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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland signed a multi-year with Nike early Friday, and former Cavs superstar LeBron James couldn’t be more excited to welcome the newest addition to the Nike family. Garland is just 19 years old and was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He joins a Cavs team that is […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland signed a multi-year with Nike early Friday, and former Cavs superstar LeBron James couldn’t be more excited to welcome the newest addition to the Nike family.

LeBron James and Darius Garland

Garland is just 19 years old and was the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He joins a Cavs team that is in the infancy stages of a rebuild and will be joining a core roster of Kevin Love, Collin Sexton, Kevin Porter Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Cedi Osman, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson.

Although Garland played in just five games last season for Vanderbilt University, the 6-foot-2 guard has plenty of upside, as he averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists in his lone freshman season.

Garland is already being compared to both Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving, and if he can pan out to reach the potential of those two players, the Cavs are in good hands.

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Report: Cavs Rookie Darius Garland Inks Multi-Year Shoe Deal With Nike https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/19/report-cavs-rookie-darius-garland-multi-year-deal-nike/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 20:21:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39097

Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Darius Garland was taken as the fifth overall selection in last month’s NBA draft, he’s reaped the benefits. Earlier this month, he signed his first NBA contract, and now, he has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike. Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard and #5 overall NBA Draft pick […]

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Ever since Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Darius Garland was taken as the fifth overall selection in last month’s NBA draft, he’s reaped the benefits.

Earlier this month, he signed his first NBA contract, and now, he has signed a multi-year shoe deal with Nike.

No terms have been announced, but the multi-year aspect of the deal clearly shows that Nike believes that Garland will make an impact in the league. The Cavaliers would like that to come right away, but their lengthy rebuilding project is focused on developing the guard into a standout player.

Just last week, the last of the Cavaliers’ three first-round picks, Kevin Porter Jr., signed his own multi-year deal with Puma.

Garland could be teaming up in the backcourt with the Cavaliers’ top selection last year, Collin Sexton. That proposed plan reportedly has the endorsement of the team’s new head coach, John Beilein, though any final decisions aren’t likely to be made until the team goes through training camp in a few months.

The Cavaliers selected Garland even though he was limited to just five games in his only year at Vanderbilt University after suffering a knee injury. In those five contests, he averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

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Report: Cavs to Open ‘First-of-Its-Kind’ Esports Center in Downtown Cleveland https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/19/cavs-open-first-of-kind-esports-center-downtown-cleveland/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:41:42 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39091

The world of sports now goes far beyond the court or the field, as one of the fastest-growing forms of competition continues to take place in the world of video games. The Cleveland Cavaliers are embracing that fact, and this week, they unveiled plans to construct a “first-of-its-kind” esports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood. […]

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The world of sports now goes far beyond the court or the field, as one of the fastest-growing forms of competition continues to take place in the world of video games.

The Cleveland Cavaliers are embracing that fact, and this week, they unveiled plans to construct a “first-of-its-kind” esports center in Cleveland’s Battery Park neighborhood.

The center will not only be home to the Cavs Legion Gaming Club, the NBA 2K League esports team owned by the Cavs, but will also serve as a venue for gaming competitions, watch parties, corporate outings, birthday parties, and educational programs.

“We’re thrilled to introduce this state-of-the-art facility designed to provide esports enthusiasts from Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and beyond a place to come together to compete, create and celebrate the world of competitive gaming,” Cavaliers President of Business Operations Nic Barlage said in a press release. “Not only will this training center give our Cavs Legion team a first-class venue to practice and sharpen their skills for the NBA 2K League, but it will also provide our region’s next generation of star gamers best-in-class tools to fuel their passion for esports.”

At the moment, the team is not divulging just how much this new center will cost, but it clearly hopes that it will serve as far more than just a place for gaming pros and amateurs alike to pick up a controller and have some fun.

“But the Cavs Legion GC’s esports center isn’t just a place for kids to play games and watch tournaments, he says,” Cleveland.com’s Joey Morona wrote of Senior Director of Esports for Cavs Legion GC, Jonathan Sumers. “To that point, the team envsions working with Cleveland city schools and rec centers on a series of events in which kids learn from experts on game development, graphic design, esports videography, esports event production, how to stream, or how to build a PC.”

This news is a fascinating look into how the world of sports and fandom continues to change. It is not yet clear when the center will be open, but one thing is quite clear: The future of basketball is bright in Cleveland, both in the virtual and real world.

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Report: Tristan Thompson Will Not Play for Canada in Upcoming FIBA World Cup https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/18/report-tristan-thompson-canada-fiba-world-cup/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:41:28 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39086

One of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ mainstays, big man Tristan Thompson, will not play for his home country in the FIBA World Cup later this summer. Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play for the Canadian national team in this summer's FIBA World Cup, agent Rich Paul tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Thompson was named on Canada's […]

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One of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ mainstays, big man Tristan Thompson, will not play for his home country in the FIBA World Cup later this summer.

