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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson endorsed the idea of LeBron James as this season’s MVP after it was confirmed that Thompon’s former teammate is going to lead the league in assists for the 2019-20 season. James is in his second season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers but spent four memorable seasons […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Tristan Thompson endorsed the idea of LeBron James as this season’s MVP after it was confirmed that Thompon’s former teammate is going to lead the league in assists for the 2019-20 season.

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James is in his second season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers but spent four memorable seasons teaming with Thompson from 2014 to 2018. During that time, the duo and others led the Cavaliers to the 2016 NBA title and four consecutive finals appearances.

The statistical achievement by James comes just one year after an injury-plagued campaign that limited him to a career-low 55 games.

Due to those issues and James turning 35 last December, some of his critics indicated that he might be on the downside of his stellar career.

However, like James has done countless times before, he answered his critics with an excellent all-around season, highlighted by the 10.3 assists-per-game average.

In addition to those numbers, James also averaged 25.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game, helping the Lakers to a Western Conference-best 52-18 record.

While James would no doubt love to win his fifth MVP award, he’s currently more focused on trying to bring a championship to the Lakers.

If James manages that accomplishment, it would put him in a select category of players who have been part of NBA title teams for three different franchises.

Thompson’s season ended in March, with the nine-year veteran’s tenure with the Cavs still up in the air. He’s scheduled to become a free agent after the season and could be wearing a different uniform next season.

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Report: Tyronn Lue ‘Expected to Be a Leading Candidate’ for Multiple Head Coaching Jobs https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/13/tyronn-lue-expected-leading-candidate-multiple-head-coaching-jobs/ Thu, 13 Aug 2020 14:57:13 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45653

Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue reportedly is expected to be a leading candidate for several head coaching vacancies, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix. “Lue is expected to be a leading candidate for what could be several NBA coaching openings, multiple league executives told Sports Illustrated,” Mannix wrote. Lue, 43, has not been […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue reportedly is expected to be a leading candidate for several head coaching vacancies, according to Sports Illustrated’s Chris Mannix.

“Lue is expected to be a leading candidate for what could be several NBA coaching openings, multiple league executives told Sports Illustrated,” Mannix wrote.

Lue, 43, has not been a head coach since he was fired by the Cavs during the 2018-19 season. However, he was reportedly close to becoming the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coach last year before contract negotiations broke down.

Now, Lue is an assistant coach under Doc Rivers for the Los Angeles Clippers. The Clippers currently hold the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference.

The Brooklyn Nets are expected to conduct a formal coaching search at the end of this season. Lakers assistant coach Jason Kidd is among those being considered for the position.

Mannix believes that it is possible both the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets could be in the market for a new head coach this coming offseason. Both places could be potential landing spots for Lue.

Lue won a championship in Cleveland during the 2015-16 season. As a head coach, he has a career record of 128-83 in the regular season. He is a 41-20 in the NBA playoffs and has guided his teams to three NBA Finals appearances.

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Former NBA Executive Explains Why There’s Finally a ‘Sense of Optimism’ for the Cavs https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/12/former-nba-executive-explains-why-theres-finally-a-sense-of-optimism-for-the-cavs/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:20:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45648

Although the Cleveland Cavaliers finished in last place in the Eastern Conference this season, they have a sanguine outlook for the first time in a while. Former NBA executive Bobby Marks, who writes for ESPN.com, recently explained why there’s finally a sense of optimism in Cleveland. “There is a sense of optimism in Cleveland,” Marks […]

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Although the Cleveland Cavaliers finished in last place in the Eastern Conference this season, they have a sanguine outlook for the first time in a while.

Former NBA executive Bobby Marks, who writes for ESPN.com, recently explained why there’s finally a sense of optimism in Cleveland.

“There is a sense of optimism in Cleveland,” Marks wrote. “The Cavaliers finally have stability at head coach with JB Bickerstaff, a likely top-five pick in the draft, a young core and an All-Star in Andre Drummond. Most importantly, Kevin Love is healthy.”

The Cavs concluded the 2019-20 season with an abysmal record of 19-46.

However, the Cavs appeared to get their act together in the final weeks leading up to the suspension of the 2019-20 campaign, which was caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

In February, the organization ousted former head coach John Beilein and replaced him with Bickerstaff, who led the team to a 5-6 record before the contagious virus halted their season. He is well-respected by the roster.

