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Reports: Cavs, Rockets in trade talks for Iman Shumpert

By Marla Ridenour Published: July 1, 2017

The Cavaliers are in talks to trade Iman Shumpert to the Houston Rockets, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.

According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs are seeking a draft pick and a trade exception for Shumpert, which would free up salary cap space to re-sign free agent Kyle Korver and give them assets for future deals.

Shumpert has one year and a player option remaining on a four-year, $40 million contract he signed in July, 2015. Shumpert carries a $10.3 million salary for 2017-18 and $11 million in his option year, according to spotrac.com.

Shams Charania of The Vertical reported that teams interested in Shumpert have discussed altering the player option year, but that caveat is not in play in the talks with the Rockets.

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Cavs owner Dan Gilbert visits White House to share story of Detroit's and Cleveland's transformation

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 28, 2017

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert didn't know he would be crashing the Chicago Cubs' party.

Gilbert, the founder and chairman of Quicken Loans Inc., visited the White House Wednesday with the mortgage company's CEO Jay Farner to share the story of Detroit's and Cleveland's transformation.

Gilbert's visit drew national attention because he was included in the ceremony for Cubs players, coaches and executives with President Donald Trump in the West Wing, although the timing of the Cubs' and Gilbert's arrivals was a coincidence. According to the Chicago Tribune, Trump asked if he could bring in Gilbert to pose with the group while the Cubs were in the Roosevelt Room.

The Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 World Series and made their official White House visit days before President Barack Obama left office. This was an informal trip during the Cubs' four-game series against the Washington Nationals.

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Carmelo Anthony wants to remain close to 10-year-old son, wife La La says

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 27, 2017

Carmelo Anthony’s insistence on remaining in New York despite Knicks president Phil Jackson’s belief  he should finish his career elsewhere is rooted in is Anthony’s desire to remain close to his 10-year-old son Kiyan.

That’s what his estranged wife, La La Anthony said Tuesday on “The Wendy Williams Show.”

Asked if they were divorcing, La La Anthony, who has known her husband since he was 19 and been married for seven years, said, “Not right now,” and added of Carmelo, “We’re the best of friends.”

She said she will continue to live in New York.

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Report: Cavs still in pursuit of Paul George; Denver was third team in draft night deal

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 25, 2017

While the Cavaliers couldn’t pull off a trade for the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George on draft night, they are still in pursuit of the four-time All-Star, ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc Stein reported Sunday night.

According to the ESPN report, discussions leading up to Thursday’s draft had Kevin Love going to the Denver Nuggets, the Cavs landing George and the Pacers receiving a package of young players and draft picks. The Pacers are intent on trading George after his agent informed them next season will be George’s last in Indianapolis.

A tweet from Haynes Sunday evening said one of the scenarios also had the Nuggets’ Kenneth Faried coming to Cleveland. Faried, 27, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has averaged 11.9 points and 8.5 rebounds over six seasons in Denver.

According to the ESPN report, one of the Nuggets’ off-season priorities is to upgrade the power forward position, which would be settled with the acquisition of Love.

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Report: Chauncey Billups 'conflicted' over Cavaliers' multi-year offer to run basketball operations

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 22, 2017

After two days of meetings, the Cavaliers have reportedly made Chauncey Billups a multi-year offer to become president of basketball operations, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said Billups is "conflicted" over whether to accept the deal.

The Athletic reported Billups had been offered a five-year contract. According to Windhorst, Billups would be able to hire an experienced general manager to assist him.

Multiple web sites reported that Billups met with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert Tuesday and Wednesday, with the latter including a visit to Quicken Loans Arena to be introduced to executives who would work under him.

The Cavs are the second team to which Billups has talked. He also recently interviewed with the Atlanta Hawks.

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Draymond Green pays LeBron James back for 2016 diss with 'Quickie' T-shirt

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 15, 2017

Let the disses begin.

Forward Draymond Green wore a “Quickie” T-shirt to the Golden State Warriors’ NBA championship parade on Thursday, with the “Q” copied from the logo of Quicken Loans Arena, home of the Cavaliers.

The Warriors eliminated the Cavs in five games Monday night to capture their second title in three years. The Cavs took the 2016 championship in seven games, beating the Warriors twice in Oracle Arena.

Asked to explain his shirt by Rosalyn Gold-Onwude of NBC Sports Bay Area, Green said, “The Q? That’s what those guys’ arena is called. We got ‘em out of here quick. With the trophy. Quickie.” The shirt also included a miniature version of the Larry O’Brien trophy.

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Cavaliers play through bizarre referee decisions to top Warriors 137-116 in Game 4

By Michael Beaven Published: June 10, 2017

CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers will step onto the Oracle Arena court on Monday facing elimination for the second year in a row in a Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

Last year the Cavs won Game 5 in Oakland, Game 6 in Cleveland and Game 7 in Oakland to erase a 3-1 deficit and beat the Golden State Warriors for the title.

Can they do it again?

That remains to be seen, but Cavs star LeBron James admitted after Friday’s 137-116 victory in Game 4 that he would be leaving Quicken Loans Arena feeling “stressed out.”

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Cavaliers: Tidbits on 3's, chatter, comments about Cleveland

By Michael Beaven Published: June 10, 2017

CLEVELAND: Here are some quick tidbits from the Cavaliers 137-116 victory over the Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena.

… 3-point shootout …

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Cavs 137, Warriors 116: Marla's 38 shots from Beyond the Arc on a phantom ejection & 'chatter'

By Marla Ridenour Published: June 10, 2017

Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of the NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. While ending the Warriors’ undefeated playoff run, the defending champion Cavs take a 3-1 deficit (the same as they faced a year ago) into Game 5 Monday at Oracle Arena.

1. First the question everyone wants answered: How could Draymond Green be ejected, and then not be ejected?

2. The Warriors' Green was originally called for a technical foul with 1:55 left in the first quarter following his loose ball foul. Warriors coach Steve Kerr could be seen on the scoreboard yelling at an official, “What are you calling?”

3. When Green was called for his second technical after being whistled for a foul with 6:18 left in the third quarter, the public address announcer said Green had been ejected and “Hit the road, Jack,” played throughout the arena. But Green remained on the court, the officiating crew congregated, and it was determined that the first technical had been on Kerr. Neither the fans nor the media got an explanation.

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