Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com Cavs News and Rumors 24/7 Fri, 14 Dec 2018 19:43:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.1 https://cavaliersnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/cavaliersnationlogofavicon.jpg Cavaliers Nation https://cavaliersnation.com 32 32 Jordan Clarkson Raves About How ‘Smart’ Matthew Dellavedova Is https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/14/jordan-clarkson-raves-about-how-smart-matthew-dellavedova-is/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 18:37:44 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34210 The Cleveland Cavaliers are loving new teammate Matthew Dellavedova. In a recent interview, one of the team’s veterans, Jordan Clarkson, praised Dellavedova about how smart he is on the floor: When I asked Jordan Clarkson about his first experience playing with Matthew Dellavedova, he used the word "smart" multiple times. Compared his style to the […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are loving new teammate Matthew Dellavedova.

In a recent interview, one of the team’s veterans, Jordan Clarkson, praised Dellavedova about how smart he is on the floor:

“He’s smart, really smart,” Clarkson said. “He’s getting to his spot, making open threes, pushing the ball, gets out there early, lets me push in transition, makes plays as well.”

Dellavedova, 28, has only played in two games with the Cavs since being traded by the Milwaukee Bucks last week. Yet, the shift from Milwaukee to Cleveland has led to a night and day transformation for the six-year pro. The guard was averaging a career-low 1.7 points with the Bucks. However, in his two contests with the Cavs, Dellavedova has posted a career-high 13.0 points and 3.0 rebounds per game.

While the sample size is small, Clarkson is already loving his time with Dellavedova.

“It’s definitely amazing playing with him,” Clarkson said. “Smart, smart player. Definitely great to have him around him, especially defensively too.”

Although Dellavedova doesn’t have the talent to single-handedly take the Cavs to the playoffs, the aggressive Australian is bringing out the best in his teammates. With intelligent play and veteran leadership, Dellavedova can increase the Cavs’ professionalism on the floor.

The 2016 NBA champion and the Cavs take on the Bucks Friday night in Cleveland.

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Cavs Dress Up in Holiday Gear and Pay Visit to Children at Cleveland Clinic https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/13/cavs-dress-holiday-gear-visit-children-cleveland-clinic/ Fri, 14 Dec 2018 00:12:05 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34192 Children at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital were surprised Thursday by a visit from Buddy the Elf and his friends, the entire roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Actually, Buddy was Cavs forward Kevin Love dressed up as the character from the 2003 film. “I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite!” – @kevinlove Today we’re […]

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Children at the Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital were surprised Thursday by a visit from Buddy the Elf and his friends, the entire roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Actually, Buddy was Cavs forward Kevin Love dressed up as the character from the 2003 film.

Regardless of whether the children would have rather had a visit from Love or from an elf famed for his holiday cheer, the moment probably brought a burst of joy to their day.

Love was accompanied by the entire Cavs roster. The Cavaliers went from room to room, bringing presents and smiles with them.

As an important component of the Big 3, who in 2016 brought Cleveland its first sports championship in decades, Love remains a popular figure in Cleveland.

Unfortunately, the UCLA grad has been unable to contribute recently to the struggling Cavs, as he is out with a toe injury and likely will not make it back into the lineup until January.

But even when he’s not playing, the 11th-year veteran can still give back to the Cleveland community. A visit from an NBA superstar — or Buddy the Elf — and the rest of the Cavs could make all the difference for a child.

For more official photos of the Cavs’ visit, click here.

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Cavs Rumors: Philadelphia 76ers Interested in Rodney Hood https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/13/cavs-rumors-philadelphia-76ers-interested-rodney-hood/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 20:56:48 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34185 Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Rodney Hood might on the move earlier than expected. According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, the Philadelphia 76ers have some interest in Hood: “It’s hard to imagine either Rodney Hood or Alec Burks being on the team following the Feb. 7 deadline. Both have smaller, expiring contracts. I’ve heard Burks is […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Rodney Hood might on the move earlier than expected.

According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, the Philadelphia 76ers have some interest in Hood:

“It’s hard to imagine either Rodney Hood or Alec Burks being on the team following the Feb. 7 deadline. Both have smaller, expiring contracts. I’ve heard Burks is already drawing interest, with the Boston Celtics and injury-plagued Denver Nuggets among the teams mentioned. The Philadelphia 76ers are said to be among those with an interest in Hood.”