Furthermore, the Cavs acquired Drummond midway through the season. The two-time All-Star averaged 17.5 points, 11.1 boards and 1.5 steals per contest in Cleveland.

Love, 31, can still contribute at a high level. The 2016 champ posted 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game this season.

Aside from the Cavs’ two former All-Stars of Drummond and Love, they have a strong base of youngsters. The burgeoning group includes Collin Sexton, Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr. and Dylan Windler.

As a matter of fact, Sexton put up 30.0 points per game during the month of March. The 21-year-old is one of the best young guards in the association.

The Cavs also are expected to have a high draft pick join them later this year through the 2020 NBA Draft. Clearly, the franchise has a ton to look forward to next season.

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Kevin Love’s Emphatic Reaction to Damian Lillard Putting Up Monster Game vs. Dallas Mavericks https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/11/kevin-love-reacts-damian-lillard-putting-monster-game-vs-dallas-mavericks/ Wed, 12 Aug 2020 03:21:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45635

Damian Lillard is on a rampage, and it has put his Portland Trail Blazers on the verge of qualifying for the NBA’s play-in tournament. With 61 points in a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks, he joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to have three 60-plus point games in the same season. The Cleveland […]

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Damian Lillard is on a rampage, and it has put his Portland Trail Blazers on the verge of qualifying for the NBA’s play-in tournament.

With 61 points in a 134-131 win over the Dallas Mavericks, he joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only player to have three 60-plus point games in the same season.

The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love couldn’t help but express how impressed he was with Lillard’s exploits.

Coming off a trip to the Western Conference Finals, the Blazers started the season 5-12, despite the presence of Lillard and fellow backcourt bombardier C.J. McCollum.

But the team righted the course enough to get invited to the league’s bubble site, and it has taken full advantage of its opportunity so far.

In the Blazers’ previous contest, Lillard also went off, pouring in 51 points on 16-of-28 field-goal shooting in a 124-121 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Unfortunately, Cavs fans may feel a twinge of jealously watching him, as the team had a chance to select him in the 2012 NBA Draft but instead went with Dion Waiters.

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Larry Nance Jr. Has Hilarious Reaction to Joining Anthony Davis in Rare Statistical Achievement https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/10/larry-nance-jr-s-hilarious-reaction-similar-numbers-anthony-davis-rare-stat/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 16:31:37 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45622

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. was excited to be in the same conversation as Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis for two rare defensive stats. Nance and Davis were the only two big men to play over 500 minutes this season and receive an A-/A for their pickpocket ratings and passing lane defense ratings. […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. was excited to be in the same conversation as Los Angeles Lakers superstar Anthony Davis for two rare defensive stats.

Nance and Davis were the only two big men to play over 500 minutes this season and receive an A-/A for their pickpocket ratings and passing lane defense ratings.

While Davis is slightly ahead of Nance in both categories, it is still an impressive feat for the Cavs forward.

Nance, 27, had a solid 2019-20 season for the Cavs and looks to be a building block for the team’s future.

Since coming over from the Lakers during the 2017-18 season, Nance has averaged 9.6 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game for the Cavs.

This season, Nance averaged a career-high 10.1 points per game while adding 7.3 rebounds per game.

The Cavs have a plethora of big men, including Andre Drummond, Kevin Love and Jordan Bell.

The team also could bring back free agent center Tristan Thompson this offseason. However, if Nance continues to perform well on the defensive side, the Cavs may be better off giving him the extra minutes going forward.

The Cavs finished the 2019-20 season with a 19-46 record.

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Report: Dan Gilbert Commanding Cavs to Be ‘Playoff Threat’ Next Season https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/09/report-dan-gilbert-commanding-cavs-to-be-playoff-threat-next-season/ Mon, 10 Aug 2020 01:06:23 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45606

The Cleveland Cavaliers have finished towards the bottom of the standings for the last two seasons. Now, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants the organization to aim for the playoffs next year, per Evan Dammarell of Forbes.com. “According to league sources, team owner Dan Gilbert has made it clear to general manager Koby Altman and his […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have finished towards the bottom of the standings for the last two seasons.

Now, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert wants the organization to aim for the playoffs next year, per Evan Dammarell of Forbes.com.

