The construction of the NBA’s newest Big Three is complete. Kevin Love is officially a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The much-anticipated three-team deal was completed Saturday, the Cavs announced, the first day Andrew Wiggins was eligible to be traded after signing his rookie contract. As expected, the Cavs shipped out Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2014 first-round pick (which previously belonged to the Miami Heat) in a three-team deal that also included the Philadelphia 76ers. The Cavs received Love, a three-time All-Star whose 26.1 points per game last season set a career high and ranked fourth in the league (directly behind LeBron James).
“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team,” Cavs General Manager David Griffin said in a release. “At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one of the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success.”
Love, who turns 26 in two weeks, is a fierce rebounder and arguably the best stretch 4 in the game. But he struggles defensively and was never able to carry the Timberwolves to the playoffs in the competitive Western Conference in any of his seven seasons there. That isn’t an issue anymore. Not only is Love moving to the weaker Eastern Conference, now he’ll have fellow All-Stars James and Kyrie Irving as teammates.To read more or comment...
Kyrie Irving made the United States national team, as expected, and will travel to Spain to compete in the FIBA World Cup.
Team USA announced the final roster in the early hours of Saturday morning. It included Irving and former Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose at point guard, but omitted another Rookie of the Year in Damian Lillard.
Irving totaled 29 points and 15 assists in Team USA’s three exhibition games, including Friday’s 112-86 victory against Puerto Rico. The roster cuts of Lillard, Gordon Hayward, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver were announced hours later.
USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo called this “the most difficult selection process we’ve gone through” since he took control of the program in 2005.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers announced the TV schedule for Fox Sports Ohio today.
Here is the team's news release:
As the official TV home of the Cleveland Cavaliers, FOX Sports Ohio is pleased to announce it will carry the maximum number (70) of Cavs games eligible for local broadcast during the 2014-15 regular season.
Of the Cavs complete 82-game schedule, FOX Sports Ohio will NOT be able to televise 12 games due to national television exclusivity rights. See the complete schedule of FOX Sports Ohio’s games below.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers signed undrafted rookie center Alex Kirk on Monday. Kirk, the 7-foot, 245-pounder who played on the Cavs’ summer league team, averaged 10 points and 6.8 rebounds during three seasons at New Mexico.
He averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds last season and was named to the Mountain West Conference’s defense team.
Kirk averaged 5.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in five games with the Cavs’ summer league team. After trading Tyler Zeller and losing Spencer Hawes in free agency, the Cavs have spent the last few weeks shopping for another big.
The Cavs now have 14 players under contract, but that number is likely to continue fluctuating in the coming weeks.To read more or comment...