August 26, 2014

NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Want Assurance from Bynum Prior to Deal

Prior to agreeing to a deal that would ultimately send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles to join Kobe Bryant and the Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers demand assurance from Andrew Bynum stating that the 24-year-old center will sign a long-term extension.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski corroborates an earlier report from Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal which stated that the two parties, despite days of rumors, have yet to speak. The only part missing, according to Wojnarowski, is the Lakers’ willingness to let Chris Grant and the Cavaliers speak with Bynum’s agent, David Lee. Wojnarowski adds that the hold-up appears to be with regard to the Orlando Magic, a team continuing to show extreme indecisiveness with regard to trading their franchise player.

“Los Angeles wants the structure of a three-team deal agreed in principle before letting Cleveland take that next step to communicate with Bynum and his representatives,” writes Wojnarowski, “and that won’t happen until Orlando makes a decision that it wants to also lock-in the framework of a trade, sources told Y! So far, Orlando has shown a level of indecisiveness in the talks, sources involved in the negotiations said.”

The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks reportedly remain as intriguing options to the Lakers center, who is set to hit free agency in 2013. It is believed that the Cavaliers are using both Kyrie Irving and team majority owner Dan Gilbert as sales tactics to entice one of the league’s best centers into calling Cleveland home for at least the next five seasons.

[Related: Summer League Thoughts: On Dion Waiters, His Struggles, and More]

 

Report: Lakers’ Bynum has had no Discussions with Cavs

The agent for Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has said that his player has had zero conversations with the Cleveland Cavaliers and the team’s general manager Chris Grant, referring to the rumored deal which would send Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal states that Bynum’s agent, David Lee, confirms that his client has also given no indication of a long-term contract with the Cavaliers.

A Yahoo! Sports report recently surfaced which listed the Cavaliers as a preferred long-term destination for Andrew Bynum with the center entering free agency in 2013. Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio added to this news stating that Bynum not only would be open to a long-term deal with the Cavaliers, but has a desire to play for head coach Byron Scott and alongside reigning Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving. ESPN’s Ric Bucher recently reported that the three-team deal would involve Cavaliers’ center Anderson Varejao and multiple draft picks leaving Cleveland as the third team. HOOPSWORLD’s Alex Kennedy adds that the entire deal hinges on the Magic who appear prepared to squeeze every possible ounce of compensation out of the Lakers and, now, the Cavaliers.

Lloyd, adding commentary, stated that his feelings were that he did not have the impression of the Lakers center eyeing up Cleveland as a long-term employer. If a deal were in fact close, the Cavaliers — led by Grant and David Griffin — would be allowed to contact Lee to work out any ancillary items. To this point, the two parties have reportedly not talked.

[Related: Summer League Thoughts: On Dion Waiters, His Struggles, and More]

Cleveland Cavs Notes: Kyrie Irving’s Injury, Luis Scola, Andrew Bynum, Start of Summer League

What a hectic week to be a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers. It seems that almost every single day brings along a new news cycle, and this week has brought along its fair share of hectic news.

From the Kris Humphries-Brooklyn Nets rumors to the possible Luis Scola waiver claim, to the more recent Andrew Bynum murmurs and recent Kyrie Irving injury, there’s been plenty to talk about in Cavs town lately.

Tonight, the Cavaliers begin summer league play in Las Vegas at 8:30 p.m. against the Charlotte Bobcats. With this in mind, I thought this would be a great time to round up some of the recent rumors and my thoughts on the team for this Sunday afternoon. [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumor: Cavs Discussing Trade to Land Andrew Bynum in Magic-Lakers Deal

HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy dropped a bombshell on Twitter about an hour ago with this nugget of information:

Kennedy later expanded on that initial tease, posting an article with more details. In a possible trade that would send Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers would end up with Andrew Bynum, and the Orlando Magic would receive a number of picks and prospects. There were no further specifics about what the Cavaliers would give up in such a deal.

Kennedy cites sources close to the situation, but also says “while no trade is imminent, the talks are ongoing.” Kennedy is the only individual currently reporting discussions between the three teams.