“According to league sources, team owner Dan Gilbert has made it clear to general manager Koby Altman and his staff that he wants the Cavaliers acting as a playoff threat next season,” Dammarell wrote.

The Cavaliers have struggled to win since franchise legend LeBron James bolted for the Los Angels Lakers during the summer of 2018.

However, they’ve built a nice young base since the four-time MVP departed Cleveland.

Most notably, the Cavs have groomed youngster Collin Sexton into a rising star. As a matter of fact, the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft had a breakout sophomore season.

Sexton, 21, averaged 20.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game this season. Furthermore, he put up 30.0 points per game in March.

On top of Sexton, the Cavs have youngsters Darius Garland, Kevin Porter Jr., Cedi Osman and Dylan Windler.

In February, the Cavs acquired two-time All-Star Andre Drummond, who is expected to stick in Cleveland next season. He put up 17.5 points, 11.1 boards and 1.5 steals per contest with the Cavs this season.

Big man Kevin Love is also locked in with the organization for the next few years. The 2016 champion provides the Cavs with offensive firepower and invaluable leadership.

Lastly, the Cavs lifted J.B. Bickerstaff to the helm of the coaching staff in February. The Cavs head coach led the team to a 5-6 record before the novel coronavirus shut down their season.

The Cavs have a strong chance of competing for a playoff spot next season.

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Report: Cavs Actively Monitoring ‘Ongoing Problems’ With 76ers https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/09/report-cavs-actively-monitoring-ongoing-problems-with-76ers/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 23:47:34 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45614

Speculation about the Cleveland Cavaliers possibly acquiring Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has the Cavs reportedly monitoring the 76ers’ situation to determine if a deal can be made. The Cavaliers’ focus on Simmons would require them to give up a great deal of talent, according to Evan Dammarell of Forbes.com “The Cleveland Cavaliers are one […]

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Speculation about the Cleveland Cavaliers possibly acquiring Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has the Cavs reportedly monitoring the 76ers’ situation to determine if a deal can be made.

The Cavaliers’ focus on Simmons would require them to give up a great deal of talent, according to Evan Dammarell of Forbes.com

“The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of the teams monitoring the ongoing problems in Philadelphia,” wrote Dammarell. “According to Cavaliers insider Chris Fedor, the team believes they have the right combination of young assets and draft picks to interest the Sixers for Simmons. Cleveland’s trade package would have to be headlined by polarizing point guard Darius Garland, who had a mediocre rookie season but has the potential to be a three-point assassin as well as future picks from Cleveland and as well as a 2021 first round selection via the Milwaukee Bucks. In order to help make salary match, as Simmons begins his five-year, $170 million contract next season, the Cavaliers would have to send Kevin Love as well.

One of the chief reasons why the 76ers may be looking to make major changes is because of their disappointing effort during the 2019-20 season.

The 76ers are 42-27 for the year and currently are the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. Since resuming play in Orlando, Fla., the Sixers have won three of their five games.

Yet, the expectations of the 76ers challenging for an NBA title this year have diminished, especially since news emerged of Simmons having to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Simmons only turned 24 last month and was averaging 16.4 points, 8.0 assists, 7.8 rebounds and a league-high 2.1 steals per game.

The Cavaliers also need to make a major advancement in their rebuilding project, following a second straight disappointing season that saw them finish 19-46.

The 76ers could conceivably go on a run within the NBA bubble and make a concerted effort for the NBA title. That might remove Simmons as a potential trade target, but until that occurs, the Cavs will apparently keep a close watch on their fortunes.

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Darius Garland Chooses Side in Social Media War Between Damian Lillard and Paul George https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/09/darius-garland-takes-side-battle-between-damian-lillard-paul-george/ Sun, 09 Aug 2020 21:43:54 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45608

The latest drama to come out of the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Fla. has caught the attention of Cleveland Cavaliers youngster Darius Garland. The rivalry between Paul George and Damian Lillard took a fascinating turn over the weekend following a highly competitive game between George’s Los Angeles Clippers and Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers. Now, Garland […]

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The latest drama to come out of the NBA’s bubble in Orlando, Fla. has caught the attention of Cleveland Cavaliers youngster Darius Garland.

