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April 12, 2014 Updates

Assuming he returns as general manager, one of David Griffin's first goals will be to find a veteran small forward for next season as Deng is a free agent. He will talk to Deng about returning, but the contract offer will be rather modest. A good guess is Deng will want to play for a veteran contender. Cleveland Plain Dealer

The two main free agents are Spencer Hawes and Deng. The Cavs want Hawes back. Assuming Griffin remains the general manager, he will make a strong push to keep the center. Griffin values big men who can pass and shoot. In fact, the Cavs have been asking Hawes to shoot even more. Cleveland Plain Dealer

His 3-point percentage declined in each of his final five seasons in Utah, but he re-established himself as a consistent 3-point shooter in Cleveland. He made a career-high 126 3-pointers last season and will finish this season shooting a career-best .393 from deep. He is open to returning next season, but hasn’t had any formal talks yet and doesn’t believe the injury will affect summer negotiations with the Cavs or any other team. “I didn’t break something or tear something. It just took time [to heal],” Miles said. “I’ll be perfectly fine by the time I had to go take a physical. “We haven’t had any conversations [about returning], but I don’t feel like they’re kicking me out the door at all. I know what that feels like. I definitely don’t get that vibe.” Akron Beacon Journal

While he doesn’t seem to be gaining much traction around the league, Cavs coach Mike Brown believes Dion Waiters should be a viable candidate for Sixth Man of the Year voting. Although he’s back in the starting lineup, Waiters remains the leading scorer among Eastern Conference reserves at 14.7 points in a bench role. He is averaging more points off the bench than any Cavs player since Hot Rod Williams averaged 16.9 in 1989-90. “He should deserve some credit, some recognition for Sixth Man of the Year,” Brown said. “He was giving us a big lift coming off the bench. He could be effective in a lot of different roles for a team. Obviously, he’s been effective for us as a starter, but he was huge for us coming off the bench throughout the course of the season so hopefully he’ll get recognition for it.” Akron Beacon Journal

His two minutes on the floor at the end of the West Coast trip last month only reaggravated it because he wasn’t really ready to return. The team shut him down completely for a week after that failed attempt. Miles said the bruising around the ankle has slowed his return. His aggressive rehab worsened the bruising, he said, because he was pushing it three or four days ahead of schedule. “I’ve got a certain amount of time before it fatigues because it’s not strong enough yet,” Miles said. “Now that the swelling is down, I’m getting the motion back. But I don’t have the strength to do what I need to do on a basketball court, especially as a guy who moves around a lot. It’s not like I’m standing around. I wouldn’t be able to help my team unless they told me to just stand in the corner all the time and play four-on-five.” Akron Beacon Journal

April 10, 2014 Updates

Kyrie Irving strongly supported Derrick Gordon on Wednesday, Irving’s former teammate and the first openly gay player in Division I men’s basketball. “I’m proud of him,” Irving said. “It’s a big step, not only in his life but in his career to get the weight of the world off his shoulders.” Irving spoke to Gordon on Tuesday, but had no idea he is gay or that he was planning an announcement. Irving said he learned it watching television like everyone else. Akron Beacon Journal

Gordon is a sophomore at Massachusetts, and the two have been friends for about eight years, Irving said, including time as high school teammates at St. Patrick’s in New Jersey. “I never had a problem with homosexuality,” Irving said. “Even if one of my teammates was a homosexual, I wouldn’t have a problem with it. But to see guys in sports coming out now is part of life.” Akron Beacon Journal

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How would Irving describe his relationship with Waiters? "Honestly, off the court and on the court, we're the best of friends,'' he said. "So when we come on the court, we're just going to play basketball like we've been doing the past few games and our focus is on winning right now.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

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