23 4-7 0-0 1-2 -11 3 5 0 3 2 2 1 5 9
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 31-76 4-16 12-15 14 41 12 16 10 5 5 23 78
Percentages .408 .250 .800 Team Rebounds: 8
D. Gibson 30:06 3-10 2-5 3-3 -1 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 2 11
O. Casspi 14:51 1-3 0-2 0-0 +4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 2
T. Zeller 13:23 0-1 0-0 0-0 +5 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 5 0
S. Samuels 12:57 3-5 0-0 2-2 -3 0 1 0 2 0 1 0 2 8
J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision
C.J. Miles DNP – Coach’s Decision
D. Sloan DNP – Coach’s Decision
L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision

Memphis

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
J. Bayless G 34:15 3-11 0-3 3-3 +9 1 3 6 3 1 2 1 4 9
T. Allen G 29:27 3-9 0-0 2-2 +11 1 4 0 0 3 0 1 2 8
M. Gasol C 36:35 7-10 0-0 5-5 +5 3 6 3 3 1 0 1 3 19
R. Gay F 42:13 6-13 2-3 1-2 +8 0 6 3 2 2 0 0 1 15
Z. Randolph F 36:09 8-11 0-0 3-6 +12 3 8 1 5 1 1 1 2 19
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 33-71 4-11 14-18 10 33 16 14 8 5 5 15 84
Percentages .465 .364 .778 Team Rebounds: 8
Q. Pondexter 22:09 4-6 2-3 0-0 -6 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 10
D. Arthur 18:12 1-5 0-0 0-0 -1 1 3 1 0 0 2 1 0 2
W. Ellington 11:33 1-5 0-2 0-0 -2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
M. Speights 5:04 0-1 0-0 0-0 -4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J. Selby 4:23 0-0 0-0 0-0 -2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
M. Conley DNP – Coach’s Decision
H. Haddadi DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cleveland Cavaliers End Latest Road Trip in Memphis Tonight

The Cleveland Cavaliers had an interesting Thanksgiving weekend. Last Wednesday they got things started with a big win at home against Philadelphia to end their losing streak. Jeremy Pargo had an absolutely insane breakout game in filling in for Kyrie Irving.

Unfortunately, the Cavaliers had to follow that up with another road trip. This one a three-game trip, and they have already lost the first two. Now they have to recover and try to beat one of the best teams in the NBA, the Memphis Grizzlies.

The good news for the Cavaliers is that they’ve been playing pretty decent basketball without Kyrie. I know, giving up 108+ points in consecutive losses hardly sounds like decent basketball, but really, it hasn’t been so bad. The team has stepped up and been able to get really even scoring distribution and have had their chances to win each of the last two games.

In fact, against the Heat the Cavaliers had eight (EIGHT!) players score in double digits and picked up 21 assists to just 10 turnovers. The problem, as always, is defense. The Cavaliers just can’t help themselves and routinely give up 50%+ from the field and 100+ points like it was nothing. [Read more...]

Box Score: Cavaliers 101, Grizzlies 109

Tough loss tonight in Memphis, but the Cavaliers shouldn’t hang their heads. Playing one of the better teams in the West, the Cavaliers hung in there for pretty much the whole game, even holding the lead for much of the first half.

Kyrie Irving was simply terrific tonight for the wine and gold, scoring 25 points in 29 minutes of play. It was certainly curious to see Irving sitting for much of the 4th quarter despite being the hot hand in this game. Was Byron Scott tanking? I’m sure he’ll just say they’re limiting Kyrie’s minutes as he works his way back into game shape, but the Cavaliers might have won this game had he played more in the 4th quarter.

None of which is to say the Cavaliers did the wrong thing. They showed a lot of spirit in this game and had a chance to win, but in the end they maintained their position in the bottom of the standings. Sort of a best case scenario for the tanking mentality.

Kudos to both Donald Sloan and Manny Harris who both stepped up and did some of the things I was hoping to see from them in this game. Manny provided some offense off the bench, and Sloan looked steady in the backup PG role. The more I see from Sloan, the more I feel comfortable with the idea of bringing him back next season to try handling the backup PG role from day one.

From a defensive standpoint, 6 Grizzlies were in double digit points including all 5 starters. The Grizzlies did a nice job moving the ball around and getting scoring from every spot, but the Cavaliers defended pretty poorly in this game and allowed the Grizzlies to control the rebounds a little too easily.

