August 2, 2014

NBA News: Cavs recall rookie Kevin Jones from Canton

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled forward Kevin Jones from the Canton Charge.

Jones has appeared in five games for the Charge this season, averaging 23.6 points (third in the league), 12.6 rebounds (third in the league) and 1.4 steals in 41.0 minutes (fourth in the league). He has four double-doubles on the season.

An undrafted rookie out of West Virginia, Jones was signed to a three-year, partially guaranteed contract before being released by the team. Following his play in Canton, the team decided to sign him, waiving Luke Harnagody to clear roster space.

[Related: Reality sets in as Cavaliers fall without Irivng, Waiters]

NBA News: Cavs waive Harangody, sign Kevin Jones

The Cleveland Cavaliers have waived forward Luke Harangody and signed forward Kevin Jones to a contract.

The Cavs have assigned Jones to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, as one of their NBA roster players. Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not announced though Jones was initially signed to a three-year, partially guaranteed contract that would have allegedly netted him $250,000 had he made the initial roster.

Harangody appeared in 42 games (one start) with the Cavs over two seasons and averaged 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.0 minutes per game. Harangody did not appear in any games this season.

Jones, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound rookie forward from West Virginia University, has played in three games this season with the Charge and is averaging 27.0 points on .540 shooting and 13.7 rebounds in 41.3 minutes per game. He was one of three players on the Cavaliers training camp roster that were released and then designated for assignment to the Charge, playing under an NBADL contract.

Tyler Zeller to return Saturday; Luke Haragondy out for six weeks

The Cavaliers announced injury updates on Friday for two bench forwards, per Cavs.com:

“Cavaliers forward/center Tyler Zeller has been cleared to resume play with a protective mask. (fractured left orbital bone and concussion)

Cavaliers forward Luke Harangody had a successful arthroscopic procedure on his right knee this morning at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health after experiencing a continued period of soreness and swelling. Harangody is expected to be OUT for approximately six weeks. His status will be updated as appropriate.”

Obviously, Zeller’s return, which was expected most of the week, is big news as the Cavs face the Dallas Mavericks back at home on Saturday. He was averaging 18.5 minutes per game as one of the team’s most effective (cough cough) bench players through the first four games.

Harangody, on the other hand, likely will not play again in 2012. He has been bothered by the same knee issue dating back to last month. The 24-year-old former Notre Dame star last appeared in a game during the preseason on Oct. 15.

[Related: Trading Anderson Varejao Still Doesn’t Make Sense for the Cavaliers]

Report: Harangody to Sign His Qualifying Offer

The Cavaliers will retain the services of Luke Harangody according to several reports tonight. The Cavalier forward will sign his qualifying offer of $1.1 million.

The Cavaliers ‘lost’ Semih Erden to Turkey today, and cut Guard Manny Harris yesterday. They still have to make decisions about Daniel Gibson, Samardo Samuels and Kelenna Azubuike’s team options. Alonzo Gee will likely test the free agent market, but the Cavs will certainly match the offer sheet he signs. If the Cavs keep all of these players, they will have 13 players under contract, 14 if Kevin Jones makes the team.

[Related: Undrafted Rookie Kevin Jones Signs with Cavs]

Luke Harangody goes legend against Wizards, then back to D-League

I’m fairly certain that no player has ever led his team in both points and rebounds during an NBA game one night, and then been sent immediately down to the NBA’s Developmental League that following morning.

That is until Luke Harangody did as much for the Cleveland Cavaliers this weekend.

Harangody played for the Canton Charge on Friday. He was called up Saturday to start in place of Antawn Jamison, who was ruled out of last night’s game so he could take a break or something, and now Luke is on a plane back to Springfield to help push the  Charge further towards D-League playoff glory.

No matter what happens from here though, there’s no undoing the chapter he wrote last night in the legendary tale of Gody.

I set the over/under for total points scored by Luke Harangody at 13.5 last night just prior to tip-off. I had a feeling that Gody was about to get 14, and after I put that out on Twitter I received ten over picks and nine unders. Needless to say, Luke proved at least nine people wrong last night.

He scored an efficient 16 points on 6 of 11 shooting in 37 minutes of work, going way over that line of 13.5. He also grabbed 10 rebounds, had 2 steals, and his big league team go the 98-89 road win. Pretty solid work for the first start of your NBA career. [Read more...]

Cavaliers recall Luke Harangody from Canton Charge

Gody’s back. The Cleveland Cavaliers announced today that they have recalled forward Luke Harangody from the Canton Charge.

He was sent down to Canton on March 6th, and since then dominated the D-League by scoring 19.4 points per game in 16 regular season starts. He shot over 41% from three down there too, and grabbed 12.6 rebounds per game as well.  He helped the Charge to a playoff win last night while going 6 of 12 from the floor to finish with 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

He’s available for tonight’s game against the Washington Wizards.

While We’re Waiting… Cavs gaining ground, Duke forgetting Kyrie and more Tribe injuries

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.

Thanks for those that voted last week to move WFNY to the second round of Cleveland Magazine’s Nothing but Net bracket contest. We will need your support even more if we are to move past round 2! Voting might take you 30 seconds, if you read slow. Help a brother out… [Cleveland Magazine]

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“Following an improbable, highly exciting three game win streak against Western Conference teams best characterized as somewhere between good and excellent; the Cavs are one game outside of the 8th seed in the East. Six of their remaining eleven March games are against teams with winning percentages below five-hundred. Anderson Varejao should return later this month. The trade deadline is a few days away – how should the Cavs respond?

