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April 6, 2014 Updates

There’s a good chance the Cavs will retain Griffin. Gilbert will explore hiring other front-office executives, including possibly someone above Griffin in the pecking order, a la Phil Jackson in New York. News-Herald

April 5, 2014 Updates

When Scotty Hopson learned the Cavaliers were offering him about $1.4 million for 17 days of work, he reacted as anyone in his position would. “I was ecstatic,” he said. “I rushed immediately to get here.” It’s easy to see why. He never made $1 million in any of his years playing overseas. Hopson’s deal has left agents and opposing executives scratching their heads. The logic behind the Cavs’ move is understandable. By structuring his contract this way, they were able to tack on a nonguaranteed year for next season at about $1.4 million, creating extra flexibility during the summer trading season. Only they spent about $1.3 million more than necessary. Akron Beacon Journal

As NBA writer and cap guru Mark Deeks wrote this week, the Cavs could have accomplished the same outcome by signing a 10-year veteran to the pro-rated league minimum, which only would’ve cost them $131,681. Then they could’ve tacked on a nonguaranteed option year for the 10-year veteran minimum next season, which is $1,448,490. Akron Beacon Journal

Instead, they gave Hopson $1.3 million. The Cavs had no interest in a 10-year veteran, however, because they wanted someone with a future who they believe can play a role if they don’t trade the contract this summer. They believe Hopson can fit with this team next season, particularly if C.J. Miles departs via free agency. Hopson, 24, played well with the Miami Heat in summer league last year before an injury cut short his time there, but he never played in an NBA game until Wednesday night at Orlando. He has spent the past three seasons playing overseas. Akron Beacon Journal

David Griffin (Cleveland Cavaliers): The Cavaliers made a mid-season change at the general manager spot, ousting Chris Grant and replacing him with assistant general manager David Griffin. The Cavaliers have gone 14-13 since the change after going 17-33 to start the season. Under Griffin’s watch the team has been playing far better basketball and the dysfunction that had marred the club seems to have subsided. In talking to sources close to the situation, not only has Griffin instilled some confidence in the young guys, he has actively engaged not only with Cavs star Kyrie Irving, but troublesome guard Dion Waiters. His hands-on approach has resonated well with the Cavs and there is talk that he could remain in his position beyond this season. Basketball Insiders

Kyrie Irving: Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations. Can I play without media guessing at my life and putting B.S out for headlines. It brings nothing but negativity to the team and portraying me as something I'm not. I don't want or need the attention, so it can stop now. Twitter

April 4, 2014 Updates

Brian Windhorst: And, as far as Kyrie, rumblings and stuff, with LeBron I would have let it go. Well I’m not going to let it go [now]. I’m going to talk about it and here’s the truth: The truth is [Kyrie’s] camp has been putting out there for years – years – that he doesn’t want to be in Cleveland. That they don’t want him in Cleveland. He doesn’t like Mike Brown. He didn’t like Chris Grant. He doesn’t like Dion Waiters. He’s already gotten a General Manager fired. He might get Mike Brown fired. This is the last time – once he signs he loses all of his leverage – so this is the last time he gets to enact leverage. I know he’s said all the right things so, fine, on July 1, when they offer a max contract – which they will – and I don’t even know if he’s a max player, but you have to sign him – sign a five year, no out. That’s what a max contract is. A max contract is five years, no out. If you want out or you want three years, that’s not a max contract. You want three years? Okay, we’ll give you $12 million a year. We’re not giving you the full thing. ESPN.com

Q: How much do you think the team’s current play has been influenced by Luol Deng’s leadership? Brian Windhorst: It’s hard to say. I don’t think Luol Deng’s been good, at all. It was a good trade and it helped them. They used creative cap management and, to me, that was excellent general managing. But it hasn’t been a terrific home run. The Bulls offered him $10 million a year and he said no. I think that’s about what he should be getting. But I know that to stay in Cleveland he’s going to want more than that. I just think there are better ways to go than that. ESPN.com

Brian Windhorst: I know Tristan has dreams of getting what Derrick Favors got [four years, $49 million]. I think that’s insane money for him. I think Tristan’s much better off getting paid $6 or $7 million a year, but he’s never going to agree to that. And if you agree to $10 million a year for him, you could really get burned. It’s going to be difficult when it comes to that, especially because he’s represented by the same people who represent LeBron. Now, if you know you’re getting LeBron, you’re like “I’ll give you $12 million a year. Hey, take $14 million a year. Whatever.” ESPN.com

Q: Pause for us all to light ourselves on fire. Brian Windhorst: I don’t think Dan’s going to go that route. Dan is interested in Chauncey Billups, but I don’t think you can turn the team over to a guy [with no experience]. GM is job that you have to be groomed for. But I think he’d like a guy who could bring a fresh perspective and has some clout like that. David Griffin doesn’t. ESPN.com

Gasol, though, will have options. A poll of NBA executives on Gasol's future returned many of the same answers: Chicago. Cleveland. Charlotte, if the Bobcats believe a Gasol-Al Jefferson front line can stop anybody. Memphis, if Zach Randolph opts out. Even after a disappointing season -- and with the understanding that Gasol has never been a strap-a-team-on-his-back kind of player -- Gasol will be among the most sought after free agents on the market. SI.com

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