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Cleveland Cavalier center Tristan Thompson was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies after slapping the backside of Grizzlies forward and former teammate Jae Crowder. Tristan Thompson gets ejected for slapping Jae Crowder on the butt 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/uzjTOu0lIL — NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 18, 2020 Thompson’s ejection came with 2:02 left in the […]

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Cleveland Cavalier center Tristan Thompson was ejected from Friday night’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies after slapping the backside of Grizzlies forward and former teammate Jae Crowder.

Thompson’s ejection came with 2:02 left in the third quarter, with the slap coming after he was fouled by Brandon Clarke.

As a result of Thompson’s ejection, teammate John Henson took two free throws, which he made.

Crowder was only with the Cavs for a half season during the 2017-18 campaign. In February 2018, he was dealt to the Utah Jazz.

A similar incident happened when Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. did the same thing to a reporter on Monday night. That came after a college football championship victory by Beckham’s alma mater, Louisiana State University.

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Jose Calderon Details LeBron James Breaking His Hand After Game 1 of 2018 NBA Finals https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/17/jose-calderon-opens-lebron-james-breaking-hand-game-1-nba-finals/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 22:57:33 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42406

Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James’ frustration about losing Game 1 of of the 2018 NBA Finals was enough for him to break his hand after the contest, with former teammate Jose Calderon filling in some details on a recent podcast. Calderon, recalling LeBron's frustration-punch in wake of 2018 Finals Game 1: "He just hit […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James’ frustration about losing Game 1 of of the 2018 NBA Finals was enough for him to break his hand after the contest, with former teammate Jose Calderon filling in some details on a recent podcast.

 

James broke his hand in anger after watching the Cavaliers’ golden opportunity to knock off the heavily favored Golden State Warriors in the opening game of the series.

The crushing overtime defeat was due in large part to former Cavs guard J.R. Smith’s inexplicable mistake in not realizing the game was tied in the closing seconds of regulation. The Warriors were then able to sweep the Cavaliers in four games.

James scored 51 points, grabbed eight rebounds and dished out eight assists in that contest, only to watch his tremendous effort go for naught. Despite dealing with his broken hand, James still averaged 28.3 points, 10.7 assists and 8.7 rebounds over the final three contests.

After the Cavaliers were swept, James left in free agency the following month and is now in his second season of leading the Los Angeles Lakers. James’ first campaign with the Lakers was marred by injury, but the team currently has the best record in the Western Conference with a 33-8 record.

The Cavaliers were the eighth different team that Calderon had played for, with the veteran moving on after that one season in Cleveland to finish his career last year with the Detroit Pistons. He announced his retirement in November and now serves as a special assistant to NBPA executive director Michele Roberts.

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Collin Sexton Says There Was a Lot of ‘Disrespect’ Amongst Cavs Players Early in Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/17/collin-sexton-there-disrespect-cavs-players-early-season/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 21:38:53 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42400

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 campaign hasn’t been pretty. Yet, the rebuilding squad has found plenty of bright moments to savor and celebrate. Sophomore guard Collin Sexton told Kelly Russo of The Athletic about the growth that he has seen amongst his teammates so far this season. “We’re pretty much playing for one another and we’re […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ 2019-20 campaign hasn’t been pretty.

Yet, the rebuilding squad has found plenty of bright moments to savor and celebrate.

Sophomore guard Collin Sexton told Kelly Russo of The Athletic about the growth that he has seen amongst his teammates so far this season.

“We’re pretty much playing for one another and we’re out there just competing,” Sexton said. “At the beginning of the season, it was a lot less communication, a lot of attitudes, a lot of disrespect and stuff like that towards each other. But now, I feel like we’re all coming together and coming into our own.”

While the University of Alabama product has been a subject of criticism in the past, he has certainly proven doubters wrong with his development and leadership. The second-year guard is leading the Cavs in scoring with 18.8 points per game this season.

Along with Sexton, the Cavs have seen encouraging growth from their youth base of Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Cedi Osman.

Although the team still has an odd mixture of youngsters and veterans, such as Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, everyone appears to be on the same page.

The next few weeks could see some of the older guys get shipped as the Cavs focus on their rebuild. The Cavs already dealt beloved teammate Jordan Clarkson to the Utah Jazz earlier this season.

