CLEVELAND: If this is it, if this is the end of Daniel Gibson’s time with the Cavaliers, he readily admits he is terribly disappointed.
Gibson will be a free agent at the end of the year, and there remains at least a decent chance he will not return. He has spent his entire seven-year career with the organization, but has only appeared in 45 games this season because of injuries to his elbow, toe and ankle, a concussion and the fact he fell out of coach Byron Scott’s rotation a few weeks ago.
He is again sidelined with the same elbow problems that bothered him near the start of the season, and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll play in any of the Cavs’ final three games.
Gibson said he has given a lot of thought to the fact Monday’s game against the Miami Heat could be his final home game at Quicken Loans Arena.
“It’s really stressing me out. It’s kind of upsetting,” Gibson said. “I hate the way my last season went. Just with all the injuries and everything I’ve dealt with. Me and this city have a really close bond and connection. I feel like I owe them more than I gave them this season.”
Gibson is averaging 5.5 points, his lowest scoring average since his rookie year, and he’s shooting a career-worst .346 on 3-pointers.
He is making $4.8 million this season and will be a free agent this summer. If Gibson has any chance at returning, he’ll be facing a significant pay cut.
“If there is any role I could be part of the Cavaliers moving forward, I would accept that just to finish on a better note,” he said.
Gibson’s scoring has decreased each of the past three years, and his shooting percentage has declined each of the past four years. He moved into third place this season on the Cavs’ all-time list of 3-point shooters and now has 578 in his career. But he has also battled injuries nearly every season.
“It has tested my faith a lot of times. I don’t think people realize how much I care about the game of basketball and how much I want to do well,” he said. “But every single time, the city, the fans, the coaches have always been in my corner every time trying to help me get back and get back healthy. I just wish through it all, the end could’ve been better. But I can’t say it’s over because I love these guys.”
Maybe, maybe not
C.J. Miles has two hurdles left to conquer before he is cleared out of the NBA’s concussion program and allowed to return to the court. Those include non-contact and contact drills during practice.
The only problem is today’s practice will be the last of the season, meaning there might not be enough time to get him cleared and back in uniform.
“I could come back or I could be done,” Miles conceded.
He ran on a treadmill for 20 minutes before Friday’s game against the New York Knicks and said he doesn’t have any headaches. His biggest symptom from the concussion was a sensitivity to light, so he didn’t know yet how he would respond to running up and down the lighted basketball court.
Miles has a small gash on his forehead between his eyebrows. There is still a chance it could scar, leaving one person to suggest Miles grow a unibrow similar to New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis.
“I can’t do that,” he joked. “I’ll leave that for A.D.”
Dion Waiters was not at the arena Friday, because he was dealing with a family emergency. Waiters returned from his knee injury Wednesday, but left the arena immediately after the game to deal with the issue and hasn’t returned.
Luke Walton missed his fourth consecutive game with a sprained right ankle.
Scott said prior to the game he expected Waiters to attend the game against the Knicks, but wasn’t sure whether or not he would play.
Waiters did not make it to the arena, however.
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