August 26, 2014

Cavaliers trade Jarrett Jack, Tyler Zeller and Sergey Karasev for cap space


The Cleveland Cavaliers found the third team that they needed to move Jarrett Jack’s contract.

Marc Stein reports on Wednesday morning that the Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack to the Brooklyn Nets. The Boston Celtics will get Marcus Thornton from the Nets, plus Tyler Zeller and Sergey Karasev from the Cavaliers.

There you go. The Cavaliers now have approximately $24 million worth of cap space. A LeBron James max contract would be $20 million and change.

Update: The Cavaliers also send a protected first round pick to Boston-

And get draft rights to 3 European players-

Does this mean LeBron to Cleveland is a done deal? Of course not. Will LeBron James see that this has happened before his meeting with Pat Riley and the Heat? Absolutely.

[Related: Miami Heat didn't think they'd have to sell this hard]

Cavalier Offseason Wishlist: Frontcourt

spencer hawes grizzliesThis will be the first in a few posts from me about my post-season Cavalier thoughts. Before I dive in, be sure to check out the great work from Ben, Andrew, and Jacob in their varying post-season thoughts and breakdowns.

It was only this past weekend that I sat down and watched the majority of a NBA playoff game. That’s truly a shame for many reasons. First and foremost, we’re having a crazy bonkers playoffs thus far in terms of road teams winning, eight seeds with series leads over one seeds, multiple overtime games in the same series, and thrilling game-winners. The second reason is because for as much as NBA regular season ball has its warts from critics, the playoffs are everything you could ask for in most cases. It had me thinking back to the way I watched the playoffs from 2006-2010. I lived and died with every playoff game, not just those involving my team, because it all meant so much with a team chasing a title.

Well, back down here on planet Earth, the Cavaliers are not doing any such thing. While they improved by nine wins over last year, we all know that so much more was expected with the major additions that transpired. So, with the disappointing season finally over and with nearly two weeks to digest it, I offer the first installment of my offseason wishlist (at least at this point), with the hopes that I’m back to living and dying with every playoff game come next April.

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Your Post-Trade Deadline Cleveland Cavaliers Viewing Guide


Because masochism isn’t for everyone

I hate winter.


I woke up today at 7:00 a.m., barely able to breath for the fifth straight day. I spent the next two minutes trying to vacate my nasal cavity of what I suspect was approximately a fetrick muckton of the crustiest boogers known to man. I then turned towards the window directly adjacent to my bathroom sink and peeped through the closed blinds to see that once again it had snowed overnight.

[Insert barely coherent mumbled obscenities here]

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Cavs vs Raptors Behind the Box Score: Shooting Blanks

Kyrie RaptorsThe Cavaliers are banged up and it’s showing. They’ve now accumulated three consecutive losses since the trade deadline and there’s still not set date for the return of CJ Miles, Dion Waiters, and Anderson Varejao. Every team the Cavaliers will face in March is either in the playoffs or sitting just barely outside them. These games are only going to get tougher for.

This particular loss to the Raptors at home Tuesday night hurt for a host of reasons. The Cavs came out shooting all sorts of blanks in the opening quarter and it looked as if the offensive woes from the last few games were going to doom the Cavs to a blowout defeat. They managed to minimize the damage of what looked like a poor second quarter and headed into half  shockingly, to anyone watching, only down by six. An 11 point third quarter from Kyrie Irving pushed the Cavs back into the lead to start the fourth, but some questionable calls and sublime shot making from the Raptors proved to be too much for the shorthanded Wine and Gold as they fell 99-93. [Read more...]

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 would net them Reggie Bullock in return for center Tyler Zeller.

Bullock, a 6-foot-7-inch swingman out of UNC, has all of the tools required for a small forward in the Cavaliers offense, excelling in catch-and-shoot situations as well as in transition. He has unlimited range on his jumper, has good size for his position and is a solid wing defender thanks to a 6-9 wingspan, but is very raw from an NBA standpoint. Selected 25th overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, Bullock has been relatively buried on the Clippers’ bench, but has averaged 10 points and five rebounds on a per-36-minute basis.

