Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • Report: Salary cap could rise to $105 million in 2017-18

    Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 27

  • How Kyrie Irving has blossomed since teaming up with LeBron

    New York Post "An All-Star Game MVP trophy sits on his mantle or nightstand or wherever the heck NBA players plop such items. He has the two highest individual scoring games in the NBA this season, 57 and 55 points. But Kyrie Irving gets pumped about one thing. “Winning,” the Cavaliers point guard said..." March 27

  • Grizzlies embarrassed at home as Kevin Love, Cavaliers roll them 111-89

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Another Western Conference powerhouse goes down as the Cleveland Cavaliers turned up the defense to defeat the Memphis Grizzlies, 111-89, Wednesday night at the FedEx Forum. Kyrie Irving led Cleveland (47-26) in scoring with 24 points, but it was the forgotten member of the Big 3 who showed up..." March 26

  • Report: LeBron James frustrated with Kevin Love for not fitting in

    Pro Basketball Talk "Kevin Love has requested more inside touches, said he’s not a stretch four, said he’s not best friends with LeBron James and chosen Russell Westbrook, not LeBron, as his MVP this season. Is Love just being honest? Is he being too honest? Is he going out of his way to cause..." March 26

  • ‘Fortune’ magazine names Adam Silver, LeBron James and Yao Ming among world’s 50 greatest leaders

    Pro Basketball Talk "In just the latest indication of the NBA’s growing global presence, Fortune magazine has named three NBA-related figures among its just-released list of the world’s 50 greatest leaders. Nobody from any of the other three major American sports is featured. Here’s what the magazine had to say..." March 26

  • LeBron James says no one should fault Kevin Love for his MVP opinion

    CBSSports.com "After Kevin Love said on Monday that he would take Russell Westbrook for the MVP over his teammate, LeBron James, naturally, the two were asked about it Tuesday. Love pointed out that he said several players were worthy of the award, and that it only sounded bad if you took it out of context. From..." March 25

  • LeBron on Love's MVP pick: 'Kevin has his own opinion'

    The Score "LeBron James cares not for Kevin Love's selection for most valuable player. Love appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Monday and cast his support behind Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, instead of his own teammate: I would just say because of time spent on the court, you..." March 25

  • Mozgov offers large reason for Cavs to think big

    Fox Sports Ohio "When the Cavaliers were able to surround Kyrie Irving with LeBron James and Kevin Love, they were obviously thrilled. But general manager David Griffin knew they weren't a finished product. Later, when Griffin orchestrated a trade to acquire guards J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert from New York,..." March 24

  • Kevin Love on LeBron James: "We're not best friends"

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said his relationship was "evolving" with superstar LeBron James, admitted the two were not close, and picked a former teammate over James for NBA MVP in separate interviews with national media today. Love appeared on ESPN's Mike & Mike and also on the Dan Patrick..." March 24

  • LeBron James and the Mozgov effect as Cavaliers roll toward playoffs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It's been a little more than a week since LeBron James and Cavaliers coach David Blatt took divergent views on playoff seeding. To recap, on March 16th, Blatt said: "We've got to finish in second place" in the East. Told of Blatt's remark, James said: "That's for the coaching staff, that's..." March 24

  • Cavaliers finally wake up to put an end to Bucks, winning 108-90

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "It took the Cavaliers three quarters to wake up, but once they did, they were finally able to do away with the pesky Milwaukee Bucks, 108-90 Sunday at BMO Harris Bradley Center. LeBron James led a late charge by Cleveland (46-26), ending the third quarter on an 8-0 run to send the Cavs into the..." March 23

  • Cavaliers recall Joe Harris from Canton Charge of the D-League

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled Joe Harris from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers NBA Developmental League team. Cavs General Manager David Griffin announced the move on Monday afternoon, just days after the 6-foot-6 wing made the trip down I-77 to play for the Charge Saturday night..." March 23

  • Anderson Varejao wanted to try a return this season, but was talked out of it for the better

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao, who is out for the season with an Achilles tear, says he contemplated attempting a return this season. "I wanted to give it a try, but I'm being told to continue my rehab so I can be ready for the start of next season," Varejao told Northeast Ohio Media Group...." March 23

  • Cavs Would've Added Steve Nash If He Agreed to Buyout from Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steve Nash made what was a foregone conclusion official by announcing his retirement on Saturday, but before that, he had at least one option to return to the court with a championship contender this season. Nash already tried to chase a ring or two with the Lakers, and that couldn’t have ended..." March 23

  • Bucks disrespected JR Smith's range and LeBron James made sure they paid

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "If LeBron James and JR Smith didn't wake up in the second half of the 108-90 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, the Cleveland Cavaliers would still be sleeping peacefully. It took a while for Cleveland to shake the early tip. And the quiet, undersold Bradley Center didn't help matters from an..." March 23

