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January 24, 2015 Updates
January 23, 2015 Updates

New Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert (separated shoulder) is questionable for tonight's game against the Charlotte Hornets, meaning his Cleveland debut is both a distinct possibility and in doubt. Shumpert, who was acquired along with J.R. Smith in a three-team trade from the New York Knicks on Jan. 5, hasn't played since Dec. 12. He's been working out on the floor since he arrived, but conditioning remains an issue because of his extended absence. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Had Irving made the cut, he stood to earn an extra $7-$10 million because of a rule in the current collective bargaining agreement commonly called the "Derrick Rose" provision. The CBA as it relates to player salaries is often complicated, but, the five-year, $90 million contract extension Irving signed with the Cavaliers last summer made him eligible for an even higher earning rate if he were to meet certain criteria. Irving's two chances for the higher rate -- which would be based on next year's salary cap, which has not yet been set -- were to either earn fan votes into the All-Star Game this season or win the league's Most Valuable Player award, which is highly unlikely. Cleveland Plain Dealer

January 22, 2015 Updates

Apart from James' face-to-face meeting with Allen, several other members of the Cavs have kept in contact with the shooting guard this season -- James Jones and Mike Miller, who were also Allen's teammates in Miami, as well as associate head coach Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics when Allen played there. ESPN.com

Smith’s increased his per-game scoring (plus-6.1 points per game) and 3-point field goal percentage (plus-7 percent) since he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Jan. 5. It's a small sample size, but Carmelo Anthony has noticed. “He’s playing well,” Anthony said Wednesday morning. “I know what type of game he has and what he can do, so he looks comfortable out there, he looks like he’s settling in very well. I’m actually happy for him. "It’s a change of environment for him, new thought process, new mind set. Mentally he looks like he has some clarity right now. I believe LeBron [James] will help him make that adjustment that much better.” ESPN.com

January 21, 2015 Updates

Chris Fedor: #Cavs David Blatt says LeBron James will certainly play. Unsure still on Kyrie Irving, who missed shootaround this morning. Twitter @ChrisFedor

When Shawn Marion headed to the Cleveland bench late in last week's game at US Airways Center, "The Matrix" was saying goodbye to Phoenix. Marion said he plans to retire after this season with Cleveland, ending a 15-year NBA career that was mostly spent as a star with the Suns. Arizona Republic

When the Suns drafted Marion in 1999, Marion set a goal to play 15 seasons. The 36-year-old believes he could play another three seasons but being away from his first child, 8-month-old Shawn, has convinced him to retire after this season with the Cavaliers. "I wanted to go out on my terms," Marion said. "The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard." Arizona Republic

Well, the former L.A. Cleveland High and USC product grew up idolizing the Lakers and remembers how customary it became for them to host championship parades. But the man who playfully labeled himself this season as the NBA’s best all-time shooter also argued he will play a significant role this offseason in helping the Lakers attract marquee free agents. “I told Goran Dragic on the court, ‘You might be my teammate next year.’” Young told the L.A. News Group shortly after the Lakers’ loss on Monday to the Phoenix Suns. “I’ll talk to Marc (Gasol.) Me and him are cool. Kevin Love, I’ll talk to him.” Los Angeles Daily News

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