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October 28, 2014 Updates

L.A. Clippers President Doc Rivers knows recruiting can be tough ... which is why he's already calling DIBS on LeBron James' and Dwyane Wade's kids!! Rivers was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood Monday night when we asked if he thinks Bron's or D-Wade's sons had a shot to make the NBA when they grow up. FYI -- LeBron has two boys (10 and 7) who are already generating serious buzz in the basketball world ... and Dwyane's boys have been ranked as some of the top youth prospects in the country. "I want rights to all their kids," Doc said. TMZ.com

Tristan Thompson, Cleveland Cavaliers: The Cavaliers and Thompson continue to talk. Word is Thompson’s camp is seeking a deal in the $11-$12 million per season range, which is awfully pricey for what Thompson has produced thus far. The fact that Thompson is represented by the same agent as LeBron James surely doesn’t hurt the situation, but sources close to the process say that James’ status isn’t impacting the process. There is a chance that the Cavs and Thompson reach a deal, although sources said both sides seem to be ok if this thing has to get pushed to the summer. This one is 50/50, with it being likely that a deal is reached if the price comes down. Basketball Insiders

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. Thompson, a big man who specializes in offensive rebounding, is believed to be looking for something around the $12 million-per-season extensions the Denver Nuggets gave Kenneth Faried this month and the Utah Jazz gave Derrick Favors last October. ESPN.com

Yet James' real legacy here is broad, etched not in titles or accolades but in these grizzled streets where the 29-year-old icon is not known as "King James." Here the chatter is just of "Bron," the kid who emerged through it all, from the same difficult upbringing with real challenges in a town blighted by the struggles of the automotive and rubber industries. "Cleveland thinks it has a sports curse. But Akron, well, Akron has a life curse. Hard times, hard lives," says local Rodney Rice, 50, down by the Perkins Pool courts, where throngs would huddle to watch a young James school older challengers in pick-up games. "That's why him coming back means something different to us. It is not about him getting Cleveland a championship, but a new reminder to the kids here that a person can make it big in life having walked these same streets." USA Today Sports

"I didn't like the way he left and I told him that," said Barb Wood, long-time librarian at St Vincent's, a confidante for James in high school when the quiet of the library provided a welcome respite from the incessant attention. "But he learns from his mistakes and he is down to earth and humble enough to accept that. He has grown into such an impressive man but in that way, despite everything, he is still the same, sweet boy that he ever was. The funny thing is, when people say he is coming back, I say he never truly left. He is known all over the world, but he has remained true to where he came from." USA Today Sports

October 27, 2014 Updates

"After LeBron left, all bets were off," Spoelstra said. "For the first two or three hours -- I've told that story a lot -- that it felt like we were Jerry Maguire. We were calling everybody, and everybody's agent, and nobody was answering for two or three hours." Finally, they got in touch with both Bosh and Wade, who'd opted out of his contract as well. Wade wasn't going anywhere -- once he spurned Chicago in 2010 to stay in Miami, he was Heat for Life. Once Miami agreed to the max, so was Bosh. NBA.com

Seeing the Cavs in action at The Q this season is going to be BIG. Actually, it’s going to be a WHOLE LOT BIGGER when fans find themselves sitting in front of 5,550 total square feet of LED technology, aka, the largest HD scoreboard in any arena in the country! Quicken Loans Arena’s brand new center-hung scoreboard, armed with the fan-favorite flaming sabers, and its new audio/visual systems will make their collective debut when the Cavs 2014-15 season tips off vs. the New York Knicks on Thursday, October 30th at 8:00 p.m. NBA.com

The Cleveland Cavaliers are engaged in serious talks with center Anderson Varejao on a contract extension, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Talks have progressed in recent weeks, but there's no agreement imminent, sources said. Varejao, 32, could become an unrestricted free agent in July 2015. Nevertheless, he and Cavaliers officials have a mutual desire to reach an agreement in the near future and continue a 10-year partnership. Cavaliers star LeBron James has a strong bond with Varejao, with whom he played six seasons before James left Cleveland in 2010 to sign with the Miami Heat. Yahoo! Sports

After a summer and fall of good feelings, the Cleveland Cavaliers are facing their first bit of tension involving LeBron James because of contract extension talks with teammate Tristan Thompson. The Cavs and Thompson have stalled in negotiations, sources told ESPN.com, with a Friday deadline for extensions approaching. Thompson is represented by Klutch Sports and James' agent and business partner Rich Paul, who has worked with Thompson since he was drafted in 2011. ESPN.com

The sides both remain hopeful they will get a long-term deal with Thompson worked out this week, sources said. Thompson, a big man who specializes in offensive rebounding, is believed to be looking for something around the $12 million-per-season extensions the Denver Nuggets gave Kenneth Faried this month and the Utah Jazz gave Derrick Favors last October. ESPN.com

Though it is still unclear just how quickly the salary cap will increase over the next several years, the flood of coming money has emboldened stronger demands from agents, sources said. Also, there is less of a fear of rolling the dice and becoming a restricted free agent after a summer when restricted players Bledsoe, Gordon Hayward and Chandler Parsons all were able to secure wealthy deals. "There will be 8-10 teams with large cap space next summer and the increasing cap will force even the small market teams to spend," one prominent official said. "It is not a bad environment to be a restricted free agent in." "Some of the agents are viewing the new TV deal as a bullet in the gun," said one general manager. "But we all knew the TV deals were coming, it really isn't news. What would be news is if we knew how much and how fast the cap will go up and we don't yet." ESPN.com

October 26, 2014 Updates

Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt suggested the 39.5 minutes per game LeBron James is averaging for his career would be too many for the team's superstar this season, at least in the early going. "I don't have a number but I am cognizant of the fact and we are conscious of the fact that, certainly early on 39 minutes a game is a lot," Blatt said following practice Sunday. "We gotta keep our wits about us in terms of thinking long term with LeBron." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 25, 2014 Updates

The deadline for the Cavaliers and Thompson to agree to a rookie-scale extension is Oct. 31. That's less than a week away and sources close to the situation says, "There has been zero discussion on an extension" between the two sides. Cleveland Plain Dealer

That's why it's no surprise that Love's admission about his new role following the preseason finale spread throughout the NBA, and found its way into the Cavaliers' locker room. "I think we are all going to go through an adjustment and less touches than we would like. Anytime one of us says something it will get blown out of proportion and I think that got blown out of proportion," James said following practice on Friday. "I read the clips of what he stressed. The first thing you see is Kevin Love wants more touches and is unhappy, but I've had zero reaction." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Love averaged 14 points per game during the preseason while shooting 48 percent from the field and 43 percent from three-point range. But much of that production came early. Love shot just 28 percent from the field in the final three exhibition contests, including 2-of-10 against Chicago, a game used as the dress rehearsal. "Kevin is fine. That is what the preseason is all about," Blatt said. "The last thing I worry about with Kevin is his shooting. He's done a very good job defensively in the preseason, which was a concern people had about him. He's a great player and I'm not concerned whether the ball has been going in consistently or not for him. It will." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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