Thompson is the latest NBA player to turn down the opportunity to play in the upcoming tournament. Earlier this month, it was announced that Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis would also sit out the FIBA World Cup, as well as Team USA’s training camp in August.

Earlier this week, Ben Simmons, who just signed a new max contract with the Philadelphia 76ers, announced he will not play in the tournament for his native Australia.

Both Simmons and Davis have cited that they will sit out the FIBA World Cup so that they can focus on preparing for the upcoming NBA season. The Lakers and 76ers are being considered two of the favorites to win the NBA world championship this upcoming season.

Thompson, 28, is one of the last players remaining from the Cavaliers’ 2016 championship team. This past season he averaged 10.9 points and a career-high 10.2 rebounds per game, although he played just 43 games, a career-low.

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Las Vegas Predicts Cavs to Have Second-Worst Record in NBA This Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/18/las-vegas-predicts-cavs-second-worst-record-nba/ Fri, 19 Jul 2019 00:00:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39081

Cleveland Cavaliers fans may have gotten used to contending for an NBA championship for the better part of the last decade, but times have definitely changed since LeBron James took his talents to Southern California to play for the Los Angeles Lakers a year ago. Now, with a ragtag roster that is devoid of top-level […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers fans may have gotten used to contending for an NBA championship for the better part of the last decade, but times have definitely changed since LeBron James took his talents to Southern California to play for the Los Angeles Lakers a year ago.

Now, with a ragtag roster that is devoid of top-level talent, Las Vegas is predicting that the Cavaliers won’t just be bad, but downright awful.

This comes in the wake of the Cavaliers letting go of veteran guard J.R. Smith, who was one of the last links to the team’s lone world championship in 2016.

In addition, they are rumored to be shopping five-time NBA All-Star Kevin Love. If such a trade is consummated, it will likely lower the team’s final win total even more.

However, it has been reported that the Cavaliers don’t want to trade Love, and that they would consider a trade if they are “blown away” by what the other team is offering in return.

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Khloe Kardashian Defends Tristan Thompson After Internet Troll Bashes Him https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/18/khloe-kardashian-defends-tristan-thompson-internet-troll/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 22:23:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39076

The relationship between Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian came to an end months ago, with plenty of online trolls having fun at their expense. However, when one individual on social media remarked how Kardashian hated Thompson, the reality television star came to Thompson’s defense. View this post on Instagram Amen. #CommentsByCelebs A […]

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The relationship between Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson and Khloe Kardashian came to an end months ago, with plenty of online trolls having fun at their expense.

However, when one individual on social media remarked how Kardashian hated Thompson, the reality television star came to Thompson’s defense.

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Thompson and Kardashian’s daughter, True, was born in April 2018, just days after news broke about Thompson cheating on Kardashian with two women. After another instance of apparent infidelity by Thompson earlier this year, the relationship ended.

Recently, Thompson purchased a home near Kardashian’s Southern California residence in order to be closer to his daughter during the offseason.

From a basketball perspective, the 28-year-old Thompson is entering a critical season that will help determine how big of a contract he’s able to obtain beyond the 2019-20 campaign. He’s scheduled to make $18.5 million during the final year of a five-year, $82 million deal he signed in 2015.

During each of the past two years, the once-durable Thompson has been plagued by injuries that have limited him to 96 regular season contests. He also needs to expand his game beyond his prowess on the glass, with career averages of 9.2 points and 8.6 rebounds over the first eight years of his career.

Potentially, Thompson could be dealt before the trade deadline next February if the Cavaliers get an offer they like or can’t come to an agreement on a new contract.

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Report: Milwaukee Bucks Interested in Acquiring J.R. Smith https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/18/report-jr-smith-meet-with-milwaukee-bucks/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:30:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39068

Following his release from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, J.R. Smith is reportedly meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks today. JR Smith will have a free-agent meeting with the Bucks today in Milwaukee, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Bucks are searching for a wing shooter and both sides will have opportunity to sit down. — Shams […]

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Following his release from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, J.R. Smith is reportedly meeting with the Milwaukee Bucks today.

The Bucks nearly made the Finals last season, but succumbed to the eventual NBA champion Toronto Raptors in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals. After the Bucks lost guard Malcolm Brogdon to the Indiana Pacers this offseason, Smith has an open door to become a valuable addition to the team.

The former Cavalier has career averages of 12.5 points and 37.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc. His outside shooting could help open up the middle for the Bucks’ big men, particularly 2018-19 MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The 6-foot-6 guard was waived by the Cavs ahead of his $15.7 million contract for next season becoming guaranteed. If he and the Bucks can agree to a deal, Smith could become part of a title contender once again.