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Report: NBA Executives Believe Kevin Love Was Primary Voice Behind Criticism of John Beilein https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/17/nba-executives-believe-kevin-love-voice-behind-criticism-john-beilein/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 15:17:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42391

Earlier this season, a blistering report detailed the complaints that unnamed Cleveland Cavaliers veterans had about head coach John Beilein. Now, it has become clear that executives around the NBA believe that the primary voice behind those complaints was star big man Kevin Love. The revelation came to light when Sam Amick of SI.com detailed […]

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Earlier this season, a blistering report detailed the complaints that unnamed Cleveland Cavaliers veterans had about head coach John Beilein.

Now, it has become clear that executives around the NBA believe that the primary voice behind those complaints was star big man Kevin Love.

The revelation came to light when Sam Amick of SI.com detailed Love’s falling trade value.

“Along with all that, many opposing execs seem convinced Love was the main voice behind last month’s report by The Athletic, which indicated some members of the Cavs were entirely unhappy with coach John Beilein,” Amick wrote.

Perhaps this should not come as much of a surprise given Love’s behavior throughout the 2019-20 season. Still, it is unfortunate to hear that this narrative has latched onto Love’s reputation around the league.

So far this season, Love has done little to make himself an attractive asset from a locker room presence standpoint.

He has posted cryptic messages on social media, created distractions prior to games and has thrown outright temper tantrums on the court.

Despite all that, he has played well, averaging 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this season.

Recently, Love vowed to improve his behavior. That promise came shortly after the Cavs asked Love to help them trade him.

Given his reputation around the league at the moment, it is starting to seem very possible that no team decides to trade for the five-time All-Star prior to the Feb. 6 deadline.

If that ends up being the case, Love may have no one else to blame but himself.

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Cavs Rumors: Tristan Thompson ‘Coveted by Contenders’ in Potential Trade https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/16/report-tristan-thompson-coveted-contenders-potential-trade/ Fri, 17 Jan 2020 00:41:42 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42392

With the NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade not just Kevin Love, but also Tristan Thompson. While other teams have shown, at most, lukewarm interest in Love, Thompson seems to be a more viable commodity on the open market. Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated recently wrote […]

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With the NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade not just Kevin Love, but also Tristan Thompson.

While other teams have shown, at most, lukewarm interest in Love, Thompson seems to be a more viable commodity on the open market.

Sam Amico of Sports Illustrated recently wrote about why Thompson should be much easier for Cleveland to trade than Love.

“Unlike Love, there is never any doubting Thompson’s determination or leadership qualities,” wrote Amico.

“Thompson is coveted by contenders because he doesn’t need the ball to make an impact. Instead, he often gets the ball off the backboard and willingly hands it to the stars.

“He would be a great fit just about anywhere.”

Thompson is just 28, which should make him that much more attractive to a contender or would-be contender. It also doesn’t hurt that he played a key role in the Cavs winning the 2016 NBA title.

So far, the 2019-20 season has been Thompson’s best, as he’s averaging 12.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game, all career-highs. He’s in the final year of a five-year, $82 million contract.

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3 Ideal Trades the Cavs Should Pursue for Kevin Love https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/16/3-ideal-trades-cavs-should-pursue-kevin-love/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 23:38:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42295

Over the last few weeks, it has become abundantly clear that star big man Kevin Love’s time with the Cleveland Cavaliers could soon come to an end. With the team’s front office putting an emphasis on building out its young core, Love would likely be a better fit playing for a team contending for a […]

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Over the last few weeks, it has become abundantly clear that star big man Kevin Love’s time with the Cleveland Cavaliers could soon come to an end.

With the team’s front office putting an emphasis on building out its young core, Love would likely be a better fit playing for a team contending for a title.

While the Cavs seem more than willing to part ways with Love in a trade, they have yet to find a deal they deem worthwhile.

So, what types of deals should the Cavs consider? Here are three trades that the team’s front office would be wise to pursue.

1. Send Love Home

Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum

Love has been quite open about his desire to return to his home state of Oregon to join the Portland Trail Blazers.

Last season, the Blazers battled all the way to the Western Conference Finals before being bullied by the Golden State Warriors.

This season, things have not gone according to plan.

At the moment, the Blazers are just 18-24 on the season. That being said, they are only one and a half games back from the No. 8 seed in their highly competitive conference. Adding Love to that team could certainly push it over the edge and make it a difficult out in the playoffs.

In order to get a deal done, the Blazers would likely have to send over big man Hassan Whiteside to make the money work. Beyond that, the Cavs could ask the Blazers to sweeten the deal by sending over rookie forward Nassir Little as well as a protected first-round pick for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Adding Whiteside would give the Cavs a one-year rental on a player who has averaged 15.6 points and 14.0 rebounds per game this season. Little and the pick would add to the Cavs’ current stable of promising developmental projects.

