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LeBron James 'optimistic' Cavs, Tristan Thompson will agree on long-term deal

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 28, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: For those looking for a glimmer of hope regarding Tristan Thompson's contract stalemate, perhaps LeBron James provided it Monday.

“I’m very optimistic something will get done on both sides long term,” said James, who is calculated and measured with everything he says. James, of course, shares an agent with Thompson in Rich Paul.

“I love Tristan, I think we all love Tristan, we know what he’s capable of doing for our team and he’s a huge piece to the puzzle, to our success,” James said. “Not having him here today, not having him here possibly tomorrow or however long it is, it’s going to be a missing piece. But I believe that the organization and Tristan, they’re going to get something done because we all know how important he is to our success.”

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving has no timetable for return; seeks ways to limit injuries in film study

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2015

Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving said he has been running for the last three weeks, but is not allowed to participate in two-a-days after suffering a fractured kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.

The Cavs, who lost to the Warriors 4-2, open practice Tuesday at Cleveland Clinic Courts and start the season Oct. 27 in Chicago. Irving underwent surgery on June 6.

"Because of the state of my knee, we don't want it to flare up or have any setbacks," Irving said. "It's about getting better and not missing one day. If that means going seven days a week ... that's what I've been doing for the last month and a half is trying not to miss any time, but we have to be smart about it."

Irving said Monday during Cavs Media Day at Cleveland Clinic Courts that there is no set timetable for his return.

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Cavs' LeBron James said he could have used two more months off after rigorous September workouts

By Marla Ridenour Published: September 28, 2015

The day before the Cavs' first practice of the 2015-16 season, LeBron James said he could have used another couple months off.

The four-time NBA MVP made that even worse by going through three-a-day workouts five days a week during the month of September. He said he didn't do "anything as crazy as he did last summer" in terms of his diet.

While he acknowledged "it gets worse and worse every year" dealing with what was his fourth loss in six NBA Finals appearances, this time with the Cavs falling 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors, James seemed confident he and second-year coach David Blatt will better manage his minutes this season.

The Cavs open at Chicago against the Bulls on Oct. 27.

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Cavs single game tickets go on sale Sept. 30

By Jason Lloyd Published: September 24, 2015

Cavaliers single game tickets to all 41 home games for this season will go on sale at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at Fans, however, can subscribe to the team’s free e-newsletter at to get access to tickets beginning at 10 a.m. on Sept. 30.

There is a six-ticket limit per transaction, per game, although there is no limit to the number of games fans can purchase.

The Cavs eliminated the monthly lottery they used to distribute tickets last season, meaning fans can now purchase tickets to all games at once. There will be over 50,000 individual game tickets available spread over the 41 regular season home games.

The Cavs open the home portion of the schedule on Oct. 30 against the Miami Heat. There will be two bobblehead giveaways this season – Iman Shumpert on Feb. 18 and J.R. Smith on March 23. A Mo Williams Fathead decal giveaway is scheduled for Jan. 2 and Kevin Love mini basketball night is March 31. 

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Sasha Kaun agrees to two-year deal with Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: August 22, 2015

The Cavaliers have agreed to a two-year contract with center Sasha Kaun, a leauge source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. Kaun will serve as a backup in a deep frontcourt.

Kaun, 30, was a 2008 second-round pick, but has spent his career overseas. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague.

Kaun was drafted 56th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics and immediately traded to the Cavs at the urging of scout Chico Averbuck, who predicted Kaun could be an NBA center after a few years of seasoning in Europe. That’s precisely how it transpired. At 7 feet and 256 pounds, he will join Anderson Varejao as a backup center to Timofey Mozgov and Tristan Thompson.

Kaun’s signing will give the Cavs 14 guaranteed contracts for next season, including Thompson, who is still without a deal.

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