LAS VEGAS: Kyrie Irving is one of 19 players invited to Team USA’s training camp in Las Vegas later this month, Team USA announced on Monday. Irving’s inclusion is no surprise since he is expected to be part of the 12-man roster that travels to Spain for the FIBA World Cup in six weeks.
Derrick Rose, Damian Lillard and Steph Curry are also point guards on the initial 19-man list. John Wall could still be added at a later date. The Vegas training camp runs July 28 to August 1.
The rest of the 19-man invite list includes: Bradley Beal, DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, DeMar DeRozan, Andre Drummond, Kevin Durant, Kenneth Faried, Paul George, Blake Griffin, James Harden, Gordon Hayward, Kyle Korver, Kevin Love, Chandler Parsons and Klay Thompson.To read more or comment...
The Cavaliers have traded Jarrett Jack and Sergey Karasev to the Brooklyn Nets and Tyler Zeller to the Boston Celtics, along with a future first-round pick, in what appears to be a cap-clearing move in anticipation of the return of LeBron James.
A league source confirmed the trade to the Beacon Journal, which was first reported by ESPN. Yahoo Sports reported the first-round pick from the Cavs is top 10 protected in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and unprotected in 2019. Wednesday’s deal gives the Cavs enough salary cap space to offer James a max contract.
The Cavs acquired the draft rights to Nets prospects Ilkan Karaman, Christian Drejer and Edin Bavcic, according to Yahoo, but the main focus of this trade is the belief James is returning to the Cavaliers.To read more or comment...
Andrew Wiggins has signed a multi-year deal with adidas, the shoe giant announced on Wednesday. Wiggins’ deal is believed to be five years and worth about $13 million, according to various national reports.
Wiggins is the first top overall pick to select adidas since Derrick Rose in 2008. Kyrie Irving signed with Nike in 2011.
Wiggins' deal is far less than the $180 million figure he was rumored to command last fall, but it's a victory for a shoe company that historically has been crushed by Nike. adidas' top client, Derrick Rose, has suffered crippling injuries each of the last two seasons and the company was perhaps looking for a new face. They found one in Wiggins.
Wiggins and the Cavaliers are in Las Vegas preparing for summer league, which opens Friday.To read more or comment...
Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and Matthew Dellavedova highlight the Cavs’ 12-man summer league roster released Tuesday. Cavs Carrick Felix, Sergey Karasev, Joe Harris and Scotty Hopson are also on the team. Shane Edwards, Will Cherry, Jack Cooley, Steven Gray and Alex Kirk fill out the roster.
Rookie Dwight Powell, a second-round pick obtained in a draft-night trade, is absent from the initial list because the trade cannot be completed until the new league year begins on July 10. He is expected to be added to the roster after the trade is official.
The most interesting part of the roster might be the assistant coaches. Jim Boylan, Brett Brielmaier, Phil Handy and Vitaly Potapenko are holdovers from Mike Brown’s staff, while James Posey is an addition from the Canton Charge staff.
David Blatt is expected to coach the team, along with associate head coach Tyronn Lue.To read more or comment...
If LeBron James ultimately decides to return to the Cavaliers, it won’t be because of a mysterious plane that landed Sunday evening in South Florida. Contrary to popular belief, Zydrunas Ilgauskas was not on that plane.
Neither were Cavs General Manager David Griffin nor owner Dan Gilbert.
Griffin was in Cleveland on Sunday, Gilbert was at home in Detroit and Ilgauskas never boarded the private jet that flew from Detroit to South Florida, several sources with knowledge of the situation have confirmed to the Beacon Journal.
One source with knowledge of Gilbert’s inner workings said the Cavs owner, who has a hand in more than 70 companies, has regular business in South Florida.To read more or comment...