  • Cavaliers would have added Steve Nash if had agreed to buyout from Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Steve Nash made what was a foregone conclusion official by announcing his retirement on Saturday, but before that, he had at least one option to return to the court with a championship contender this season. Nash already tried to chase a ring or two with the Lakers, and that couldn’t have ended..." March 22

  • Cavs Assign Joe Harris to Canton Charge

    NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned guard Joe Harris to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Harris has played in seven games for the Charge this..." March 21

  • Anderson Varejao believes he’s ahead of rehab schedule

    Akron Beacon Journal "Anderson Vare­jao said he believes he is slightly ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn Achilles tendon and expects to be ready for the start of next season. The Cavaliers center is out of the walking boot and back to normal footwear. He is working out in the weight room, but still..." March 21

  • NBA commissioner Adam Silver talks potential labor strife, draft lottery changes and salary cap

    Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21

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    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    Finally some good news on some superstars from Cleveland. LeBron James (cold) planning to play tonight against Pacers AND...

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    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    LeBron James (illness) missed Cavs shootaround. He's questionable for game against Pacers tonight.

  • Cavaliers sputter early, regroup to throttle Nets 117-92

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "A lackadaisical start was overcome by a focused second quarter as the Cavaliers marched to a 14th straight home victory at The Q with an 117-92 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. Cleveland (44-26) couldn't have begun the game worse, with five careless turnovers in the first five..." March 19

  • Love back in the lineup for Cavaliers on Wednesday

    The Score "Kevin Love will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. The power forward sat out the past two games ostensibly for rest, but it came on the heels of his own admission that he's been dealing with recurring back issues all season. However, he shot that down..." March 18

  • James Jones finding increased role and effectiveness

    Fear The Sword "Of the three veteran wings the Cavs brought in this summer, James Jones will arguably play the biggest role for the Cavs as they head into the playoffs. That's something no one expected. As soon as the Cleveland Cavaliers got a commitment from LeBron James this summer, their first free agency..." March 17

  • Wade, Heat push past LeBron, Cavaliers 106-92

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It's not that Erik Spoelstra saw this coming. But he did see the possibilities. "When we're playing good, connected basketball, we're not afraid of anybody," he said immediately before Monday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at AmericanAirlines Arena. "We feel like we can beat..." March 17

  • Stephen Curry's MVP Vote Would Go to LeBron James

    Complex "As of right now, NBA players have absolutely no say in who wins the MVP award at the end of the season. Guys like Kevin Durant have suggested changing that. But at the moment, only certain members of the media are allowed to vote for the NBA MVP. If Stephen Curry had a vote, though, he knows..." March 17

  • Alonzo Mourning doesn’t understand why LeBron James left Miami

    SLAM Online "NBA Championship rings tend to shine pretty bright, but for some reason—maybe the lighting in the room when we speak, maybe the way it perfectly complements his dapper suit—Alonzo Mourning’s gigantic, diamond-filled piece of jewelry truly sparkles. With March Madness about to hit full swing, the..." March 17

  • NBA playoffs may need a format change

    USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17

  • Kyrie Irving continues to shine as Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Orlando Magic 123-108

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Minus one of their Big Three, the Cleveland Cavaliers were still able to do away with the Orlando Magic, winning 123-108 on Sunday night at the Amway Center. Cleveland (43-25) gave Kevin Love the night off for rest purposes, but his absence wasn't enough to give Orlando (21-47) a competitive..." March 16

  • LeBron to have knee treated after 'scary' fall

    ESPN.com "LeBron James tweaked his right knee in the second half of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 123-108 win over the Orlando Magic on Sunday and is hopeful it won't sideline him for his return to Miami to face the Heat on Monday night. James fouled Orlando's Dewayne Dedmon while trying to block the Magic..." March 16

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' guard Kyrie Irving open and candid: 'I'm going to command your respect'

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "During the 2013-14 season, Kyrie Irving's third year in the league, the then 21-year-old was averaging 20.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 6.1 assists. For a while, the young Cavaliers were fighting for a playoff berth until their talent and chemistry caught up to them. On the surface, Irving had an..." March 16

  • Kevin Love: It's no time to sulk

    ESPN.com "Cleveland forward Kevin Love said the team's recent stretch of success has helped him cope with lingering struggles with his role and health as the Cavaliers gain momentum heading toward the playoffs. Love continues to deal with soreness in his back, and also found himself benched again in the..." March 15

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    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    #Cavs F Kevin Love will not play tonight vs Magic. Just rest purposes.

