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LeBron James scores 33 points; Tristan Thompson's basket and block key in 100-96 win over Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 29, 2016

CLEVELAND: Tristan Thompson lost his starting job and won a game all in one evening.

Thompson’s basket gave the Cavs the lead in the final minute and then preserved it with a big block in the Cavaliers’ 100-96 victory over the Indiana Pacers Monday night to stop a two-game losing streak.

Thompson, who was pulled from the starting lineup prior to the game in favor of Timofey Mozgov, replaced Kevin Love in the final minute for defensive purposes. Then he scored the go-ahead basket off a LeBron James drive to give the Cavs a 96-94 lead with 39 seconds left. His block at the rim of George Hill’s drive preserved the victory after the Cavs had lost three of their last four.

James scored 33 points, but just two in the fourth quarter. Guard Kyrie Irving had 22 points and six assists, including four free throws in the final eight seconds to clinch the win. Love had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

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Pregame: Pacers at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 29, 2016
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Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Mo Williams (knee) out; Pacers - C.J. Miles (calf) questionable

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Wizards 113, Cavs 99; Jason Lloyd's 16 thoughts on no LeBron James and a bad week in Cleveland

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2016

WASHINGTON: Sixteen thoughts for 16 third-quarter points in Sunday’s 113-99 loss to the Washington Wizards…

1. It was exactly a week ago that the Cavaliers were celebrating perhaps their finest win of the season. They dismantled the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road and finally looked like the team their talent and payroll indicates they should have been all along.

2. Since then they struggled terribly in a home loss to the Pistons, blew a nine-point lead in the last six minutes to lose at Toronto and then never bothered to show up for Sunday’s loss to the Wizards. That five-game winning streak, that included the stomping of the Thunder, has given way to losing three of four in spectacularly mediocre fashion.

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Cavs blasted by Wizards 113-99 while LeBron James rests

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2016

WASHINGTON: Kyrie Irving scored 28 points, but the Cavs were blown out by the Wizards 113-99 Sunday at Verizon Center in a game that wasn’t as close as the final.

LeBron James sat out to rest on a day the Cavs played with little energy and focus. John Wall had 21 points and 13 assists while sitting out the fourth quarter and the Cavs lost their second straight.

Matthew Dellavedova’s 3-pointer pulled them within 59-54 in the final minute of the first half, but the Wizards outscored the Cavs 11-2 to start the third and led by as many as 30.

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Heavy workload in loss to Raptors helps force LeBron James out of lineup today against Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2016

WASHINGTON: LeBron James will miss his second game of the season today when the Cavs play at the Washington Wizards. Coach Tyronn Lue made the decision to rest James because he played the entire second half of Friday’s loss at Toronto and the Cavs are playing three games in four nights. They host the Indiana Pacers on Monday.

Lue didn’t enter Friday with the intention of playing James the entire second half, but he said James didn’t want to come out.

“I should’ve got him out, but he didn’t want to come out,” Lue said. “As the game started down the stretch to get close, I said, ‘I’m going to get you out for a couple minutes.’ He said, ‘No!’ He went crazy. That kind of has something to do with sitting him today, an early game.”

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Pregame: Cavs at Wizards

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 28, 2016

Time: 1 p.m.; Place: Verizon Center

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Cavs will sign guard Jordan McRae to 10-day contract

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 27, 2016

The Cavaliers will sign guard Jordan McRae to a 10-day contract, a league source confirmed. They need him as an extra practice body given some of their injuries.

McRae spent time this season with the Phoenix Suns, but has spent the bulk of his season with the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Development League affiliate. He scored a D-League record with 61 points last month in an overtime victory against the Cavs’ affiliate, the Canton Charge.

McRae, 24, is 6-foot-6 and played at Tennessee. His signing was first reported by the D-League site Upside & Motor. 

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Raptors 99, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's 24 thoughts on frustrations, blowing leads and the Buckeyes

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 27, 2016

TORONTO: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 3-point attempts in Friday’s 99-97 loss to the Toronto Raptors

1. After Ohio State lost to Michigan State to derail its national title hopes, LeBron James was asked about the game and their season. His response, paraphrased, was essentially he could see it coming because despite all of their talent, they struggled to play consistently well throughout the season and it finally caught up with them.

