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LeBron James goes with No. 23 for his return to Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 28, 2014

LeBron James isn’t just returning to the Cavaliers. He’s returning to his old number, too.

James will wear No. 23 this season with the Cavaliers, he wrote on his Twitter account Sunday. He wore that number for seven seasons with the Cavs before changing to No. 6 when he joined the Miami Heat.

“23 it is!” James wrote. “It’s only right I go back.”

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Andrew Wiggins signs contract with Cavs, cannot be traded for 30 days; Joe Harris signs, too

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 24, 2014
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Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract on Thursday. In any other year, that would simply be a formality. Not this year.

Now that Wiggins has signed, he cannot be traded for 30 days. Wiggins is the centerpiece of a potential deal for Kevin Love, but now the trade cannot be executed for 30 days. 

The Cavs, however, were forced to sign him in order to trade him becasue he held no monetary value otherwise, making a trade including him extremely difficult. Wiggins will earn $5.5 million next season, the full 120 percent allowed under the league's rookie scale. 

The team also announced second-round pick Joe Harris also signed. Harris signed a three-year deal, with the first two years guaranteed, a league source confirmed.

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Report: Ray Allen considering Cleveland Cavaliers instead of retirement

By Dan Kadar Published: July 24, 2014

According to a report by the Boston Globe, veteran guard Ray Allen wants to join LeBron James on the Cleveland Cavaliers.

 

As an aside to that RT from @GwashburnGlobe, Ray Allen has been in China with LeBron. Draw your own conclusions.

Allen, who has spent the last two seasons with James on the Miami Heat, is a free agent. In 73 games last season, Allen averaged 9.6 points per game. He shot 37.5 percent on three-point shots.

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Cavs acquire three players from Utah Jazz in exchange for Carrick Felix

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 22, 2014

The Cavaliers acquired John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy from the Utah Jazz for Carrick Felix, a second-round pick and $1 million in cash, a league source confirmed to the Beacon Journal. Yahoo Sports first reported the trade.

In the process, the Cavs acquired $3.3 million in non-guaranteed contracts, which could be another step toward completing a deal for Kevin Love, while shedding the $800,000-plus Felix is guaranteed next season.

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Cavs' Dion Waiters named to U.S. Select team

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 22, 2014

Dion Waiters has been named to the U.S. Select team that will train next week with Team USA next week in Las Vegas in preparation for the FIBA World Cup.

The Select team has traditionally been known as a feeder system for the Americans. Kyrie Irving, now part of the U.S. men’s national roster for both this fall’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, was previously part of the Select team.

Waiters averaged 15.9 points last season in primarily a reserve role. He will be joined on the Select team by Harrison Barnes, Trey Burke, Jimmy Butler, Draymond Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., Tobias Harris, Doug McDermott, Victor Oladipo, Mason Plumlee, Miles Plumlee, Marcus Smart and Cody Zeller.

The Las Vegas training camp runs July 28-31.

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Video: Cavs rookie Andrew Wiggins' highlights from NBA's Summer League

By Ron Ledgard Published: July 19, 2014

Here are two videos from YouTube of Cavs rookie Andrew Wiggins during Summer League in Las Vegas last week.

 

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Without Wiggins and Bennett, Cavs beat Heat to conclude summer league 4-1

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 19, 2014

Dwight Powell had 15 points and nine rebounds and the Cavaliers closed summer league with a 95-90 victory against the Miami Heat.

Anthony Bennett and Andrew Wiggins, both involved in trade rumors in recent days, did not play Friday, but the Cavs said before the game the plan all along was for them to only play in four games.

Sonny Gray had a team-high 17 points, Shane Edwards had 14 points and rookie Joe Harris had 11 points for the Cavs, who conclude the summer schedule 4-1.

Wiggins averaged 15.5 points and shot 41 percent in his four games, while Bennett averaged 13.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and shot 43 percent in four games in Las Vegas.

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Report: Cavs now willing to include Andrew Wiggins in trades

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 17, 2014
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The Cavaliers have relented and are willing to include Andrew Wiggins in a deal involving Kevin Love, the Lake County News-Herald reported on Thursday.

The Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves re-engaged in trade talks this week, multiple league sources said, in an attempt to bring Kevin Love to the Cavaliers.

Talks between the two teams were dormant until LeBron James returned to the Cavs last week, changing the landscape of negotiations and bringing the two teams back to the table.

One source with knowledge of trade discussions told the Beacon Journal even before James’ decision “no one is untouchable” on the Cavs in relation to a Love deal. That excludes Kyrie Irving, who isn’t eligible to be traded for six month after signing his extension.

