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Explaining NBA trade exceptions, what Cavs accomplished by moving Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 26, 2015

Since there seems to be confusion surrounding trade exceptions, here is a simple primer. The Cavs dug two holes tonight in trading Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers. One can be filled by a player (or players) making up to about $10.6 million in salary and the other by a player (or players) making up to $2.95 million in salary.

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Free agent forward Richard Jefferson agrees to deal with Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 21, 2015

Richard Jefferson is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Cavaliers for the veteran’s minimum, a league source confirmed. Jefferson, 35, shot 43 percent from 3-point range primarily as a reserve last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jefferson was widely expected to return to the Mavericks, but when their deal with free agent center DeAndre Jordan fell through, the Mavs allowed their other free agents to shop elsewhere again if they could find a better situation to win.

Jefferson chose the Cavs and will fill the spot vacated by the retirement of Shawn Marion, who coincidentally also came to Cleveland last season from the Mavericks. Jefferson will serve as a backup small forward to LeBron James after he appeared in 74 games last season, including 18 starts with the Mavericks. He averaged 5.8 points per game and is a career 38 percent 3-point shooter, although he has shot better than 40 percent each of his last two years. This will be his fifth team in as many years. 

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LeBron James wins ESPY for Best Championship Performance despite losing NBA Finals

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 15, 2015

LeBron James won an ESPY Wednesday night for Best Championship Performance despite the Cavaliers losing the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors in six games.

James averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists, becoming the first player in history to produce those numbers in a Finals series. He narrowly missed winning the Finals Most Valuable Player award in a losing effort, losing to the Warriors’ Andre Iguodala by a 7-4 vote.

James, who attended Wednesday’s event, seemed genuinely surprised by the win.

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Cavs GM David Griffin hopeful of eventually signing Thompson, wants to better use Love next year

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 12, 2015

LAS VEGAS: Cavs general manager David Griffin is hopeful a deal with Tristan Thompson will eventually be struck, although it’s clear the sides remain apart, he believes there are more opportunities to use Kevin Love’s skillset within the offense and he’d like to find a wing to back up LeBron James and ease some of his burden.

Griffin addressed all of these issues and more (Kyrie Irving, Love and Anderson Varejao should all be healthy for the start of training camp) in a wide-ranging interview Saturday night during summer league. But the most pressing issue is Thompson, who remains a restricted free agent and unsigned.

Griffin all but confirmed an earlier report the Cavs were offering Thompson around $80 million when he said the Cavs will have three max players on the roster and “one near max player.” Thompson would qualify as the near max player, but the two sides have failed to reach an agreement two weeks into free agency. Griffin said he hopes the two sides can strike a deal.

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Joe Harris struggles again, Cavs fall to Nets 76-75 in summer league

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 12, 2015

LAS VEGAS: Joe Harris missed a shot at the buzzer, when he appeared to be fouled, and the Cavs fell to the Brooklyn Nets 76-75 in their second summer league game of the season Saturday night.

Harris’ tough start to summer league continued with another 2 of 10 shooting performance. He scored eight points and committed three turnovers, although he seemed to be fouled on the final shot with no call.

Second-round pick Rakeem Christmas had eight points and four rebounds on 2 of 4 shooting after a 1 of 9 debut on Friday. Fellow second-round pick Sir’Dominic Pointer had four points and three rebounds.

Jerrelle Benimon, a second-year forward out of Towson, had 11 points and 12 rebounds as the starting power forward.

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Harris, Christmas struggle shooting, Cavs fall to Warriors 83-75 in summer league

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS: Joe Harris and Rakeem Christmas, two of the more recent draft picks for the Cavs, combined to shoot 3 of 19 and the Cavs fell to the Golden State Warriors 83-75 Friday night in their first summer league game.

Harris scored six points, shot 2 of 10 and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. Christmas, drafted 36th overall last month, scored six points, shot 1 of 9 and grabbed one rebound as the starting center.

Summer league invite Tyler Haws scored 12 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts and Keifer Sykes scored 11 for the Cavs, who play the Brooklyn Nets Saturday night (10 p.m. EDT). 

Sir'Dominic Pointer, drafted 53rd overall, had three points, three rebounds and two blocks, although he committed four turnovers in 16 minutes.

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Cavs announce signings of LeBron James, Mo Williams

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 10, 2015

LAS VEGAS: LeBron James and Mo Williams are officially teammates again. Both signed new deals with the Cavs on Friday, giving them 10 players under contract for next season.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the situation said James signed a two-year deal (player option on the second year) worth about $23 million this season. Williams signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal that also includes a player option for the second year.

“LeBron’s re-signing today is a reflection and continuation of his strong, personal commitment to help deliver championships to Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans everywhere,” general manager David Griffin said in a release. “We share this deep level of commitment with him. His impact upon this team, his community and the game are impossible to overstate and we look forward to continuing on our mission together.

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Video: Kevin Love opens up about re-signing with Cavs

By Dan Kadar Published: July 9, 2015

In a video posted on The Players Tribune, forward Kevin Love opened up about why he re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In doing so, he spoke in detail about meeting with LeBron James in Los Angeles after the season.

"We just talked everything out and a lot of stuff was very honest and we came to a really good place and agreed on a lot of things," Love said in the 4 1/2-minute video. "I think was also a very big deal when you're talking to the best player in the world."

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LeBron informs Cavs he's returning

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 9, 2015
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LeBron James informed the Cavaliers on Thursday that he intends to re-sign, a league source confirmed.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing was not made official.

James will sign a one-year contract worth about $23 million with a player option for a second year.

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Joe Harris, Rakeem Christmas highlight Cavs' summer league roster

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 7, 2015

Joe Harris and rookie draft picks Rakeem Christmas and Sir’Dominic Porter highlight the Cavs’ summer league roster, released Tuesday. The team will be coached by Cavs assistant Bret Brielmaier.

Harris appeared in 51 games last season as a rookie for the Cavs, averaging 2.7 points and shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. Christmas was selected in the second round out of Syracuse (36th overall) while Pointer was drafted 53rd overall in the second round.

The only player drafted in the first round on the Cavs’ summer league roster is D.J. White, who is 28 now and was drafted 29th overall in 2008.

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