2. Walking out of Air Canada Centre on this night, it certainly seems to apply to his team as well. Twice the Cavs filed into the visitors locker room here following a loss this season and twice now LeBron James ended his evening muttering to teammates about another poor performance. The only thing missing was the players-only meeting they called after the loss here in November.

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Raptors guard Kyle Lowry scores career-high 43 points, Cavs fall 99-97 to lose tiebreaker to Toronto

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 26, 2016

TORONTO: Kyle Lowry’s long jumper from just inside the 3-point line gave him a career high and the Toronto Raptors new life in the Eastern Conference standings.

Lowry’s jumper with 3.8 seconds left over an outstretched Matthew Dellavedova gave the Raptors a 99-97 victory over the Cavs Friday night, shaving the Cavs’ lead for the top seed to 2 games and more importantly giving the Raptors the tiebreaker.

The Raptors won the season series, 2-1.

The Cavs gave away leads of 12 and 14 points and lost for the second time in their last three games despite LeBron James playing the entire second half.

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Pregame: Cavs at Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 26, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Air Canada Centre

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Iman Shumpert could play tonight when Cavs visit Raptors

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 26, 2016

TORONTO: Iman Shumpert could be available to play tonight when the Cavaliers visit the Toronto Raptors Friday night, although coach Tyronn Lue sounded a bit more optimistic than Shumpert.

“Supposed to be a go,” Lue said Friday morning prior to the team’s shootaround. “That’s last I heard.”

Shumpert wasn’t sure how physical the morning walkthrough was going to be and thought he might need contact on the left shoulder first, such as a full practice, before being cleared. The Cavs were originally supposed to practice on Thursday, but cancelled it. Instead, players just got shots up.

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UPDATED: Joe Johnson reportedly chooses Heat over Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 26, 2016

 

TORONTO: Six years later, the Cavs have reportedly lost out on another free agent to the Miami Heat. This one, however, doesn’t sting nearly as much.

Joe Johnson will join the Miami Heat after he clears waivers Saturday night, according to multiple reports. The soon to be free agent guard was considering the Cavs, but has chosen South Beach instead.

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Cavs 114, Hornets 103; Jason Lloyd's 20 thoughts on an overheated Frye, attention on the Warriors

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 25, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty thoughts for 20 fouls in Wednesday’s 114-103 win over the Charlotte Hornets

1. While one of the Cavs’ trainers began Kevin Love’s postgame icing routine, a freshly showered Channing Frye leaned over and asked to borrow one of the bags of ice. He placed it on top of his head, then the back of his neck.

2. “I’m still hot,” Frye said. He was referring to the sweat he was wiping off his forehead, but he just as easily could’ve been referencing his performance. Frye scored 15 points, 2 shy of his season high, and made four 3-pointers in his second game with his new team.

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LeBron James scores 23 points, Channing Frye has 15 in 114-103 win over Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 24, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James rebounded from one of his worst games of the season to score 23 points and newly acquired center Channing Frye scored 15 off the bench in his second game with his new team, guiding the Cavaliers to a 114-103 victory Wednesday night against the Charlotte Hornets.

James matched a season-low with 12 points and committed six turnovers in Monday’s loss to the Pistons, but returned to form with a little bit of rest. Guard Kyrie Irving scored 23 points and guard J.R. Smith scored 16 for the Cavs, who won for the sixth time in their last seven games. Tristan Thompson grabbed 10 rebounds, while Matthew Dellavedova scored 10 points and passed for seven assists off the bench.

The Cavs shot 50 percent from and erupted for 40 points in the second quarter, their first 40-point quarter of the season. They maintained a double-digit lead for much of the second half when Frye’s 3-pointer with 8:42 left stretched the lead to 101-81. They led by as many as 24 before cruising.

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LeBron James praises Warriors record, but says it will mean little in postseason

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 24, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: LeBron James chuckled Wednesday when it was relayed to him Anderson Varejao believes the Warriors love each other.

“I would hope if you’re 50-5 that everyone loves each other,” James said. “I mean (expletive). What else do you want at that point? Duh. Anybody could say that. Stevie Wonder could say that.”

Varejao is expected to make his debut Wednesday with the Golden State Warriors, who continue to command the league’s attention with their fantastic season. This week they became the fastest team in history to win 50 games and remain on pace to break the Chicago Bulls’ all-time record of 72-10 for a season.

