HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

November 10, 2014 Updates

It’s not going to get as much discussion during the season, but one of the biggest issues for the Cavs is that both LeBron James and Kevin Love own opt outs after this season. LeBron James basically cannot afford to go anywhere after his return to Cleveland. But watch out for Love. Indications are he will seriously consider the opt out and has his eyes on a return to Los Angeles, where he attended college and where the Lakers long have had him on their free agent wish list NBA.com

The raw jumping and dunking power that helps separate LeBron James from other NBA stars hasn't been on display through five games, something James acknowledged Monday. "I apologize I haven't been above the rim, but I'm in the lineup," James said with a grin, responding to a reporter's question after the Cleveland Cavaliers' morning shootaround. They play the New Orleans Pelicans at The Q Monday night. "Whatever it takes to help us win." Cleveland Plain Dealer

But the greatest takeaway for Wiggins came when Wade approached the rookie after the game and offered a few words of encouragement (no, they didn’t spend any time badmouthing LeBron James for abandoning each of them). “He asked me if I wanted to be great,” Wiggins said of his postgame exchange with Wade. “I said yes. He said I’ve got all the tools to be great, just keep working.” ESPN.com

November 8, 2014 Updates

ESPN and Cleveland.com both reported Thursday that James and Irving got into it after a loss at Portland earlier this week. But both James and Irving strongly denied those reports Friday. "Those reports are untrue," James said. "We have not had a verbal exchange. But I understand that negativity sells. No one wants to hear a good story. Those reports are not true. They're very false." FoxSports.com

November 7, 2014 Updates
November 6, 2014 Updates

The discussion was seen as healthy, sources said, with the veteran James voicing concerns about the direction of the Cavs' offense. James scored just 11 points against the Blazers and did not score in the second half, and he was often not a part of the offense. Cleveland is off to a 1-3 start following a last-second loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday night. ESPN.com

NBA.com’s SportVU Player Tracking compiles how many times a player drives to the basket, and how effective they are once they get there. For example, during the regular season last year, James had 7.4 drives per game which generated 6.2 points on 63.3 percent shooting. In the postseason that bumped up to seven drives per game with 6.4 points and 63.8 percent shooting. This year he has nine drives per game but has been less productive. Washington Post

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