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April 19, 2014 Updates

Waiters said the firing of Cavs General Manager Chris Grant the first week in February really affected him. “That’s a guy who took a chance on me, a young kid like myself coming from where I come from,” he said. “He made my dream come true. You never want to see (anybody) get fired. He’s got a family. You’ve got to feed your kids. What could we have done differently? Did it take him getting fired for us to start playing the way we did? You never know. I know I took it hard because if we’d have been taking care of business like we were supposed to the beginning of the season, he would still be here.” Morning Journal

April 18, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons plan to conduct a comprehensive search to replace Joe Dumars in the front office, a job that is coveted around the league. Several names are on the Pistons' radar, a person familiar with details told USA TODAY Sports. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly. The latest names to surface are: Cleveland Cavaliers acting general manager David Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant GM and team counsel Mike Zarren and NBA senior vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. USA Today Sports

April 17, 2014 Updates

I know it sounds ridiculous, but I think the Cavs have to at least explore the idea of trading Irving this summer. His sometimes pouty attitude has soured enough people, and there are enough people in the organization who question whether or not he’s worth a max deal, that it makes sense to at least explore it. Akron Beacon Journal

After the final buzzer sounded, after Kyrie Irving stuck around to hand out not just one pair of shoes, but several, at Fan Appreciation Night, the Cavaliers point guard at long last addressed the fact that he can sign a contract extension this summer. And he came the closest he has to announcing that he would like to remain in Cleveland. "I've been a part of this and I want to continue to be a part of this," he said. "We're making strides in the right direction, especially in this organization. I want to be part of something special, and I want to be part of something special in Cleveland. "I don't have a definitive answer to that right now, but it'll be something special. I can guarantee that." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The Cavaliers are expected to make a maximum five-year contract extension offer to Irving this summer. "It's a big deal for me and my family if they do offer that. It would be exciting, and I'll make the best decision for me and my family. That's what it's going to boil down to for myself." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bynum came here with a positive attitude and for a while was arguably the hardest worker on the team. But I’ve maintained all along when he returned to the floor and still had pain in his knees, he began to question if this was all worth it – particularly while playing for a team that was losing two out of three nights. And when his attitude turned, it turned fast. By the way, I’ve spoken to a number of people who believe it’s not a coincidence the Cavs finally started to play better when Bynum left. Similarly, a lot of people believe it’s not a coincidence the Pacers crumbled once he arrived. Food for thought… Akron Beacon Journal

April 16, 2014 Updates

Growing up in Egypt was not easy. At first, the brothers and sisters split up and stayed with different relatives. Eventually, the older siblings got jobs and made enough money so the nine children could live together in a two-bedroom apartment in Alexandria, four boys in one room, five girls in the other. "School was tough,'' said Deng, recalling almost daily beatings by teachers. He and his brother were the only black kids in the school, he said, and there were issues because of their skin color and religion. Raised in a Catholic home where Dinka was the spoken language, they studied the Koran and spoke Arabic. He appreciates learning all that now, but back then it was difficult. Cleveland Plain Dealer

But now, just three years later, a political struggle threatens to break apart all that was gained. That's why Deng felt so compelled to record the public service announcement for The Enough Project. "What I really want is for South Sudan to have peace and move forward,'' he said. "There's been fighting for so many years. We're so rich as a country in terms of resources and so talented in terms of who we are as people, but we've never given ourselves a fair chance to show the world what we're capable of. All we've been doing for so many years is fighting wars. The only way we're getting opportunities to show what we can do is by escaping as refugees and becoming something in a different land, which is very tough to do.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

Deng, 28, said he hopes winning the award brings more attention and awareness to the violence still going on in South Sudan. “Honestly, it’s one of those things that will never stop,” he said. “If I make one person happy or make their life better, I think that’s enough. “I can’t say I’m going to make 1,000 people’s lives better and then you stop right there because there’s always the next person. It’s just one of those things I enjoy doing. I wish I could wake up tomorrow and nobody needs help. But we all know that’s not going to happen.” Morning Journal

April 15, 2014 Updates

Luol Deng of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been voted the 2013-14 winner of the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, named after the second commissioner of the NBA and presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the player, coach or trainer who shows outstanding service and dedication to the community. The two-time All-Star forward recently recorded a public service announcement for the EnoughProject.org, urging peace during a time of renewed conflict in his native South Sudan. In the video, he tells young people, "Look around you, and reach out. Make peace among those who are fighting. Forgive one another and encourage others to forgive. Build trust with people who fear each other. You are young, and if you are wise, you will build bridges with people your age that will last a lifetime. It is not too late to start...but it is not too soon either.' NBA.com

Still, there are questions about the future and especially about Irving, who is expected to be offered a maximum contract extension this summer. Irving has been noncommittal about whether he'll accept it, and following Friday's loss, Irving posted a quote on Twitter that he left open for interpretation. Irving tweeted, "'Jump over the fence...no regrets.'" He was asked what it meant. "I'm going to let you dissect that," he said. "I'm just going to let you dissect that. Whatever you want to think about that." Alliance Review

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