It’s never fun to lose, but as far as losing goes, this is the kind of loss you can live with in a learning season such as this.

Cleveland

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
K. Irving G 29:28 10-16 2-6 3-5 +3 0 2 4 3 3 0 0 2 25
A. Parker G 22:38 1-4 1-3 2-2 +3 1 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 5
T. Thompson C 29:33 3-10 0-0 6-10 -4 4 9 0 1 0 4 2 6 12
A. Jamison F 32:52 6-14 3-6 2-2 +6 4 9 3 0 0 0 2 2 17
A. Gee F 22:04 3-7 2-3 0-0 0 1 2 2 3 0 0 2 1 8
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 37-80 11-24 16-22   13 36 19 17 8 5 8 21 101
Percentages .462 .458 .727   Team Rebounds: 8
O. Casspi 25:56 2-6 1-2 0-0 -8 0 4 0 3 1 1 1 3 5
M. Harris 25:22 5-9 1-1 0-0 -11 2 3 2 1 3 0 1 1 11
D. Sloan 18:46 3-6 0-1 3-3 -9 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 9
S. Samuels 18:27 3-4 0-0 0-0 -4 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 3 6
L. Walton 14:54 1-4 1-2 0-0 -16 1 3 1 1 0 0 0 2 3
L. Harangody DNP – Coach’s Decision
D.J. Kennedy DNP – Coach’s Decision
A. Varejao DNP – Coach’s Decision

Memphis

Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
T. Allen G 30:53 6-9 0-0 1-2 +9 4 8 1 1 8 1 0 2 13
M. Conley G 23:37 4-8 2-3 2-2 +6 0 3 3 1 1 0 0 5 12
M. Gasol C 24:12 5-13 0-0 7-8 +3 2 4 2 1 1 3 1 0 17
R. Gay F 34:07 4-10 0-2 7-8 -1 2 6 4 2 0 2 0 2 15
M. Speights F 30:47 6-9 0-0 5-8 +3 4 10 0 2 1 1 0 2 17
Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts
Totals 38-81 5-13 28-36   17 42 18 13 14 8 5 19 109
Percentages .469 .385 .778   Team Rebounds: 14
O.J. Mayo 25:39 6-14 2-5 0-0 +6 0 2 5 1 1 0 1 1 14
D. Cunningham 21:47 2-4 0-0 3-3 +22 3 4 0 1 2 1 1 1 7
Z. Randolph 19:14 1-5 0-0 1-2 -12 2 5 1 3 0 0 1 3 3
L. Hudson 12:14 3-6 1-3 2-3 +7 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 9
J. Selby 11:35 1-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Q. Pondexter 5:55 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 1 0
H. Haddadi DNP – Coach’s Decision
J. Pargo DNP – Coach’s Decision

Cavaliers Continue Final Week of Season in Memphis

Only 3 more chances to watch Kyrie Irving this season

Here we are, three games left in this shortened NBA season for our beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. This 66 game season has been interesting. It feels like the Cavaliers play pretty much every night, which has been amazing as a fan of this team but has to have been incredibly trying on the players.

I’ve maintained all year long that I kind of liked the lockout shortened season. I’ve liked being able to turn on League Pass any given night and having literally like 10 games to watch. It was cool having the league kick off on Christmas, giving the already important holidays game even more importance. Sure, the play at times this season was sloppy due to the hectic struggle, but it was a non stop basketball assault of the sense, and I loved almost every minute of it.

But the problem with a compressed 66 game season is that it’s over just as soon as it begins. It’s hard to believe that this is the final week for the Cavaliers. That after Thursday night in Chicago, we won’t see Kyrie Irving and the rest of our Cavaliers play a real game until late October. [Read more...]

NBA Blog Previews: Southwest Division

 

It’s that time of year again. That time when NBA training camps get underway, preseason games are starting, and NBA previews are being made.

Other than the fact that an NBA season keeps seeming more and more unlikely, why should this year be any different? Sure, there’s no training camp and preseason, but that doesn’t mean NBA previews can’t still be done.

Things are just a little different this year. Rather than a true season preview, think of these as more of an offseason report. A state of the union address, if you will. [Read more...]

Memphis Grizzlies Have No Interest In Trading Rudy Gay To Cleveland

We’ve heard plenty of rumors regarding the Cleveland Cavaliers recently, some of them legit, some of them downright laughable. The one that has seem to stuck the most, though, is the rumor that the Cavs were interested in trading for Memphis Grizzlies’ SF Rudy Gay.