While Little struggled in his single collegiate season at the University of North Carolina, he was once considered to be a sure lottery pick as the No. 2 ranked prospect in Rivals.com‘s 2018 rankings.

Bringing him to the Cavs would not only give him an opportunity to grow in a rebuilding organization, it would also give Cavs fans another youngster to get excited about.

2. Love to the Rising Suns

Phoenix Suns

A surprise team in this league so far this season has been the Phoenix Suns. Despite losing big man DeAndre Ayton to a 25-game suspension due to violation the terms of the NBA/NBPA anti-drug policy, the Suns are right in the mix when it comes to playoff hopes in the Western Conference.

With Ayton now back in the lineup, the Suns have gone 5-4 in their last nine games. Adding a savvy veteran with All-Star and championship pedigree could definitely help in that pursuit.

In fact, an earlier report indicated that the Suns were interested in Love.

Not only would Love offer the Suns a veteran leader, he would also give them a proven scoring option alongside Ayton and offensive dynamo Devin Booker.

In order to get this deal done, the Cavs could ask for a combination of solid veteran role players, young talent and a future draft pick.

Tyler Johnson and Dario Saric would help make the money work. Both are on expiring contracts and both would certainly help fill out the Cavs’ changing roster.

Mikal Bridges would give the Cavs yet another project player to develop in the team’s frontcourt.

Finally, a 2020 protected first-round pick would give the Cavs another asset to help build towards the future.

3. Trade Love to a True Contender

Kevin Love and Gordon Hayward

While the first two deals saw Love being sent to two playoff hopefuls in the Western Conference, this final deal would send him to a true Finals contender in the Eastern Conference.

The Boston Celtics currently hold the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference and are being led by youngsters Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum as well as veteran star Kemba Walker.

That being said, they are lacking a scoring option at the two big men positions.

Love could easily help remedy that issue and would likely thrive in coach Brad Stevens’ system.

Making a deal with the Celtics work would be quite easy. The real prize for the Cavs here would be small forward Gordon Hayward.

Hayward was a star signing for the Celtics a couple years ago, but a catastrophic injury derailed his role as the centerpiece for that team. As he has recovered back to full strength, Tatum and Brown have made him something of an odd man out in Boston.

So far this season, Hayward has averaged 16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. Coming to Cleveland would offer him an opportunity to prove that he can be the best player on a team once again, an opportunity he hasn’t truly had since leaving the Utah Jazz as a free agent in 2017.

In order to further sweeten the deal, the Cavs could swap veteran guard Brandon Knight for rookie guard Romeo Langford. Knight would give the Celtics a solid rotational option to back up Walker.

Finally, the Cavs could ask for the Celtics to part ways with one of their many future first-round picks. The Celtics have their own 2020 pick, as well as two protection picks, one coming from the Memphis Grizzlies and another coming from the Milwaukee Bucks.

Acquiring any one of those picks would this deal a huge success for the Cavs.

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Report: Cavs Haven’t Talked About Contract Extension With Tristan Thompson https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/16/report-cavs-havent-talked-contract-extension-tristan-thompson/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:59:37 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42376

Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is having a career year that will likely earn him a big payday. According to a recent report from Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, however, the Cavaliers have yet to reach out to Thompson about the possibility of a contract extension. “Keeping Thompson seems like the smart move. It makes sense to […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is having a career year that will likely earn him a big payday.

According to a recent report from Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, however, the Cavaliers have yet to reach out to Thompson about the possibility of a contract extension.

“Keeping Thompson seems like the smart move. It makes sense to have a pillar like that anchoring this rebuild,” Fedor wrote. “It can’t be a roster filled with kids. Someone has to guide them. But multiple sources tell cleveland.com there haven’t been any conversations about a contract extension to this point. Of course, that could change in the coming weeks.”

Thompson signed a five-year, $82 million contract with the Cavaliers in 2016 after he helped the franchise win its first championship.

He is due $18.5 million for this season, but his current deal expires this summer.

The Cavs could re-sign Thompson by the end of the season, but there’s no guarantee that they will be able to lock him up once he becomes a free agent.

The 6-foot-9 center is putting up career-highs in three major statistical categories, averaging 12.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game this season.

Reportedly coveted by a number of teams, Thompson will likely come up in many trade rumors in the weeks heading into the Feb. 6 trade deadline.

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Report: Cavs ‘Thrilled’ About Progression of Darius Garland https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/16/cavs-thrilled-progression-darius-garland-collin-sexton/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 18:35:11 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42373

The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t enjoying much success on the court so far this season, but that doesn’t mean confidence within the organization isn’t high. According to a recent report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are very happy with what they’ve seen out of young guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland lately. “On the […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t enjoying much success on the court so far this season, but that doesn’t mean confidence within the organization isn’t high.