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Iman Shumpert out vs. Hornets, could practice Thursday; Mo Williams available to play

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 24, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Iman Shumpert will miss his third game with a sprained left shoulder Wednesday when the Cavs host the Charlotte Hornets, although the Cavs are hopeful he can return to practice Thursday. Mo Williams is also available to play after visiting with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

Williams was diagnosed with chondromalacia, or swelling underneath his left knee. The knee has been bothering him much of the season and an injection in December didn’t help.

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Pregame: Hornets at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 24, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Pistons 96, Cavs 88; Jason Lloyd's 24 final thoughts on bed bugs, bad legs and bad losses

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 23, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-four thoughts for 24 points from Kevin Love in Monday’s 96-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons

1. Somehow, Kyrie Irving managed to overshadow a lousy team performance with four minutes in front of the cameras that left everyone scratching their head. And arms. And legs. Apparently Irving didn’t have the flu Sunday at Oklahoma City. He had bed bugs.

2. “Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin five, big ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow,” Irving said. “I woke up itching and I’m just looking around and I’m like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ It was 3 a.m. and I was so tired at that point.”

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Cavs' Kyrie Irving blames bed bugs for leaving early during Sunday's win over Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 23, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving says he didn’t have the flu. He had bed bugs.

Irving left in the first quarter of the Cavs’ victory at Oklahoma City on Sunday with what the team called “flu-like symptoms.” Irving, however, said those symptoms were caused by bed bugs from his Skirvin Hilton hotel room in Oklahoma City and even pointed out a bite on his forehead.

“Just imagine how freaked out you’d be if you saw friggin five, big ass bed bugs just sitting on your pillow,” Irving said. “I woke up itching and I’m just looking around and I’m like, ‘Are you serious right now?’ It was 3 a.m. and I was so tired at that point.”

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Kyrie Irving scores 30 points, but Cavs fall flat in 96-88 loss to Detroit Pistons

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2016

CLEVELAND: One night after playing one of their best games of the season, the Cavs followed it up Monday with one of their worst.

LeBron James matched a season-low with 12 points, the Cavs committed 18 turnovers and struggled badly defensively in a 96-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

The Cavs fell flat at home after handing the Oklahoma City Thunder their worst loss of the season on Sunday. LeBron James matched a season-low with 12 points and committed six turnovers, including a costly steal by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in the final minutes when the Cavs were trying to stage a late rally.

Caldwell-Pope took the ball from James and drove the length of the floor, pushing the Pistons’ lead back to 10 and removing any hope of a fantastic finish.

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Cavs' Channing Frye passes physical, available tonight against Pistons; Kyrie Irving will also play

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2016

CLEVELAND: Channing Frye has passed his physical and will be available Monday night when the Cavaliers face the Detroit Pistons, the team confirmed. In addition, Kyrie Irving will play after missing the final three quarters of Sunday’s win against the Oklahoma City Thunder with flu-like symptoms.

Frye was acquired at the trade deadline last week in exchange for Jared Cunningham and a second-round pick. The trade was temporarily held up while the Cavs investigated Frye’s heart condition after he missed an entire season a few years ago with an enlarged heart.

Frye will wear No. 9 for the Cavs.

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Pregame: Pistons at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 22, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Cavs 115, Thunder 92; Jason Lloyd's 13 thoughts on Kevin Love, great defense, quality victories

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY: Thirteen thoughts for 13 offensive rebounds in Sunday’s 115-92 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder

1. This is the Kevin Love the Cavaliers always thought they were getting, but has rarely surfaced: Attacking, aggressive, dominant in the post and on the glass. Love played one of his finest games in a Cavs uniform Sunday, scoring 29 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and doing it all without making a 3-pointer.

2. The Thunder kept switching on pick-and-rolls, leaving Kevin Durant to defend Love. He went right at Durant on those matchups and typically won. He shot 11 of 12 from the free-throw line and played so well he covered the Cavs’ problems in the backcourt.

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Mo Williams scheduled to see Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for sore knee

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY: Mo Williams will visit with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday to receive a second opinion on his ailing left knee.

Williams told the Beacon Journal the knee has been bothering him all season and an injection in December didn’t help. The team is calling Williams’ injury a sore left knee for now.

“I don’t know what it is yet,” Williams said.

