Player News - Cavaliers

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Unrestricted free agent Luol Deng's representatives reportedly reached out to Miami on Friday.

The Lakers and Mavericks are reportedly still pursuing Deng, but it appears he would like to take his talents to South Beach. Deng hopes to choose a landing spot within the next 24 hours. Deng would have decent value in Miami helping shoulder the offensive load next to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
Jul 11 - 6:57 PM

The Cavs have reportedly informed Andrew Wiggins that he will not be included in a deal for Kevin Love.

The Timberwolves obviously want Wiggins to be included in the deal, but the Cavs are going to try and get the deal done without including the 2014 No. 1 overall pick. They'll need to find a third team to offer additional assets to Minnesota, but if the Cavs want to win now, Love would immediately catapult them into the championship conversation.
Jul 11 - 4:58 PM

Heat owner Micky Arison handled LeBron Jame's departure from Miami with class, thanking LeBron for his time.

"I am shocked and disappointed in today's news," Arison wrote on his Twitter account. "However I will never forget what LeBron brought us for four years. Thanks for memories [LeBron James]."
Source: NBC Sports
Jul 11 - 2:40 PM

No. 1 draft pick Andrew Wiggins is expected to remain "in play" if the Cavaliers pursue a trade for Kevin Love.

ESPN Cleveland reported on Wednesday that the Cavs had already made an offer for Love centered around Wiggins, and new reports suggest Love is "intrigued" by the Cavs now that they have LeBron. The Warriors are also in the mix but they've been reluctant to include Klay Thompson in any deals, and even if they did Minnesota might prefer to land this year's No. 1 draft pick on a rookie-scale contract.

LeBron James announced on Friday that he will return to Cleveland as a member of the Cavaliers.

James will spurn the Heat to re-sign with the hometown franchise he left in heartbreaking fashion in 2010. In an exclusive interview with SI.com titled "I'm Coming Home," James says, "My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now." His momentous decision should have an immediate chain reaction. Carmelo Anthony and other free agents are now freed to make their own decisions, and Chris Bosh may accept a max offer from the Rockets. The Cavs also have a rumored trade offer to the Wolves for Kevin Love, which would undoubtedly involve Andrew Wiggins. While the Cavs instantly become a championship contender with LeBron on board, the Heat are left patching together their roster as they enter the post-LeBron era.
Source: SI.com
Jul 11 - 12:22 PM

After flying with LeBron James from Las Vegas to Miami, Dwyane Wade was reportedly "still unsure" whether LeBron was favoring the Heat or Cavaliers.

This non-update is par for the course with LeBron's free agency. He met with the Heat on Wednesday but he's said nothing publicly, and it's not even guaranteed that he'll announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup final in Brazil this weekend. The longer he stays silent the more frenzied the speculation becomes -- his official website has been crashing due to heavy traffic for three days, and he's had more Google searches this week than at any point during the NBA's regular season.
Jul 11 - 11:35 AM

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's infamous letter to LeBron James remains a complicating factor in James' decision whether to return to Cleveland, according to ESPN.com.

A source told Chris Broussard, "If it wasn't for that letter, this would've been done awhile ago." The letter's comic sans font has become a punchline in the four years since Gilbert wrote it following "The Decision," but it's vitriolic content is no laughing matter for James, and it won't be amusing to the Cavs either if he chooses to re-sign with Miami. LeBron is expected to announce his decision before leaving for the World Cup on Saturday, but there are no guarantees.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 10:18 AM

LeBron James is traveling back to Miami on Thursday night and will then travel to Brazil.

The Heat and Cavs are expecting him to make his choice before he goes to Brazil, according to Yahoo! Sports. He is expected to travel to Brazil on Saturday, so he'll have a little over a day to make his decision stateside. Of course, he could make his decision while in Brazil and do something associated with the World Cup -- ESPN does have a fancy set at the Copacabana beach after all. Regardless, it doesn't sound like we'll be hearing his decision on Thursday night.
Jul 10 - 11:53 PM

LeBron James has no plans to travel to Ohio on Thursday, according to multiple media reports.

James has been at his basketball camp in Vegas for the past few days where he met with Pat Riley and has been visited by Dwyane Wade. Reports that he was to announce his decision around 3:00 pm ET on Thursday proved to be erroneous, and it seems the waiting game for his announcement will continue.
Jul 10 - 6:27 PM

Bath, Ohio police say they are not preparing for extra police details, according to NBC's Tom Winter.

So goes the ongoing speculation surrounding LeBron. Whether he is or is not announcing his decision in the near future, the NBA world will remain on edge until he clarifies where he will be taking his talents to next.
Source: Tom Winter
Jul 10 - 3:52 PM

Kyrie Irving officially signed his max contract extension with the Cavaliers on Thursday.

Although the terms of the contract were not given in the teams' official press release, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the deal is for five years, and is worth $90 million. Irving has proven himself to be one of the best young point guards in the NBA, and should be an early round selection in all fantasy basketball drafts.
Jul 10 - 3:46 PM

Police in Bath, Ohio are expected to increase patrols near LeBron James' Akron home on Thursday after 3:00 pm ET, according to Phil Trexler of the Akron Beacon Journal.

Trexler also mentions that an announcement is expected "tonight," although there have been no other mentions among media members about a definitive time-table for LeBron's decision. It is another interesting development in the LeBron James free agency saga. There seems to be a growing sentiment among fans and media members alike that James is preparing to return to Cleveland, but it's been mostly speculation to this point and only LeBron knows what his next move will be.
Jul 10 - 3:20 PM

LeBron James has all the information he needs from teams and will no longer take meetings, according to David Aldridge of NBA.com.

The report has been confirmed by USA Today's Sam Amick, Marc Spears of Yahoo!, and ESPN's Chris Broussard, so these reports are almost factual. LeBron met with Heat president Pat Riley on Wednesday and didn't make a decision, so that will go down as one of the most important free agent meetings in NBA history. It's certainly interesting that he won't meet with the Cavs (unless a secret meeting went down last weekend) because David Blatt is new to being an NBA coach and David Griffin is their new general manager. Hopefully, he'll have a decision in the next couple days.
Jul 9 - 10:53 PM

The Wizards have talked to unrestricted free agent Luol Deng, but are still determined to re-sign Trevor Ariza, according to Yahoo! Sports.

He continues to be a backup plan for teams since he's looking for around $10 million per season. Deng used to be a minutes monster, which may have a bit to do why he's been unable to stay healthy. Deng is no longer a first or second option in an option. Although, he has to like the big money Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons just received in their offer sheets.
Jul 9 - 7:49 PM

LeBron James left the meeting with president Pat Riley without committing to a deal with the Heat, according to Yahoo! Sports.

There are some reports surfacing that he's going to announce his decision on his website, but it's all just a guessing game right now. LeBron could make his decision before he goes to the World Cup Final on Sunday, but even that is just a guess at this point. The Heat may have been hoping to get a deal done, so today probably didn't go as well as they hoped. ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron does not have a meeting scheduled with Cleveland at this time.
Jul 9 - 7:39 PM


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