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LeBron James was "surprised" by the Cavaliers decision to part ways with GM David Griffin according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Other reports have also indicated that James is disappointed, especially considering he advocated for a Griffin extension. It's a puzzling move by owner Dan Gilbert to go against James' wishes, and it should be noted that there are several reports that LeBron could move out of Cleveland when he hits free agency in 2018. The Cavs are hoping to bring in Chauncey Billups to replace Griffin, but assistant GM Koby Altman will handle trade calls in the meantime -- the Cavs have been linked to Paul George and Jimmy Butler and are reportedly shopping Kevin Love, Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.
Jun 19 - 9:44 PM

The Cavaliers will part ways with GM David Griffin according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst.

Griffin's contract would've expired on June 30th anyways, but you better believe that LeBron James will have a say when the Cavs select their next GM. The Cavs made it to the Finals in three straight seasons under Griffin and he shouldn't have any trouble landing a new job when one becomes available -- the Magic and Hawks were linked to Griffin before they ultimately went in a different direction. Chauncey Billups is a candidate to replace Griffin, but more names should emerge within the week.
Jun 19 - 7:37 PM

The Cavs are reportedly shopping Channing Frye.

Frye reportedly helped bring the Cavs locker room together, but his on-court impact with Cleveland during the Finals was minimal. Cleveland likely won't get much of a return for Frye alone, but he could be included as a throw-in piece in a larger deal.
Source: Amico Hoops
Jun 19 - 5:51 PM

The Cavs are reportedly exploring the trade market for Iman Shumpert and Channing Frye.

The Cavs are reportedly currently engaged with teams around the league to bring in either Paul George or Jimmy Butler, but should a trade like that go through, Kevin Love would almost assuredly need to be included. The current rumors going around the league would hint that we could see a blockbuster deal go down on draft night.
Source: Amico Hoops
Jun 19 - 5:49 PM

David Blatt will coach in Turkey next season.

Blatt will coach Darussafaka Dogus at least one more season. There had been rumors that Blatt would consider returning to the NBA at some point, but he will honor his current contract in Turkey for the 2017-18 campaign.
Jun 17 - 10:32 AM

Richard Jefferson said on his podcast that he will consider retirement this summer.

"I don't know what I'm about to do next season," said Jefferson, who turns 37 next week. He averaged 5.7 points and 2.6 rebounds in 20.4 minutes over 79 games for the Cavs during the regular season, including 13 starts. If RJ does retire, Cleveland would need to target small forwards in free agency, in order to maintain adequate depth behind LeBron James.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 16 - 1:24 PM

Adrian Wojnarowksi of The Vertical believes that LeBron James could leave the Cavaliers in 2018.

"Not only is there no guarantee he’s coming back, I’m not sure there’s an expectation he’s re-signing there," Wojnarowski said. "I think they feel, I think within Cleveland and around the league, they feel that he’s very much in play to leave again and likely head out West to one of the two L.A. teams. The Lakers could very well be a target." Woj mentions the Lakers, Clippers and Heat as potential destinations, and he added that LeBron's title with Cleveland last year means he's "liberated to leave again." LeBron has one year left on his deal with a player option for a second, but the Cavs certainly have a reason to be nervous.
Jun 15 - 10:33 AM

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said that he would meet with general manager David Griffin "in the next few days."

Griffin's contract is set to expire June 30th. The Magic and Hawks asked for permission to speak with Griffin about vacancies to run their organizations last month but the Cavs denied those requests. Having made less than $2 million last season, Griffin is reportedly seeking a raise. Gilbert declined to say if he was confident Griffin would return. "It's not fair to him for me to discuss that," Gilbert said.
Jun 13 - 9:33 AM

Kyrie Irving scored 26 points in Monday's Game 5 loss to the Warriors as the Cavaliers were eliminated from the playoffs,

Irving got off to a great start tonight, but he cooled off down the stretch and looked like he was battling a couple injuries -- the trainers were working on his back and right quad and he looked a step slow in the second half. He shot 9-of-22 from the field with six assists, two rebounds, two steals and one triple in 42 minutes. Still just 25 years old, Irving has two more years left on his deal with a player option for the third.
Jun 13 - 12:41 AM

LeBron James' 41 points weren't enough as the Cavaliers fell to the Warriors 4-1 in the NBA Finals following a 129-120 Game 5 loss.

LeBron grabbed 13 rebounds with eight assists, two steals, one block and two treys in 46 minutes, becoming the first player ever to average a triple-double in the NBA Finals. LeBron was absolutely phenomenal in this series, but he and Kyrie Irving both ran out of gas late and had a few defensive lapses in the fourth quarter. LeBron is under contract for one more season with a player option for the second, so don't buy into the rumors about a potential move away from Cleveland. Expect the Cavaliers to be linked to some high-profile names this summer and keep in mind that LeBron is still the best recruiter in the league.
Jun 13 - 12:32 AM

LeBron James scored 31 points during a season-saving 137-116 win during Game 4 on Friday, adding 10 rebounds, 11 assists, one steal and three 3-pointers.

The Cavs went berserk in the first half with an NBA Finals record 86 points before the break. James also set a record with his ninth triple-double in the NBA Finals, and he posted another record for his third Finals triple-double in an elimination game. James also moved past Michael Jordan for third all time for points scored in the NBA Finals. He and Kevin Durant also received double-technicals in what was the most intense NBA game in some time. The Cavs came back from 3-1 last year, but it won't be easy to do it again this year.
Jun 10 - 12:21 AM

Kyrie Irving sizzled during a Game 4 win over the Warriors on Friday, scoring 40 points with seven rebounds, four assists, one steal and seven 3-pointers.

He exploded in the first half with 28 points, which is the most in the first half of an NBA Finals game this century since Allen Iverson in 2001. Irving also joined LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the only active players with multiple 40-point games in the NBA Finals. Irving was taking tough shots all night, including a handful of contested left-handed shots. As a team, the Cavs set an NBA Finals record with their 24 triples tonight. Kyrie will take his hot hand to Oakland for Game 5 on Monday.
Jun 10 - 12:19 AM

Tristan Thompson had his best game of the 2017 NBA Finals, scoring five points with 10 rebounds, five assists and two turnovers.

He brought his typical energy in this game and played much better on the defensive end. Color commentary guy Jeff Van Gundy brought up the Kardashian curse in the first half and Khloe was in attendance, so the commentary was top notch on that front. The Cavs will absolutely need another great game from Thompson on Monday and beyond.
Jun 10 - 12:17 AM

Derrick Williams will be in rotation for the Cavs in Game 4 on Friday, according to Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com.

He's no Ruben "Kobe Stopper" Patterson, but the Cavs may look to get another defender on Kevin Durant. Williams hasn't played in the first half at all in these playoffs, but he has played 35 minutes in the second half due mostly to garbage time. Desperate times.
Jun 9 - 6:31 PM

Kyrie Irving scored 38 points during Wednesday's tough Game 3 loss in Cleveland, making 16-of-29 field goals and 6-of-6 free throws with six rebounds and three assists.

Irving went 0-of-7 from downtown but he was incredible attacking the rim tonight, scoring on a variety of artistic layups in traffic. The lack of outside shooting was endemic for the Cavs, who went just 12-of-44 from deep (27.3 percent), compared to the Warriors' mark of 16-of-33 (48.5 percent). Cleveland will look to build on the positive aspects of tonight's performance during Friday's must-win Game 4.
Jun 8 - 12:21 AM


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