Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Williams had considered deals with San Antonio, Dallas and New Orleans before committing to a reunion with the Cavaliers and LeBron James.: 7 more rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mo Williams agreed to a two-year, $4.3M deal with Cleveland, including a player option, league sources tell Yahoo.: 7 more rumors
Northeast Ohio Media Group confirms an ESPN report that the Cavaliers are exploring the possibility of trading for one of the most electric sixth man in the league: shooting guard Jamal Crawford of the Los Angeles Clippers. The club is looking into using the Brendan Haywood non-guaranteed $10.5 million salary to acquire the reserve-scoring specialist.
For what it’s worth, I’ve heard that LeBron James likes Johnson’s game. If the Cavs don’t bring back Smith, they need someone like Smith or Johnson. When Smith walked away from his $6.4 million player option for 2015-16, he pretty much signed his exit papers from the Cavs. The team doesn’t think it’s wise to commit long-term to the volatile Smith, and they are right about that. Smith wants a multi-year deal.: 10 more rumors
It’s very possible that General Manager David Griffin has better options for the $10.5 million Haywood contract. I’ve heard rumors about the Cavs and Jamal Crawford of the Clippers. Griffin would probably love to find a way to turn Haywood’s deal into a point guard and a wing player. So I’m not claiming the Johnson trade is extremely close.: 4 more rumors
Kevin Love: At the end of the day, I want to play until I’m 40. And I would like it to be my choice. I 100 percent think that my best basketball is ahead of me.
In a Sports Center appearance on Monday morning, Chris Broussard said that the Nets and Cavs have had talks on sending Joe Johnson to Cleveland, “there’s nothing happening right now” and discussions are “stagnant.” He added that Lebron James is interested in progress of the talks, that “he wants as much talent as they can get.” He explained… “At one point it seemed like the ball was in the Cavaliers’ court The Nets were willing to do it .. Brendan Haywood’s expiring, potentially non-guaranteed contract and Anderson Varejao for Joe Johnson. The Cavaliers balked. They were hesitant, they didnt want to do it because of the luxury tax implications … It would put them heavily in the luxury tax and they didn’t want to do it. . Now it seems like the Nets don’t really want to do it either. They’re not willing to take back Anderson Varejao’s contract. At one point, they were looking for a third or fourth team to take on Varejao. Now, i’m told that right now, talks are stagnant. So there’s nothing happening right now. Obviously, this could be revisited at any moment
Thompson still remains a restricted free agent. On a brighter note, dialogue between the sides is active and ongoing. But according to a league source with knowledge of the proceedings, “There’s a lot of talking, but no one is saying anything.” With talks stalled, it prevents the Cavaliers from executing the re-signing of LeBron James, who Paul also represents. Paul has made it clear that Thompson is his main focus. Getting Thompson finalized is essential in moving the Cavaliers’ offseason stratagem along.: 4 more rumors
You don’t want to have any bad blood; the NBA is an elite fraternity. As time went on, I was upset, but I always knew that I was going to get to the point where I could talk to Kelly and say, “Hey, man. All good.” So we could move on. So I asked my agent to get me Kelly’s number. And that was it, just a text exchange: “Just want to let you know, no hard feelings. It’s all part of the game.” It was very genuine. He told me he appreciated it. I didn’t want him to worry about what anyone was saying these days. I expressed that I was initially very upset, which I thought was understandable. But I don’t think he is that type of player. We’re cool.
Kevin Love on his shoulder injury: I was really looking forward to the playoffs. This injury is one of the hardest things I’ve dealt with. It was really tough to go out the way that I did. I knew when it happened I probably wasn’t going to be able to return to play. But when I heard the news that I was going to have to get surgery, and be out for four to six months, it was a big, big blow to me.
Entertainment Weekly recently published an article touting James as “Hollywood’s Newest MVP.” “We didn’t realize till we were on set that he’s this really good actor and really funny,” Schumer told EW. “It could have been bad if he wasn’t so good! He was able to improvise—and he was down to joke about everything. It was fun to watch.”
Schumer even went as far as to compare James to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who went from WWE superstar to one of the most bankable movie stars on the planet. “I think he’s all set right now employment-wise, but I can say with full confidence that I believe he could have another career in acting if he wanted,” Schumer said of James.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are considering trading for Brooklyn Nets star Joe Johnson with their Brendan Haywood contract chip, sources told ESPN.com. Haywood has a $10.5 million nonguaranteed contract if waived before Aug. 1, an asset that has gained in value over the last several days as other teams use up their cap space. The Cavs have been looking for perimeter help with Haywood’s contract and Johnson would certainly provide a major boost as an additional scoring and shooting option.: 8 more rumors
One possible option for the Cavs would be sending big man Anderson Varejao to the Nets in such a deal. Varejao will make $9.6 million this upcoming season as part of an extension he signed last year. Varejao is coming off of a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered last December but is on track to return by the start of the season.: 8 more rumors
The possibility of moving Varejao, who has played his entire 11-year career with the Cavs, could be behind the Cavs’ interest in free agent forward David West over the last several days. West has indicated he wants to play for a Finals contender and the Cavs have been attempting to recruit him, sources said.: 8 more rumors
James’ agent, Rich Paul, has made it known to the Cavs that serious talks on a new deal for James will not take place until a new contract for restricted free agent Tristan Thompson is in place. Paul also represents Thompson. James intends to re-sign with the Cavs, sources said, but is not in a hurry.
After making initial progress on a deal with Thompson on Wednesday, the talks have stalled, sources said. The Cavs agreed to a five-year, $110 million deal with Kevin Love and a four-year, $40 million deal with Iman Shumpert on the first day of free agency.
David West turned down $12 million from the Indiana Pacers to play for a contender. The Cavs might just be that team. The Cavaliers are interested in the free agent forward, a league source confirmed. The interest appears mutual, although USA Today reported the San Antonio Spurs and Golden State Warriors are also high on West’s list. The Spurs are still in pursuit of West even after landing LaMarcus Aldridge on Saturday. West, who turns 35 next month, averaged 11.7 points and 6.8 rebounds last season for the Pacers. He declined a player option worth $12.2 million for next season because he wants to win.
Brian Windhorst: Cavs indeed have interest in David West. But LeBron James has no plans to communicate with anyone while still a free agent, sources said.: 23 more rumors