Kyrie Irving played a set of modified 1-on-1 games against LeBron James after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shootaround Saturday and “destroyed him,” a team source told ESPN.com. They weren’t true games of 1-on-1 in the sense that only one dribble was allowed per possession, thus rendering James’ significant size advantage moot as he couldn’t simply back Irving down with his dribble and post him up. Games finished with the first player to score three baskets.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs Kyrie Irving is doing some shooting work following shootaround this morning. https://t.co/TETFimKdMC
"Everyone's going to formulate their own opinions based on injuries," Irving said. "You think about injuries whether they have them when they're young, or old, or in the middle, it's part of the game. For me, I know exactly what I'm doing in the weight room and exactly what I'm doing to prepare myself for the court, and if something happens, that's just part of the game. If I go out there and bump knees with someone and get a knee contusion and have to miss a game, and then I sprain my ankle, those aren't things that can be planned. You just do the best you can to prevent it. For me, everyone putting in the notion of breaking down, I'm nowhere near close to breaking down I can be completely honest with that. I'll just let my game on the court and my work ethic speak for all that. I'll never not put myself in a position to be successful for my teammates and for my organization. I could see if I wasn't putting in 100 percent effort in doing everything possible to prevent injuries, then cool, everyone can have their opinion and I'd start believing it. But no way will I start believing that my body will break down and I can't be better every single year."
"Whether (my return is) in December, or whether that's in January, I have to eventually test out my knee against competition," Irving said about the idea of being overly cautious.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving was recently cleared for unrestricted weight-bearing activities, league sources informed Cleveland.com. From here, the team's training staff can intensify his leg-strengthening assignments as it sees fit, I'm told.
After practice on Thursday, Cavaliers head coach David Blatt made it sound as if point guard Kyrie Irving isn't close to a return to action. "[We're] not rushing things and not letting up from the day-to-day work, but still a ways to go," he said. "And how much, I can't honestly tell you, but he's working at it every day."
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: Kyrie is doing some contact work. Scrimmaging 3-on-3. I expect him back in a couple of weeks. #Cavs
Sirius XM NBA: . @Brian Windhorst says on TSL that if this was a pressure situation he thinks Kyrie Irving could play right now, but the Cavs won't rush him
There was a report about Kyrie Irving not being ready to play until January. No one knows for sure, as Irving is recovering from surgery to repair a fractured knee cap. But the Cavs do expect him to play well before January. Of course, that can change once they see him in training camp.
The Cavaliers plan to work Kyrie Irving back into playing condition carefully and methodically as he recovers from a left kneecap fracture suffered in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. Multiple league sources say his rehabilitation is going smoothly, but that the chances are slim of him being in the opening-night lineup against the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 27. One source said he could very well be unavailable up until January.
Nearly two months after Kyrie Irving left Oracle Arena on crutches, his season coming to a dejecting end because of a fractured left kneecap, Irving was back on a basketball court. "Great," Irving said when asked how he is feeling following surgery in early June. "Taking it one day at a time. It's a process getting back to where I want to be. But I'm doing what I can here with the kids and that's all that matters. I started walking about a week ago so whether I was on crutches or not I was still going to be here for the kids."
June 30, 2022 | 10:34 am EDT Update
Jake Fischer on Malik Monk: It’s a very different situation than the Lakers, but I know that there’s mutual interest. The one team I’ve heard to look out for for him not to go to Lakers is the Sacramento Kings.
Jake Fischer: If he gets a legit offer from somewhere around the full taxpayer mid level you know, 10 ish. I don’t know where it’s going to come from… One person who knows him told me that Detroit and Charlotte are teams to look out for for him.
Jake Fischer on Joe Ingles: I wrote that there is belief Joe Ingles could go back to Portland. But today and tonight, I mean, it really does sound like he’s got several options closer to the full, mid-level, around 10 a year. And it seems like there’s a lot of interest from Memphis.
Jake Fischer on Royce O’Neal: I’ve definitely heard a lot of teams I’ve been interested in Royce O’Neale from Utah. The three teams I’ve heard the most consistent with, there have been Atlanta, Toronto and Brooklyn.
Of course, the Jazz project as a trade team. According to league sources, Utah has received significant interest from multiple teams regarding starting wing Royce O’Neale. O’Neale has been a fixture in Utah’s starting lineup, almost since his rookie season, and is one of the shining examples of the past Jazz administration’s ability to develop talent.
Multiple league sources tell The Athletic that the Jazz won’t extend a qualifying offer to forward Eric Paschall, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Paschall came to the Jazz last summer through a trade with the Golden State Warriors. He had good moments, including his postseason run against the Dallas Mavericks, where he made an impact in Game 3, which the Jazz lost.
The Jazz have interest in bringing Danuel House Jr. back. By the end of the season, he was playing at a starting level. He’s a tough and athletic two-way wing, the kind who should garner significant interest on the open market. Because the Jazz don’t have his Bird rights, they may well have to use all or part of their midlevel if they want to bring him back. If not, they could offer him a vet minimum and hope that’s enough to stave off other offers.
Paschall should draw interest on the open market, according to sources. He’s a terrific athlete for his size, gets to the basket off the dribble and is a capable scorer. His absence from the roster means the Jazz have one more forward spot they need to account for as free agency opens.