Interestingly enough,’s Chad Ford pegged Bullock to the Cavs with the 19th-overall pick this past summer, the one that was eventually used on Sergey Karasev.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers reportedly liked Zeller back when he was the coach of the Celtics and the Clippers have no depth behind DeAndre Jordan at center (Sorry, Ryan Hollins.) The Cavs, as you may have heard, recently acquired Spencer Hawes from the Philadelphia 76ers. Moving Zeller would seem to infer that Anderson Varejao’s wonky back is not as bad as it may seem. What this would mean for next season, when Hawes is a free agent and Varejao is one year older, remains to be seen.

The Diff: Revisiting ShotScore and how the Cavs are terrible

The Diff is your weekly WFNY look into the amazing world of sports statistics. For a complete log of articles, click this link. Last week, I wrote about the downfall for the Cavs in four terrible home losses. This week, I’m focusing on shooting data again.

The Diff

Within the next 15 days, this Cleveland Cavaliers roster should undergo yet another significant shift. The past few weeks of speculation have made it perfectly clear that not everyone – front office and/or personnel-wise – will survive this season from hell. While there are storylines for days about what that means for the organization’s future, I wanted to focus – perhaps for one of the final actually meaningful times – on what we’re seeing out on the court from these Cavaliers of late. Today, I’ll be looking at the Cavs’ efficiency from a number of different areas, again highlighting the ShotScore statistic. [Read more...]

Cavalier Film Room: The potential that comes with sharing

When we last sat in the film room, it was to talk about Dion Waiters and a stale Mike Brown inbound play. Today, we’re not going to talk about last Sunday nigtht’s game in Sacramento. No, we’re burning the footage of that one so that it may never see the light of day again. As far as I’m concerned, it never happened. It NEVER happened! The Sacramento game? What Sacramento game? Exactly… As always if you have any ideas for film room topics, feel free to drop me a line at

Today, we’re going to talk about the first half of basketball the team played after the Luol Deng trade. It was last Wednesday night against the Sixers in the Q. In that half, the wine and gold dished out a stunning 21 assists on their 27 field goals, on their way to 64 points and 55% shooting. The Cavaliers were high on momentum from the trade, and they play so much better at home. Still, even against an inferior opponent on their home court coupled with C.J. Miles’s franchise-record 10 three-pointers, the Cavaliers displayed passing skills and an unselfishness that would travel if they committed to it. Let’s go to the photos.
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Cavs stink and have no way to get better plus The Wolf of Wall Street – WFNY Podcast – 2014-01-07

WFNY Podcast LogoThis turned out to be a wholly depressing podcast where Ben talked down the idea of bringing in Pau Gasol because there’s just no means to an end with what the Cavaliers have put together. At least that’s how it felt on January 6th, 2014.

  • Ragging on Josh Flagner to start the podcast
  • Is Andrew Bynum indicative of a larger NBA problem?
  • Player movement and trying to control it
  • Separating union conversations from pro sports financial conversations
  • Ben doesn’t even want Pau Gasol
  • What does Pau give the Cavaliers?
  • How quickly will Pau Gasol be able to integrate into the team?
  • If the Cavs were playing young, then the Cavaliers should compete for the playoffs
  • Should Anthony Bennett play more?
  • So now that the Cavs are a mess, what do you do?
  • Bringing in Pau Gasol feels like chasing a bad poker pot
  • The only player the Cavs could trade that would make another team act stupidly is Kyrie Irving
  • The Wolf of Wall Street and what Ben didn’t like about it

Check out this episode

Celtics 103, Cavs 100: Another narrow last-minute loss

waiters sullingerHow Cleveland can it get? Hours after suspending center Andrew Bynum indefinitely, the Cavs mounted a 20-point comeback only to fall flat on their face in the last minute.

The Boston Celtics escaped for the 103-100 Saturday afternoon victory at home. Their hot shooting in the second quarter gave them a huge lead that lasted throughout. It got close late however, and after a few Celtics airballs, they relied upon a stop inside the paint of Dion Waiters within the last 10 seconds. The Cavs then failed to foul until one second was left. Earl Clark was unable to get off a final shot.

It was a weird game to cap off a peculiar day in Cleveland sports. How strange, you ask? An odd fourth quarter lineup of Kyrie Irving-Jarrett Jack-Dion Waiters-Anthony Bennett was responsible for the huge comeback. Yeah, Anthony Bennett. Here are more notes about matinee basketball in Boston: [Read more...]