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Kevin Love shines, short-handed Cavs deal Thunder worst loss of season, 115-92

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY: Kevin Love scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in one of his finest performances of the season and the Cavaliers handed the Oklahoma City Thunder their worst loss of the season Sunday, 115-92, despite severe limitations in their backcourt.

LeBron James had 25 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds on a day the Cavs were without Iman Shumpert, Mo Williams and Kyrie Irving. Shumpert missed the game with a sprained left shoulder, Williams was out with a sore knee and Irving departed in the first quarter with flu-like symptoms and did not return.

That left the Cavs with just two healthy guards – Matthew Dellavedova and J.R. Smith. When Smith fell into foul trouble in the second quarter, coach Tyronn Lue went big with James running the offense and no guards on the floor.

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Iman Shumpert will miss game vs. Thunder with sprained left shoulder

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY: Cavs guard Iman Shumpert will miss Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a sprained left shoulder. Shumpert made the trip, but missed the last two days of practice.

Shumpert was injured late in Thursday’s win against the Chicago Bulls. He remains day to day. 

Newly acquired forward/center Channing Frye will also miss the game. Frye remains in Cleveland completing his physical. 

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Pregame: Cavs at Thunder

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 21, 2016

Time: 3:30 p.m.; Place: Chesapeake Energy Arena

TV: ABC

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Channing Frye will not play vs. Thunder, Iman Shumpert questionable

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 20, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Channing Frye’s debut with the Cavaliers will have to wait until Monday at the earliest.

Frye did not complete his physical in time to travel with the team to Oklahoma City and will not play in Sunday’s game against the Thunder. The Cavs have until Tuesday to satisfy the terms of the trade.

The team is being extra cautious with Frye, who missed the entire 2012-13 season after he was diagnosed with an enlarged heart. But he returned to play in all 82 games for the Phoenix Suns the following year and has not missed extended time to a significant injury since. The team is taking advantage of its partnership with the Cleveland Clinic in thoroughly examining Frye.

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Anderson Varejao's letter to Cavaliers fans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 19, 2016

Dear Cavs Fans Everywhere, For the last 12 years, I have had the honor of representing the city of Cleveland and the Cavaliers organization, and for that I will forever be grateful. Coming over from Spain at the young age of 21 was not easy, but as soon as I put on a Cavs jersey and stepped on the court, I felt at home. There were seasons we played well together, and there were seasons we struggled together. We had playoff runs, and we had championship runs. Over the last 12 seasons we have had many ups and downs, but no matter the product on the court one thing never changed… The unwavering support from all of you, the fans. Whether you were watching on TV, listening on the radio, or in the Q screaming at the top of your lungs, we felt your energy and support. Cleveland fans are simply the best. There is nothing like walking on the streets on a freezing cold day and hearing fans scream your name, then stopping to talk to those same fans. There is nothing like looking into the crowd at the Q and seeing over 20,000 people wearing wigs to match your hair. Those are feelings I will cherish for the rest of my life and never forget. In a similar way to how Brazil holds a special place in my heart, Cleveland has also become a part of me. I consider everyone in the organization as family - from ownership, the entire front office, all of the coaches I have had over the years, and every single employee from top to bottom - thank you. The city of Cleveland is truly a special place. I have seen players and coaches come and go, but through it all I have always known Cleveland is where I want to retire. But life doesn't always work the way you want it to, and at the end of the day, the saying "this is a business" is unfortunately true. So with that, I say goodbye. But more importantly, I say thank you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for coming out every night whether we were winning or losing. And thank you for giving me the best 12 years of my life. Home is where the heart is, and my heart will forever be in Cleveland. Anderson Varejao

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Cavs' Shumpert misses practice with sprained shoulder; Channing Frye arrives but doesn't practice

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 19, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Iman Shumpert did not practice Friday after he sprained his left shoulder during Thursday night's win against the Chicago Bulls. Coach Tyronn Lue called him day to day, leaving his availability for Sunday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in jeopardy.

Shumpert missed six weeks last season after dislocating the same shoulder as a member of the New York Knicks. Lue said Shumpert hurt the shoulder reaching for a steal.

“During the game last night he said he was fine,” Lue said. “Then today he was a little sore. We’ll see how it is going forward.”

