Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • 5h
    Tom Withers @twithersAP

    #Cavs says F Kevin Love unavailable for team's next series.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers sweep Boston Celtics in costly Game 4, 101-93, without Kevin Love and J.R. Smith

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Boston Celtics went down in four games after losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers 101-93 on Sunday at TD Garden, but they did some serious damage to the Cavaliers before embarking on their vacation, and the Cavs returned the favor. LeBron James nearly provided a triple-double, producing 27..." April 27

  • NBA suspends J.R. Smith two games, Kelly Olynyk one game

    CBS Sports Fantasy News "The NBA has suspended Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith two games and Celtics forward Kelly Olynyk for their actions in Sunday's Game 4 in Boston, according to ESPN. Smith punch forward Jae Crowder in the knee while jumping up for a rebound and was immediately ejected." April 27

  • Report: Cavs expect Kevin Love to miss minimum of two weeks

    Fear The Sword "According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the Cleveland Cavaliers expect Kevin Love to miss at least two weeks due to the left shoulder injury he suffered in today's series closing win over the Boston Celtics. Because Love has yet to have an MRI, there is no official timetable for Love's return to..." April 27

  • NBA signs deal with Stance to become official league sock

    The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27

  • If Kevin Love leaves Cavaliers, Lakers are team to beat in free agency

    Yahoo! Sports "For as much as Kevin Love has publicly resisted the discussion of free agency this season, it has been on his mind. He has never been completely comfortable in Cleveland, with his role, nor his connection to those around him. Throughout the year, league sources say, one destination grew in..." April 27

  • J.R. Smith 'nervous as hell' with suspension looming for decking Jae Crowder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers literally knocked out the Celtics in a Game 4 101-93 road win that swept the series on Sunday. Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith will almost certainly be hit with a suspension following his backhanded, closed-fist punch that connected on the right side of Jae Crowder's chin, decking..." April 27

  • Kevin Love calls Kelly Olynyk's play 'bush-league' and wants league to address it

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "When it happened, Kevin Love knew he was done for the day. Boston forward Kelly Olynyk is the individual responsible for dislocating Love's left arm in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' Game 4 win over the Celtics on Sunday at The TD Garden. The two were fighting for a loose ball and from..." April 27

  • Despite Woj's speculation, Kelly Olynyk didn't cost the Boston Celtics a chance at Kevin Love

    Celtics Blog "Kevin Love could have serious interest in joining the Boston Celtics this summer, according to a report by Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBA insider said Monday morning that Danny Ainge was waiting until July to "lay out Love's expanded role in the system" and to "sell Love on a vision for..." April 27

  • Cavs' J.R. Smith ejected after striking, injuring Celtics' Jae Crowder

    ESPN Boston "The Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith was called for a flagrant foul 2 for striking the Celtics' Jae Crowder in the face and subsequently ejected with 10 minutes, 27 seconds left to play in the third quarter of Game 4 of their Eastern Conference first-round series. The Cavaliers won the game..." April 26

  • 1d
    Sean Highkin @highkin

    Kevin Love officially diagnosed with a dislocated shoulder. Status TBD after the team returns to Cleveland.

  • J.R. Smith swishing shots of redemption "All season long there’s been an undercurrent of redemption for these Cleveland Cavaliers. There was LeBron James trying to repair his broken Cleveland backstory. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving trying to prove they really are winners despite their playoff-less past. And even coach David Blatt leaving..." April 25

  • LeBron James on why Kevin Love gets criticized

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James was riffing on Kevin Love when he went down a path he immediately realized was incorrect. “He’s been highly criticized this year for I don’t know why,” LeBron said. “I know why. I know why. I know.” Suddenly, it felt as if the room full of reporters all asked the follow-up..." April 25

  • Kevin Love: I know Cavs have my back "LeBron James marched down the court holding up three fingers on each of his hands in celebration and Kevin Love giddily skipped behind him in the same direction Thursday night. Love had just hit a 3-pointer off a James pass in the final minute of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 103-95 Game 3 win over..." April 24

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kevin Love guide Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead after 103-95 win over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With their backs up against the wall, the Boston Celtics put together one valiant, aggressive effort in trying to avoid a 0-3 first-round deficit. However, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were too much down the stretch, picking up a gritty 103-95 road win on Thursday night at the TD..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kyrie Irving lead charge, power Cavaliers to 99-91 win, 2-0 series lead on Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Those pesky Boston Celtics made life miserable for the Cavaliers on Tuesday night, but the fourth-quarter heroics of LeBron James and Kyrie Irving lifted their team to a 99-91 win to take an 2-0 first-round series lead. Boston can't match the Cleveland pound-for-pound in talent, but can match..." April 22

  • Jae Crowder on Cavs: 'Nobody on their team is intimidating' "Despite playing tough in both games, the Boston Celtics are down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the regular season the Celtics used intelligent hard-nosed play to win and while this effort has carried over to the playoffs, the Cavaliers are just..." April 22

  • LeBron James on Pat Riley’s supposed rip: ‘It’s not my concern right now’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Whether he was actually aware of it or not, LeBron James on Tuesday insisted that he had no idea that Pat Riley may have taken a subtle shot at him, instead insisting he has much bigger things to worry about right now. When discussing the upcoming draft, the Miami Heat president appeared to..." April 22

  • 6d
    Adam Himmelsbach @AdamHimmelsbach

    Marcus Smart on approach against LeBron tonight. Said C's will give him some new looks. "I'd definitely like to guard him a little bit more"

  • LeBron James is unsocial during playoffs with self-imposed blackout

    Akron Beacon Journal "LeBron James insists he’s on a communication blackout and wasn’t aware of a veiled jab Heat President Pat Riley appeared to aim in his direction. That’s the way it always goes with James this time of year. James says he shuts his phone off, stays off social media and locks in solely on the..." April 21

  • Did LeBron mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji?

    Miami Herald "Did LeBron James mislead Pat Riley last summer during free agency with a smiley face emoji? Here's the circumstantial evidence... Sherlock-Holmes-Sherlock-Holmes-detective-crime-smiley-emoticon-001232-facebook — On Monday, Riley was asked about the draft and next season and the Heat's..." April 21

  • Cleveland Cavaliers overcome Game 1 nerves, Big 3 combine for 69 points in 113-100 victory over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cleveland Cavaliers are 15 wins away from their ultimate goal after winning Game 1 of this first-round series against the Boston Celtics 113-100 on Sunday afternoon. The Q was electrifying. The organization went with a whiteout look as fans sported "All In" T-shirts supplied by the team...." April 20

  • Man charged in fight over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is better

    Chicago Tribune "Police say an argument over whether Michael Jordan or LeBron James is a better basketball player ended in a Pennsylvania man's arrest on aggravated assault and other charges. Daniel Mondelice, 22, was first arrested early Saturday after fighting with another man over whether Air Jordan or King..." April 20

  • Adam Silver on gambling: 'It's good for business, I don't want to hide from that' "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20

  • 8d
    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

  • 11d
    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

  • 12d
    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

  • 14d
    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

  • 17d
    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

  • 18d
    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