Hood, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent in July. While the 6-foot-6 guard could have signed a lengthier deal with the Cavs last summer, he opted to stick around for one more year in order to showcase his improved play. If Hood shows stellar play by the end of the season, the Cavs would feel more comfortable committing more money to him.

So far, the five-year pro is recording 12.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 28 minutes per game. Although those stats are decent, they’re not the type of numbers Hood was putting up in the past. Before the Duke University product was dealt to the Cavs last February, Hood was averaging a career-high 16.8 points with the Utah Jazz during the 2017-18 season.

If the veteran were to be shipped again, Philadelphia would be an attractive destination. Now that the Sixers have added All-Star Jimmy Butler, the team is surely competing for a championship. While Hood wouldn’t have much offensive freedom in Philadelphia, the guard would be a formidable scorer off the bench and see his production contribute to meaningful success.

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Report: Los Angeles Clippers Interested in Cavs Forward Cedi Osman https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/13/report-los-angeles-clippers-interested-cavs-cedi-osman/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:26:02 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34180 Given the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers, virtually everyone is a candidate to be traded. One report indicates that second-year forward Cedi Osman is a potential trade piece for the rebuilding Cavaliers, with the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly checking him out. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops offered that bit of information in a discussion of […]

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Given the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers, virtually everyone is a candidate to be traded. One report indicates that second-year forward Cedi Osman is a potential trade piece for the rebuilding Cavaliers, with the Los Angeles Clippers reportedly checking him out.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops offered that bit of information in a discussion of the many different Cavs that could be dealt elsewhere:

“The Los Angeles Clippers are one team with a supposed interest in Osman.”

Amico makes clear that the Cavaliers aren’t actively shopping the 23-year-old Osman, who was acquired by the team in a draft night deal in 2015. After playing two years overseas, he signed with Cleveland in July 2017 and was a part of the team last year that made its fourth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals:

“By all indications the Cavs are not ready to give up on Osman. They would ask for a lot more than they could probably get for him in a trade. They are viewing it as if this is really his rookie season, since his playing time was sporadic last year. And he does indeed look like a rookie. What is a bit concerning is he’s suddenly having fewer games where you think he has All-Star potential.”

In 25 games this season, the 6-foot-8 Osman is averaging 11.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists. All of those numbers are virtually double what he was producing last season, but a comparative look at his average minutes per game puts them in a sharper perspective. Last season, he averaged just 11 minutes per game in 61 contests, while he’s now averaging 32 minutes and has started 24 of the 25 games in which he’s played this season.

LeBron James’ departure in free agency has resulted in the Cavaliers embarking on a rebuilding effort. While originally not planning to completely overhaul the roster, a change in philosophy was made after the team got off to a miserable start that included losing its first six games. That performance ended up costing former head coach Tyronn Lue his job.

Since that time, veteran players such as Kyle Korver and George Hill have been traded and J.R. Smith is expected to sent away at some point. Whether the final list of Cavaliers includes Osman at some point remains to be seen.

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Video: Tracy McGrady Blasts J.R. Smith for Disrespecting Him https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/12/tracy-mcgrady-jr-smith-disrespecting/ Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:11:09 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34152 Although Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith isn’t even on the floor right now, he’s still finding a way to make headlines. After Smith proclaimed on Twitter that Kevin Durant would easily beat Tracy McGrady in a one-on-one matchup, the former Orlando Magic superstar blasted the Cavs veteran on ESPN’s “The Jump”: After @SLAMonline asked who would win […]

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Although Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith isn’t even on the floor right now, he’s still finding a way to make headlines.

After Smith proclaimed on Twitter that Kevin Durant would easily beat Tracy McGrady in a one-on-one matchup, the former Orlando Magic superstar blasted the Cavs veteran on ESPN’s “The Jump”:

“Not even close? Like, come on, now you’re being disrespectful on this, right. You’re being very disrespectful. I don’t know what the kid — no, let me use a Florida term. I don’t know what this jit’s problem is.”

McGrady, 39, was clearly upset that Smith didn’t even give him a shot. While Durant has won multiple Finals MVPs and scoring titles, McGrady is one of the most talented scorers the league has ever seen. At his peak, the 6-foot-8 forward averaged 32.1 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 5.5 assists with the Magic during the 2002-03 season.