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Cavs 106, Bulls 95; Jason Lloyd's 31 thoughts on saying hello to Channing Frye, goodbye to Varejao

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 19, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty-one thoughts for 31 minutes from Kyrie Irving in Thursday’s 106-95 win against the Chicago Bulls on an active trade deadline day…

1. When the Golden State Warriors flipped the momentum of the Finals last season by benching Andrew Bogut and going small, the Cavs were left with two options: Leave Timo Mozgov on the floor and try to exploit the mismatch or pull their rim protector and match the Warriors’ small ball lineup. They initially tried the former before resigning themselves to the latter. Ultimately neither strategy worked. The Warriors won three straight and drenched the visitors locker room at the Q in champagne.

2. The Cavs at least in part had the Warriors in mind when they acquired Channing Frye on Thursday. This wasn’t a move based solely on Golden State’s personnel, but it certainly helps. Now they can go small and keep a (near) 7-footer on the floor. Now they can play with five shooters when necessary. Now they hope they’ve addressed their problem of inconsistent bench scoring.

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LeBron James scores 25 points, Cavs cap active day with 106-95 win over Bulls

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 18, 2016

 

 

CLEVELAND: LeBron James had 25 points, nine rebounds and nine assists and the Cavaliers capped an eventful trade deadline day with a 106-95 victory Thursday against the short-handed Chicago Bulls.

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Source: Cavs acquire Channing Frye, trade away Anderson Varejao and Jared Cunningham

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 18, 2016
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INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers acquired Channing Frye from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Jared Cunningham and will send Anderson Varejao to the Portland Trail Blazers in a three-team deal, a league source confirmed Thursday. The Cavs also sent a first-round pick to the Blazers in the deal and acquired a second-round pick from the Blazers, which will also go to the Magic.

Cunningham and Varejao are both expected to be waived, according to reports, but neither is eligible to return to the Cavs for one year under league rules. USA Today and the New York Daily News first reported the deal.

Frye, 32, is averaging 5.2 points and 2.7 rebounds for the Magic. He is another stretch-4 who is shooting 40 percent from 3-point range this season and he’s a 39-percent shooter from deep in his career. He has two more years left on his contract.

Cavs General Manager David Griffin has liked Frye since their time together in Phoenix. He pursued Frye in free agency two years ago, but the Cavs had to protect their cap space to re-sign LeBron James. The Cavs were privately pessimistic as late as Wednesday night they could get something done for Frye because they needed to move money first and they believed the Magic would find a better deal elsewhere. When the Los Angeles Clippers balked at the deadline, the Cavs swooped in.

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Pregame: Bulls at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 18, 2016
Gasol, Pau

Time: 8 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: TNT

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - Matthew Dellavedova (hamstring) probable; Bulls - Jimmy Butler (knee) out; Nikola Mirotic (appendicitis) out; Joakim Noah (shoulder) out. 

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2016 All-Star Game: Marla Ridenour's final thoughts on Kobe, A.I. and breaking down the stage

By Marla Ridenour Published: February 15, 2016

Twenty-six final thoughts from my third All-Star weekend for the 26 shots the Pacers' Paul George put up just a year and a half after suffering a compound leg fracture.

1. When the night was over, the Cavaliers' LeBron James had become the All-Star Game's leading career scorer, wresting it from the Lakers' Kobe Bryant. James finished with 13 points, Bryant 10, giving James 291 points, one ahead of Bryant after Bryant's 18th and final appearance. But James could care less about that distinction.

2. "It means absolutely nothing," James said. "I'm just blessed to be a part of All-Star weekend. This being my 12th consecutive appearance and being able to start for the East, it means a lot to my family and my fans. The scoring has never meant anything to me."

3. The rest of the night, the second installment of Bryant's farewell following his last game in Cleveland Wednesday, meant a lot to James. The two will play against each other only one more time, that on March 10 in Los Angeles.

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Cavs 120, Lakers 111; Jason Lloyd's thoughts on Kobe, LeBron, Kyrie & past, present, future greats

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 11, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty-three thoughts for 33 defensive rebounds in Wednesday’s 120-111 win over the Los Angeles Lakers to put a bow on the first half of the season…

1. When Kyrie Irving was a rookie, Byron Scott handed him the keys to the Cavaliers and told him to drive. He burned out the clutch and banged up the fenders a few times, but Irving kept steering. Every game. If he was healthy, he was starting – and taking the pressure shots in the fourth quarter.

