INDEPENDENCE: David Blatt is doing his best to pump the brakes on the preseason expectations surrounding the Cavaliers. Whether or not it works remains to be seen.
Despite beginning the season as favorites to win an NBA championship, Blatt said the Cavs aren’t yet an elite team.
“I would just like a little bit of time to see how this comes together so I understand how quickly we’re going to be able to move toward becoming a top-level team, which we are not right now,” he said Sunday. “It’s too early. We have to really see how the combinations go, how the players take to one another, how they take to the system. But obviously there’s a lot to look forward to and a lot to expect.”
Blatt directed a morning workout Sunday dedicated on skill work. The Cavs will complete their first two-a-day of training camp when they return Sunday night for more live work.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers are expected to sign guards Stephen Holt and Chris Crawford and forward Shane Edwards for training camp purposes, a league source told the Beacon Journal on condition of anonymity because the moves are not yet official.
Holt, who played with Matthew Dellavedova at St. Mary, is awaiting a letter of clearance from his German club. Edwards played briefly with the Cavs last season and is still property of the Canton Charge, while Crawford recently cleared waivers after the Cavs released him on Thursday.
The Cavs were forced to release Crawford for luxury tax purposes. Had he still been on the books, it would've complicated Thursday's trade for Keith Bogans, whom the Cavs flipped to the 76ers on Saturday for a trade exception.
The Cavs are down to 15 bodies after the recent trades. Teams are allotted 20 during camp.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: David Blatt’s first NBA coaching job evolved into a super team before he even drew up his first play. There are challenges associated with that, of course, particularly earning the respect of stars such as LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. But it’s still a good problem to have..
“He could have the alternative and not have me, Kevin and Kyrie,” James joked Saturday after the Cavs’ first practice as a super team. “It’s going to be tough no matter what.”
Blatt conduced his first practice with the Cavaliers on Saturday, and while it was a hard practice, Blatt isn’t expected to wear out his players with an overly grueling camp.
Teams are typically allotted four two-a-day practices, but the Cavs are permitted six since they started early and must travel to Brazil in two weeks. Blatt doesn’t expect to use them all.To read more or comment...
INDEPENDENCE: The Cavaliers have traded Keith Bogans and a 2018 second-round pick to the Philadelphia 76ers, the team announced on Saturday. The move gives the Cavs a $5.3 million trade exception without taking up a roster spot.
Bogans was a Cav for less than 48 hours. He was obtained Thursday night in exchange for four players and two second-round picks, but one league source with knowledge of the situation indicated the Cavs obviously never had interest in keeping Bogans on the roster. By moving him now, they’ll have one year to use the exception.
The exception cannot be combined with any other players, meaning they cannot combine it with Brendan Haywood’s non-guaranteed contract next summer. But the Cavs feel Haywood’s $10.5 million non-guaranteed contract by itself will be large enough to obtain any player they could realistically pursue.
The Cavs also obtain a heavily protected second-round pick in next summer's draft from the Sixers, but it's unlikely they'll ever see the pick. The Cavs training camp roster is now down to 15 players.To read more or comment...