AKRON: LeBron James insists he’s home to stay.
“I don’t plan on going anywhere,” James said Friday night during the Welcome Home LeBron event at InfoCision Stadium. “I don’t have the energy to do it again.”
James structured his contract with the Cavs to allow him to again enter free agency after each of the next two seasons, but implied Friday that was a maneuver to take advantage of the league’s next television contract, when max salaries could increase dramatically.
“At the end of the day I’m a businessman as well,” James said, “and I know what’s going on in our league.”To read more or comment...
The new-look Cavaliers will open the preseason Oct. 5 against coach David Blatt’s former team, Maccabi Tel Aviv, before departing for a highly anticipated reunion between LeBron James and the Miami Heat in Brazil.
The Cavs will play five of their seven preseason games in the state of Ohio, including stops in Cincinnati and Columbus, in the schedule released Friday. They will play seven preseason games and conclude the preseason Oct. 22 at the Memphis Grizzlies.
Sun., Oct. 5 vs. Maccabi Tel Aviv (Quicken Loans Arena), 6 p.m.To read more or comment...
The Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed on a trade that will send All-Star forward Kevin Love to the Cavs for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected 2015 first-round pick, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported this morning.
The report says the Cavs have a “firm agreement” that Love will sign a five-year, $120 million contract extension to remain with Cleveland next summer.
The trade cannot be announced until Aug. 23, one month after Wiggins signed his rookie contract. Wiggins was the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.
In recent days, reports said the Cavs remained the lone team in the running to acquire Love, who will team with LeBron James to make the Cavs the favorite for the 2014-15 NBA title.To read more or comment...
LeBron James isn’t just returning to the Cavaliers. He’s returning to his old number, too.
James will wear No. 23 this season with the Cavaliers, he wrote on his Twitter account Sunday. He wore that number for seven seasons with the Cavs before changing to No. 6 when he joined the Miami Heat.
“23 it is!” James wrote. “It’s only right I go back.”To read more or comment...
Andrew Wiggins signed his rookie contract on Thursday. In any other year, that would simply be a formality. Not this year.
Now that Wiggins has signed, he cannot be traded for 30 days. Wiggins is the centerpiece of a potential deal for Kevin Love, but now the trade cannot be executed for 30 days.
The Cavs, however, were forced to sign him in order to trade him becasue he held no monetary value otherwise, making a trade including him extremely difficult. Wiggins will earn $5.5 million next season, the full 120 percent allowed under the league's rookie scale.
The team also announced second-round pick Joe Harris also signed. Harris signed a three-year deal, with the first two years guaranteed, a league source confirmed.To read more or comment...