HoopsHype LeBron James rumors

November 5, 2014 Updates

Waiters' role with this team has been the most critiqued. Some believe that since there's no one on the bench capable of creating his own shot, the addition of Waiters in a reserve role would add a much-needed punch. In that role, he would be allowed the freedom to provide instant offense and play-making ability. I approached this theory to Waiters and he expounded on why it's not that simple. "I'm still going to be out there with two or three players," Waiters explained to NEOMG, referring to LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. "If I come off the bench in the first quarter, at least two of those guys are going to play the whole first quarter regardless. So it doesn't really matter. That's what people don't understand." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 4, 2014 Updates
November 3, 2014 Updates

Nike paid Cleveland State University $75,000 to rent the Wolstein Center for LeBron James' two-minute Nike "Together" commercial that debuted Thursday night to coincide with the Cavs' season-opener. Filming took place over 17 hours on Oct. 6 in the center, which was masquerading as Quicken Loans Arena. In addition to James and other Cavaliers players, about 500 extras filled the center. The money was welcome, but won't come close to erasing the annual operating deficit of the arena, which is projected to be more than $900,000 this fiscal year. Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 31, 2014 Updates

Prior to James’ arrival in Miami, the organization was losing money. However, following The Decision in 2010, James helped a struggling Miami franchise increase team revenues by 52 percent over four years. Considering where the Heat were in team value and revenue before James arrived in South Beach, the $67 million they paid him over four years wasn’t a bad investment. The Fields of Green

In the end, James will make the ultimate call in Cleveland, but remember something: He doesn’t have the leverage with a one-year contract that people want to believe. He committed to a short contract so he could cash into that new television booty, but whatever is threatened for the sake of leverage – directly or indirectly – James can’t leave Cleveland again. His image, his brand, couldn’t survive the fallout. Once James returned, make no mistake: he signed a lifetime contract with the Cavaliers. This time, it’s in blood. Yahoo! Sports

As the season unfolds, the Klutch Sports client most are watching closest is deposed Golden State coach Mark Jackson. He has bounced agent to agent in his brief coaching career, but landing with Paul raised the suspicions of Jackson’s motives: Does Jackson think Paul can simply wedge him into the Cavaliers’ job? Most believe that James is too smart to ever want a coach who spends far more time retweeting Twitter praise for himself than preparing his basketball team, but Jackson shouldn’t be underestimated as one of the sport’s great self-promoters. And make no mistake: If the Cavaliers struggle, it won’t be James and Kevin Love taking the blame. It’ll be coach David Blatt, who understands – even embraces – the burden. Yahoo! Sports

Most agents and business associates of key Cavaliers players are on full alert to keep clients out of the tentacles of Klutch. The Klutch sales pitch has been predictable: Come with us, get paid with the Cavaliers. As much as anything, James has set up Rich Paul with a sweet gig: Paul doesn’t negotiate the contracts for clients, nor does he do the marketing for LeBron James. Those jobs belong to Mark Termini and the Fenway Sports Group, respectively. Nevertheless, Paul is the personable frontman, the secondary recruiter behind James himself. Yahoo! Sports

Kyrie Irving led Cleveland in both points (22) and assists (seven), but pointed to his four turnovers as proof that he needs to work with coach David Blatt in executing the plays that are being called. "For us, it's just a better communication between me and Coach Blatt," Irving said. "That's basically what it boils down to. I'm his point guard out there, and some things that I see, you know, he has plays in his mind and I have plays in my mind as well. "We're just going to continue to grow. It's a process. Within practice, we kind of switch on and off [calling the plays], but for us it's about what's going on out there on the court and what he sees and what I see, and hopefully we can get on the same page pretty soon." ESPN.com

Following LeBron James' "Cramp Game" in the NBA Finals last season against the Spurs, much was made of the hydration formula he was using in the sweltering, AC-less AT&T Center. Gatorade took a shot on Twitter following the event, and it seems the players have made their choice. During LeBron's first game back as a Cavalier, against the Knicks, a Cavs' employee could be seen pouring Gatorade into a Powerade bottle. Now, it should be pointed out that Gatorade is an official sponsor of the NBA, but nonetheless, the unintentional irony is hilarious. Sporting News

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