  • Kyrie Irving drops a career-high 57 points to lead Cavaliers over Spurs in overtime

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kyrie Irving's franchise record of 57 points led the Cleveland Cavaliers past the San Antonio Spurs, 128-125 in overtime, at the AT&T Center on Thursday night. Irving's point total was the highest by an NBA player this season. The win broke the defending NBA champions' six-game winning..." March 13

  • Riley: LeBron Could Have Had Something Historic Over Next 5-6 Years With Heat

    Real GM Basketball "Pat Riley felt that the Miami Heat were in the position he wanted them to be in despite losing in the 2014 Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, but LeBron James decided to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. "That was almost shocking to me that the players would allow that to happen. And I'm not..." March 12

  • NBA Players Union rejects cap smoothing, setting up ridiculous 2016 free agency summer

    SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12

  • J.R. Smith, pals with LeBron James, wants to be 'here to stay' with the Cavaliers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James took to social media, again, late Tuesday evening, only this time there was no subliminal message sent to put a teammate in his place. James posted two photos to Instagram after the Cavaliers blew out Dallas 127-94, including one of the entire team celebrating on the flight to San..." March 12

  • Cavaliers calm, cool and collected in embarrassing Mavericks, 127-94

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In an outstanding all-around performance, the Cavaliers demonstrated poise in a hostile environment, soaring to an impressive 127-94 clobbering of the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night at American Airlines Center. Tyson Chandler of the Mavericks said his group was treating this game like a..." March 11

  • LeBron plays without headband for first time since his rookie season

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James has played with a headband in just about every game of his NBA career. The look has become iconic, and has also been the subject of a bit of mockery, thanks to the way it’s grown over the years to cover a thinning hairline. But James may be done with it — or, at least he was for..." March 11

  • David Blatt calls trend of hard fouls against LeBron 'worrisome'

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James has been victimized by a series of hard fouls recently, and predictably, his head coach would like that to stop. James Harden was suspended a game for kicking LeBron in the groin, and Jonas Valanciunas was called for a flagrant for taking LeBron to the floor two games..." March 08

  • Atlanta takes 6th straight with 106-97 win over Cleveland

    Peachtree Hoops "On a night that centered around the great Dominique Wilkins, there was a fantastic atmosphere at Philips Arena. On the court, the Atlanta Hawks took care of business with a 106-97 victory over LeBron James and the Cavaliers for their sixth straight win. After the typical "feeling out" process..." March 07

  • Ainge made a pitch for LeBron James last summer

    Celtics Blog "Danny Ainge is always looking for opportunities to improve the Celtics in a big way. In today's article Bulpett kind of laughs off a report from earlier this week indicating that the Celtics would "swing for the fences" this summer. Not because it is inaccurate, but because it is situation..." March 07

  • Perkins ready to be enforecer for LeBron

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James and the rest of the Cavaliers did not like the hard foul Jonas Valanciunas gave the Cleveland star the other night. After being the target of a couple flagrant fouls recently, LeBron said he needs to stick up for himself more. Kendrick Perkins is willing to do it for him. Which..." March 07

  • LeBron James has changed his mechanics on free throws, in case you hadn't noticed; here's why

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "You're never too old to learn something new. The most accomplished individuals live by that motto. LeBron James is going through a minor alteration of his own. You had a chance to observe his modification 16 times in the last two Cavaliers games if you were paying close attention. His..." March 05

  • Cavaliers are up, down and up at the end in 120-112 victory over Toronto

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers lost a 19-point lead in the fourth quarter, but LeBron James led a determined closing kick as they claimed a much-coveted 120-112 win over the Toronto Raptors at Air Canada Centre on Wednesday. As a result, they moved into a three-way tie for the No. 2 spot in the Eastern..." March 05

  • Kendrick Perkins' assignment is to make sure LeBron James knows he's the best

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins is known for a few things on the court, such as his ability to bang, intimidate and enforce, but motivational speaking probably isn't something you'd associate him with. As he continues to get acclimated to his new team, his best and most powerful attribute so..." March 04

  • Cavaliers take care of Celtics with ease, thrashing them 110-79

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The young Boston Celtics may be improving and fighting for that final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, but on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, they were fish out of water. They didn't belong, and it resulted in their 110-79 loss that wasn't nearly that close. It was not a..." March 04

  • Report: Celtics To Pursue Kevin Love, Greg Monroe, Marc Gasol This Summer

    NESN "Get ready, Boston Celtics fans. We could be in for a very interesting summer. The “fireworks” many Celtics supporters hoped for last offseason never materialized, as the team failed to land its reported top target, current Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love, and instead settled on..." March 04

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    NBA on ESPN @ESPNNBA

    Kyrie Irving will play tonight as Cavs face Celtics. Kevin Love is game-time decision due to illness.

  • LeBron: Harden Kick 'not basketball play'

    ESPN.com "Rockets guard James Harden was called for a flagrant foul for appearing to kick LeBron James below the belt in Sunday's 105-103 overtime win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a flagrant foul 1, allowing Harden to stay in the game and finish off a 33-point performance to lead Houston to..." March 02