Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • 2m
    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    LeBron on Kyrie Irving:

  • Cavs' youthful roster excites LeBron James but has him wary for playoffs "As LeBron James embarks on his 10th trip to the postseason Sunday in what he hopes will finish with his fifth straight appearance in the Finals (and sixth overall) there is a degree of trepidation mixed in with his excitement. While the Cleveland Cavaliers' 34-9 record to close out the regular..." April 19

  • LeBron looks forward to 'challenge' of leading inexperienced playoff team "Ten months have passed since LeBron James and the Miami Heat were bounced by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, losing Games 3 to 5 by an average of 19 points. While James finds himself on a new team on the eve of the Cleveland Cavaliers' playoff opener against the Boston Celtics on..." April 18

  • David Blatt doesn't want to put too much responsibility on LeBron James "LeBron James -- on the cusp of the 10th playoff appearance of his 12-year career -- is no stranger to the postseason. James' coach, David Blatt, and two of his most productive teammates, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, are postseason neophytes, however. It will be the first taste of the NBA..." April 18

  • Nike Close To Taking Over NBA Apparel Rights From Adidas With Long-Term Deal

    Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.

  • LeBron-less Cavaliers outpace Wizards for season-finale 113-108 overtime win

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers were without LeBron James, but they overcame an early 15-point deficit to give the fans a gritty, hard-fought 113-108 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Fan Appreciation Night in the season finale. The Wizards were down one with 10.1 seconds left when..." April 16

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    Joe Vardon @joevardon

    Blatt said Kyrie will play, LeBron will rest

  • LeBron James jokingly says Kevin Love is the MVP "It has been a whirlwind first season playing together for LeBron James and Kevin Love. Here is a quick recap: Love and James are not best friends. James has been frustrated with Love at times this season. Love felt like he had difficulty fitting in at times which prompted James to take..." April 15

  • How a shy kid from Russia became the man the Cavaliers needed

    SB Nation "Things were looking bleak for the Cleveland Cavaliers in early January. This, after all, was a team that had been built to compete for a championship. And yet here they were, losing again to a lottery-bound group. This time it was to the tanking Sixers, who had only won four games all..." April 14

  • LeBron James' triple-double, JR Smith's 8 3s and Kyrie Irving exiting highlight a 109-97 beating of Detroit Pistons

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Detroit Pistons are in evaluation mode as the organization assesses a few young players and how they might fit moving forward. But the obvious assessment was that they didn't belong on the same court with the Cavaliers on Monday at The Q, because they were manhandled 109-97, the Cavaliers'..." April 14

  • LeBron No. 1 in jersey sales; Bulls are top-selling team "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14

  • ‘We All Had Great Teammates': Kobe Bryant Defends LeBron James Joining Heat

    Uproxx "With 36 year-old Kobe Bryant long ago sapped of the ability that once made him a viable candidate for the title of basketball’s best player, you’d think comparisons between he and LeBron James would be long gone. But Mamba Nation cares not for reality, nuance, or timeliness; rings(s,s,s,s) need no..." April 14

  • J.R. Smith says everyone knows LeBron James is the real MVP

    Sportress of Blogitude "On a night when LeBron James posted is second triple-double of the season (21 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds) in a 109-97 win over the Detroit Pistons after sitting out Sunday’s game, one of the superstar’s teammates unequivocally stated that everyone knows King James is the real NBA..." April 14

  • Jason Lloyd: Explaining my postseason awards ballot and why I voted LeBron James for MVP

    Akron Beacon Journal "Trying to wade through the NBA’s postseason awards ballot is both an honor and a welcomed burden. You want to do your best to get it right by your standards, even if sometimes you’re the lone voice in the field. Much has been made this season over the media’s role in handing out some of the..." April 14

  • 5d
    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    Irving is officially out for the rest of the game with right hip tightness, according to the Cavs. Calling it a precautionary measure.