2. Scott hasn’t been as lenient with Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell. He benched the former Ohio State star in December and concedes now he’ll go back to starting sometime after the All-Star break, but he won’t commit to when. The handling of the two young point guards is startling in contrast, but Scott insists there is a perfectly valid reason for it.

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Kyrie Irving scores season-high 35 points, Cavs lose Kevin Love to shoulder injury in 120-111 win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: The night began with Cleveland saying farewell to Kobe Bryant. Now Cavs fans can only hope they aren’t waving goodbye to Kevin Love, too.

Love left the game in the final minute Wednesday with a left shoulder injury and did not return in the Cavaliers’ 120-111 victory against the Los Angeles Lakers in both teams’ final game before the All-Star break. It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring after he dislocated it in a playoff series against the Boston Celtics.

Guard Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 35 points and LeBron James had 29 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Cavs, who enter the break on a three-game winning streak and focused on the health of their power forward.

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Kevin Love departs with another left shoulder injury, will not return

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 10, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love left the game in the final minute of the first half Wednesday night with a left shoulder injury and will not return, the team said. It is the same shoulder Love had surgically repaired last spring.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Love was injured or the severity of the injury. He ran off the court with 46.5 seconds left in the second quarter with his left shoulder dangling and walked immediately to the locker room. He had eight points, six rebounds and three assists against the Los Angeles Lakers before exiting.

This is the final game prior to the All-Star break, which will give the Cavs time to assess the seriousness of the injury. The trade deadline is eight days away.

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Kevin Love left off All-Star team again; Pau Gasol named injury replacement

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love was snubbed – again. Love was again passed over when the league appointed Bulls forward Pau Gasol as the injury replacement for guard Jimmy Butler on the East All-Star team.

Gasol’s numbers across the board are superior: He is averaging 17 points, 10.9 rebounds and is shooting 48 percent. Love, by comparison, is averaging 15.8 points and 10.4 rebounds. He is shooting a career-low 42 percent.

But Love plays on the best team in the East, while the Bulls have slid to seventh. Gasol, however, gives the Bulls at least one representative after losing Butler to the knee injury.

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Cavs 120, Kings 100; Jason Lloyd's 22 thoughts on Kyrie Irving's legs, J.R. Smith's defense and Kobe

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 9, 2016

CLEVELAND: Twenty-two thoughts for 22 points from J.R. Smith in Monday’s 120-100 win over the Sacramento Kings

1. Over his last seven games, Kyrie Irving has scored 28, 21, 25, 26, 19, 29 and now 32 points. His five 3-pointers Monday were a season high and his 13 baskets were one shy of a season high. Better yet, he’s shooting 54 percent over that stretch, which dates back to Jan. 29.

2. Bottom line: Irving is coming along. The last part of his game to return following his knee surgery seems to be his 3-point shooting, which makes sense in a way. Tyronn Lue reiterated after this one he just needs to regain more strength in his legs, which the team believes is why he entered Monday shooting under 26 percent from deep. That’s why his 5-of-8 performance Monday was encouraging.

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LeBron James notches triple-double, Kyrie Irving matches season high with 32 points in Cavs win

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

CLEVELAND: LeBron James recorded his first triple-double of the season and Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points in the Cavaliers’ 122-100 victory against the reeling Sacramento Kings on Monday.

James had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his 40th career triple-double, while Irving matched a career high with 12 assists.

The stumbling Kings have lost their last four games and eight of their last nine. They conclude the first half of the season Wednesday at Philadelphia and coach George Karl could be fired at any time between now and the break.

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Kevin Love probable, Matthew Dellavedova out tonight when Cavs host Sacramento Kings

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

INDEPENDENCE: Kevin Love is expected to play Monday when the Cavs host the Sacramento Kings, although Matthew Dellavedova remains sidelined with a sore left hamstring.

Love missed one game with the bruised left thigh, but he participated in shootaround Monday morning and is listed as probable.
Dellavedova will miss his fourth game with the hamstring. The Cavs have just one game left prior to the All-Star break and coach Tyronn Lue already hinted a few days ago Dellavedova may not be back until after the break.

“I think the most important thing is just getting his health right going into the second stretch of the season,” Lue said on Saturday.