In other well-circulated Howard-to-LA reports, David Pingalore (a former Cleveland reporter) of WKMG-TV in Orlando also cited sources Friday night that said the All-Star center will likely end up in Los Angeles. Pingalore’s sources appeared to be fairly adamant in saying that just “some crossing of T’s and dotting of I’s is only left” for Howard to land in LA with Kobe Bryant. Pingalore didn’t mention any possible trade partners for the two teams in his article.

7:33 p.m. Updates: Both ProBasketballDraft and Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico have confirmed through sources that trade discussions are taking place between Orlando, Cleveland and the Lakers. Let’s start first with the new information from ProBasketballDraft:

This account also said the Cavs are looking for some type of confirmation that Bynum would extend. It also said that Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson and LA’s Darius Morris would be two key prospects that could go to Orlando.

Later, Amico confirmed through his sources that a deal is being discussed. These sources also reiterated Cleveland’s emphasis to make sure Bynum would extend with the team. One of Amico’s folks also said that “Cavs, as usual, being a big pain” in their trade dealings, as he reported earlier in the week about the possible Brooklyn Nets situation.

[Related: Cavalier Thoughts: Hope And Patience In A Hopeless And Impatient NBA]

Report: Former Cavalier Ramon Sessions will opt out of Lakers contract

Back in March the Cavaliers traded PG Ramon Sessions to the Lakers for a 2012 first-round draft selection which turned out to be pick number 24. Also included in the deal are Cleveland’s Christian Eyenga and Los Angeles’ Luke Walton and Jason Kapono. Kapono was bought out of his deal. Walton’s contract expires at the end of next season.

Sessions has a player option for next season at $4.5 million, and several were critical of the Cavaliers for making the move.

The Lakers failed to get to the NBA Finals with Sessions, and now it appears they will not have his services next season. According to Sessions’ agent (via Sam Amico), Ramon will test the free agent market-

“Ramon Sessions will opt out of his contract with the Lakers, his agent @Jkarnes1 says via Twitter.”

The Lakers will end up with some luxury tax relief from the deal, but little else to show for it. The Cavaliers on the other hand, have an extra asset in the 24th pick. They can choose a player (like Fab Melo for example) or package the pick for something else. Sounds like advantage Cavaliers to me.

[Related: What I think I know about the NBA Draft]

While We’re Waiting…Grading The Sessions Trade, Tribe Bullpen Battles, Browns Quarterback Questions

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Grading the Cavaliers’ trade of Ramon Sessions: “I was on the fence about their move of Sessions, because I’m so high on him. Yes, he was expiring and would be leaving. Yes, they only had 20-some-odd games left with him. But couldn’t they get better value than terrible contracts with another year left on them and a 25-plus pick? Then I thought more about it, and saw that the Cavs also got the right to swap their Heat pick obtained in the LeBron James sign-and-trade in 2013 with the Lakers’ pick, which could be substantially worse if the Lakers don’t improve considerably on their older core.

The Cavs now could have four first-round picks in 2012 and more picks in the future. They can package to move up or for a player. If yoiu’re rebuilding, this is the way to go. Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson, and picks on picks on picks.

It’s a big-picture plan, and a good one.” [Eye On Basketball/Matt Moore]

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Sessions Trade the Latest Exercise in Chris Grant’s Regimen

As another trade deadline came and went, Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant sat before the media collective and discussed his most recent bout with franchise yoga. After weeks of unrolling the team’s proverbial mat, discussions of potential poses and the deflection of all distractions during the methodical inhales and exhales, the team left its second consecutive trade deadline more financially flexible than when it arrived.

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Trading Ramon Sessions was the right move

The Cavaliers today moved Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and LA’s first round draft pick.

We’ve discussed trading Sessions before, and while everyone agrees that Sessions is the ideal back-up point guard, the fact remains he likely would have opted out of his contract at the end of the year. He can start for a lot of teams, including the Lakers. It is hard to imagine Sessions sitting behind Kyrie for another season.

The Cavaliers will now have two first round picks, their own and wherever the Lakers finish. Currently, those two picks would be #8 and #25 just based on standings- obviously the lottery pick could end up being in the top 3. They also have two second round picks, their own and the Hornets’ second rounder. Those picks would be #33 and #38 right now.

That’s 4 picks in the top 38. And let’s be honest, the Cavs pick will likely improve by moving Sessions. The Cavaliers are a slightly weaker team on the court today than yesterday. [Read more...]