  • Celtics know Cavs will have different look in playoffs

    CSN New England "If the Boston Celtics clinch a playoff berth and wind up playing Cleveland as expected, at least they’ll be familiar with their first round foe right? That would yes … and no. Having played them twice in the last three days can do nothing but breed a certain amount of familiarity. Boston..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA's president of basketball operations Rod Thorn to retire from NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13

  • Pepsi takes over as NBA sponsor in new deal

    Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13

  • Cavs rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love against Celtics "The Cleveland Cavaliers will rest LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and J.R. Smith in their game Sunday against the Celtics. "When we qualified last week [for the No. 2 seed], we sort of made a plan for how we want to manage the last period of the season here," Cavs coach David Blatt said..." April 12

  • J.R. Smith to players: Be careful out there "As a member of the New York Knicks, J.R. Smith frequented the nightclub in the Chelsea section of New York, where the Indiana Pacers' Chris Copeland and the Atlanta Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha and Pero Antic were involved in a late-night incident this week. Now a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers,..." April 12

  • 9d
    Dave McMenamin @mcten

    LeBron James says he'll play tonight vs Boston. "I was never sitting out tonight. I never had that in my mind."

  • Cavaliers clinch East's No. 2 seed and Central Division title in 104-99 win against Milwaukee

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers put an exclamation point on a night when they clinched the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference and captured the Central Division title, finishing the evening with a 104-99 win against the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavs entered the game needing either a win against the Bucks..." April 09

  • 10d
    Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

    Though not finalized, LeBron James hinted he'll sit the next 2 games. Both are against Celtics so it could affect playoff race/seedings

  • LeBron James: I would vote for myself as MVP this season "NBA players will be able to vote in their own set of postseason awards for the first time this year, players union executive director Michele Roberts said in a memo made public on Wednesday. LeBron James said he knows who he would peg as this season's MVP. From ESPN: James said that..." April 09

  • NBA union announces awards players will vote on

    USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08

  • Rest for LeBron, Cavs apparently will come after second seed clinched

    Akron Beacon Journal "Cavs coach David Blatt said he has no plans to rest players in Wednesday's 8 p.m. game against the Bucks in Milwaukee. The Cavs are one victory shy, or one Chicago Bulls' loss away, from clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and their fourth Central Division title in..." April 08

  • LeBron to sit games before playoffs but unsure which ones

    The Score "LeBron James may hold the entire Eastern Conference playoff bracket in the palm of his hands. The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar iterated Tuesday that he plans to sit out a few games for rest before the end of the season but remains unsure of which ones he'll take off. This, of course, after he..." April 07

  • ‘What’s up, p—-?’: Joakim Noah remains LeBron’s No. 1 troll

    New York Post "NBA seasons come and go, but one thing stays the same: Joakim Noah is an obscenity-spewing thorn in LeBron James’ side. The two players — who have faced each other in more than a fair share of high-stakes NBA games — got involved in yet another round of verbal fisticuffs Sunday, when James’..." April 07

  • LeBron James secures first triple-double and Cleveland Cavaliers nail 16 threes to defeat Chicago Bulls 99-94

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James' first triple-double of the season and a barrage of 3-pointers lifted the Cleveland Cavaliers past the division rival Chicago Bulls, 99-94, at The Q on Easter Sunday. With the victory, Cleveland (50-27) has won the season series with Chicago (46-31) 3-1. It took him until his..." April 06

  • David Blatt believes Chicago Bulls went 'a little overboard' in handling of LeBron James

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "A Tom Thibodeau-coached team is known for three things: playing hard from start to finish; tenacious, aggressive defense; and performing with a high degree of physicality. Those are the three components that also embody what Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah is all about when he takes the..." April 06

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith takes NBA record 17 3-pointers and no 2s "J.R. Smith might have had the most J.R. Smith game of J.R. Smith's career on Sunday. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard took 17 shots in 43 minutes in his team's 99-94 win over the Chicago Bulls, and every single one of them was from 3-point range. That is an NBA record for 3s attempted without a..." April 06

  • 14d
    Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes

    Kevin Love (back) says he will be good for tomorrow's game against Bulls.

  • Heat are no match for Cavs, crushed 114-88

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers made it 17 straight home wins after destroying the Miami Heat 114-88 Thursday night, using a balanced attack to finish with season split vs. Miami at two games apiece. Cleveland (49-27) was without Kevin Love, who continues to battle back problems. But his teammates..." April 03

  • LeBron James sits 20th on scoring list "Cavaliers forward LeBron James moved into the top 20 on the NBA's all-time scoring list Thursday night against the Miami Heat. A first-quarter hook shot by James, 30, gave him 24,816 career points, passing longtime New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing. "It's an honor," James said. "When I..." April 03

