August 1, 2015

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Cleveland reaches contract agreements with Love, Thompson

Brian Dulik The Chronicle-Telegram CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers lived up to their playoff catchphrase on the opening day of free agency in the NBA. Cleveland went “All In” by reaching contract agreements with power forwards Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson — totaling more than $180 million — on Wednesday. The transactions cannot become official until Read More…

Cavs: To little surprise, LeBron James declines player option but is expected to return

LeBron James, right, and Kyrie Irving celebrate a Cavaliers win over San Antonio in March. (AP GLeBron James, right, and Kyrie Irving celebrate a Cavaliers win over San Antonio in March. (AP FILE PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — The best basketball player in the world wants to be paid commensurately. For that reason, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James did not exercise his one-year, $21.57 million player option for next season. The deadline for his decision was Sunday. The four-time NBA MVP will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but Read More…

Cavs: Draft on tap; Kevin Love opts out of contract

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love and LeBron James wait during a break in an NBA basketball game. (AP FILE PHOTO)

A year ago, the Cavaliers had the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and chose Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins, who they eventually traded to Minnesota for Kevin Love. Two years ago, the Cavs took UNLV’s Anthony Bennett at No. 1 — and later traded him to the Timberwolves with Wiggins — and Russian Sergey Read More…

Cavs commentary: Absence of draft hype is a beautiful thing

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love opted out of his contract Wednesday. (AP FILE PHOTO)

The NBA Draft is tonight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and in Northeast Ohio we’re not all that excited about it. Isn’t that great? After years of it being the most important night in the Cavaliers’ season, the draft actually snuck up on us in 2015. Again, isn’t that great? I mean, only nine days Read More…

Easy decision for Cavs: Timofey Mozgov option picked up

The Cavs picked up their team option on the contract of center Timofey Mozgov. (AP PHOTO)

CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov has earned an encore with the Cavaliers. Cleveland exercised the one-year team option on his contract Tuesday, keeping the 7-foot-1 center with the team for the 2015-16 season. Mozgov, who will earn $4.95 million, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He averaged 10.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and Read More…

Cavs: David Griffin plans on keeping most of team intact

David Blatt, David Griffin

INDEPENDENCE — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin will do everything in his power to keep the team’s key pieces in Cleveland — and he’ll spend as much of owner Dan Gilbert’s money as necessary to do just that. “We’re incredibly blessed to have ownership that’s going to support this at the absolute deepest level,” Griffin Read More…

Cavs Final(s) recap: LeBron James reflects on run

APTOPIX NBA Finals Warriors Cavaliers Basketball

CLEVELAND — There was a time early Wednesday morning, shortly before 1:30 a.m., when LeBron James wondered out loud if it was all worth it. The Cavaliers had just lost 105-97 to the Golden State Warriors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday at Quicken Loans Arena, and a mentally and physically exhausted Read More…

Cavs commentary: The Professor hands out his grades

LeBron James

Though the shorthanded Cavaliers ultimately fell short in their quest to win the first title in the franchise’s 45-year existence, Professor Noland is in a surprisingly good mood as he prepares to dole out final grades. The regular season will be taken into account, as it should, but final exams — in this case the Read More…

Cavs commentary: LeBron James gave all he had

LeBron James puts up a shot against Golden State Warriors guard Andre Iguodala during Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland on Tuesday.  (AP PHOTO)

One man cannot win the world championship by himself. Not even if he plays at a superhuman level on the biggest stage in the sport. LeBron James completed one of the greatest postseasons in basketball history Tuesday night, but the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The Read More…

Cavs vs. Warriors: Turnovers, poor guard play end Cleveland’s season shy of title

LeBron James, Stephen Curry

CLEVELAND — The Golden State Warriors scratched a 40-year itch Tuesday night. The Cavaliers have now gone 45 seasons without a title, while the city of Cleveland remains at 51 and counting. Taking advantage of huge runs in the first and third periods, the Warriors won their first NBA championship in 40 years by defeating Read More…