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Harris, Christmas struggle shooting, Cavs fall to Warriors 83-75 in summer league

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS: Joe Harris and Rakeem Christmas, two of the more recent draft picks for the Cavs, combined to shoot 3 of 19 and the Cavs fell to the Golden State Warriors 83-75 Friday night in their first summer league game.

Harris scored six points, shot 2 of 10 and missed all four of his 3-point attempts. Christmas, drafted 36th overall last month, scored six points, shot 1 of 9 and grabbed one rebound as the starting center.

Summer league invite Tyler Haws scored 12 points and made all three of his 3-point attempts and Keifer Sykes scored 11 for the Cavs, who play the Brooklyn Nets Saturday night (10 p.m. EDT). 

Sir'Dominic Pointer, drafted 53rd overall, had three points, three rebounds and two blocks, although he committed four turnovers in 16 minutes.

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Cavs announce signings of LeBron James, Mo Williams

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 10, 2015

LAS VEGAS: LeBron James and Mo Williams are officially teammates again. Both signed new deals with the Cavs on Friday, giving them 10 players under contract for next season.

Terms were not disclosed, but a source with knowledge of the situation said James signed a two-year deal (player option on the second year) worth about $23 million this season. Williams signed a two-year, $4.3 million deal that also includes a player option for the second year.

“LeBron’s re-signing today is a reflection and continuation of his strong, personal commitment to help deliver championships to Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans everywhere,” general manager David Griffin said in a release. “We share this deep level of commitment with him. His impact upon this team, his community and the game are impossible to overstate and we look forward to continuing on our mission together.

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Video: Kevin Love opens up about re-signing with Cavs

By Dan Kadar Published: July 9, 2015

In a video posted on The Players Tribune, forward Kevin Love opened up about why he re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In doing so, he spoke in detail about meeting with LeBron James in Los Angeles after the season.

"We just talked everything out and a lot of stuff was very honest and we came to a really good place and agreed on a lot of things," Love said in the 4 1/2-minute video. "I think was also a very big deal when you're talking to the best player in the world."

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LeBron informs Cavs he's returning

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 9, 2015
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LeBron James informed the Cavaliers on Thursday that he intends to re-sign, a league source confirmed.

The source spoke on the condition of anonymity because the signing was not made official.

James will sign a one-year contract worth about $23 million with a player option for a second year.

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Joe Harris, Rakeem Christmas highlight Cavs' summer league roster

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 7, 2015

Joe Harris and rookie draft picks Rakeem Christmas and Sir’Dominic Porter highlight the Cavs’ summer league roster, released Tuesday. The team will be coached by Cavs assistant Bret Brielmaier.

Harris appeared in 51 games last season as a rookie for the Cavs, averaging 2.7 points and shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. Christmas was selected in the second round out of Syracuse (36th overall) while Pointer was drafted 53rd overall in the second round.

The only player drafted in the first round on the Cavs’ summer league roster is D.J. White, who is 28 now and was drafted 29th overall in 2008.

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Mo Williams reunites with Cavaliers on two-year deal

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 7, 2015

The Cavaliers have reunited with point guard Mo Williams, a league source confirmed, on a two-year deal worth $4.3 million. The second year is a player option. Yahoo Sports first reported the deal between Williams and the Cavs.

Williams spent parts of three seasons in Cleveland and even made an All-Star team playing for the Cavs. He was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers at the trade deadline in 2011 in a deal that ultimately brought Kyrie Irving to Cleveland. Now Williams, 32, will serve as Irving’s backup.

The Cavs have spent months trying to upgrade the backup point guard position. They considered Williams at the trade deadline, but had limited assets to acquire him. They wanted a more offensive-minded backup and found one in Williams, who has averaged 13.4 points and was one of six players to score at least 50 points in a game last season.

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ESPN The Magazine features Cavaliers forward Kevin Love on cover of annual 'Body Issue'

By Ohio.com staff Published: July 6, 2015

Once again Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love is on the cover of a magazine, but this time his wardrobe is quite different.

Love is one of 24 athletes featured in ESPN The Magazine’s seventh annual “Body Issue.” ESPN.com released images Monday, but the issue will be on newsstands on Friday.

 

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Kevin Love announces his return to Cleveland, reportedly for five years

By Jason Lloyd Published: July 1, 2015

Kevin Love kept his word. He is returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Love announced his decision to return in an article on The Players Tribune website Wednesday afternoon and multiple outlets reported he will accept a maximum five-year deal in excess of $100 million. The full value of the deal won’t be known until the new salary cap figures for next season are released next week. By locking in long term now, Love will bypass the cap explosion next summer and take his guaranteed dollars now. 

“Of course I've heard the free agency rumors,” Love wrote. “But at the end of the day, and after meeting with my teammates (it turns out pools are great meeting places) and with the front office, it was clear Cleveland was the place for me. We’re all on the same page and we’re all in. We have unfinished business and now it’s time to get back to work.”

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LeBron James becomes free agent, expected to re-sign with Cavaliers

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 28, 2015

The best player in the NBA is a free agent again, although unlike twice before, this time the entire league isn’t expected to pause and wait on LeBron James.

Perhaps more importantly, Northeast Ohio shouldn’t be stunned by this decision.

James informed the Cavs on Sunday he is opting out of his contract and will be an unrestricted free agent again on July 1. The move was widely expected and is considered a formality at this point, with James likely to re-sign another one-year deal with a player option that will pay him roughly $22 million next season – about $500,000 more than the contract he signed with the Cavs last summer when he shocked the league by returning to Cleveland.

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Cavs trade out of first round, select Cedi Osman, Rakeem Christmas, Sir'Dominic Pointer in NBA draft

By Jason Lloyd Published: June 25, 2015

INDEPENDENCE: The Minnesota Timberwolves are making a habit of taking the Cavs’ first-round picks. For the third consecutive season, the Cavs have sent their top pick to the Timberwolves in a trade.

The Cavs selected Duke point guard Tyus Jones 24th overall Thursday and promptly traded him to the Timberwolves, a league source confirmed. The Cavs received two second-round picks, 31st and 36th overall, and a future second-round pick. They selected Turkish wing Cedi Osman 31st overall and Syracuse senior Rakeem Christmas 36th overall. They selected St. John's wing Sir'Dominic Pointer 53rd overall. 

Osman is a 20-year-old, athletic 6-foot-8 wing who will probably need to add weight to compete in the NBA – he’s listed at about 190 pounds. He averaged 6.7 points in 27 Euroleague games for Anadolu Efes last season, but shot just 30 percent from 3-point range.

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