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November 17, 2014 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from 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. NBA.com

A few feet away from where Miller was talking, Love was explaining the infamous moustache sharpening routine with Irving and the unsourced speculation that he was already thinking about opting out and signing with the Lakers. "Whatever people assumed we were doing with our hands was about as true as me going to the Lakers next year," Love said. "I mean, I don't know why it was so hard for people to realize that we were actually curling our mustache. I guess because I had my fingers in the wrong place. Looking at the tape, film don't lie. It looks like we are doing something bad, but that wasn't the case. Going to the Lakers, I don’t know where somebody got that." SB Nation

"We’re a long ways away," Mike Miller was saying hours before the game while the media scrum hopped from LeBron James to Irving to Love. "But listen, there’s no substitute for talent. We have that. There’s no substitute for experience. We have that. There’s no substitute for youth and athleticism. We have that. So it’s a matter of things coming together. I tell people all the time, saying we’re going to sacrifice without knowing the outcome is very difficult to do. For the guys that have been through it and sacrificed and see what it’s worth, that’s where we can help. We’ll figure it out. Everybody wants it today. So do we. It’s just not going to be that easy." SB Nation

This is the other side of the LeBron effect. His presence not only guarantees a shot at a championship and the promise of meaningful basketball, it also brings a horde of media attention and scrutiny. Everything they do is magnified, whether it’s a sidelines out of bounds play or a handshake routine. "Any time you have expectations you’re going to have pitfalls and, ‘What the hell’s going on’ kind of deals," Miller said. "The one good thing about the whole Miami experience is even the media and fans realize that it isn’t going to be easy and it’s going to take time. When we started off 9-8 in Miami the world was coming to an end. We started off pretty slow this year in some aspects and it’s been, ‘Hey listen. It’s going to take time.’ We never had that in Miami. "The expectations are still the same and there’s going to be the criticisms, that’s all going to be there. We understand it. But there’s also a little bit of an understanding about the process and there was no understanding of the process the first go around. Not even the players. The players didn’t know either." SB Nation

November 16, 2014 Updates

The Minnesota Timberwolves, fresh off heavy back-to-back losses in New Orleans and Dallas and in the latest indication of their growing focus on the future, are in active trade discussions with multiple contending teams pursuing veteran swingman Corey Brewer, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Houston Rockets have emerged as the most serious suitors for Brewer, whose arrival would be a notable boost for either team in terms of depth. ESPN.com

If Brewer winds up in Cleveland, he'd be reunited with Love, with whom he has a close relationship after their well-chronicled success on the fast break as teammates in Minnesota. Brewer ranked as one of the league's foremost scorers in transition last season on the end of Love's outlet passes. It's an open secret, furthermore, that the Cavaliers are looking to get stronger at shooting guard as well reduce LeBron James' minutes load, so Brewer would likely play multiple positions should the Cavs seal a deal for him. ESPN.com

The Love-to-Los Angeles talk has dragged on for years and apparently the trade to the Cavs won’t squelch it. Love laughed off the idea Friday, but the simple fact remains he most likely will indeed become a free agent this summer. The salary cap and looming television deal beg him to do it. This isn’t meant to incite panic amongst Cavs fans. The organization only made the deal for Love after he chatted with owner Dan Gilbert, who left satisfied the Cavs had a long-term commitment from Love and the trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves quickly fell into place. Still today, the Cavs as an organization have no fears of Love abandoning the plan now. Akron Beacon Journal

So, yes, Love will most likely become a free agent at the end of the season. The Cavs knew this was coming when they traded for him. They surrendered quite a haul — two No. 1 overall picks and a third first-rounder, in exchange for one guaranteed season. Love and James’ current contracts run parallel, and that is most likely going to continue throughout their years together. Both want to again be free agents prior to the 2016-17 season, when salaries could explode with the new TV deal. Akron Beacon Journal

When he was asked before Friday’s game about his trip to Boston last summer and how much consideration he gave to joining the Celtics, Love gave an interesting answer. “It’s tough because I wasn’t a free agent last summer,” he said. “I have the potential to be a free agent this summer or next, it’s just one of those things. It [Boston] is obviously a tremendous city, people love it here, basketball, sports in general are huge here, but it’s been fantastic being part of the Cavaliers now. We have a team that is formidable, has a big presence and we see a lot of you guys [the media] on a daily basis.” Akron Beacon Journal

LeBron James scored 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers made their first 11 3-point attempts, including nine in the first quarter, to rout the Atlanta Hawks 127-94 on Saturday night. The Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in a quarter, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau. James hit three 3-pointers in the period, while Kevin Love and Joe Harris had two apiece. The Cavaliers set a team record by going 19 for 31 on 3s. USA Today Sports

Cleveland has been zipping that ball all around the court to the point where it has become contagious. On Saturday it translated into a franchise record 19 threes made and James wasn't the least surprised. "It just comes from moving the ball," he said. "Guys get a rhythm. When you're sharing the ball...the energy of the ball moving, moving, moving and whoever was at the end of it, the recipient of it was just stepping into their shot and knocking it down. It just comes from great karma of playing the game the right way." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Thompson recalls the many times James preached for them to spread the wealth. "He was saying it every game to us and I think seeing that result in Utah, we knew that wasn't our style," Thompson said. "It was up to us as a group to fix it. We had to buy in. We're too smart of a basketball team. We knew what we had to do." Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 15, 2014 Updates


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