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Pregame: Kings at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 8, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Cavs 99, Pelicans 84; Jason Lloyd's 18 thoughts on a Wild Thing, 3-pointers, Kyrie's All-Star goal

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 7, 2016

CLEVELAND: Eighteen thoughts for 18 Pelicans assists in Saturday’s 99-84 win over New Orleans

1. LeBron James didn’t let go of Friday’s loss to the Celtics until 1-year-old Zhuri woke him up Saturday morning by running into his arms. J.R. Smith held onto it even longer – all the way up until he returned to Quicken Loans Arena to play the Pelicans.

2. Given the way they kicked away the game against the Celtics, the Cavs needed a victory. Any victory will do. But one win doesn’t make it all better. This team still isn’t happy with the way they’re playing right now. Tyronn Lue tried calling two different offensive sets. The Cavs botched both of them. The Pelicans entered with one of the league’s worst defensive ratings and the Cavs couldn’t crack 100 points.

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Kyrie Irving scores 29 points, LeBron James scores 27 as Cavs end skid with 99-84 win over Pelicans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: After so many games focused on scoring and pushing the tempo, the Cavs went back to an old school approach Saturday.  

Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and LeBron James had 27 points and eight assists in a 99-84victory against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Guard J.R. Smith made six 3-pointers for 20 points and Tristan Thompson grabbed 15 rebounds while starting at power forward in place of an injured Kevin Love.

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Cavs' Kevin Love, Matthew Dellavedova out Saturday against Pelicans

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova will both miss Saturday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans. Love is dealing with a bruised thigh suffered Friday night and Dellavedova is missing his third game with a sore left hamstring. 

Both players are considered day-to-day, although coach Tyronn Lue didn't rule out Dellavedova sitting out until after the All-Star break that begins next week.

"Delly is a tough guy. If it was up to me I wouldn't let him play until after the All-Star break, but it'd be hard to hold Delly out if he's feeling pretty good," Lue said. "I think the most important thing for me is getting his health right going into the second stretch of the season."

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Pregame: Pelicans at Cavs

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

Time: 7:30 p.m.; Place: Quicken Loans Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Celtics 104, Cavs 103; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on bad decisions, bad bounces and bad losses

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 6, 2016

CLEVELAND: Thirty thoughts for 30 points from LeBron James in Friday’s stunning 104-103 loss to the Boston Celtics

1. LeBron James finally entered the locker room nearly an hour after the Cavs managed to fumble this one away, still in workout clothes and sweat dripping from his body. He was so aggravated with the loss that he put in a rare postgame workout in an attempt to burn off the frustration, but there is no outrunning the problems facing the Cavs right now.

2. James has been the one insistent all season that it’s not about wins and losses; it’s about the process. The process right now is turbulent and progress is nil.

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Avery Bradley's 3-pointer at buzzer stuns Cavs in 104-103 loss to Celtics

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 5, 2016

CLEVELAND – Avery Bradley’s 3-pointer from the corner gave the Boston Celtics a stunning 104-103 victory Friday night when they rallied from five points down in the final 20 seconds.

The Cavs seemed to have the victory sealed when J.R. Smith grabbed an offensive rebound off LeBron James’ missed 3-pointer with 22 seconds left. Kyrie Irving made a pair of free throws to give the Cavs a 101-96 lead, but Smith fouled Evan Turner on a drive to the basket with four seconds left.

The Celtics trailed 103-99 when Smith fouled Evan Turner on a drive to the basket. Turner missed the free throw, but the ball went out of bounds on the Cavs, leaving the Celtics with possession and one final shot to win it.

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Hornets 106, Cavs 97; Jason Lloyd's 26 thoughts on third quarters, rebounding and isolation...again

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 4, 2016
Irving, Kyrie drives on MKG

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Twenty-six thoughts for 26 points from Kyrie Irving in Wednesday’s 106-97 loss to the Charlotte Hornets…

1. After the team’s flight landed during the early hours of Thursday, LeBron James relaxed in his custom van for the ride home watching The Godfather. We know this because he posted the scene to his Instagram account. #DontEverGoAgainstTheFamily was his hashtag. The Cavs have their own family matters to sort out and hopefully it won’t involve a horse’s head.

2. The Cavs were outscored 63-32 during the third quarters on this brief two-game trip. They allowed opponents to shoot 53 percent and they were outrebounded 27-15. Given all of that, it’s mildly surprising they escaped with even one victory.

