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New Cavaliers GM Koby Altman describes situation with Kyrie Irving as 'fluid'

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 26, 2017

New Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and owner Dan Gilbert would not get into the multiple scenarios they said were discussed with Kyrie Irving and his agent last month.

But when asked if the Cavs intended to trade Irving, Altman said, “We’ve been in touch with his representation and it's a fluid situation."

Gilbert and Altman spoke Wednesday at a press conference at Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Irving asked to be traded, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Friday. But even if Altman is exploring all options, Irving might not be moved quickly. When asked if he expected Irving to report to training camp, Gilbert said Irving is under contract for three more years, the last at a player option, and at this point he would expect him to be there.

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Chauncey Billups knew Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving was unhappy, but trade request baffles him

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 25, 2017

While interviewing and considering the Cavaliers’ offer to become head of basketball operations, Chauncey Billups said he did his due diligence on the team’s situation and learned much that the rest of the world doesn’t know.

During an interview Tuesday on “The Vic Lombardi Show” on Altitude Sports 950 AM in Denver, Billups said he knew four-time All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving was unhappy.

Billups withdrew his name from consideration for the Cavs job on July 3; Irving told the Cavs he wanted to be traded on July 7, according to ESPN. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert promoted Koby Altman to general manager on Monday.

An ESPN analyst, five-time All-Star and 2004 Finals MVP, Billups does not understand why Irving would rather go elsewhere than win with LeBron James in Cleveland this season. He said the perception that Irving has another agenda besides winning could damage his reputation with potential trade partners.

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Ready to compete for a championship, Derrick Rose signs with Cavaliers

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 25, 2017

In announcing Tuesday’s signing of three-time All-Star Derrick Rose, new Cavaliers General Manager Koby Altman admitted that the 2011 NBA MVP could have gone to a number of other teams.

But as Rose said in a statement, he chose the place where he could best compete for a championship.

The Cavs have been to the NBA Finals for three consecutive seasons and won the title in 2016.

Free agent point guard Rose, 28, agreed to terms of a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum of $2.1 million on Monday. Traded from the Chicago Bulls in June, 2016, Rose spent a tumultuous season with the New York Knicks, averaging 18 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 64 games while shooting .471 from the field, his best percentage since 2009-10.

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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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