NBA News: CJ Miles will not travel with Cavs for two-game road trip

The Cleveland Cavaliers have said that guard C.J. Miles will not travel with the team on Thursday evening due to a right calf strain and will remain in Cleveland for treatment at Cleveland Clinic Courts. He was named the starting shooting guard on Wednesday evening, but played just three minutes before the injury. Miles is averaging 10 points and 2.1 rebounds per game and is listed as out for Friday night’s game in New Orleans and Saturday night’s game in San Antonio.

On Thursday, Cavs head coach Mike Brown was non-committal as to who will start at shooting guard, but intimated that he would like to keep the team’s second unit—read: Dion Waiters—together due to their relative success the night before. It is believed that undrafted rookie Matthew Dellavedova could see extended playing time following his play in Wednesday night’s loss.

Center Tyler Zeller is nursing a right ankle sprain. While the second-year big man will travel with the team, he is listed as questionable for Friday night’s game in New Orleans. It is anticipated that Andrew Bynum will continue drawing starts at center.

[Related: Welcome to the rotation, Matthew Dellavedova]

Cavs come out flat, fall to Bobcats 90-84

jack brown

“So… uh… about that shot”

Thus dies the dream of the perfect season.

Kemba Walker had 24 points, including a three with just under a minute to play to put Charlotte ahead 87-84, and Bismack Biyombo finished with 11 points and 10 boards to lead the Charlotte Bobcats over the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-84. Tristan Thompson paced the Cavs with 21 points and 11 boards and CJ Miles poured in 22 points off the bench but it wasn’t enough. Kyrie Irving finished with 16 points and seven assists but was bothered by an elbow stinger and went scoreless during the final period.

To say I was hoping for a better performance from our young Cavaliers would be an understatement. After their exciting victory on opening night against the Brooklyn Nets, I expected the Cavs to come out and handle their business against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats. If this squad will be playing the postseason, they’ll have to take advantage of teams like the Bobcats, especially with their best player, Al Jefferson, sitting out due to injury. [Read more...]

NBA News: Cavaliers excercise options on Irving, Thompson, Waiters and Zeller

The Cavaliers announced today that they have exercised fourth year team options on Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson, and third year options on Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller.

The option for Kyrie Irving is worth $7.46 million dollars for the 2014-2015 season. Tristan Thompson’s option will cost the Cavaliers $5.42 million.

Waiters will earn $4.06 million nest season and Zeller $1.7 million. The Cavaliers now have just under $36.3 million in guaranteed contracts for the 2014-2015 season. Andrew Bynum’s contract is worth $12.54 million additionally if he is on the team after this season.

Irving , Waiters and Zeller were among the 27 NBA players who participated in the three-day USA Basketball minicamp held in Las Vegas July 22-25, while Thompson led the Canadian National Team during the FIBA Americas Championship tournament.

[Related: Video of Cavaliers' future. Tristan block leads to Irving assist of Bennett dunk]

NBA News: Cavs’ Tyler Zeller has appendectomy

The Cavaliers  have announced second year center Tyler Zeller  underwent an appendectomy Friday to treat his acute appendicitis.

“Cavaliers center Tyler Zeller was diagnosed with acute appendicitis yesterday in Cleveland and subsequently had an appendectomy at the Cleveland Clinic. He is now recovering at the Cleveland Clinic after the successful procedure and will undergo a period of additional recovery and re-evaluation before a timetable is established for his return to basketball activity. His status will be updated as appropriate.”

Zeller looked strong and aggressive in the Cavs’ Wine and Gold scrimmage scoring 13 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in 21 minutes of action before landing awkwardly on a wet spot. The fall left Zeller with a strained hip that caused him to stay back in Cleveland as the team traveled to Orlando for their second game of the preseason.

The Cavs beat the Magic 110-105 on Friday to improve to 2-0 on the preseason.

[Related: Bennett breaks out in Cavaliers’ come from behind preseason win]

Cavs Wine & Gold Scrimmage canceled mid-way due to slick floor

The Cleveland Cavaliers called their annual Wine & Gold Scrimmage during the third quarter today due to a slick floor at the Baldwin-Wallace University gymnasium. The slick floor was reportedly due to a humidity issue.