3. “We’re s--- in the third quarter right now,” James said. “We need to figure it out. I don’t know what it is.”

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Poor third quarter, rebounding lead to LeBron James' first loss to Michael Jordan as an owner

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Michael Jordan finally scored a victory against LeBron James – and he had a front-row seat to see it.

James had 23 points, six rebounds and six assists while moving up the career scoring list, but the Cavs were smashed in rebounding and lost to the Charlotte Hornets 106-97 Wednesday night, their first victory against any of James’ teams since Jordan bought the franchise in 2010.

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and Kevin Love had 12 points and 12 rebounds on a night the Cavs’ five-game winning streak ended.

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Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova out with hamstring injury

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: Matthew Dellavedova will not play tonight when the Cavs face the Charlotte Hornets.

Dellavedova has been nursing a sore left hamstring injury for a couple of weeks, but he’s hopeful this will be the only game he misses. He matched a season-high with four turnovers in Monday's win against the Pacers, perhaps in part because of the hamstring.

Mo Williams will likely get Dellavedova’s minutes as backup point guard.

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Pregame: Cavs at Hornets

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016
Walker, Kemba

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Time Warner Cable Arena

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

Injury report: Cavs - None; Hornets - Kemba Walker (knee) out; Al Jefferson (knee) out; Nic Batum (toe) questionable.

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Cavs' offensive improvement more because of turnovers than pace

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 3, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C.: The biggest difference in the Cavaliers’ offense since Tyronn Lue took over has more to do with turnovers than pace.

When they began this quest to play faster, Lue made it clear he wasn’t necessarily trying to create more possessions, he simply wanted to make the possessions better. Sure enough, the Cavs’ scoring is up while their pace is actually down. Along with a higher shooting percentage, the reason most likely is fewer turnovers.

The Cavs are averaging the third-fewest turnovers under Lue, which has allowed their scoring to increase by nearly 8 points per game on about 1.5 fewer possessions than they were under Blatt.

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Cavs 111, Pacers 106; Jason Lloyd's 30 thoughts on Ty Lue, Kevin Love's defense in OT victory

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Thirty thoughts after allowing 30 points in the third quarter of Monday’s 111-106 overtime win against the Indiana Pacers

1. Tyronn Lue’s quick evolution as a head coach was apparent in the second half Monday. It’s also apparent in the film room, although only the players see it there.

2. Lue pulled an old Phil Jackson trick in the third quarter when he refused to call a timeout while the Cavs were getting pummeled. (Gregg Popovich has often pulled the same stunt, although Pop has also been known to call a timeout and walk away, leaving the players to yell at each other on the bench and solve their own problems).

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LeBron James scores 24, Cavs survive for 111-106 overtime win to end long losing streak at Indiana

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: LeBron James was stifled throughout the second half Monday night, but came up with key baskets and a big offensive rebound when the Cavs needed it most.

James had 24 points, 12 rebounds and six assists and the Cavs held on for an ugly 111-106 overtime win against the Pacers, ending a 10-game losing streak at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Prior to Monday, the Cavs hadn’t won here since Jan. 29, 2010 – when Kyrie Irving was still in high school. Irving had 25 points and seven assists in his first career win here and Kevin Love added 19 points, eight rebounds and a big block in overtime.

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Pregame: Cavs at Pacers

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

Time: 7 p.m.; Place: Bankers Life Fieldhouse

TV: Fox Sports Ohio

Radio: WTAM 1100-AM, WAKR 1590-AM, WHBC 1480-AM,  La Mega 87.7-FM (Spanish)

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Ty Lue happy to take a seat while coaching, focuses on 3-point shot when judging defense

By Jason Lloyd Published: February 1, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS: Jack Nicholson will be thrilled next month when the Cavaliers visit Staples Center. He’ll finally have a good view of the court.

Nicholson famously stood up from his courtside seat to scream at David Blatt during the Cavs game against the Lakers last season because Blatt was standing up and constantly blocking Nicholson’s view of the game. Lue is proving to be that unique coach who rarely stands during games.

“Those people buying those great front-row seats, you don’t want to be standing up in their way the whole time,” Lue joked Monday. “They paid a lot of money for those seats. I’d rather not stand up. I don’t like being seen that much. I really don’t.”

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