September 3, 2014

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LeBron’s buddies Ray Allen, Mike Miller weigh retiring, Denver, Dallas

Mike Miller

Mike Miller

Ray Allen

Ray Allen

Ray Allen is leaning toward retirement and the Cavaliers now have some competition for sharpshooting swingman Mike Miller.

Allen, who turns 39 Sunday, hasn’t ruled out joining former Miami Heat teammate LeBron James in Cleveland, but it now appears the shooting guard will retire, Yahoo Sports reported Monday.

Miller, who won two titles with James in Miami before the Heat used the amnesty clause to release him in a cost-cutting move prior to last season, is being courted by Dallas and Denver in addition to Cleveland.

The 34-year-old, who was NBA Rookie of the Year in 2001 and Sixth Man of the Year in 2006, has reportedly received the best financial offer from Denver, but Cleveland and Dallas represent a better chance for him to win immediately.

A 3-point specialist like Allen, Miller is a James favorite and could still elect to join the four-time league MVP with the Cavs.

Not much happened Monday on the Kevin Love front, with Minnesota apparently still asking for Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and the Cavs steadfastly refusing.

Love can be a free agent after the 2014-15 season, but told national reporters he would re-sign with Cleveland if James joined the team.

In other news, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving was among 19 players invited to camp as Team USA prepares for the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Twelve players will make the team for the event, which should be a fairly solid indication of who will play for the United States in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Irving, who played for Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, is among four point guards scheduled to attend the camp, which will run from July 28 to Aug. 1 in Las Vegas.

The others are Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and Portland’s Damian Lillard. There’s a possibility Washington’s John Wall could also be added.

James is not participating with Team USA. He was barely used by coach Larry Brown when the U.S. earned a bronze medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics, but was a pivotal factor in the team’s gold-medal performances in 2008 and ’12.

On the summer league front, the Cavs improved to 3-0 with an 86-77 victory over Philadelphia (4-2). Second-year guard Matthew Dellavedova led the way with 19 points and four rebounds, while forward Anthony Bennett, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, had 14 points and four boards.

Wiggins finished with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist, three steals and two blocks. The three players combined for 13 turnovers, with Bennett finishing with five.

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