While I’m not a proponent of “tanking”, the Cavs still need to focus on the future. I am super psyched about the three recent wins, especially against OKC (seriously – who saw that coming?), but the sixteen games in twenty four days in April is daunting and could very well leave this young Cleveland team outside-looking-in regardless of their mid-March moves. For me, the win streak hasn’t changed the view on trade deadline questions. Trading Sessions still seems to be the right move. After this season, his player option likely won’t be picked up. Acquiring a first round draft pick beats the value of twenty-seven more games of Ramon.” [Hetrick/Cavs the Blog] [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting…Brad Childress As Coordinator, Indians Prospects, Casey Kotchman At First Base

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.

Minnesota Vikings’ expert comments on Brad Childress: “Childress came to Minnesota as a respected, well-like coordinator from Philadelphia, but he may have come down too hard on players while trying to instill some institutional control after the Love Boat scandal that rocked the organization under Mike Tice. If Childress can return to the more relaxed, personable coach he was under Reid, he may be able to build something with the Browns and whatever quarterback he rides.” [Tim Yotter via OBR]

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Cavs Send Luke Harangody to NBDL Canton Charge

The Cleveland Cavaliers have announced their decision to assign power forward Luke Harangody to the  Canton Charge, the team’s NBDL affiliate.

Appearing in five games during the 2010-11 NBA season, Harangody has averaged 2.6 points on .455 shooting, 1.2 rebounds and 7.6 minutes of play. He was acquired during the 2010 NBA trade deadline, along with center Semih Erden, in exchange for a second-round draft selection via the Boston Celtics. He finished second in Notre Dame men’s basketball program history in both points (2,476) – second to former Cavalier Austin Carr – and rebounds (1,222).

This move likely signals that rookie power forward Tristan Thompson will be activated this Friday after missing the past two games with an ankle injury.

[Related: Cavaliers Recall Christian Eyenga From Canton Charge]

While We’re Waiting… More on Delonte’s Troubles, Jason Kipnis the Outfielder and Harangody’s Value?

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.

More on Delonte West, this time some insight into his condition- “That’s why this most recent episode is so hard to swallow. The messages about West sleeping in the car or in the gym seem to indicate a relapse in his fight with depression. It’s frustrating and hurtful to see because his situation, while unfortunate, is treatable. The obvious rejoinder to West, a multi-million dollar athlete, is “why doesn’t he get a hotel room” or “why doesn’t he rent a house?” Those questions, while relevant, are too easy, and don’t come close to the source of the problem. The correct question is: “why hasn’t he asked for help?”Help. It’s a simple, small word. It’s not hard to say, but to anyone with bipolar, it is damned near impossible to ask for.” [White/HoopSpeak] ALSO CHECK OUT: A Teachable Moment [IGoHardNow] [Read more...]

Re-Sign or Release: Luke Harangody

Back in May, 2008, we featured a little series called “Re-Sign or Release” where we went through every player on the Cavaliers roster and turned to the readers to see what they would do if they were the general manager of the Wine and Gold and – hypothetically, of course – all of the players were up to have their respective contracts renewed.

Same hypothetical this time around: We’re looking to build for the future; all players are restricted free agents, likely requiring a bit of a pay raise from last season.  Do you re-sign them? Andrew has already laid out the roadblocks currently facing the Cavaliers in 2011; now it’s your turn. Vote below and leave your support in the comments.

Well, that went well.  Moving back to the frontcourt, we take on a little-known, young power forward that has his name in the Notre Dame record books alongside one Austin Carr: Lucas Cameron Harangody. [Read more...]

Scott Credits Defense, Rebounding For Cavs’ Recent Success

The last three weeks have been an odd sight for Cleveland Cavaliers fans this season, as the team has suddenly reeled off three wins in the past five games.

When asked after Friday night’s 115-109 victory over the New York Knicks about what has been the key to this mild success, head coach Byron Scott said an improving defense has been the secret ingredient.

“That’s a great win for us,” Scott said. “I thought our guys are really starting to buy in to what we are talking about, especially defensively, and we’ve gotten much better at that end of the floor, and we are just going to keep trying to improve there.”

But amidst a rebuilding year when the Cavs were on pace for setting historic lows for defensive ineptitude, and after a game where the Knicks still scored 109 points at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, has this really been the case?

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New Cavaliers Yet to Arrive, Have Picked Jersey Numbers

The trades that brought Baron Davis, Semeh Erden and Luke Harangody are not quite complete, as the players involved have to report to the team and take their physicals. They are expected to arrive Saturday.

It is possible that the trio could be in action, or at least active on Sunday against the 76ers.

The Cavaliers are already at work updating their website and presumably the arena for tonight’s match-up against the New York Knicks. Even though they won’t have video or photos of the newest members of the team, that won’t stop the Cavs in-game entertainment team from editing a new intro video for tonight’s tip-off that does not include Mo Williams, Jamario Moon and Leon Powe. Powe was waived in order to make room on the roster for the two players acquired in the Boston deal. [Read more...]