According to a recent report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are very happy with what they’ve seen out of young guards Collin Sexton and Darius Garland lately.

“On the court, the Cavs are thrilled with what they’ve seen from rookie Darius Garland, who has rebounded from a slow start and followed the same upward trajectory as Collin Sexton,” Fedor wrote.

In the Cavs’ recent stretch of games, it has become clear that that excitement is justified.

After a rocky start to the season for both Sexton and Garland, the two youngsters are starting to gain confidence and improve their production.

In the last 10 games, Sexton has averaged 21.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting 45.5 percent from the field and a blistering 43.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Garland, who has taken over the primary ball-handling duties, is also raising his game. He’s averaging 16.0 points and 5.6 assists per game over his last 10 appearances. Earlier this week, he recorded the first double-double of his NBA career.

Through those numbers, it is quite clear that both players are getting more comfortable playing alongside one another.

Hopefully, winning at a consistent clip will soon follow.

If the Cavs can build off what they have learned in the first half of the 2019-20 campaign to close the season out strongly, there will surely only be more confidence in Cleveland by the time next season rolls around.

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Larry Nance Jr. Mercilessly Roasts Kyle Kuzma in Latest Social Media Post https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/15/larry-nance-jr-clowns-kyle-kuzmas-latest-social-media-post/ Thu, 16 Jan 2020 01:11:02 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42367

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has been the butt of a number of jokes since unveiling his latest hairstyle. Now, former teammate and current Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. has taken his own shot at Kuzma and his bleached hair. Nance recently took to Instagram to make the comparison between Kuzma and […]

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma has been the butt of a number of jokes since unveiling his latest hairstyle.

Now, former teammate and current Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. has taken his own shot at Kuzma and his bleached hair.

Nance recently took to Instagram to make the comparison between Kuzma and one of the primary villains in the classic action-comedy film “Rush Hour.”

Kyle Kuzma and Larry Nance Jr.

Of course, Nance’s dig directed at Kuzma comes from a place of love. The two were teammates back in the 2017-18 season before Nance was traded to the Cavs.

Since then, both players have become fan favorites in their respective cities.

The two players seemed to be all smiles when they spoke with one another during the Cavs’ recent visit to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. However, Nance did not play in that game as he continued to recover from a sore knee.

Nance did return to the court the following night. He logged four assists and three rebounds in 19 minutes of playing time in the Cavs’ loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

As for Kuzma, he’s enjoying one of the best stretches of his 2019-20 season since changing his hair. Considering that, it’s possible that the bleached look is here to stay.

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Report: Cavs Have Grown Closer After John Beilein Called Players ‘Thugs’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/01/15/collin-sexton-cavs-closer-john-beileins-controversial-thugs-statement/ Wed, 15 Jan 2020 23:44:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=42363

When Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein referred to his players as “thugs” during a recent film session, it seemed possible that it might tear his team apart. However, according to second-year guard Collin Sexton, the incident has actually brought the Cavs closer together. “I feel like since then, Coach Beilein has become even closer […]

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When Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein referred to his players as “thugs” during a recent film session, it seemed possible that it might tear his team apart.

However, according to second-year guard Collin Sexton, the incident has actually brought the Cavs closer together.

“I feel like since then, Coach Beilein has become even closer to us, and we became closer as a team,” Sexton said. “I feel like we’re moving in the right direction.”

The Cavs are 2-2 since the the incident occurred, with both losses coming against arguably the two best teams in the entire NBA in the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.

Coming up, the Cavs will enjoy a 10-game period that features nine matchups versus teams with losing records. If the Cavs truly are moving in the right direction, this stretch will serve as a great litmus test for how they stack up against some of the other rebuilding squads in the NBA.

As for Sexton, he’s continuing to develop as a dangerous scorer. While he is averaging 18.8 points per game and shooing 32.6 percent from the three-point line on the season, his last 10 games have marked an uptick in productivity and efficiency.

In Sexton’s last 10 games, he’s averaging 21.5 points per game on 45.5 percent from the field and 43.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Though he is only averaging 1.7 assists per game in that stretch, he has started to thrive in a more off-ball role as rookie guard Darius Garland continues to develop as a playmaker.

Hopefully, these positive trends continue.

While no one expects the Cavs to advance to the postseason this season, finishing the 2019-20 campaign strong would be great for confidence in and around the organization.

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