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March 19, 2014 Updates
March 18, 2014 Updates

So it was on the night of the 2011 lottery, when former Timberwolves general manager David Kahn bristled at the sight of the Cavs' winning the No. 1 pick (and Duke's Kyrie Irving). "This league has a habit, and I am just going to say habit," Kahn told reporters, "of producing some pretty incredible storylines." Then he pointed to how, the year before, the widow of late Wizards owner Abe Pollin had curiously shown up on the night Washington won No. 1 (and Kentucky's John Wall). And how, on this night, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert had his 14-year-old son, Nick, who suffers from neurofibromatosis, by his side. When he saw Gilbert's son, Kahn concluded, "we were done." Kahn later swore that he was joking, but it was too late: A familiar public message had been sent. The soap opera had started anew. "There have been so many instances of what I would call, as a lawyer, 'the equity of the situation working itself out,'" Falk tells me, referring to how often ostensibly ideal outcomes become actual ones. "And if you hooked owners up to a lie detector, they would admit to thinking that too." ESPN.com

March 17, 2014 Updates

The Cavaliers are awaiting a medical update on All-Star guard Kyrie Irving. The team's leading scorer injured his left biceps in the first half of Sunday night's 102-80 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Irving missed five shots in 10 minutes before getting hurt and did not return. Irving left Staples Center with his arm in a sling. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI, but the Cavs have not disclosed when the test will take place. The team is not practicing Monday. USA Today Sports

Mary Schmitt Boyer/Jodie Valade: Sources tell Plain Dealer Kyrie Irving's left biceps injury could be bad enough to end season. MRI on Monday in Cleveland Twitter @PDcavsinsider

March 16, 2014 Updates

As one of the first players to don the NBA's sleeved jerseys, Jarrett Jack feels qualified to give an informed assessment on precisely how the sleeves made him and the rest of his then-teammates at Golden State feel. "We're like the Beach Police," Jack said. "You know those police who are on the beach with those bikes? They've got those little shirts with the shorts? That's what we look like. Like we about to give somebody a citation." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The NBA has promised to listen if enough players complain, although commissioner Adam Silver also said during All-Star weekend that there is not hard data to prove players actually are shooting worse. "We know that shooting percentages are virtually exactly the same for games in which we have sleeved jerseys and games in which the guys are wearing conventional jerseys," Silver said. "So I'm pretty comfortable from a competitive standpoint that it's having no impact." Unless, of course, you happen to look in the mirror. Then the evidence is irrefutable. "They look disgusting," Jack said. "You look like a volleyball team." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 15, 2014 Updates

The Cavs would have been interested in Phil Jackson in some capacity in their front office for next year. The Knicks moved quickly and wrapped things up. He is expected to sign a five-year deal that will pay him $12 million, according to ESPN.com. Some observers wonder if Jackson is ready to roll up his sleeves and watch three hours of video of some prospect from North Dakota. Apparently, he’s ready to work. Morning Journal

March 14, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile, the Lakers don’t expect LeBron James to leave the Miami Heat if he opts out of his contract. The Lakers aren’t thrilled about Carmelo Anthony should he opt out of his deal with the Knicks. The Lakers wouldn’t want to spend a max-level contract on Cleveland’s Luol Deng and on Toronto’s Kyle Lowry. Kupchak had suggested earlier that the Lakers may use their financial flexibility more conservatively both to save up for a star-studded 2015 free-agent class and because of recently-imposed harsher penalties for high-spending teams. Los Angeles Daily News

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert made an appearance Thursday on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” along with billionaire Warren Buffet to discuss their $1 billion offer for the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket. The talk-show host steered the conversation toward the topic of LeBron James and the possibility of him returning to the Cavs. Meyers asked if the odds of someone turning in a perfect bracket were “about the same” as the odds of James coming back to Cleveland, drawing laughter from the crowd. Gilbert deftly avoided answering the question, citing NBA tampering rules. Akron Beacon Journal

March 13, 2014 Updates

When I joked with Dion Waiters after the game that he was becoming the voice of sound and reason in the Cavs’ locker room, his eyes twinkled and he flashed a wide grin. “I’ve been in the media a lot for being the bad guy,” he said. “I’m changing my image.” Akron Beacon Journal

Those negative vibes that plagued the locker room earlier this season seemed to be creeping back in – and I’m not the only one who noticed. A couple other people were talking about what seemed like a tense, grumpy locker room prior to the game. By the fourth quarter, however, there were jokes and smiles all around. Akron Beacon Journal

March 12, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Shane Edwards from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, to a 10-day contract, Cavaliers acting General Manager David Griffin announced today. NBA.com

More than one league source cautioned that while the Knicks are way out in front on Phil Jackson publicly, they are not the only team with Jackson’s ear on a possible front office job. The Detroit Pistons are said to be very much in the mix and the Cleveland Cavaliers have at least reached out, although their interest is somewhat muddied at this point. Jackson did some unpaid consulting for Pistons owner Tom Gores last summer, and the two have become somewhat close according to sources. Current Pistons president Joe Dumars is in the final year of his contract and sources close to the situation say it is unlikely that Dumars remains with the Pistons beyond this season. Basketball Insiders

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