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The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be big players in the 2020 NBA draft. In fact, the team has already conducted a lot of research and scouting on the upcoming draft class. According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, there are significant worries with potential No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball. “There’s a strong case for the […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are going to be big players in the 2020 NBA draft.

In fact, the team has already conducted a lot of research and scouting on the upcoming draft class.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, there are significant worries with potential No. 1 pick LaMelo Ball.

“There’s a strong case for the playmaking Ball as the best prospect in this class,” Fedor wrote. “He’s smart and skilled, with incredible vision and passing instincts. Even though one source described his shot as ‘broken’ and another questioned his care level on defense, Ball has unique size that could allow him to play multiple positions. His skill set is different than Cleveland’s other guards, making the argument a bit more sturdy.”

Ball, 18, is the youngest brother of 2017 lottery pick Lonzo Ball.

The younger Ball signed with the Illawarra Hawks of Australia’s National Basketball League in June 2019. However, his shooting didn’t appear to be a big issue overseas.

In fact, the 6-foot-7 star posted 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists on 37.0 percent shooting in 12 games with the Hawks, posting back-to-back triple-doubles before a foot injury derailed his season.

While the young baller would be a grand acquisition for the Cavs, there would be several problems with a fit in the lineup.

The Cavs youth movement is already headlined by two guards, Collin Sexton and Darius Garland. Drafting another ball-handler for the third straight year could present headaches for the Cavs.

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Report: Key Front Office Members Wanted to Draft Damian Lillard Over Dion Waiters https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/05/key-front-office-members-wanted-draft-damian-lillard-dion-waiters/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 15:12:08 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43473

The Cleveland Cavaliers could have drafted superstar Damain Lillard in the 2012 NBA draft. Instead, the Cavs selected Dion Waiters with the No. 4 pick while the Portland Trail Blazers snagged Lillard with the No. 6 of that year’s draft. According to a report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs actually had significant in […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers could have drafted superstar Damain Lillard in the 2012 NBA draft.

Instead, the Cavs selected Dion Waiters with the No. 4 pick while the Portland Trail Blazers snagged Lillard with the No. 6 of that year’s draft.

According to a report from Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs actually had significant in interest in picking Lillard.

“Back in 2012, there was at least one key member of the front office who loved Damian Lillard,” Fedor wrote. “He thought Lillard had star qualities. But the Cavs had just drafted Kyrie Irving one year earlier and were worried about the optics of back-to-back point guards. They were also concerned about a funky fit.”

Considering how things have played out after the 2012 draft, the choice to select Waiters over Lillard could be considered one of the worst decisions in franchise history.

Lillard, 29, is currently a top-tier point guard in the NBA. He has career averages of 24.0 points, 6.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Last season, the All-Star heroically led the Trail Blazers to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.

Waiters, on the other hand, appears to be lucky that he’s still in the league.

The Syracuse University product played two full seasons with the Cavs. However, he wasn’t able to impress the team enough as he got shipped in a deal that got the Cavs veterans Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith in 2015.

Since then, Waiters has bounced around the league. He has been suspended several times for off-court issues.

The journeyman has career averages of just 13.2 points and 2.8 assists per game.

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Video: Jordan Clarkson Looks Back at Incredible Footwork From Cavs Days https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/04/video-jordan-clarkson-looks-back-at-incredible-footwork-from-cavs-days/ Sun, 05 Apr 2020 00:27:06 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43468

Veteran guard Jordan Clarkson is no longer a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he couldn’t help but look back fondly at his tenure in the Wine and Gold when he was reminded of an impressive play. footworkkk https://t.co/yXn7dyE2OU — Jordan Clarkson (@JordanClarksons) April 4, 2020 Clarkson first arrived in Cleveland during the 2017-18 season. […]

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Veteran guard Jordan Clarkson is no longer a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he couldn’t help but look back fondly at his tenure in the Wine and Gold when he was reminded of an impressive play.

Clarkson first arrived in Cleveland during the 2017-18 season. While he played well, it was during the following year that he really started to make a major impact.

During the 2018-19 season, Clarkson averaged a career-high 16.8 points per game.

His success followed him into the first portion of the 2019-20 season. However, he only played 29 games for the Cavs this season due to a December trade that sent him to the Utah Jazz.

Clarkson was well-liked within the Cavs locker room, and veteran big man Kevin Love admitted that Clarkson’s trade was quite devastating for him.

The trade ended up being a huge boost for the Jazz, though.

They were struggling mightily prior to the move, but just before the stoppage of NBA play last month, they had accumulated an impressive record of 41-23.

Clarkson was averaging 15.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game with the Jazz before the season got suspended.

He’ll surely look to build off of those strong numbers when the NBA returns.

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Ja Morant Says He Wishes He Could Attempt to Dunk on Kevin Love Again https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/04/ja-morant-wishes-he-could-attempt-dunking-kevin-love-again/ Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:45:18 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43465

Earlier this season, Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant nearly completed one of the greatest in-game dunks ever on Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love. Fortunately for Love, the high-flier fell just short of jumping over him and missed the slam. Yet, during an interview with SportsCenter on Friday, Morant admitted he wished could try the dunk […]

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Earlier this season, Memphis Grizzlies rookie Ja Morant nearly completed one of the greatest in-game dunks ever on Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love.