Head coach Mike Brown canceled the rest of the scrimmage after Tyler Zeller slipped and fell following a free throw, injuring himself when Anderson Varejao also landed on top of him. Zeller is listed as day-to-day with a strained left hip. He remains hopeful to play in the team’s preseason opener on Tuesday.

For the first time , the Cavs did not open their Wine & Gold Scrimmage to the public. Instead, it was hosted at Baldwin-Wallace and was only open to military members and their families.

The game ended with a 45-36 victory for Wine. Play stopped with 6:10 left in the third quarter of the 10-minute four-quarter contest. Wine’s Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 17 points and Gold’s Zeller finished with 13.

The Cavs will have a day off Sunday before resuming practice on Monday. has videos and photos from this afternoon’s event.

[Related: CJ the Great, Masfresco the Mentor]

The Boots: Cavs defense, Dion Waiters and the depth chart

cavs defenseIn my usual half-rapid fire, half-prose form, I’m back with another edition of The Boots. For those unfamiliar with this feature, I assign loosely defined “Boot Up” or “Boot Down” votes to trending sports topics. With a disappointing Indians loss last night, let’s get excited about the Cavs.

Boot Down: The bad Cavs defense – Lest we forget, this is the biggest assumption facing the hope for a competitive Cleveland basketball team in 2013-14. Yes, the young players will need to continue to improve and the free agent acquisitions will hopefully make some impact.

But the Cavs defense under Byron Scott was simply atrocious. At times, it seemed that Scott had no set plans at all to counteract the other team. And the numbers show just how bad Cleveland was over the past three seasons. [Read more...]

While We’re Waiting… Bynum Philly Fallout, Contention Limbo, and Infield Shifts

While We’re Waiting is the daily morning link roundup that WFNY has been serving up for breakfast for the last several years. We hope you enjoy the following recent collection of yummy and nutritious Cleveland sports-related articles. Anything else to add? Email us at

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Leading off, Philadelphia 76ers new CEO Scott O’Neill apologized for the Andrew Bynum saga last year in Philly, even though he wasn’t involved in the deal that sent away Andre Iguodala, Mo Harkless, and Nikola Vucevic, ““I apologize on behalf of the Sixers to any fan who invested and thought Bynum was going to be their guy and be the savior,” said O’Neil, while being a guest on Cataldi’s radio show. “At the end of the day, that’s our apology to every fan — not just to you [he told Cataldi]. “However, we are going to take some chances when we can take some chances. And sometimes, they’re not going to work. And sometimes, they are. When they don’t work, we are not going to ever talk about a player negatively. That’s not going to help us or the franchise or the fans. That’s not going to help us recruit. It doesn’t help us go out and grab free agents. It doesn’t help us when we are evaluating talent. It doesn’t help us when we are talking to coaches. It just doesn’t help.”” [Ball Don't Lie]

Next up, the Tribe is sort of hanging around in contention limbo, writes Matt Meyers on the Sweet Spot blog for ESPN, “What seems more likely is the Indians behaving like the Pirates at the last two deadlines, making a couple of minor upgrades that are mostly cosmetic — a way to tell the fans, “look, we’re going for it!” They are probably better off playing out the season with their current hand and hoping that enough breaks go their way. If not, they can hope to move Cabrera over the winter in the same way they moved Shin-Soo Choo last winter in the offseason before he hits the market. ” [ESPN/Sweet Spot] [Read more...]

NBA Summer League: Cavs fall 82-76 to Heat in quarterfinals

The vaunted NBA Summer League schedule has come to an end for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Missing their best players on Saturday — second-year regulars Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller were given the day off — the hapless Cavs were no match for the similarly anonymous Miami Heat, falling 82-76 in Las Vegas.

Forward Justin Harper (21 points), guard Jermaine Taylor (20 points) and guard Cory Higgins (17 points on nine shots) led Cleveland in their continued efforts to find a NBA roster spot. But without Waiters’ above-average scoring ability and Zeller’s presence in the paint, there were hardly any familiar names on the court and the Cavs trailed throughout.

Miami’s James Ennis, D.J. Kennedy and James Nunnally all had very efficient scoring games (38 combined points on 18 shots), while big men Jarvis Varnado and Damion James each recorded double-doubles in leading the Heat to a 35-24 rebounding advantage for the game.

