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December 18, 2014 Updates

The prime plan, as noted here for more than a year, has been to add a high-quality player to a rotation featuring Rondo, believing this would be the quickest way to push the club toward contender status. That was the desire last summer when the Celts tried most everything possible, to no avail, to get into the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Boston Herald

December 17, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that the Timberwolves, beset with injuries and mired at the foot of the Western Conference with a record of 5-19, are again engaging contending teams in trade discussions for Brewer after making him available in mid-November and then abruptly pulling him off the market. The Houston Rockets and Cleveland Cavaliers, sources said, remain the most interested suitors for Brewer, but have also been joined by the Los Angeles Clippers. ESPN.com

Houston and Cleveland remain the best positioned to make a deal because both teams possess an active trade exception large enough to absorb Brewer's $4.7 million salary. But sources say that the Wolves are seeking a future first-round pick in exchange for Brewer, something the Cavaliers are reluctant to surrender. ESPN.com

ESPN.com has learned the Wolves granted permission to the Rockets and Cavs last month to talk to Brewer's representatives when a trade appeared imminent, since both teams would hope to persuade Brewer to waive his $4.9 million option for next season to help facilitate the trade and lessen the long-term financial implications of acquiring him. It's believed that Brewer will consider doing so for the opportunity to join a title contender. ESPN.com

December 16, 2014 Updates

The idyllic fit for the Cavaliers to fill their void for toughness, shooting and defensive tenacity resides in the Pacific Northwest: Wesley Matthews of Portland Trail Blazers. Cleveland has adored Matthews for quite some time and its quest of him has been repeatedly vetoed, league sources told Northeast Ohio Media Group. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Cleveland is high on Koufos, we're told. They view his talent as a remedy to their lack of protection around the paint. However, beyond this season, a team is going to have to make a financial commitment. Cleveland Plain Dealer

December 15, 2014 Updates
December 14, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers have also asked about Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov, but were rebuffed. Denver would probably make JaVale McGee available, but no one would touch him and his $11 million contract. McGee is long and could be a major shot-blocker, but he doesn’t have the necessary mettle needed on a championship team. News-Herald

Sources say Cavs General Manager David Griffin is looking to make a deal. The Cavs also need an athletic swingman who can defend. They have only so many assets. It doesn’t appear as if the Cavs are in any hurry to deal guard Dion Waiters. He has his confidence back after going through two tough weeks. He can provide some firepower off the bench. News-Herald

December 11, 2014 Updates
December 10, 2014 Updates

“The reason I never asked for a trade or anything is because I always knew we were going to turn things around,” Varejao told SLAM. “When you have an organization that wants to win, like we have in Cleveland, they did everything. They tried everything they could to get players here. And it just didn’t work out. We didn’t make the Playoffs, but I saw that we were trying to get better every year. It wasn’t one of those things that like, ‘Oh OK, LeBron left, Z left, that whole team that we had that went to the Finals, they left,’ and then nobody cares anymore. It just wasn’t like that. SLAM

“We were trying to get better. We were trying to do things the right way. Nothing really changed from when we had LeBron there during those last four years. I’m talking about treatment from the owners, to the organization, to the players. We had everything the same way. On the road, in Cleveland, the practice facility, the food, everything that we had, it was all great. The goal of winning never changed. That’s why I never asked for a trade.” SLAM

Jasikevicius, a Euroleague legend who played with Varejao in Barcelona, told Zydrunas Ilgauskas that Anderson was a young player worth lending a helpful hand and watchful eye. From the day he first arrived in Cleveland, that’s exactly what Ilgauskas offered. “It was Z who really helped me a lot with everything when I first joined the Cavaliers,” Varejao said. “He really tried to take care of me. So I just try to do the same with the younger guys now when they come from overseas, the same things that Z did for me when I got here.” SLAM

December 9, 2014 Updates
December 8, 2014 Updates

Far more worrisome to the Cavs than their uneven 11-7 start is the lack of a proven presence at the rim to help stiffen their defense for the long term. That's why Cleveland, sources say, has been inquiring with the Memphis Grizzlies about the available of reserve center Kosta Koufos among their various trade pursuits. ESPN.com

Sources say that the Cavs are well aware landing a quality big man likely depends on selling on potential trade partners to take back polarizing shooting guard Dion Waiters. Cleveland rates Waiters' talent highly, but sources maintain that the Cavs have let a number of teams know they are prepared to surrender him if they can acquire a difference-making center in return. ESPN.com

Even more so when you take note of the Cavs' interest in Grizzlies veteran Tayshaun Prince, as reported Friday by my ESPN.com colleague Brian Windhorst. The Cavs have the parts to assemble a deal to send Waiters to Memphis and take Prince's $7.7 million salary off the Grizzlies' hands in addition to acquiring Koufos. ESPN.com

The Warriors will play Monday at Minnesota, which was involved in offseason talks regarding a trade that would have sent Kevin Love as part of a deal in exchange for Golden State guard Klay Thompson. Love ultimately was traded to Cleveland, and with Thompson averaging 21.2 points per game, the Warriors are 17-2. "Ultimately, here we are, and this is what we wanted," Kerr said of Thompson, who rather than being traded was signed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season. "This is what we decided on, and it's worked out. "I think that's fair to say we all preferred to keep him. He's here." San Jose Mercury-News

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