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November 21, 2014 Updates

"It's my biggest test," James said Friday morning in advance of the Cavs' game against the Washington Wizards (ESPN, 8 p.m.). "My patience isn't [endless]. I have a low tolerance for things of this nature. So it's something I'm working on as well, which I knew from the beginning that that was going to be my biggest test to see how much patience I got with the process. ESPN.com

LeBron grins at the memories of practicing with Varejao when he and his young Cavaliers were finding their way. In those days they were the underdogs. Each step deeper into the playoffs was a surprise. "He would go 120 percent, and sometimes not everyone is ready to go 120 percent at practice,'' James says. "So he would frustrate guys for sure, and he's still doing it.'' NBA.com

"I knew LeBron. So I know how he's a good person, and he cares about the people that he loves, he cares about his family, he cares about the others,'' says Varejao in English, his third language. "But when he left, the way he did it, it was wrong. He had the rights to go anywhere he wants to go. But the way he did it -- I'm not here to second-guess him or what he did -- but to me, in my opinion, it wasn't the right way to do it. And I believe he said that later on. But I knew it was tough for him. Because even before he told everybody the way he did it was wrong, I could tell he went through some tough times, when everybody was talking bad about him. You can ignore a lot of outside noises, but because of who he is, I guarantee you it got to him. I believe it was tough for him.'' NBA.com

As the Cavaliers fell further back in the game, Varejao found himself making a stand on behalf of the team that James had left behind. In the run of play he pulled off James' headband and tossed it aside, as if he no longer recognized the authority of the King's crown. "I was just trying to get him off his rhythm,'' Varejao says. "I knew that he would not like that. Because he wears headband for a long time, and people were saying he was losing his hair and stuff, and I thought that it could get him off his game a little bit.'' NBA.com

Cleveland's $5.3 million trade exception is the logical solution, but Brendan Haywood's unusual contract could be thrown into the mix. And make no mistake, it eventually will. Haywood is being paid a salary of $2.2 million this season, but next year he has a non-guaranteed income of $10.5 million. It becomes fully guaranteed if he is not waived by the Aug. 1 deadline of 2015. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The chances of a team making that type of commitment at this stage of his career are slim to none. What's attractive about Haywood's deal is next summer his $10.5 million income would apply towards the league's salary-matching requirements, which would allow the Cavaliers, or whichever team has him at that time, to trade Haywood for an impact player making up to approximately $14 million annually. The team that receives Haywood could release the big man and gain significant cap space equivalent to the $10.5 million figure. There's the value. Cleveland Plain Dealer

He's well aware that he could be moved at any time and he said it's something he won't let bother him. "I don't worry about it because at the end of the day, I can't do anything about it," Haywood told Northeast Ohio Media Group. "If somebody views my contract as an asset or the team feels they can get something in that can help them or shed salary, they're going to do what they're going to do because that's what they have to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

A jersey worn by LeBron James during the second half of his regular season return to Cleveland last month sold for $50,040 on Thursday night. The jersey, auctioned by the NBA, was used by James on Oct. 30, for the Cavaliers' season opener against the New York Knicks. ESPN.com

November 20, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Rockets have made it clear they're ready to move NOW. Cavs said to be weighing whether to prioritize pursuing rim protector or wing depth Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

It appears Miami's Chris Bosh is a prophet because Kevin Love is having a tough time adjusting to his new role and too often the Cavs are simply forgetting about one of the premier talents in the league. "I'm just trying to find myself in this offense," Love said as he soaked his feet in ice after the game as he usually does. "It's just one of those things. We're 10 games in. I think everyone knew coming in that we would have to sacrifice. At some point we are going to need some low-post scoring and outside shooting." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kevin Love is trying to stay positive publicly, but his frustration within this system is beginning to show. Love is shooting .389, which would rank as the second-lowest shooting percentage of his career. The only time it was lower was 2012-13 when a broken hand limited him to just 18 games and he shot .352. His field-goal percentage in every other season has been at least 45 percent. Akron Beacon Journal

For years in Europe, people could count upon Blatt to speak out on social issues and politics and the Middle East. Everything's changed for him, and Blatt hasn't come back to the States to tell everyone how he sees the world, how it's all changed. This job's too important, his burden's too big. "I haven't tempered my opinions, but I've lowered my voice," Blatt told Yahoo. "Listen, I work in an organization that has a wide fan base that I have to respect, that I should respect, and a team and a global vision here that doesn't necessarily lend itself to any incendiary or out-of-the-box opinions. And that's OK. "I still express my opinion, but I don't have to do it publicly on the pages of Cavs.com." Yahoo! Sports

Blatt is making $3 million to coach the Cavs this year, way more than they pay in the Adriatic League where he's spent most of the last 20 years. But at times it probably seems like it's not nearly enough. "I don't take all the credit for anything," Blatt said. "I'd like not to take all the blame for everything, but that's part of my job so I have to do that." ESPN.com

November 19, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Alex Kirk to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. He will be available for tonight’s Charge game against the Westchester Knicks at 7:00 p.m. in Westchester. NBA.com

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