The rivalry between Paul George and Damian Lillard took a fascinating turn over the weekend following a highly competitive game between George’s Los Angeles Clippers and Lillard’s Portland Trail Blazers.

Now, Garland has taken to social media to make it clear where his personal allegiances lie.

Damian Lillard and Darius Garland

Both Lillard and George are major stars, and it’s no secret that they have huge fan bases. With that in mind, it’s not so surprising to see Garland firmly in Lillard’s corner.

Both are undersized guards, Garland standing at 6-foot-1 and Lillard at 6-foot-2, and both are known for their ability to drain deep 3-pointers.

In fact, Garland has been compared to Lillard throughout his young NBA career.

At the moment, Lillard is currently fighting for his team’s playoff life. The Blazers are just one game back behind the Memphis Grizzlies for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

As for Garland, he’s watching all the NBA action from home as the Cavs were not invited to the bubble.

However, according to a recent report, the Cavs could be making an appearance in the bubble in the not-so-distant future. How likely that is remains unknown for the time being.

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Report: Cavs Showing Heavy Interest in Ben Simmons, Believe They Have ‘Enticing Package’ for 76ers https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/08/report-cavs-showing-heavy-interest-in-ben-simmons-believe-they-have-enticing-package-for-76ers/ Sat, 08 Aug 2020 19:34:24 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45600

The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly believe they have an appealing package to get the Philadelphia 76ers to trade All-Star Ben Simmons. According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs have interest in trading for Simmons and think they have enough to make a deal happen. “The Cavs, of course, would have interest in Simmons. He possesses […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers reportedly believe they have an appealing package to get the Philadelphia 76ers to trade All-Star Ben Simmons.

According to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, the Cavs have interest in trading for Simmons and think they have enough to make a deal happen.

“The Cavs, of course, would have interest in Simmons. He possesses the talent and versatility to immediately alter the team’s future,” Fedor wrote. “The Sixers would want a haul for the 2016 No. 1 pick who is locked up through 2023-24 and will probably be named to the All-Defense First Team. But the Cavs believe they have enough to assemble an enticing package, especially with recent first-rounders littering the roster, a top six pick coming in October and a future first from the Milwaukee Bucks.”

Simmons, 24, is one of the best guards in the league. The Sixers selected him with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

On the season, the 6-foot-10 phenom is putting up 16.4 points, 8.0 assists and 7.8 rebounds per game. Although he doesn’t have a good 3-point shot, Simmons can score around the paint and set up teammates for success due to his amazing passing ability.

The Cavs could absolutely use a star like Simmons. They finished in last place in the Eastern Conference this season.

Understandably, the Sixers would desire a massive return for the 2018 Rookie of the Year.

The rebuilding Cavs have multiple first-round picks in their arsenal. In addition, they have an array of young talent they can include in a deal as well.

However, the Sixers are locked into winning a championship at the moment. The Sixers are the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference.

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Larry Nance Jr. Says Cavs’ ‘Absolute Top Priority’ Should Be Re-Signing Tristan Thompson https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/08/07/larry-nance-jr-why-cavs-absolute-top-priority-should-re-signing-tristan-thompson/ Fri, 07 Aug 2020 18:27:00 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=45592

Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. played the role of the organization’s general manager during a Twitter conversation on Thursday. When asked which player he would add to the Cavs, Nance said he believed that the franchise’s primary goal should actually be retaining center Tristan Thompson. With us I don’t believe it’s about adding, […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers big man Larry Nance Jr. played the role of the organization’s general manager during a Twitter conversation on Thursday.

When asked which player he would add to the Cavs, Nance said he believed that the franchise’s primary goal should actually be retaining center Tristan Thompson.

The Cavaliers picked Thompson with the No. 4 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He has been with the franchise for his entire career.

However, Thompson will have the chance to test free agency this offseason.

The big man had one of the best years of his career this season. He averaged 12.0 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game this season.

Although the Cavs enjoyed Thompson’s fantastic campaign, they missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Meanwhile, Thompson is in the heart of his prime, which is surely why he reportedly wanted to be moved before this season’s trade deadline. The Cavs are going through a deep rebuild.

Nonetheless, it appears Thompson has warmed up to the idea of re-signing with Cleveland this offseason.

Whether or not the team’s actual front office makes retaining Thompson its top priority remains to be seen.

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