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Richard Jefferson sees no 'power struggle' among Cavaliers' stars

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 24, 2017

Other than what may have been a cryptic tweet from Kevin Love and a rap song posted to social media by LeBron James that included the lyrics “heavy heart,” there has been little reaction from Cavs players since news broke of Kyrie Irving’s trade request Friday.

Richard Jefferson discussed the situation on the latest installment of his “Road Trippin’” podcast, released on James’ “Uninterrupted” platform Monday.

“I don’t think that there’s a power struggle with LeBron and Kyrie and Kev,” Jefferson said during the podcast that featured Olympic skier Lindsey Vonn, taped at Vonn’s home Friday. “Kyrie is a hyper-intelligent kid, really, really smart, doesn’t get enough credit for how smart he is. I think seeing that the franchise is in flux, seeing (general manager David Griffin) leave, the amount of coaches, I think Kyrie has had a much tougher time in this stretch of the organization than anyone ever really wants to fully….

“He’s the No. 1 pick right after LeBron. He has three different coaches. LeBron comes back. Now there’s trade rumors. Now it’s LeBron’s leaving. At some point in time, anybody would want some sort of stability, even if it’s the unknown. I don’t know if he asked to be traded. But I will say that he’s had a tougher time if you look at it from start to where we are right now, of the ups and downs of a franchise more than most. Even though we’ve been successful and even though we’ve won a championship and he’s been an All-Star, there’s still been so much of a wave. To be like, ‘We’re going to sit here for a whole year on whether or not LeBron’s coming back,’ that’s got to be tough on anybody, everybody."

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Derrick Rose commits to sign one-year deal with Cavaliers

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 24, 2017

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose committed to signing with the Cavaliers Monday evening and underwent a physical, Shams Charania of The Vertical reported.

A league source confirmed that Rose agreed to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $2.1 million.

With Kyrie Irving’s trade request creating a potential need for another point guard, the Cavs met with Rose in Ohio Monday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported.

Rose, 28, was willing to take less money to join a contender. He suffered through a tumultuous 2016-17 season with the New York Knicks after being traded from the Chicago Bulls last June.

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Report: Kyrie Irving asked Cavaliers for trade last week

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 21, 2017

Seeking an opportunity to lead a franchise instead of being regarded as LeBron James’ sidekick, Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving asked owner Dan Gilbert to be traded last week, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Friday.

James was “blindsided and disappointed” when he learned of Irving’s request, sources told Windhorst, who wrote that other teammates have since learned of Irving’s intentions.

According to Windhorst, James is going to let Gilbert and the Cavs' front office take the lead in dealing with Irving's demand.

The Knicks, Timberwolves, Heat and Spurs (led by Kawhi Leonard, third in this year's MVP voting) were trade destinations Irving gave the Cavs, according to ESPN. Irving played high school basketball in Elizabeth, N.J. and his father Drederick still lives in the area. The Knicks are seeking a trade partner for 10-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony, who is close friends with James.

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Report: Cavs reach three-year, $8.3 million agreement with Cedi Osman

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 12, 2017

The Cavaliers showed a commitment to the future over the short term when they reached agreement with 22-year-old forward Cedi Osman on Wednesday.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Osman will receive a three-year, $8.3 million contract, with approximately another $700,000 going towards his Euroleague buyout.

The 31st overall pick in 2015 acquired by the Cavs from the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night, Osman has played for Anadolu Efes Istanbul of the Euroleague for the past four seasons. Osman, 6-foot-8, averaged 7.1 points and shot 48 percent from the field and 34 percent from 3-point range in 35 games in 2016-17.

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Richard Jefferson says he's returning to Cavs next season in latest podcast

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 5, 2017

Richard Jefferson will return to the Cavaliers next season, he said Wednesday during the latest episode of his “Road Trippin’” podcast.

Jefferson, who turned 37 on June 21, has one guaranteed year remaining on his contract at $2.5 million.

“I will be starting my 17th season next year, I am not retiring,” Jefferson said on the podcast, now a part of LeBron James' Uninterrupted player platform.

Jefferson averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.4 minutes last season and played a vital role in The Finals for the second consecutive year.

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Kay Felder, Edy Tavares head Cavs' summer league roster

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 5, 2017

Guard Kay Felder and center Edy Tavares head the Cavaliers’ summer league team that opens play Friday in Las Vegas.

Also participating are forward Gerald Beverly and guard Roosevelt Jones, two members of the 2016-17 Canton Charge of the NBA G League, and 2015 draft choice Sir’Dominic Pointer, a guard/forward who most recently played for Ironi Kiryat Ata in Israel.

Cavs assistant Damon Jones will coach the Cavs team, with help from James Posey, Vitaly Potapenko and Phil Handy of Tyronn Lue’s staff.

League action, which includes a tournament, runs through July 17 and will be televised by ESPN channels and NBA TV.  Each of the 24 teams is guaranteed to play at least five games, held at the COX Pavilion or the Thomas & Mack Center.

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Cavs, Kyle Korver agree on three-year, $22 million deal

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 2, 2017

Shooting guard Kyle Korver will be back with the Cavaliers after the two sides agreed on a three-year, $22 millon contract Sunday.

A league source confirmed the terms of the deal, which includes a partial guarantee in the third year.

Korver, 36, ranked first in the league in 3-point percentage (.451) last season. Acquired in a January trade with the Atlanta Hawks, he averaged 10.1 points in 26.2 minutes for the two teams. In the playoffs, he averaged 5.8 points and shot .391 from beyond the arc.

The Cavs made Korver an offer shortly after the opening of the free agency period at 12:01 a.m. Saturday. Contracts can't be officially signed until Thursday.

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Reports: Cavs, Rockets in trade talks for Iman Shumpert

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 1, 2017

The Cavaliers are in talks to trade Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are seeking a draft pick and a trade exception for Shumpert, which would free up salary cap space to re-sign free agent Kyle Korver and give them assets for future deals.

Shumpert has one year and a player option remaining on a four-year, $40 million contract he signed in July, 2015. Shumpert carries a $10.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $11 million in his option year, according to

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that teams interested in Shumpert have discussed altering the player option year, but that caveat is not in play in the talks with the Rockets.

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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert visits White House to share story of Detroit's and Cleveland's transformation

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 28, 2017

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn't know he would be crashing the Chicago Cubs' party.

Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., visited the White House Wednesday with the mortgage company's CEO Jay Farner to share the story of Detroit's and Cleveland's transformation.

Gilbert's visit drew national attention because he was included in the ceremony for Cubs players, coaches and executives with President Donald Trump in the West Wing, although the timing of the Cubs' and Gilbert's arrivals was a coincidence. According to the Chicago Tribune, Trump asked if he could bring in Gilbert to pose with the group while the Cubs were in the Roosevelt Room.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series and made their official White House visit days before President Barack Obama left office. This was an informal trip during the Cubs' four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

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Carmelo Anthony wants to remain close to 10-year-old son, wife La La says

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 27, 2017

Carmelo Anthony’s insistence on remaining in New York despite Knicks president Phil Jackson’s belief  he should finish his career elsewhere is rooted in is Anthony’s desire to remain close to his 10-year-old son Kiyan.

That’s what his estranged wife, La La Anthony said Tuesday on “The Wendy Williams Show.”

Asked if they were divorcing, La La Anthony, who has known her husband since he was 19 and been married for seven years, said, “Not right now,” and added of Carmelo, “We’re the best of friends.”

She said she will continue to live in New York.

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