Fortunately for Love, the high-flier fell just short of jumping over him and missed the slam.

Yet, during an interview with SportsCenter on Friday, Morant admitted he wished could try the dunk over again.

“I just went down to go finish the play and he went to try and take the charge,” Morant said. “I think I kind of cocked the ball back too far trying to dunk it hard and lost control a little bit and hit the back rim. I wish I could have that back.”

Morant, 20, is one of the best rookies in the NBA this year.

He is posting 17.6 points, 6.9 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game this season. The youngster’s transition to the league has been tremendous as he has exhibited impressive play and leadership.

The monster dunk attempt on Love was just one example of Morant’s boldness.

Love, on the other hand, has been on the wrong end of poster dunks multiple times throughout his career.

While Morant missed the potential slam of the season, Love has been thunderously dunked on by stars Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade and Al Horford in recent years.

Nonetheless, it portrays the 31-year-old’s defensive approach to the game. Love would rather try to take a charge as opposed to give an opponent an easy two points.

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Andre Drummond Hyped About Prospect of Bringing Championship to Cleveland https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/03/andre-drummond-hyped-about-prospect-bringing-championship-cleveland/ Fri, 03 Apr 2020 21:12:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43459

Cleveland Cavaliers star Andre Drummond has high aspirations for his new team. While answering comments on an Instagram post, Drummond didn’t shy away from responding to a fan’s plea to bring a championship to Cleveland. As a matter of fact, Drummond reacted to the tall order with excitement. Drummond, 26, got traded to the Cavs […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers star Andre Drummond has high aspirations for his new team.

While answering comments on an Instagram post, Drummond didn’t shy away from responding to a fan’s plea to bring a championship to Cleveland.

As a matter of fact, Drummond reacted to the tall order with excitement.

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Drummond, 26, got traded to the Cavs earlier this season.

The Detroit Pistons dealt him to Cleveland in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and a 2023 second-round pick in February.

Although the sample size is small, the big man has been productive in Cleveland. As a Cavalier, he is averaging 17.5 points, 11.1 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game this season.

Furthermore, the Cavs have won four of the eight games he’s played in.

While the championship talk is fun to dream about, the Cavs are miles away from reaching the promise land.

After franchise legend LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers in 2018, the Cavs shifted operations to a full-fledged rebuild.

The current youth movement is headlined by Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. While the base of the team of is young, having veterans like Drummond can speed the learning curve and hopefully expedite a path to the playoffs.

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Browns Defensive End Myles Garrett Says He Could Average 15 and 8 for Cavs https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/02/cleveland-browns-myles-garrett-says-he-could-average-15-8-cavs/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 22:59:15 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43447

Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is one of the most physically gifted athletes in the entire NFL. In fact, Garrett believes his physical gifts would translate pretty well to the NBA. He recently stated that he thinks he could average 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game if he were a member of the […]

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Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett is one of the most physically gifted athletes in the entire NFL.

In fact, Garrett believes his physical gifts would translate pretty well to the NBA.

He recently stated that he thinks he could average 15.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game if he were a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“If you want to put me in like the Zion [Williamson] position, I can free roam and go from the block, to the top of the key, to the corner and just make plays,” he said. “I think I’d be a guy who’s a nice 15 and seven, 15 and eight. I think I could do 15 and eight a night.”

Garrett’s most recent NFL season ended prematurely when the star lineman was suspended indefinitely after attacking an opposing player with a helmet. In February, the suspension was finally lifted.

Going forward, Garrett will certainly look to repair his off-the-field image as he continues to dominate on the field.

While the Browns were certainly a major disappointment last season, they still have loads of talent and should definitely look sharper under new head coach Kevin Stefanski.

That being said, if Garrett is ever looking for a change in careers, surely the Cavs would be welcome to the idea of bringing him in for a workout.

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David Griffin in Tears After Watching Rerun of 2016 Cavs-Warriors Finals Game 7 https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/02/david-griffin-crying-after-watching-rerun-cavs-warriors-game-7/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 21:22:25 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43444

ESPN’s Wednesday night replay of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals brought back a range of emotions for Cavaliers fans, with former general manager David Griffin one of those who shed tears over the lasting memory. Damn. I know I’m crying! https://t.co/ON9FHYNk8x — David Griffin (@dg_riff) April 2, 2020 In that series, the Cavaliers […]

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ESPN’s Wednesday night replay of Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals brought back a range of emotions for Cavaliers fans, with former general manager David Griffin one of those who shed tears over the lasting memory.

In that series, the Cavaliers became the first NBA team ever to come back from a 3-1 deficit in the finals to win the franchise’s first-ever title. The victory also ended more than a half-century of frustration for Cleveland sports fans.

Griffin helped shape that team, with the 2014 acquisitions of LeBron James and Kevin Love helping to turn also-rans into immediate title contenders.

While James arrived via free agency, key pickups of veterans by Griffin over the next two seasons also played a role in capturing that championship.