Breaking: Ramon Sessions Traded to Lakers for Future Draft Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms to exchange point guard Ramon Sessions for a 2012 first-round draft selection. Also included in the deal are Cleveland’s Christian Eyenga and Los Angeles’ Luke Walton and Jason Kapono, all players being forwards.  The pick obtained by the Cavaliers will be protected within the top-14 selections.

Sessions had averaged 10.5 points and 5.2 assists for the Cavs this season. Eyenga had averaged 1.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in six games. Kapono has tallied 2.0 points per game while Walton averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in nine games and is slated to make $6.1 million in 2012-13.

As things currently stand, the Cavs will enter the 2012 draft with four selections, two first-rounders (including the Lakers’ pick) as well as their second-rounder and one obtained from the New Orleans Hornets, via Miami, included in the trade for LeBron James. In 2013, the Lakers obtain the right to swap with the Cavaliers’ first-round selection obtained from Miami in the same deal.

This deal is first reported by ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

[Related: Cavaliers Shouldn’t Alter Rebuilding Path for the Sake of Making the Playoffs]

NBA Report: Lakers struggling with Mike Brown’s “micromanaging tendencies”

I think Mike Brown is a great guy, but I always questioned the wisdom of keeping Mike Brown for as long as the Cavaliers did. I thought he was a really good defensive specialist, but in terms of managing rotations and enabling the offense to obtain maximum efficiency, I always had serious doubts. Now this from ESPNLosAngeles.

The Lakers had gone 8-2 coming into this three-game road trip, including a win over the Miami Heat on Sunday. During that stretch, it was obvious Brown had made an effort to scale back on some of his micromanaging tendencies that have grated on players this season. He’s noticeably canceled several practices and shootarounds after Bynum spoke out publicly about how the increased practice schedule, combined with an already condensed season, was affecting his play. He’s settled into more consistent offensive rotations after experimenting for much of the season, and he’s let the team read and react on offense instead of calling so many plays.

That effort was seen by the Lakers players as a good start toward repairing what was becoming an increasingly tense first season for the former Cleveland coach. The question now, sources say, is whether Brown and his players can get past this bump, given that Brown himself expressed some frustration after the meltdown against a Wizards team that had just eight wins going into Wednesday night’s game.

Raise your hand if you found any of this surprising after having Mike Brown in Cleveland over the years? We talked about Mike Brown going to Los Angeles when it was announced and I felt like most Clevelanders still liked him and were rooting for him. Still, we weren’t short on advice for him to hopefully avoid some of the mistakes that plagued the Cavaliers when he was here.

This was the final paragraph of my post back then.

The job should be a little bit easier in L.A. you would think because the personalities that are there working together have already proven that they are good enough to win a championship. Then again, to think that he won’t have egos to manage between Kobe, Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and the rest is unrealistic. Because I like Brown, I hope he learned a few things from his time and ultimate exit from Cleveland. He needs to do more than just bring his brand of defensive toughness that everyone knows about. He must continue his path toward being a well-rounded head coach. If he doesn’t, his stay in L.A. will be significantly shorter than he had in Cleveland.

[Related: Byron Bucks the “Timeout Rule” En Route to Win Over Nuggets]

While We’re Waiting…Browns Offseason Moves, Peyton Hillis Contract, Mike Brown’s ‘Incentive’ System

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That time of year for Browns fans: “Here we are.

On the brink of arguably the most important off-season in recent Browns history. Free agency begins on March 13 and the NFL Draft on April 26. The next 60-days will shape the Browns future. Here are some possibilities how the Browns can turn the offense around in one off-season.

The Browns need to define who is their starting quarterback and running back. They also need a top end wide receiver and right tackle. Those three or four moves addressing the offense can help take the Browns from the bottom of the NFL to at no worse the middle of the league in that department in 2012.” [Fred Greetham/OBR]

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It’s a Shame, but the Cavaliers Need to Trade Ramon Sessions

Sessions' time in Cleveland may be ending soon

The first half of the NBA season is now complete for the Cleveland Cavaliers. They now will enjoy a nice 5 day break (except for Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, who will partake in some of the festivities in Orlando) for the All-Star Break. When they come back next Tuesday, they will play two games back to back nights, and then that is it for February.

