Summer trade of Brendan Haywood could carry 300% tax rate for Cavs

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Last Thursday’s trade deadline was a fairly quiet affair for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Sure, you can discuss the merits of Kendrick Perkins and his presence as a fourth big for this streaking team. But largely, the most impactful Cavs news from last week was a non-transaction. After some recent speculation from the blogosphere, the Cavs

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Stack of All Trades: Sorting through the NBA Trade Deadline


Thursday’s NBA trade deadline saw some 11 trades—or more, if you count the different portions of three- and four-way deals independently—move nearly 40 NBA players, the rights to four non-NBA players, and about a dozen draft picks. Players and picks flew across the league like barnyard animals in Twister, and just as suddenly. Even the Association’s foremost news breaker

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Rummaging through the bargain big bin

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As we inch closer to Thursday’s 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, the Cleveland Cavaliers are (still) actively looking for a fourth rotational big man due to the state of affairs behind Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov, and Tristan Thompson. Brendan Haywood is at the end of the road as he cannot even get meaningful minutes in

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Breaking down the arrival of Spencer Hawes to Cleveland

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A detailed look at Cleveland’s newest headband-wearing big man The Nitty Gritty The Cavaliers acquired 25-year old Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for a package of Earl Clark, Henry Sims, and two second-round picks in this year’s draft. Hawes is set to be a free agent at the end of the season

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While We’re Waiting… Welcome to Cleveland, Spencer Hawes


While We’re Waiting is a space on the WaitingForNextYear website where we share links every day. We’ve been doing it for about four years or so. Denny Mayo used to be much more amusing with his intros, if you recall. You know the drill: Email us with suggestions at Spencer Hawes certainly fits offensively, but does

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Cavs and Clippers talking Zeller-Bullock swap


(4pm EST Update: This didn’t happen.) As the Cavaliers look to get something of substance for Luol Deng, they appear to be also discussing back-up plans at the small forward spot.’s Brian Windhorst, who continues to crush the Cavs beat from 500 miles away, reports that David Griffin’s team is exploring a deal that

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While We’re Waiting… Are the Cavs buyers or sellers?

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to My good friend at FTS shares the usual options,

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NBA trade deadline passes; no new moves from Cavaliers

The NBA’s trade 3 pm deadline came and went for the Cleveland Cavaliers, apparently without any trades being made. Daniel Gibson, Marreese Speights, Omri Casspi and Luke Walton are all still Cavaliers. The Cavs did make a trade last month with the Memphis Grizzlies of course, which brought them Marreese Speights, guards Wayne Ellington and

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The Diff: Cavalier notes on Tristan, turnovers, trades, etc

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Thanks so much to all of our WFNY readers (even my friend Terry Pluto) for sharing, liking and commenting on last week’s edition of The Diff about Michael Bourn. I’m heading back to basketball this week to share an assortment of thoughts as the team begins the second half tonight. Tristan Thompson’s progress One of

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Eric Gordon to be inactive for national game against Cavaliers

Though the ESPN trucks are rolling into Cleveland for the team’s first nationally televised game of the season, the New Orleans Hornets will be without star shooting guard Eric Gordon who continues to have issues with his troublesome knee. “It might be painful for awhile,” Gordon said on Tuesday. “If there’s no fracture then I

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NBA Rumors: Cavs could trade Speights, Gibson, Casspi before deadline

After making a deal earlier in the week, trade winds are swirling once again regarding the Cavaliers. In Marc Stein’s Weekend Dime on, he talks of the possibility of the Cavs moving newly acquired Marreese Speights, Daniel Gibson, and Omri Casspi. “Don’t be shocked if the Cavaliers decide to move Speights on again before

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NBA Rumor: Cleveland Cavaliers targeting summer of 2014, LeBron James

The whispers surrounding the worst kept secret amongst NBA circles are growing increasingly louder. While many fans wonder when the Cleveland Cavaliers will make a move to help win basketball games, it appears that the answer is the summer of 2014 when LeBron James can opt out of his contract with the Miami Heat. In his

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NBA News: Varejao will undergo surgery; out 6 to 8 weeks

The Cavaliers announced today that center Anderson Varejao will have surgery Thursday to repair his injured knee. From the team: “Cavaliers Center Anderson Varejao was injured during the Cavaliers game against the Toronto Raptors on December 18th at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Diagnosis was a right knee contusion, specifically to the vastus medialis which connects

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Sam Amico: Cavs looking to make playoffs, trade into lottery

Take what you will from these tweets by Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico. Tweet 1: After Knicks loss, Cavs 2.5 out of final playoff spot. And don’t think they don’t want it or can’t get it. We’re talking about Knicks here. Tweet 2: I know all talk in CLE is RG3, but know this much

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Hollinger: Cavs Should Trade Sessions and Gibson in Three-Team Deal

In his first of eight trades that should happen before the March 15 NBA trade deadline, ESPN’s John Hollinger states that the Cleveland Cavaliers should send guards Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson to Portland. It’s who they get back that may surprise Clevelanders. Per Hollinger’s latest PER Diem: Ramon Sessions and Daniel Gibson to Portland;

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Vescey: Cavs “Swamped by Calls” Heading in to NBA Trade Deadline

In his lastest column for the New York Post, Peter Vescey states that the Cleveland Cavaliers once again find themselves in the middle of several trade discussions. While Orlando’s Dwight Howard remains the most-coveted pending free agent, it sounds like Cleveland’s Ramon Sessions is the Plan B for several teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers who

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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

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Cavs Finish Second Deal Under the Wire

According to reports the Cavs have made a deadline deal to send a second round pick in the 2013 draft (the one acquired in the Sessions deal) to the Boston Celtics for Turkish center Semih Erden and forward Luke Harangody.

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NBA Trade Rumors: Insomniac special: Amar’e deal imminent?

After a subpar dunk contest (but some sweet wipeouts in the skiing and short track skating in the Olympics), attention has turned back to the NBA trade rumors. Though no breaking news occured after the Washington/Dallas trade took place, we have been offered up the following details from Brian Windhorst in an article posted last

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Polls: What should the Cavaliers do?

With the NBA Trade Deadline approaching and so many opinions about what the Cavs should do (and who they may be targeting), commenter JimKanicki suggested a poll. Here you are sir. Many thanks to Rick for helping me out with this business. First – What rumored player (if any) would be best to put the

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