Although most would give the Golden State Warriors superstar a leg up, McGrady clearly wanted to see fans give him more credit. In fact, the lack of respect by Smith and even current Magic player Evan Fournier is what set off McGrady even more:

“But the fact that you think it wouldn’t even be close and you chimed in on this to somebody that is the laughing stock around the NBA circles, and actually helped KD win his second championship and played for the opposing championship”

The harsh comments by McGrady make it understandable why he’s upset. However, despite the diatribe against Smith, the 2016 champion didn’t back down on Twitter:

While Smith doesn’t lose anything from this, it’s fair for Cavs fans to wonder why the guard couldn’t put this much energy into the team’s locker room. Although the Cavs aren’t competing, Smith could’ve put this passion towards building and challenging the younger guys.

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Report: Cavs Front Office ‘Determined’ to Keep 3 Players on Its Roster https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/12/report-cavs-open-trading-players/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 22:43:51 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34165 While the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a rebuilding program that’s already seen them trade some players away, apparently not everyone on the team is being made available to other teams. One report states that three specific players are not being shopped around. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops indicated that three starters are being […]

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While the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the midst of a rebuilding program that’s already seen them trade some players away, apparently not everyone on the team is being made available to other teams. One report states that three specific players are not being shopped around.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops indicated that three starters are being held back from any deals in order to serve as cornerstones of the new-look Cavaliers, who have begun this season with a 6-21 mark:

“It appears general manager Koby Altman and the front office are determined to keep three players — Collin Sexton, Kevin Love and yes, Tristan Thompson. The Cavs envision those three with, say, Duke stars Zion Williamson or R.J. Barrett next season and suddenly, Cleveland pro basketball will look a lot more interesting.”

Sexton was the team’s top draft pick back in June and has begun to display the skills the Cavaliers were seeking when they selected the 19-year-old with the eighth overall pick. Love is currently injured, but the 30-year-old power forward signed a four-year contract extension with the Cavs during the offseason worth $120 million.

Finally, Thompson, prior to his recent injury, was putting up numbers that had raised some discussion of the 27-year-old center possibly earning a berth in the NBA All-Star Game.

Right now, the Cavaliers have no way of knowing exactly what draft selection they’ll have in June. That may be something that ultimately precludes them from having the option of choosing between the two Duke University standouts, with other players also possibly emerging in the months ahead.

Now without either Love or Thompson in the lineup, the road gets longer for the Cavaliers. They’ll seek to rebound from Monday’s night’s loss in Milwaukee with the first of three home games on Wednesday night as they face the New York Knicks.

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Report: Cavs Would ‘Gladly Take’ Brandon Knight for J.R. Smith https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/12/report-cavs-accept-brandon-knight-jr-smith/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 21:14:32 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34160 The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to search for a trading partner in order to unload disgruntled veteran J.R. Smith. One report suggests that the Cavaliers would be more than happy to accept veteran Houston Rockets guard Brandon Knight in exchange, even though they’d seemingly get little value from the transaction. Sam Amico of Amico Hoops noted […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers continue to search for a trading partner in order to unload disgruntled veteran J.R. Smith. One report suggests that the Cavaliers would be more than happy to accept veteran Houston Rockets guard Brandon Knight in exchange, even though they’d seemingly get little value from the transaction.

Sam Amico of Amico Hoops noted that the Cavaliers have gotten some interest in the 33-year-old Smith, who they’ve been seeking to deal for some time:

“With the Houston Rockets and New Orleans Pelicans showing interest, the Cavs are also hopeful of moving J.R. Smith soon. They will take back just about anyone at this point. The Rockets are supposedly looking to move point guard Brandon Knight, who probably won’t have a role there even when healthy. The Cavs would gladly take him as part of a trade for Smith.”

The 27-year-old Knight hasn’t played since February 2017 after tearing his ACL as a member of the Phoenix Suns and had knee surgery this past offseason that has thus far kept him off the court this year. He’s expected back soon, but as Amico notes, any role he might have with the Cavaliers would likely be limited.

In his seven seasons in the NBA, Knight has averaged 15.2 points, 4.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds per game. The Rockets acquired him back on Aug. 31. He’s in the fourth year of a five-year contract signed in 2015 that was worth $70 million. He’s being paid $14.6 million this year and is due $15.6 million next season, contract numbers that mirror what Smith is still owed.

Smith burned his bridges with the Cavaliers late last month after complaining that the team was tanking this season in order to obtain a top pick in the NBA draft. The Cavaliers indicated at that point that he would no longer play for them.

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Cavs Rumors: Several Teams Interested in Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/12/cavs-teams-interested-jordan-clarkson-cedi-osman/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 17:21:16 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34159 The Cleveland Cavaliers might be making a few more trades this season. According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, Cavs youngsters Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman are on opposing teams’ radars: “Several opposing teams are interested in shooting guard Jordan Clarkson and swingman Cedi Osman, though as far as I can tell, no one has reached out […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers might be making a few more trades this season.