It’s hard to believe March is right around the corner already, but even more surprising is how quickly the NBA trade deadline will be here. March 15 is just 21 days away, which means Chris Grant and company have just 21 days to decide the future for several players.

We’ve already debated trading Anderson Varejao, and Antawn Jamison is an obvious trade target due to his contract status. But the one player who the Cavaliers absolutely must trade is Ramon Sessions. It’s just too bad they have to do so.

There are actually a few decent reasons not to trade Sessions. The Cavaliers will probably never find a better backup PG than Sessions. You want to know a big reason why the Cavaliers are such a competitive team this year? It’s being able to have a player like Sessions fill in for Kyrie Irving when he goes to the bench. The losses of Anthony Parker and Daniel Gibson would have been much more brutal for the team if they didn’t have a versatile PG who could also coexist in the backcourt with Irving to trade off PG/SG roles. [Read more...]

NBA Trade Rumors: Lakers Interested in Cavs’ Ramon Sessions

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have had talks with the Cleveland Cavaliers to acquire reserve point guard Ramon Sessions.

With Derek Fisher approaching 40 years of age and Steve Blake fighting the injury bug, the Lakers evidently feel that the 25-year old Sessions could help Mike Brown’s new team get back to levels of offensive prominence.

In an interesting twist, the Lakers have nearly $9 million in a Traded Player Exception which they could send Cleveland’s way along with draft-related assets which Chris Grant and the Cavaliers have been acquiring since the day LeBron James decided to play for the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, if we are talking players in return, the Lakers, per Wojnarowski, have a slew of short-term players who cannot be traded until March 1. They had attempted to acquire point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets but their trade proposal was rejected by David Stern on behalf of the league-owned franchise.

Several teams, including the New York Knicks, have expressed interest in acquiring the athletic Sessions’ services. Though he has struggled as of late, giving way to rookie point guard Kyrie Irving, Sessions is a career 45 percent shooter and has an innate ability of getting to the free throw line. He averaged 13.3 points, 5.2 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game in 2010-11.

The Cavaliers have reportedly also been involved in discussions for veteran center Chris Kaman.

[Related: Revisiting the Anderson Varejao Trade Discussion]

(Source: Yahoo! Sports)

Cavs fall to Lakers, 97-92

It was Irving's fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points

What a difference a year makes, eh?

I’m not one for moral victories and at the end of the season, a 5 point loss counts the same as a 55 point loss, but it was nice to watch this young Cavs squad compete for the full 48 minutes against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers.

And compete they did.

Kyrie Irving, a night after scoring a career high 26 in a win in Phoenix, finished with 21 points and 4 assists and Anderson Varejao pitched in 11 points and 14 rebounds (not to mention numerous hustle plays) but the Cavs, who trailed by as many as 19, could never get closer than three down the stretch. Cleveland had no answer for that Kobe Bryant guy (42 points, his third straight 40 point performance) and big man Pau Gasol had a ‘quiet’ 19 point and 10 boards.

The Cavs, playing their sixth game on their seven game road trip, trailed by 18 at halftime (59-41) and could’ve easily folded. However, Alonzo Gee’s baseline dunk (Gee’s only field goal) late in the third cut the Laker lead to just 12 heading into the final period. The Cavs’ effort carried into the fourth, as the Lakers started the quarter by missing their first eight field goal attempts and the Cavs were a couple of Boobie Gibson treys from making the game really interesting. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Lakers Want Baron Davis? Joe Haden Endorses Urban Meyer, Browns vs. Bengals

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A quick note in the LA Times on Saturday has Laker fans buzzing about Baron: “The Lakers are curious to see if veteran point guard Baron Davis gets cut by Cleveland. He has two years and $28.7 million left on his contract, though he can be signed for substantially less than that.” [Mike Bresnahan/LA Times]

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The Browns Joe Haden endorses his former coach, Eric Mang…Urban Meyer, to become Ohio State’s next coach. [Daryl Ruiter/92.3 The Fan]

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While We’re Waiting…Cavs Should Stand Pat, Camp Colt, West Coast Offense Primer

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Your NBA Finals t-shirt courtesy of Darren Rovell.
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Avoiding a knee-jerk trade: “The 2011-12 season is when the embers stir, and Cavs fans should be able to envision what might be. There will be no playoff push this season, but there should be a palpable future.

