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Kevin Love announces his return to Cleveland, reportedly for five years

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 1, 2015

Kevin Love kept his word. He is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Love announced his decision to return in an article on The Players Tribune website. ESPN reported Love will accept a maximum five-year deal in excess of $100 million. By doing so, Love will bypass the salary cap explosion next summer and take his guaranteed dollars now. 

"Of course I've heard the free agency rumors," Love wrote. "But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We're all on the same page and we're all in. We have unfinished business and now it's time to get back to work."

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LeBron James becomes free agent, expected to re-sign with Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 28, 2015

The best player in the NBA is a free agent again, although unlike twice before, this time the entire league isn’t expected to pause and wait on LeBron James.

Perhaps more importantly, Northeast Ohio shouldn’t be stunned by this decision.

James informed the Cavs on Sunday he is opting out of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent again on July 1. The move was widely expected and is considered a formality at this point, with James likely to re-sign another one-year deal with a player option that will pay him roughly $22 million next season – about $500,000 more than the contract he signed with the Cavs last summer when he shocked the league by returning to Cleveland.

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Cavs trade out of first round, select Cedi Osman, Rakeem Christmas, Sir'Dominic Pointer in NBA draft

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 25, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a habit of taking the Cavs’ first-round picks. For the third consecutive season, the Cavs have sent their top pick to the Timberwolves in a trade.

The Cavs selected Duke point guard Tyus Jones 24th overall Thursday and promptly traded him to the Timberwolves, a league source confirmed. The Cavs received two second-round picks, 31st and 36th overall, and a future second-round pick. They selected Turkish wing Cedi Osman 31st overall and Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas 36th overall. They selected St. John's wing Sir'Dominic Pointer 53rd overall. 

Osman is a 20-year-old, athletic 6-foot-8 wing who will probably need to add weight to compete in the NBA – he’s listed at about 190 pounds. He averaged 6.7 points in 27 Euroleague games for Anadolu Efes last season, but shot just 30 percent from 3-point range.

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Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opts out of contract, becomes free agent July 1

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 24, 2015

Kevin Love opted out of the final year of his contract on Wednesday and will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, a league source confirmed.

The move was expected and doesn’t necessarily mean Love is leaving Cleveland.

Instead, it’s a financial strategy to earn more money under the salary cap.

ESPN was the first to report Love’s decision.

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Cavs pick up option to bring Timofey Mozgov back next season

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 23, 2015

The Cavaliers picked up the option on Timofey Mozgov’s contract for next season, the team announced Tuesday. It was all a mere formality. There was never a doubt the Cavs would pick up the option year, worth just $4.9 million on one of the league’s team-friendliest deals in the league.

The Cavs surrendered two first-round picks to acquire Mozgov from the Denver Nuggets in January. They revamped their defense after his arrival and carried that defensive mentality all the way to the Finals.

Mozgov started 45 games for the Cavs and averaged a career-high 10.6 points to go with his 6.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. The Cavs now have just four players under contract for next season: Mozgov, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris and Anderson Varejao. The rest are either free agents (both restricted and unrestricted) or hold a player option for next season.

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David Blatt will return as coach of Cavs; team expects Love, James to become free agents and re-sign

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 18, 2015

 

INDEPENDENCE: David Blatt says he “absolutely” intends to return as head coach of the Cavaliers and has the organization’s backing after guiding the Cavs within two wins of a championship during his first year.

Cavs general manager David Griffin said the Cavs finished 33-3 with their lineup healthy and intact, which is reason enough to squash any coaching rumors.

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Warriors 105, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's 51 thoughts on a 51-year drought and why Iguodala was MVP

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 17, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: Fifty-one thoughts for 51 years…

1. It’s 5:20 a.m. and Dressing Room H, the cramped NBA visitor’s locker room at Quicken Loans Arena, smells like Bourbon Street. Looks it, too. The Mumm Napa Brut Prestige champagne bottles, hundreds of them, have been picked up by two workers and placed in what appears to be about a 60-gallon trash bin. Those that didn’t fit went into a dumpster. The smell of cheap champagne – a bottle runs less than $20 – still hangs in the air and the walls are drenched in victory.

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Andre Iguodala steps into leading role with Stephen Curry as Warriors win NBA championship

By Michael Beaven Published: June 17, 2015

 

CLEVELAND: The final horn sounded Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena with the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA championship.

Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry each scored 25 points to guide the visiting Warriors to a 105-97 victory over the Cavaliers in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

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Cavs' LeBron James falls to 2-4 in Finals: 'It would hurt a lot easier if I didn't make playoffs'

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 17, 2015

CLEVELAND: The disappointment of falling to 2-4 in the NBA Finals has become almost too much for LeBron James to bear.

After seeing the Golden State Warriors close out their first championship in 40 years with a 105-97 victory in Game 6 Tuesday night at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cavaliers' star admitted that he's starting to wonder if the emotional and physical toll is worth it.

"I always look at it, 'Would I rather not make the playoffs or lose in the Finals?'" James said. "I don't know. I don't know. I've missed the playoffs twice. I lost in the Finals four times. It would hurt a lot easier if I just didn't make the playoffs and I didn't have a shot at it.

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