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September 23, 2014 Updates

What hasn’t been discussed is a contract extension for him – at least not yet. The two sides haven’t really discussed numbers, one source involved in the process said recently, but that isn’t a surprise. Kyrie Irving is the only member of the 2011 class thus far to sign an extension, although guys like Klay Thompson, Kenneth Faried and Kawhi Leonard could be next. The deadline to sign is Oct. 31. Akron Beacon Journal

They like Timofey Mozgov, but the Nuggets have shown no inclination to deal him. There doesn’t appear to be a trade available for any sort of rim protector right now, so the Cavs may look to bundle the trio of players they received from Utah (John Lucas III, Erik Murphy and Malcolm Thomas) in exchange for a trade exception to be used later. Akron Beacon Journal

I would be surprised if Amundson is not on this team in November. David Griffin spent time with him in Phoenix and loves his hustle. Amundson has bounced around the league a lot, but the Cavs believe that’s because of his offensive limitations. It’s difficult to play him in certain rotations because he can’t really score. Akron Beacon Journal

Don’t rule out the possibility of Tristan Thompson starting at center. While it has been widely assumed Anderson Varejao would start in the middle, a theory has been floated within the organization recently that by starting Thompson, coach David Blatt could better limit Varejao’s minutes and help protect him from injury. There is plenty of time to make that final decision, but it’s worth noting the idea has at least been discussed. Akron Beacon Journal

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The Cavaliers haven’t given up on their quest of signing veteran shooting guard Ray Allen. “Until he signs, that’s going to be a target for everybody,” Griffin said. “Ray is someone who fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level. With James, Mike and LeBron here, I think he’d feel comfortable with our group. At the same time, it’s possible he’s not sure he wants to keep playing. He’s in no hurry to make a decision. We’ll play that out as far as we can.” Morning Journal

September 22, 2014 Updates

Ray Allen has yet to decide whether he will play another year, but the Cavs are ready if he does. "I think in his case when he decides this is something he's passionate about we are going to be more than willing to let him know how passionate we are about him. I don't think we would ever give up on it," Griffin said. "Until he signs that is going to be a target for everybody. Ray is somebody that fits us as a shooter. His championship pedigree fits us at a really high level." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Our rim protection is going to be an issue moving forward," David Griffin said. "We would definitely like to improve it. I can't just talk people into getting off of centers, but right now it's something that we look at and think that's an area where we can improve." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The local start-up company that offered LeBron James a small financial stake in the firm if he returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer admits the offer was a "PR stunt." But the president for Ohio City app maker Phenom said the company still intends to formally offer James a one-percent stake in the business, first promised in the run-up to James' announcement that he was indeed returning to the Cavaliers via free agency on July 11. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The company's offer was reported by Crain's Cleveland Business in July. "It was more of a PR stunt for us than anything, it got us in the Washington Post and on HoopsHype(.com)," Phenom president Mike Eppich told the Northeast Ohio Media Group. "Once we release a few more features for our app, we're going to approach him. We have the document (offer) written up and ready to go." Cleveland Plain Dealer

September 20, 2014 Updates

Did you think LeBron James made the right decision to return home to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers after playing the last four seasons with the Miami Heat and winning two NBA championships? Shaquille O'Neal: The one thing they cannot say is that he hasn’t won. He has a little pressure to win in Cleveland, but not as much. If his career ended today, what he’s got – two titles. I thought it was a good thing. They are the team to beat now. But I’m concerned about their coach and their bench, but we’ll just have to see. The good thing for them is that the East isn’t really that tough. They’ll probably have to worry about Washington and maybe Chicago. I don’t even know about Miami. They’ll win some games, but they are not one of the contenders anymore. New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 19, 2014 Updates

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