Cleveland Cavaliers Rumors
LeBron James waded forcefully into the Cavs’ standoff with free-agent shooting guard J.R. Smith Friday, pinning the responsibility to come to agreement on a new contract on the organization. “Negotiations are always two-sides but J.R. did his part,” James said. “He showed up every day. Worked his ass off every day. Became a two-way player, a model citizen in Cleveland and he’s a fan favorite, obviously we all know that. All of the sudden now he’s a season ticket holder at the Indians games. “We just miss him. We miss having him around. He’s a big piece of our team and they just need to get it done.”
“I hate coming into another season – two years in a row – with one of my big guns not here,” James said. “So, for a leader of a team and for me personally, I just hate to deal with this s— again. It’s just too big of a piece to our team to have to deal with in another training camp.”
Cleveland Coffee Company owner Brendan Walton found out that his company’s popular coffee line endorsed by Matthew Dellavedova was coming to an end when he saw a tweet from LeBron James. Dellavedova, according to James, had a agreed to an offer sheet with Milwaukee. Which meant that selling “G’day Mate” again next season probably wasn’t happening. “I said ‘oh no that’s not a good sign,” Walton said. “LeBron has more of a fast track to [the Cavaliers front office] than I do.”
Their contract was set to end regardless of Dellavedova’s status with the Cavaliers, but with the close relationship the NBA player had formed with the company, it seemed likely he would have re-upped it. “We were keeping the faith in the relationship we developed,” Walton said. “… It was neat because [48 hours after winning the title] he brought his family to the warehouse, his parents, sister and friends. That was really neat.” The company even shipped some coffee to his parents’ home in Australia.
“This offseason was a lot different for me only because last year, I wasn’t able to even lift a 15, 20-pound dumbbell above my head. “I asked Kevin Willis, ‘How did you stay so long in the league? How did you keep your body the way it was in order to play so many years?’ He said, ‘A lot of it was making sure I did my due-diligence with my body and got all the proper treatments it needed.’ He said in a funny reference, ‘I would eat that iron,’ so he stayed in the weight room and continued to work on his body. From a health standpoint, I feel great. This may be the best I’ve felt coming into a season health-wise.”