Gordon Hayward is in town Wednesday visiting with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Yahoo Sports first reported Hayward was meeting with team officials.
Hayward is a restricted free agent with the Utah Jazz. The Cavs have been targeting him for months, but know it will take a monster offer to pry him away from the Jazz, and it might still not be enough. The Jazz have insisted they will match any offer Hayward receives.
ESPN reported the Cavs are preparing what could be a max offer sheet for Hayward, who averaged career highs of 16.2 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists in what was his fourth season in the league. Hayward and the Jazz were unable to agree on a contract extension last summer after he was selected ninth overall in the 2010 draft.To read more or comment...
After months of speculation and wild rumors, the Cavs and Kyrie Irving took less than two hours to agree to a contract extension.
Irving will sign a five-year extension with the Cavaliers, owner Dan Gilbert tweeted out early Tuesday morning. Gilbert and Irving shook on the deal, which can’t become official until the league’s moratorium ends on July 10. A league source confirmed it will be a max contract worth about $90 million.
“I’m here for the long haul Cleveland!!!! And I’m ecstatic!!” Irving wrote on his twitter account shortly after the news broke. “Super excited and blessed to be here and apart of something special.”
Rumors have swirled for more than a year that Irving wouldn’t re-sign with the Cavs, but that was squashed quickly. The Cavs’ contingent, including Gilbert, General Manager David Griffin and coach David Blatt, flew to meet with Irving the moment extension talks could begin. They had the deal completed in less than two hours.To read more or comment...
By Michael Beaven
Beacon Journal sports writer
Wiggins also addressed the possibility of playing with former Cavalier star LeBron James, who has opted out of his contract with the Miami Heat and filed for free agency.
“It would be great to play with the one of the greatest ever,” Wiggins said.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers selected Virginia senior shooting guard Joe Harris in the second round (33rd overall).
Harris is a terrific shooter who is a 3-point specialist. He ranks second in school history with 263 3-pointers made and shot 41 percent from 3-point range throughout his four years at Virginia, including 40 percent as a senior.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers selected Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins with the first overall pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Wiggins was expected to go No. 1 overall in this draft as far back as a year ago, but the Cavs were torn between selecting Wiggins or Duke freshman Jabari Parker. The Cavs had Parker ranked higher on their draft board much of the season, but ultimately selected the ultra athletic Wiggins, who set freshman scoring records for the Jayhawks and ended the year averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds.
Wiggins immediately fills the Cavs’ need at small forward, although they’re still expected to aggressively pursue LeBron James when free agency opens next week. His arrival also gives the Cavs a potent future lineup that also includes Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
The Cavs now have five players (Wiggins, Irving, Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Anthony Bennett) who were top-four picks over the last four years. Wiggins, Thompson and Bennett also gives the Cavs a trio of young Canadians.To read more or comment...