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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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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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