The Cavaliers finished 3-2 overall in Summer League action, highlighted by Thursday’s narrow 72-66 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the playoffs. In the contest, Waiters had 27 points and 6 assists and was commended for his impressive defensive performance.

Zeller was the team’s most consistent performer in the circuit’s first three games, as he finished with averages of 10.5 points and 8.3 rebounds. Carrick Felix, the No. 33 pick in last month’s draft, also showcased his skills as an hustle-prone wing with impressive rebounding and shooting abilities. Harper and Kenny Kadji, two other forwards with decent college experience, proved that they have NBA-caliber mid-range shooting and rebounding as well.

On Twitter during today’s game, many NBA beat writers broke out in a pun contest poking fun at the name of recent Cavs Summer League roster addition Scoop Jardine, a former Syracuse guard. For more, just check out Fear The Sword’s Sam Vecenie’s excellent collection of the best of the best.

[Related: The Boots: Talkin’ Cavs long-term upside and the 2014 East Playoffs]

Las Vegas Summer League: Cavs top Lakers 70-62

kyrie reggie kerr summer league

This was the highlight of the game, Kyrie in the booth.

Ah, summer league. Where NBA fans can get their first looks at the rookies taken in last months draft.

I’ve been pretty jazzed about the Cavs offseason and draft, so I decided to give the NBA my $15 and watch the newest Cavaliers, Anthony Bennett and Sergey Karasev.

What’s that? Bennett is rehabbing in Cleveland and Karasev is playing in Russia?


Well, regardless, I can still watch Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and second round pick Carrick Felix play for Cleveland’s summer league team.  [Read more...]

The Cleveland Cavaliers should plan well for 2014 but not just for LeBron James

Dan Gilbert, Mike Brown, Chris GrantThe Cavaliers’ owner and son made a vow that the team didn’t want to be in the lottery again this upcoming off-season. With Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson entering their third seasons and with Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller entering their second seasons, it’s time to see what this car can do on the freeway. The growing pains aren’t necessarily over, but the lows need to stop being so low and the highs need to get a little bit higher. Obviously the Cavaliers can’t just plan on systematic organic growth of this roster. In order to do that, the Cavs will have to also make a jump on their roster this season by adding a real player or two.  Whether that’s via free agency or trade is anyone’s guess, but they will need to add someone of significance that isn’t a rookie in order to ensure they’re not lottery bound again. They also need to retain flexibility for 2014 and beyond, but not merely because LeBron James might opt out of his contract in Miami.

Let’s get this out there right now. Any team that is even remotely capable of having the financial flexibility to entertain LeBron James on their roster in 2014 should do everything they can do to make it possible. Even with it being one of the largest pills for some Cavs fans to swallow, at the end of the day, you just can’t stare down the greatest player in the league – maybe of this generation – and decide not to have him on your favorite basketball team. It is the absolute definition of cutting off your nose to spite your face. [Read more...]

2013 NBA Draft, 2013 NBA trade scenarios and more with Kirk – WFNY Podcast – 2013-05-29

WFNY Podcast LogoKirk wrote a fantastic article exploring the trade market available to the Cavs and I wanted to go over it and push him further on it since it has been out there a few days. Of course we also talked about some other stuff like Dwight Howard.

  • Kirk’s NBA Draft Rumors article
  • Being an eighth seed and the pains of it
  • The finishing of one three year plan and starting another to compete for a title
  • Oklahoma City trading Harden one season too early to Houston
  • Should OKC have played one more year and taken a CLE deal?
  • Did people expect Harden to be as good as he’s been this season in Houston?
  • Demarcus Cousins and how scared we all are of him
  • Luol Deng and why he might or might not work
  • Joe Johnson contract hell
  • Deron Williams and the Brooklyn cap space situation
  • Dwight Howard and whether or not you can gamble with him
  • Would you take a chance on Dwight Howard with the Cavs? (hypothetically)
  • The Dream scenario and how Kevin Love is not a possibility
  • What if the Cavs do nothing?
  • How coachable are the Cavs’ young guys like Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson?
  • Missing Delonte West and loving his game
  • Ben McLemore and Nerlens Noel and who they can become [Read more...]