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The Cleveland Cavaliers and big man Andre Drummond were looking to seal a huge contract extension earlier this year. However, it appears that the likelihood of both sides agreeing to an extension has been pulverized. “At one point, there was mutual interest in an extension,” wrote Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “However, the sides have been […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers and big man Andre Drummond were looking to seal a huge contract extension earlier this year.

However, it appears that the likelihood of both sides agreeing to an extension has been pulverized.

“At one point, there was mutual interest in an extension,” wrote Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com. “However, the sides have been far apart in those preliminary discussions, sources say. The Cavs recognize Drummond’s talent but they are also honest about his flaws, especially in this pace-and-space era, where bigs like him are easy to attain. They don’t want to commit to an unfriendly deal that could limit future moves, not after an eight-game sample size. Drummond, meanwhile, wants to be compensated for bypassing a chance at 2021 free agency, when many teams will have significant cap space. Given the differing, current monetary views, an extension seems unlikely.”

Drummond, 27, has a player option this offseason.

The center has already made it known that he plans to opt into the final of the year of his deal in order to play with the Cavs for the 2020-21 season.

The Cavs acquired the former All-Star from the Detroit Pistons in exchange for Brandon Knight, John Henson and 2023 second-round pick in February.

Although Drummond wasn’t able to show his full potential due to the novel coronavirus halting the season, he portrayed a meaningful sample size to Cavs fans.

The rebounding machine put up 17.5 points, 11.1 boards and 1.5 steals per contest with the Cavs this season. In addition, he got along with his new teammates and connected with the coaching staff.

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Iman Shumpert clears up what Kyrie Irving meant after seemingly dissing LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/18/iman-shumpert-clears-up-what-kyrie-irving-meant-after-seemingly-dissing-lebron-james/ Mon, 19 Oct 2020 01:07:39 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46449

During their three seasons together on the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were tremendously successful, reaching the NBA Finals each year and winning the 2016 NBA championship. Still, Irving wanted out in 2017, and he recently made a comment that was widely perceived as a shot towards James. Iman Shumpert, a member of […]

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During their three seasons together on the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving were tremendously successful, reaching the NBA Finals each year and winning the 2016 NBA championship.

Still, Irving wanted out in 2017, and he recently made a comment that was widely perceived as a shot towards James.

Iman Shumpert, a member of those Cavs teams with both stars, says that Irving wasn’t trying to throw shade at the four-time champ.

Not too long ago, it seemed that James and Irving were destined to stay together in Northeast Ohio for many years.

But just after the Cavs lost the 2017 championship, Irving demanded a trade as it seemed his relationship with James had deteriorated.

He was dealt to the Boston Celtics where he played two seasons, then signed as a free agent with the Brooklyn Nets last summer.

Since leaving Cleveland, the New Jersey native has seemed to be a toxic presence wherever he has played.

However, it seems that James and Irving have somewhat mended fences since parting ways, a process that apparently started at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.

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Cavs superstar Kevin Love seen working out in New York with renowned trainer https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/17/cavs-superstar-kevin-love-seen-working-out-in-new-york-with-renowned-trainer/ Sun, 18 Oct 2020 00:40:14 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46444

The 2020-21 NBA season is many months from starting up, but that isn’t keeping Cleveland Cavaliers star big man Kevin Love from sharpening his tools. On Friday, Love took to social media to show off that he’s already in the gym, working with renowned basketball skills guru Chris Brickley. View this post on Instagram Autumn […]

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The 2020-21 NBA season is many months from starting up, but that isn’t keeping Cleveland Cavaliers star big man Kevin Love from sharpening his tools.

On Friday, Love took to social media to show off that he’s already in the gym, working with renowned basketball skills guru Chris Brickley.

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Autumn in New York. 🎯🎯🎯

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Brickley is known for working with some of the most offensively skilled players in the NBA. From Carmelo Anthony to James Harden, D’Angelo Russell and much more.

Clearly his ability to help ballers reach their full potential bodes well for the season to come for Love.

Love already enjoyed a bit of a bounce back year with the Cavs last season. After missing 60 games due to injury in the 2018-19 season, Love sat out just nine games last year.

In the games he played, Love averaged 17.6 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. While he was a bit of a distraction during former Cavs head coach John Beilien’s incredibly short tenure, he was a total professional once J.B. Bickerstaff took over.

The Cavs are still in the throes of their post-LeBron James rebuild, but it’s been great to have a talented veteran like Love help lead the way.

Hopefully, there are many more good games ahead for Love in Cleveland. Based on how he’s spending his offseason, that seems like a near certainty.

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Kevin Porter Jr. shares scary, suicidal Instagram post as fans beg him to seek help https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/16/kevin-porter-jr-shares-scary-suicidal-instagram-post-as-fans-beg-him-to-seek-help/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 18:18:13 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46433

Cleveland Cavaliers youngster Kevin Porter Jr. posted a troubling message on his Instagram account on Friday afternoon. The guard composed a morbid message with a black image, forcing people to flood the comments section advising that the youngster seek help. Porter Jr., 20, is one of the Cavs’ best young players. The Cavs selected the […]

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Cleveland Cavaliers youngster Kevin Porter Jr. posted a troubling message on his Instagram account on Friday afternoon.

