July 26, 2014

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NBA Draft: Andrew Wiggins isn’t LeBron James, but he’s still talented

The Cavaliers have been linked to Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins. (AP FILE PHOTO)

Before he played a game at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins was billed as the next LeBron James. One look at the builds of the 6-foot-8, 197-pound Wiggins and 6-8, 250-pound James shows that’s not the case, but the 19-year-old is virtually certain to be among the top three picks Thursday in the NBA Draft. Considered a Read More…

Commentary: Cleveland hopes for LeBron James’ return — but not so fast

LeBron James

Judging from the reaction on local sports talk radio, you’d think LeBron James had actually signed with the Cavaliers. Relax, people. This is just the first step in the process. It’s a step that had to occur for the Cavs to have any chance at landing James — and it happened six days prior to Read More…

Cavs: Tyronn Lue joins staff; Maccabi Tel Aviv to visit Q

Tyronn Lue finished second in the Cavaliers’ 39-day search for a coach, but Monday was named the team’s associate head coach. Lue, who had two interviews with general manager David Griffin prior to the hiring of David Blatt on Friday, has worked under Doc Rivers since 2009. The 37-year-old was Boston’s director of basketball development Read More…

NBA Draft: Duke’s Jabari Parker advanced for his age

Many scouts expect Duke’s Jabari Parker to make the biggest rookie impact in the 2014 class, but until recently it didn’t look like he had much chance of being the first player taken Thursday in the NBA Draft. That all changed last week when Kansas center Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular Read More…

NBA Draft: Kansas center Joel Embiid injuries are hot topic

Kansas center Joel Embiid throws down a dunk against Texas. (AP FILE PHOTO)

He was being compared to Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, with whispers he had the athleticism and footwork of all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon. Then it was announced a week before the NBA Draft that Kansas center Joel Embiid had suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot. Just like that, the 7-foot, Read More…

Cavaliers, Blatt agree to deal

David Blatt has never been on the bench — as a player, assistant or head coach — for an NBA game. That’s about to change, as the 55-year-old overseas sensation was Friday named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Blatt, who is currently traveling, will be formally introduced Wednesday at an 11 a.m. press conference Read More…

Cavs: David Blatt offered coaching job, Joel Embiid has broken foot

One big question was on the verge of being answered by the Cavaliers on Thursday, but another “big” one popped up. David Blatt was in contract negotiations with the Cleveland front office late into the night to succeed Mike Brown as head coach. The Cavs had made no announcement at press time, but numerous reports Read More…

Cavs: David Blatt emerging as new favorite for coach

David Blatt was in town interviewing for the Cavaliers’ vacant head coaching position Wednesday, and it appears the search for Mike Brown’s replacement might be over soon. Blatt, 55, previously spoke at length with Cavs general manager David Griffin over the phone. He is seen by some as the leading candidate to replace Brown, who Read More…

LeBron James commentary: Don’t believe everything you hear

LeBron James (AP FILE PHOTO)

It could happen. I didn’t say it will, or that it’s probable or even that there’s a decent chance. I simply said it could occur. We are talking, of course, about LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers. Over the next four weeks or so, those of you who are sick and tired of hearing about Read More…

Lue, Gentry has second interviews

  Rick Noland The Gazette Now more than a month old, the Cavaliers’ coaching search still appears to be going in several directions. Los Angeles Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue, 37, and Alvin Gentry, 59, reportedly had second interviews Friday with general manager David Griffin. Owner Dan Gilbert was also set to take part. That could Read More…