The iconic images of that Game 7 matchup against the defending champion Golden State Warriors were once again on display for an NBA audience in limbo because of the coronavirus.

From James’ incredible block of an Andre Iguodala shot to Kyrie Irving’s clutch 3-pointer with less than a minute left, the final moments of that contest once again brought back the drama of the 93-89 victory.

Just one year later, Griffin left the Cavaliers organization after failing to work out a new contract. After sitting out the next two seasons, he resurfaced last year as executive vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.

That lasting moment was bittersweet for Cavs’ fans, since James’ departure following the 2017-18 campaign ushered in a major rebuilding project.

That effort is still in the early stages, with the hope that it can again lead to a championship squad. However, whether that team would elicit the same range of emotions the 2016 champions have remains in question.

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LeBron James’ Emphatic Reaction After Rewatching His Iconic Game 7 Finals Block https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/02/lebron-james-watched-game-7-2016-finals-comments-iconic-block/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 19:19:23 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43443

Perhaps the most iconic play in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers is LeBron James’ chase-down block in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals. The block helped the Cavs win the pivotal game and capture their first NBA title in the team’s history. Due to the current pause of NBA games, James currently has […]

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Perhaps the most iconic play in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers is LeBron James’ chase-down block in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

The block helped the Cavs win the pivotal game and capture their first NBA title in the team’s history.

Due to the current pause of NBA games, James currently has a lot of time on his hands to look through his glorious NBA past.

On Wednesday night, the three-time champ took to Instagram to comment on his famous block.

An argument can be made that the play is the single most impactful play of James’ entire career.

The play not only put his physical dominance on full display, it also played a massive role in helping the Cavs complete their historic comeback against the Golden State Warriors.

This season, James seemed well on his way to winning a title with the Los Angeles Lakers. While those plans have been put on hold indefinitely, the hope is that the 2019-20 season will start back up in some capacity once the spread of the novel coronavirus has been controlled.

While James may indeed end up winning another title by the end of this season, it won’t be quite as special as when James played the role of hometown hero by bringing a title back to Cleveland in 2016.

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Larry Nance Jr. Claims All NBA Players Are Already ‘Out of Basketball Shape’ https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/01/larry-nance-jr-claims-nba-out-basketball-shape/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 20:33:14 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43439

The NBA has been on pause for over two weeks, and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. thinks the stoppage of play has already had an impact on player fitness. In fact, Nance recently told Marc Stein of the New York Times that he believes every player in the league is already out of […]

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The NBA has been on pause for over two weeks, and Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. thinks the stoppage of play has already had an impact on player fitness.

In fact, Nance recently told Marc Stein of the New York Times that he believes every player in the league is already out of basketball shape.

“Right now, if you’re really doing what you’re supposed to do and just staying at home and not seeing anybody and you’re following the rules that you’re supposed to follow, unless you have a home gym you can’t work out,” Nance said. “In my house, I don’t have a home gym. I’ve got a Peloton bike and a few weights here and there, but that’s not going to keep me in shape for basketball. Everybody’s out of basketball shape.”

Nance is in a uniquely precarious situation when it comes to the novel coronavirus. While the disease is known to be especially dangerous for senior citizens, it is also quite dangerous for those with weakened immune systems.

Nance is such a person, as the immunosuppressive medication he takes to help control his Crohn’s disease makes him more at risk for infections.

Across the league, it is becoming quite clear that the NBA season may not start back up for months, if ever.

While losing the entire season would obviously be a serious sports tragedy, it would also be the only logical choice to make if the alternative meant putting lives at risk.

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Kevin Love Speculates How NBA Will Return for Rest of 2019-20 Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/04/01/kevin-love-speculates-scenario-league-may-implement-resuming-season/ Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:47:37 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=43435

Wednesday marks three weeks since the NBA decided to suspend its season due to the deadly coronavirus. However, there appears to be no firm timetable on when NBA will resume its operations. During an episode of the “Daily Social Distancing Show,” Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love shared his take on how the league may take […]

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Wednesday marks three weeks since the NBA decided to suspend its season due to the deadly coronavirus.

However, there appears to be no firm timetable on when NBA will resume its operations.

During an episode of the “Daily Social Distancing Show,” Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love shared his take on how the league may take shape once the suspension concludes.

“I would see a situation where, because guys might come in a little out of shape and they don’t know how to get through this time because it is new, they will then have like a two-week training camp, play 10 games and it will go into some sort of a playoff scenario,” Love said.

Love, 31, has been a pioneer and proactive supporter in the NBA community since the league curtailed its season due to the coronavirus.

Most notably, he donated $100,000 of his own money to support Cavs arena and support staff affected by the suspension.

The generous contribution led multiple other NBA superstars, such as Giannis Anteokounmpo and Zion Williamson, to follow suit with their own respective teams.

Furthermore, Love has been preaching the importance of social distancing and mental health on multiple platforms over the course of the pandemic.

Before the season took a pause, the big man was having a steady 2019-20 campaign. He was averaging 17.6 points, 9.8 boards and 3.2 assists per game this year.

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