It is imperative for Dan Gilbert to understand this. He was justifiably elated when the Cavaliers snagged the number one pick in the NBA Lottery, but one worries he might allow that elation to consume him, skipping past the “new beginning” of which he spoke and forcing roster moves that favor minor, short-term successes. This week, Memphis rejected a trade proposal in which the Cavs offered the number four selection in the 2011 draft and a Rudy Gay-sized chunk of their trade exception in exchange for the Grizzlies’ injured star. Andre Iguodala’s name keeps floating around in unsubstantiated trade rumors; presumably the Cavs would offer or have already offered Philadelphia the same type of deal. These whispers sketch an unsettling picture: I sense Gilbert’s giddy tentacles creeping into the frame and meddling with the Cavaliers’ future.” [Colin McGowan/Cavs:TheBlog]

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Cavaliers Not Interested In Letting Byron Scott Interview For Lakers Job

In yesterday’s “While We’re Waiting”, Rick posted a link to an article by Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico in which he laid out the case for why current Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott would be a prime candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers’ likely vacant coaching seat. He also said something that probably made some Cavs fans uneasy, particular those fans who appreciate the work Coach Scott did last season. He said that Coach Scott would almost certainly be interested in the job.

Cleveland sometimes takes a lot of grief for the passion of its sports fans, but the sports fans in Cleveland mirror the spirit of the city. They cherish qualities such as loyalty, dedication, and hard work in ways that isn’t necessarily true in all places. As a result, Cleveland sports fans often feel that need their athletes to be just as loyal and dedicated to Cleveland as they are. Sometimes this is misplaced as inferiority complex, but that’s not really the whole truth. The fact of the matter is that Cleveland is just different from a lot of other big cities. Frequently the butt of jokes from the national media, the city has been cast in such an unflattering light nationally that it’s hard to really blame Cleveland fans for taking it all so personally. [Read more...]

Cavs Embarrassed in L.A.: When is Enough?

In Judaism, at Passover time, there is an old folk song called “Dayenu,” meaning “enough” in Hebrew.

The song goes on and on about all the miracles God performed for the Jewish people, continuously singing praise and stating that “it would have been enough” for each of the individual actions, but the list continued forward.

That’s what it was like in reverse Tuesday night for Cleveland Cavalier fans, with as negative feelings as you can get in just 10 months. Yes, it would have simply been enough murdering to a fan base to have the playoff meltdown against the Celtics. Certainly let alone The Decision or The Letter or the then ridiculous preseason predictions. But then the rough return and losses in 20 of 21 contests already? Hopefully, one would think that would have been enough as well.

But not in Cleveland. No, that’s clearly never enough in Cleveland. [Read more...]

2010-11 NBA Blogger Previews – Pacific Division

Yep, it’s that time of year again already. Once again, CleticsBlog are hosting the annual Blogger Previews for every team in the NBA. How this works is simple, every day a certain NBA team is up and bloggers who write about said team will offer their previews for that team in the upcoming season. Then, once a division is completed, all the bloggers throughout the NBA who are participating will post links for all the previews for that division.

Next up is the Pacific Division. All the previews are linked below, and I encourage everyone to take a few minutes, click on the links, and check out what writers from across the nation are saying about their own teams. We will be posting the Cavaliers preview later today, so stay tuned. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Browns QBs, Delonte to Lakers, Jhonny’s Big Debut

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Delhomme and DA both make the list of worst offseason signings: “The Browns will pay Jake Delhomme $7 million in 2010, a stunning reward for one of the most dramatic falls from grace any quarterback has experienced. Making the move even more puzzling is that, with the exercise of patience and the application of a poker face, the Browns eventually could have gotten Donovan McNabb for the same deal that the Redskins cobbled together in early April — a second-round pick now, and either a third-round or a fourth-round selection next year.  Some Browns fan may defend the move by explaining McNabb is 33, and he could soon enter a decline. Meanwhile, Delhomme is 35, and he’s already skydiving without a parachute.” [Sporting News/Mike Florio]

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