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...
INDEPENDENCE: With all the talk about David Blatt’s offensive ingenuity, the new coach of the Cavs wanted to make something clear during his opening remarks Wednesday.
“I’m not an offensive or defensive coach,” he said. “I’m a basketball coach.”
Blatt appeared confident and bold during his introductory press conference, dismissing the stigma over players’ egos and declaring he’s won everywhere he’s been.
“I plan on doing the same here,” he said.To read more or comment...
Four years after leaving Cleveland, LeBron James is poised to become a free agent this summer.
If the Cavaliers persue James, would you welcome him back to Cleveland? Take our poll below and let us know in the comments.To read more or comment...
Tyronn Lue will join the Cavaliers’ staff as an associate head coach under David Blatt, a league source confirmed on Monday. Yahoo Sports first reported Lue’s addition to Blatt’s staff.
Lue, 37, and Blatt were the two finalists for the Cavs’ head job, but it seemed unlikely Lue would leave Doc Rivers’ staff with the Los Angeles Clippers for anything less than a head coaching job. Lue has spent the last five years under Rivers, first in Boston and last season with the Clippers.
Rivers already lost his top assistant, Alvin Gentry, to the Golden State Warriors, but Yahoo reported Rivers gave his blessing for Lue to leave and come to Cleveland.
One source with knowledge of the contract said it will make Lue one of the league’s highest paid assistant coaches.To read more or comment...
David Blatt has reached an agreement in principal to be the next coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a league source with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed. A source involved in contract negotiations insisted the deal isn’t yet completed, but a third source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated Thursday night once the deal is completed, it will be worth about $20 million.
Blatt, 55, is an out-of-the-box hire. He played at Princeton, but has spent his entire professional career playing and coaching overseas. He guided Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Israeli League championship and the Euroleague championship this season and coached the Russians to a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics.
Blatt confirmed the deal to European basketball reporter David Pick.
“It’s done,” Blatt told Pick. “Couldn’t be more excited. Can’t wait for challenge.”To read more or comment...
David Blatt has emerged as the leading candidate to become the next coach of the Cavaliers, Yahoo Sports reported.
The Cavs narrowed their choices to Blatt and Tyronn Lue, one league source with knowledge of the team’s coaching search said, but by late afternoon on Thursday, no contract offers had yet been extended. A decision, however, appears imminent.
Blatt is under pressure from the Golden State Warriors to make a decision. The Warriors have held open a spot on coach Steve Kerr’s staff, but need an answer from Blatt soon. Blatt is represented by former New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum, who also represents Kerr.
The Cavs have conducted an exhaustive search to replace Mike Brown. In pursuing Lue, one league source with knowledge of the Cavs’ plans said they were looking for the league’s next Doc Rivers after Lue has coached under Rivers in both Boston and Los Angeles.To read more or comment...
Joel Embiid has a stress fracture in his right foot and will have surgery on Friday to correct it, casting further doubt on whom the Cavaliers should select with the No. 1 pick in next week’s NBA draft.
Embiid’s fracture is in the navicular bone. Tellem said Embiid will not attend the draft in New York.
Yahoo Sports reported Cavs doctors discovered the fracture during his visit to Cleveland last week. Cavs doctors have a reputation for being incredibly thorough during their predraft examinations, particularly with players who carry past injury issues. This wouldn’t be the first time Cavs doctors discovered an injury on a potential draft pick.
Embiid already carried injury concerns after a stress fracture in his back limited him to 28 games last season at Kansas. Now this injury could eliminate him from consideration for the top overall pick by the Cavs.To read more or comment...
Joel Embiid is in Cleveland today to meet with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Embiid is believed to be the first of the prospective draft picks at No. 1 overall to meet with Cavs officials, and his meeting might just be the most important of any draft candidate.
Cavs doctors will get a look at Embiid after the Kansas freshman’s season ended prematurely with a stress fracture in his back. Of the three players under consideration to go No. 1 – Embiid, Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins – Embiid might have the highest ceiling, yet be the farthest away from reaching it.
He only began taking basketball seriously about three years ago, but his athletic ability, footwork and potential has drawn comparisons to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
“Having fun in Cleveland,” Embiid wrote on his Twitter account Tuesday night, along with a picture of a Cavs t-shirt.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers offered John Calipari a seven-year, $60 million deal that would’ve given him full control of the franchise, according to a Yahoo Sports report. Calipari ultimately rejected the deal late last week, according to the report, and agreed to a seven-year, $52 million deal to stay at Kentucky.
Calipari would’ve been given the title of president and coach and had final say on all roster decisions over General Manager David Griffin, according to the report.
It’s the latest twist in a wide-ranging coaching search that has included young assistants seeking their first head coaching gig, veterans near the end of their careers and high-profile college coaches.
One source with knowledge of the search said late last week there didn’t appear to be a frontrunner and there still was no timetable on selecting a head coach.To read more or comment...
Akron Beacon Journal and Ohio.com sports writer Jason Lloyd checks in with his thoughts on what the Cleveland Cavaliers may do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and the options the team has at head coach. Jason also offers up his quick NBA Finals prediction.
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