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Dellavedova's 19 points leads Cavs to 86-77 win against Sixers

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 14, 2014

Matthew Dellavedova had 19 points, Anthony Bennett had 14 points and four rebounds and Andrew Wiggins had 10 points, three rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Cavs’ 86-77 win Monday night against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Bennett's second-year revival continued with a powerful dunk in traffic in the first half that left the crowd buzzing, while Wiggins shot 4 for 8 after struggling with his shooting touch in the first two games. He also had an impressive two-handed, spinning baseline dunk that left the crowd cheering.

Monday’s game was the final for the Cavs in the preliminary round of summer league. Now they’ll be seeded tournament-style the rest of the way. 

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Kyrie Irving named to 19-player training camp pool for FIBA World Cup

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 14, 2014

LAS VEGAS: Kyrie Irving is one of 19 players invited to Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas later this month, Team USA announced on Monday. Irving’s inclusion is no surprise since he is expected to be part of the 12-man roster that travels to Spain for the FIBA World Cup in six weeks.

Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry are also point guards on the initial 19-man list. John Wall could still be added at a later date. The Vegas training camp runs July 28 to August 1.

The rest of the 19-man invite list includes: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson. 

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Cavs trade Zeller, Jack, Karasev in cap-clearing move

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 9, 2014

The Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets and Tyler Zeller to the Boston Celtics, along with a future first-round pick, in what appears to be a cap-clearing move in anticipation of the return of LeBron James.

A league source confirmed the trade to the Beacon Journal, which was first reported by ESPN. Yahoo Sports reported the first-round pick from the Cavs is top 10 protected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and unprotected in 2019. Wednesday’s deal gives the Cavs enough salary cap space to offer James a max contract.

The Cavs acquired the draft rights to Nets prospects Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic, according to Yahoo, but the main focus of this trade is the belief James is returning to the Cavaliers. 

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Report: Cavaliers top pick Andrew Wiggins signs deal with adidas

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 9, 2014

Andrew Wiggins has signed a multi-year deal with adidas, the shoe giant announced on Wednesday. Wiggins’ deal is believed to be five years and worth about $13 million, according to various national reports.

Wiggins is the first top overall pick to select adidas since Derrick Rose in 2008. Kyrie Irving signed with Nike in 2011.

Wiggins' deal is far less than the $180 million figure he was rumored to command last fall, but it's a victory for a shoe company that historically has been crushed by Nike. adidas' top client, Derrick Rose, has suffered crippling injuries each of the last two seasons and the company was perhaps looking for a new face. They found one in Wiggins.

Wiggins and the Cavaliers are in Las Vegas preparing for summer league, which opens Friday. 

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Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett highlight Cavs' summer league roster

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 8, 2014

Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Matthew Dellavedova highlight the Cavs’ 12-man summer league roster released Tuesday. Cavs Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev, Joe Harris and Scotty Hopson are also on the team. Shane Edwards, Will Cherry, Jack Cooley, Steven Gray and Alex Kirk fill out the roster.

Rookie Dwight Powell, a second-round pick obtained in a draft-night trade, is absent from the initial list because the trade cannot be completed until the new league year begins on July 10. He is expected to be added to the roster after the trade is official.

The most interesting part of the roster might be the assistant coaches. Jim Boylan, Brett Brielmaier, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko are holdovers from Mike Brown’s staff, while James Posey is an addition from the Canton Charge staff.

David Blatt is expected to coach the team, along with associate head coach Tyronn Lue. 

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Sources: Ilgauskas was not aboard mysterious flight to South Florida

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 7, 2014
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If LeBron James ultimately decides to return to the Cavaliers, it won’t be because of a mysterious plane that landed Sunday evening in South Florida. Contrary to popular belief, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was not on that plane.

Neither were Cavs General Manager David Griffin nor owner Dan Gilbert.

Griffin was in Cleveland on Sunday, Gilbert was at home in Detroit and Ilgauskas never boarded the private jet that flew from Detroit to South Florida, several sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to the Beacon Journal.

One source with knowledge of Gilbert’s inner workings said the Cavs owner, who has a hand in more than 70 companies, has regular business in South Florida.

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Report: Spencer Hawes agrees to four-year deal with the Clippers

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 4, 2014
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Spencer Hawes agreed to a four-year, $23 million deal with the Los Angeles Clippers, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday. It represents a slight pay cut from the $6.6 million he earned last season with the Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers.

Hawes joined the Cavs at the trade deadline last season in exchange for a pair of second-round picks. He averaged 13.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 27 games with the Cavs while making 45 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Hawes entered free agency with a preference to return to the West Coast and he got his wish, joining a Clippers team that won their division and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals last season.

Hawes’ departure leaves a hole in the middle for the Cavs, who still have Anderson Varejao and Tyler Zeller under contract. Varejao’s $9.7 million deal for next season is only partially guaranteed, however.

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Gordon Hayward, Cavaliers meeting to discuss contract offer

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 2, 2014

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.

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Cavs, Irving agree to max extension in early hours of free agency

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 1, 2014
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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.

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