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Kevin Love Tells Instagram Hater That Cavs ‘Wouldn’t Have a Ring’ Without J.R. Smith https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/18/kevin-love-tells-instagram-hater-cavs-wouldnt-have-ring-without-j-r-smith/ Thu, 18 Jul 2019 16:10:26 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39062

Veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith’s career with the Cleveland Cavaliers officially came to an end earlier this week when he was waived by the team. On Wednesday, his former teammate Kevin Love posted to Instagram to show off his version of FaceApp’s old age feature. View this post on Instagram Kevin Popovich 📝📝📝 A post […]

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Veteran shooting guard J.R. Smith’s career with the Cleveland Cavaliers officially came to an end earlier this week when he was waived by the team.

On Wednesday, his former teammate Kevin Love posted to Instagram to show off his version of FaceApp’s old age feature.

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In the post’s comments section, Smith couldn’t help but comment on Love’s hilarious shirt. That response prompted an internet troll to lash out at Smith for his miscue in Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals.

It didn’t take long for Love to cover his former teammate’s back.

Kevin Love and J.R. Smith

There is no doubt that the blunder Smith committed at the end of Game 1 back in that series is seared into the mind of Cavs fans everywhere.

There is also no doubt that Smith played a pivotal role in the historic 3-1 comeback the Cavs completed in the 2016 NBA Finals.

In that series, Smith averaged 10.6 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. He also played the third most minutes in the series behind only LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Keeping those facts in mind, it is a valid to say that the Cavs would not have been able to mount the incredible series comeback without Smith’s contributions on the court.

Either way, it’s clear that Love and Smith have nothing but love for one another. In the end, that’s all that really matters.

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Kendall Jenner Shuts Down Rumors of Her Dating Jordan Clarkson in the Past https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/17/kendall-jenner-rumors-dating-jordan-clarkson/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 21:47:19 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39055

The off-the-court relationships of NBA players has been fodder for gossip columns for decades, with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson among those on that long list. However, rumors of a Clarkson relationship with celebrity personality Kendall Jenner were shot down by Jenner herself on social media. 2 out of 5 accurate, thanks https://t.co/I4SUF11sVN — Kendall […]

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The off-the-court relationships of NBA players has been fodder for gossip columns for decades, with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson among those on that long list.

However, rumors of a Clarkson relationship with celebrity personality Kendall Jenner were shot down by Jenner herself on social media.

Jenner has been involved with NBA players in the past, though her tweet reduces that number to just two of the rumored players. Those two, according to past reports, appear to be Blake Griffin of the Detroit Pistons and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers.

The fact that four of the five players have played with either the Los Angeles Lakers or Los Angeles Clippers explains how they could’ve been subjected to the rumors connected to the Southern California-based Jenner. Simmons is the lone member of the quintet who has yet to don a uniform for either Los Angeles team.

D’Angelo Russell once played with the Lakers until, like Clarkson in February 2018, he was traded away. Russell had been dealt by the Lakers to the Brooklyn Nets in June 2017 as part of a deal in which they received the rights to Kyle Kuzma.

Clarkson could potentially find himself back in Los Angeles at some point since he’ll become an unrestricted free agent next July. If the Cavaliers fail to sign him to a contract extension by next February’s trade deadline, he’s likely to be dealt to another team. Whether or not his future involves a relationship with Jenner is something that will play out in the years ahead.

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Kevin Love Pokes Fun at LeBron James’ ‘Load Management’ Post via Social Media https://cavaliersnation.com/2019/07/17/kevin-love-pokes-fun-lebron-james-load-management-post-social-media/ Wed, 17 Jul 2019 14:17:46 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=39038

On Tuesday, LeBron James shared a photo of himself depicted as an old man, saying that he required load management and would have to rest for the day. Kevin Love saw James’ Instagram post and poked fun at his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate for using a mobile app’s filter to hilariously justify his “load management.” […]

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On Tuesday, LeBron James shared a photo of himself depicted as an old man, saying that he required load management and would have to rest for the day.

Kevin Love saw James’ Instagram post and poked fun at his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate for using a mobile app’s filter to hilariously justify his “load management.”

LeBron James and Kevin Love

James used FaceApp’s old age feature to make himself look decades older. The mobile app has become very popular within the sports world as players from the NBA, NFL and MLB have posted the results of their transformation to Twitter and Instagram.

FaceApp certainly brings new meaning to the term “veteran” when it comes to the league’s most seasoned players.

Love also posted his own aged look with the caption, “Kevin Popovich,” after he noticed a clear resemblance to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

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An 80-year-old James and Love who are still both playing in the league would most certainly require more than just load management to keep themselves fresh for the playoffs.

Though they aren’t as old as their Instagram posts suggest, both James and Love may actually need load management for the upcoming 2019-20 regular season despite playing in only 55 and 22 games last season, respectively.

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