Perhaps the Cavaliers did have some interest, but it was always questionable whether the Grizzlies would be interested in trading Gay. The common thought was that the Grizzlies’ playoff run without Gay made him expendable and that they would be open to shedding the giant contract they gave him last year. Dan Gilbert has proven he will spare no expense, so a deal actually kind of made sense.

But according to Grizzlies owner Mike Heisley, we can stop all that talk right now. In a phone interview with the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Heisley makes it clear that the Grizzlies are not trading Gay: [Read more...]

Cavaliers vs Grizzlies: Open Thread

Cavaliers vs GrizzliesThe Cavaliers take a modest four game win streak into Memphis tonight to take on Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies. Cleveland has won 12 of their last 14 games, and owns the third best road record in the Association. The Cavs have a seven game winning streak against Memphis, including 3 in a row at FedEx Forum.

Probable starters- for the Cavs: LeBron James, JJ Hickson, Shaquille O’Neal, Anthony Parker, Mo Williams.

For the Grizzlies: Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley.

Injury report- for the Cavs: Leon Powe is out, Jamario Moon is doubtful (hamstring), Jawad Williams (food poisoning).

For the Grizzlies: Darrell Arthur, Marko Jaric, Jamaal Tinsley are all out.

Game notes from NBA.com

Have at it…

2009-10 NBA Blogger Previews – Southwest Division

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The month of October means three things: 1) all hope and optimism for the Browns has dissipated, 2)  NBA preseason basketball is here, and 3) CelticsBlog is once again hosting their annual NBA Blogger Previews. We did the Cavaliers preview yesterday, but last week the Southwest Division was on the clock and you can read all the previews below.     [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #55

Cavaliers vs GrizzliesMemphis Grizzlies (15-40) vs
Cleveland Cavaliers (43-11)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
7:00 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

Say goodbye to the Q, Cavaliers, because after tonight’s game, 8 of the next 10 games will be on the road. After tonight, the next 7 games will be against teams who would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. These things will balance out, as the Cavaliers will play 8 of 9 at home in the Q after this stretch of 8 out of 10 on the road, but regardless, a game like tonight’s, at home against a weak team, is a game the Cavaliers absolutely cannot slip up in if they want to secure the #1 seed. This game just screams trap game, but the good news is that so far this year the Cavaliers have been able to resist being lulled to sleep by trap games, and tonight they will try to once more find the motivation to come out strong and put away a team they should be able to beat soundly.    [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #36

Cavaliers vs GrizzliesCleveland Cavaliers (29-6) vs
Memphis Grizzlies (11-26)
Fedex Forum, Memphis, TN
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
8:00 PM EST
FSNOH/WTAM

The Cavaliers are coming off the high of one of the most emotional wins this franchise has had in recent years. All season long this team has been trying to figure out how to keep both confidence and focus high on a consistent basis, all while learning how to be an elite NBA team. It’s been a fascinating process of maturation to watch. We thought Boston was going to be a major test, and they were, but now the Cavaliers face another new challenge for this season….an extended road trip. 6 of the Cavaliers’ next 7 games are on the road. 5 of those 6 games are against Western Conference opponents. The only home game in that stretch is against Western Conference power New Orleans. And to make things even better, Ben Wallace is battling a stomach flue and will be a game time decision this evening. Let the fun begin.   [Read more...]

Cavaliers Preview Game #56

Memphis Grizzlies LogoMemphis Grizzlies (14-41) vs Cleveland Cavaliers (31-24)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
Sunday, February 24, 2008
6:00 PM EST
FSN OH/WTAM

The Cavaliers get to take their first trial run of the new roster tonight against the Memphis Grizzlies. I did my first ever Cavaliers Game Preview for my old site on the January matchup against Memphis, a game which the Cavaliers won 134-124 in overtime, a game you might remember for the 51 point 9 assist 8 rebound game LeBron put up that night. I mentioned at the time that I really like the Grizzlies lineup and I felt that once they found an identity they really had a chance to grow into becoming a good team. They had won 3 in a row and they gave the Cavaliers all they could handle that night. That wound up being the peak of the Grizzlies season, however, as since that time they have traded away the face of the franchise in Pau Gasol and they have only won 4 games since their last matchup with the Cavaliers. Clearly, these are two teams headed in different directions this year. [Read more...]