  • Intangibles key to LeBron's MVP case "With the votes for the NBA's awards due in two weeks, the general sentiment seems to be that LeBron James' MVP campaign is becoming a bit of an afterthought. Stephen Curry has the Golden State Warriors rolling, riding a 10-game win streak to become the first team to 60 wins this season. Russell..." April 03

  • Kyrie Irving says LeBron James gave him a lecture after no-assist game "Kyrie Irving and LeBron James spoke with about their relationship as teammates and its evolution this season, and it's a really entertaining and insightful read. It balances the line that so often creates polarization on both sides. When there were rumors of discord this season, with..." April 03

  • Cavs' Blatt, Warriors' Kerr named Coaches of the Month "The Cleveland Cavaliers' David Blatt and the Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. Blatt led the Cavaliers to the best record in the East during March at 11-4 (.733). The Cavaliers..." April 01

  • Report: LeBron James calls the Cavaliers' plays and coach David Blatt repeats them

    USA Today "ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who has spent much of his career reporting on LeBron James, was a guest on Bill Simmons’ “B.S. Report” podcast this week. During their lengthy talk, Windhorst revealed that Cavaliers head coach David Blatt may not be as in control of this team as he seems. Here’s..." April 01

  • David Blatt acknowledges LeBron James calls plays and he encourages it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "After practice on Wednesday, Cavaliers head coach David Blatt didn't deny a report stating LeBron James calls plays by himself. He said it's quite common in the game of basketball. "When the game is going on and you're in the heat of the battle, sometimes you can't get a message through or..." April 01

  • NBA title odds: Cavaliers back as favorites, no one respects the Hawks "Bovada released their latest odds for the NBA title and awards this week, so let's take a look around the books and see where we're at. Odds via,, and Nothing will ever get the books, when factoring the public, off the Cavaliers. They started the season as..." April 01

  • NBA MVP odds: Stephen Curry the heavy favorite, LeBron's out "On Tuesday, I wrote about how the MVP race is down to a two-man race. One of the Sportsbook agrees. The odds are off the books at and (the two I typically use for these posts, as well as at PinnacleSports).But released their odds Wednesday, and it's pretty..." April 01

  • Kendrick Perkins gets off to rough on-court start in Cleveland

    Fear The Sword "Kendrick Perkins has been a divisive figure for almost his entire career. His snarling on-court demeanor, flush with hard fouls and starting passive-aggressive pseudo-fights, brought him flack when even he was an up-and-comer with Doc Rivers' Celtics teams more than a decade ago. When he was..." March 31

  • NBPA's Michele Roberts sees no reason for 2017 work stoppage, warns NBA against 'cry of poverty'

    Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31

  • LeBron James says he has three good friends in the NBA; none are Cavs

    Sporting News "Much has been made of LeBron James' tenuous relationship with some of his Cavaliers teammates this season, particularly Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. In separate interviews with the Northeast Ohio Media Group this week, James and Irving spoke of the feeling-out process that has played out this..." March 31

  • Kyrie Irving on his relationship with LeBron James: ‘I don’t want to say it’s not been rocky at all’

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Eons ago in this NBA season and in a place far, far away from Cleveland (it was Utah), Kyrie Irving poured in 34 points. That night, on Nov. 5, the Cavaliers fell to the Jazz 102-100 on Gordon Hayward's buzzer beater. LeBron James scored 31 and added four assists, but lost Hayward when he..." March 31

  • Cleveland Cavaliers get an ugly 87-86 win over Philadelphia 76ers

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "They're not the most talented group by any stretch of the imagination, but the 76ers play hard, and the Cavaliers found that out as they survived an upset, 87-86 Sunday night at The Q. Nerlens Noel missed a baby hook over the contested arms of Tristan Thompson that could have given Philadelphia..." March 30

  • Kendrick Perkins says you're blowing the Lebron James/Kevin Love thing way out of proportion

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James and Kevin Love are not best friends. LeBron is reportedly frustrated with Love not fitting in. Love wasn’t in LeBron’s Instagram photo. Love wants touches in better spots and is not comfortable in the offense. Love said Russell Westbrook should be the MVP, not his teammate LeBron...." March 29

  • Heckler Nets fan says he got to LeBron James Friday

    New York Daily News "In a battle between LeBron James and Mr. Whammy, the 79-year-old Nets super fan who wears a hearing aid and likes to heckle opposing players as they’re shooting free throws, the King may have won the battle. But Mr. Whammy and the Nets won the war on Friday as Brooklyn hung on to upset..." March 29

  • 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 28