According to Sam Amico of Amico Hoops, Cavs youngsters Jordan Clarkson and Cedi Osman are on opposing teams’ radars:

“Several opposing teams are interested in shooting guard Jordan Clarkson and swingman Cedi Osman, though as far as I can tell, no one has reached out to the Cavs about either player. It is not known if the Cavs are open to trading Clarkson or Osman. But I bet they are.”

Clarkson, 26, is having a spectacular season. The 6-foot-5 guard is averaging a career-high 16.0 points in 25 minutes per game this season. Excluding Kevin Love, who has played in just four games this year, Clarkson is leading the young Cavs in scoring.

Osman, 23, has made quite the jump in his second year in the league. After averaging an abysmal 3.9 points per contest last season, the 6-foot-8 forward is putting up 11.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a game this year. While Osman isn’t playing at an All-Star level, the sophomore has shown flashes of it at times.

Both players are among the better competitors on the Cavs, especially when it comes to scoring. While Osman is young and clearly being developed by the Cavs, Clarkson might be a better trade candidate. The fifth-year pro, who is moving towards the prime of his career, could have his services greatly utilized by a playoff bound team.

There’s not enough evidence the Cavs want to move either player; however, with the team already dealing Kyle Korver and George Hill, anything is possible.

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Cavs Rumors: Rodney Hood and Alec Burks Could Be on the Move https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/12/report-cavs-deal-hood-burks/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 16:04:23 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34150 The Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing with the rebuilding of their roster, with trades over the next two months expected to reshape a team that’s won just six of their first 27 games. Among those who might be on the move are two players the Cavaliers have picked up from the Utah Jazz within the past […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are continuing with the rebuilding of their roster, with trades over the next two months expected to reshape a team that’s won just six of their first 27 games. Among those who might be on the move are two players the Cavaliers have picked up from the Utah Jazz within the past year: Rodney Hood and Alec Burks.

Brian Windhorst of ESPN looked at the different strategies that teams are taking regarding next July’s free-agency period and possible deals in the next few months. On the trade front, he noted that both Hood and Burks may be on the block:

“It’s well known the Cleveland Cavs are in sell mode, having already dealt Kyle Korver and George Hill. They’re also trying their best to find someone to take JR Smith. There’s a decent chance Rodney Hood and Alec Burks, whom the Cavs got for Korver, could also end up moving. They lead the sellers list.”

Burks was acquired on Nov. 29 in the deal that sent Korver to Utah, while Hood was one of four new players brought in last February as part of a wholesale changeover of last year’s roster. The latter trade took place when the Cavs were contending for an NBA title.

However, with both Burks and Hood being unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, they don’t hold much value for a team that very likely will be in contention for the top pick in next year’s NBA draft.

With regard to Smith, there has been some apparent interest from other teams after the Cavaliers ruled that he would no longer play for them following public criticism from the 33-year-old veteran. At this point, it’s likely that they’ll attempt to get whatever they can for the disgruntled guard.

The Cavaliers will next be in action on Wednesday night, when they begin a three-game homestand against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena.

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Workout Guru Says ‘Valuable’ J.R. Smith Ready to Contribute https://cavaliersnation.com/2018/12/11/workout-guru-says-valuable-j-r-smith-ready-to-contribute/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 03:03:51 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=34141 Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn’t suited up for an NBA game since Nov. 19, but NBA workout guru Chris Brickley believes that the veteran guard still has a lot to offer. Brickley took to his Instagram story to show that Smith is staying sharp and staying in shape. Smith and the Cavs parted […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard J.R. Smith hasn’t suited up for an NBA game since Nov. 19, but NBA workout guru Chris Brickley believes that the veteran guard still has a lot to offer.

Brickley took to his Instagram story to show that Smith is staying sharp and staying in shape.

J.R. Smith

Smith and the Cavs parted ways back in late November. Since then, there have been multiple rumors and reports that teams around the NBA are interested in Smith, but a trade has yet to take place.

Based on this post, it seems Brickley is assuring teams around the league that Smith is ready and able to contribute whenever his number is called.

Smith was a beloved role player for the Cavs ever since he was brought to Cleveland back in the 2014-15 season, and it will be sad to see him go.

Still, it is nice to see that he is still working hard. Hopefully, any trade that does send him to another team will benefit not only the Cavs, but Smith as well.

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