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November 18, 2014 Updates

His preference coming into the 2014-15 season was to start. After three subpar games in the starting lineup, he realized his services could be best used a reserve role. And now that he has bought in, he has his eyes set on the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award. "I would be very grateful, thankful for the opportunity [to win the award]," Waiters told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "I've just got to keep doing what I'm doing. Hopefully we can keep winning and I'm able to walk away with it." Cleveland Plain Dealer

James himself has acknowledged that the Spurs' dismantling of the Heat may have altered the course of NBA history, telling CNN's Rachel Nichols in September that "it would (have been) hard to leave back-to-back-to- back championships" but also saying that even he doesn't truly know what his final decision might have been. "You really can't live and think of what may have happened," James said. "For me, I've always been a person (to) kind of live in the moment." USA Today Sports

"I'm not sure that it would have been different (with James if the Heat had won)," said Ginobili, who capped off a renaissance season with the five-game Finals victory. "Actually, it could have made even more sense for him to go and try to win somewhere else. It would make it an even bigger (goal) to go and try to win in your home. I don't know the guy. I (have) just played against him many times, but I don't know how he thinks or what made him make the decision, but I'm not sure that it was because of (the Spurs winning)." USA Today Sports

November 17, 2014 Updates

The Cavs are unquestionably interested in a deal for Timberwolves forward Corey Brewer, as reported Sunday by ESPN. One team official told FOX Sports Ohio that Brewer would be the perfect fit. He defends wings, doesn't need the ball, and would allow Marion to move back to his role as James' backup at small forward. And yes, keep the often shot-happy Waiters coming off the bench and scoring points -- which is how the Cavs' really like him. FoxSports.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. NBA.com

A few feet away from where Miller was talking, Love was explaining the infamous moustache sharpening routine with Irving and the unsourced speculation that he was already thinking about opting out and signing with the Lakers. "Whatever people assumed we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers next year," Love said. "I mean, I don't know why it was so hard for people to realize that we were actually curling our mustache. I guess because I had my fingers in the wrong place. Looking at the tape, film don't lie. It looks like we are doing something bad, but that wasn't the case. Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where somebody got that." SB Nation

"We’re a long ways away," Mike Miller was saying hours before the game while the media scrum hopped from LeBron James to Irving to Love. "But listen, there’s no substitute for talent. We have that. There’s no substitute for experience. We have that. There’s no substitute for youth and athleticism. We have that. So it’s a matter of things coming together. I tell people all the time, saying we’re going to sacrifice without knowing the outcome is very difficult to do. For the guys that have been through it and sacrificed and see what it’s worth, that’s where we can help. We’ll figure it out. Everybody wants it today. So do we. It’s just not going to be that easy." SB Nation

This is the other side of the LeBron effect. His presence not only guarantees a shot at a championship and the promise of meaningful basketball, it also brings a horde of media attention and scrutiny. Everything they do is magnified, whether it’s a sidelines out of bounds play or a handshake routine. "Any time you have expectations you’re going to have pitfalls and, ‘What the hell’s going on’ kind of deals," Miller said. "The one good thing about the whole Miami experience is even the media and fans realize that it isn’t going to be easy and it’s going to take time. When we started off 9-8 in Miami the world was coming to an end. We started off pretty slow this year in some aspects and it’s been, ‘Hey listen. It’s going to take time.’ We never had that in Miami. "The expectations are still the same and there’s going to be the criticisms, that’s all going to be there. We understand it. But there’s also a little bit of an understanding about the process and there was no understanding of the process the first go around. Not even the players. The players didn’t know either." SB Nation

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth. ESPN.com

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. Brewer ranked as one of the league's foremost scorers in transition last season on the end of Love's outlet passes. It's an open secret, furthermore, that the Cavaliers are looking to get stronger at shooting guard as well reduce LeBron James' minutes load, so Brewer would likely play multiple positions should the Cavs seal a deal for him. ESPN.com

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