The guard composed a morbid message with a black image, forcing people to flood the comments section advising that the youngster seek help.

Kevin Porter Jr.

Porter Jr., 20, is one of the Cavs’ best young players.

The Cavs selected the guard with the No. 30 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He posted 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his rookie year.

However, the Cavs finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season. The team is comprised of young players and proven veterans.

One of the team’s veterans is star big man Kevin Love, who has famously shared his struggles with mental health, depression and dark times.

While it’s not clear what Porter Jr. is going through, the hope is that someone will reach out to him and make sure everything is okay.

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Report: Cavs hoping to attend workout of top NBA draft prospect Devin Vassell https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/16/cavs-hoping-attend-workout-top-nba-draft-prospect-devin-vassell/ Fri, 16 Oct 2020 17:48:22 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46426

The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking the 2020 NBA Draft very seriously. As a matter of fact, members of the organization are planning on going out to Los Angeles where potential pick Devin Vassell is working out. “Vassell will likely be one of the most-requested prospects for in-person workouts ahead of Nov. 18,” Chris Fedor of […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are taking the 2020 NBA Draft very seriously.

As a matter of fact, members of the organization are planning on going out to Los Angeles where potential pick Devin Vassell is working out.

“Vassell will likely be one of the most-requested prospects for in-person workouts ahead of Nov. 18,” Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com reported. “The Cavaliers, sources say, are hoping to fly out to Los Angeles, where Vassell has been working out, but the strict COVID-19 protocols make it more complicated than most years. Others that can’t make it to the West Coast will be peppering Vassell’s agent for workout videos so they can study and analyze from afar.”

Vassell, 20, is one of the top prospects for the upcoming draft.

However, his stock took a major hit after a recent video revealed his jump shot changed. Still, the Cavs want to take a look at the youngster.

The Florida State University product averaged 8.4 points and 3.2 boards over the course of his college career. He shot 47.5 percent from the field in his two collegiate seasons.

The Cavaliers hold the No. 5 pick in the draft. The franchise finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season.

The 2020 NBA Draft will take place on Nov. 18.

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Report: Obi Toppin on Cavs radar with No. 5 pick in 2020 NBA draft https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/14/report-obi-toppin-on-cavs-radar-with-no-5-pick-in-2020-nba-draft/ Thu, 15 Oct 2020 02:18:40 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46421

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 5 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. The team has not announced that it has plans to take a certain prospect, but it is rumored that University of Dayton standout Obi Toppin is “in the mix” at No. 5. “League sources have placed Toppin in the mix for […]

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have the No. 5 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.

The team has not announced that it has plans to take a certain prospect, but it is rumored that University of Dayton standout Obi Toppin is “in the mix” at No. 5.

“League sources have placed Toppin in the mix for the Cavs at No. 5—he can contribute immediately and supply energy to a locker room searching for a collective identity,” Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo wrote. “While there are legitimate concerns about him on defense, teams appear willing to take the production and work around it. This is a critical season for Cleveland, and tangible progress from their young talent might be the only thing that can take pressure off the front office.”

Toppin is coming off a fantastic campaign at Dayton during the 2019-20 season.

The forward averaged 20.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. He also shot a blistering 63.3 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from 3-point range.

Toppin would make sense for Cleveland as it already is loaded with young guard talent such as Collin Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr.

While Toppin is 22 years old, he would not be as much of a project as many other players in the draft.

The NBA draft is scheduled for Nov. 18 of this year.

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Kevin Porter Jr. shouts out potential Cavs pick LaMelo Ball after huge announcement https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/14/kevin-porter-jr-shouts-out-potential-cavs-pick-lamelo-ball-after-huge-announcement/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 20:13:41 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46411

On Wednesday, highly touted NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball announced that he signed a shoe deal with Puma. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. made sure to shout out the 19-year-old on Instagram. Ball is expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. Of course, the Cavaliers hold the […]

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On Wednesday, highly touted NBA draft prospect LaMelo Ball announced that he signed a shoe deal with Puma.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kevin Porter Jr. made sure to shout out the 19-year-old on Instagram.

Kevin Porter Jr. and LaMelo Ball

Ball is expected to be one of the top picks in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft.

Of course, the Cavaliers hold the No. 5 pick in the upcoming draft. The Cavs finished with the worst record in the Eastern Conference last season.

While the Cavs are loaded at the guard spot, they reportedly aren’t opposed to selecting Ball. The franchise already has two young guard stars in Collin Sexton and Darius Garland.

In addition, Porter Jr. showed plenty of potential before the novel coronavirus shut down the Cavs’ regular season. The 20-year-old averaged 10.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his rookie year.

It appears the 6-foot-4 guard is already learning the ropes of wooing other stars.

The 2020 NBA Draft takes place on Nov. 18.

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Iman Shumpert makes adamant pick between 2016 Cavs and 2020 Lakers https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/13/iman-shumpert-makes-adamant-pick-between-2016-cavs-and-2020-lakers/ Wed, 14 Oct 2020 00:59:27 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46405

Iman Shumpert had to side with either the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers or the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers as his pick to win in a championship series. When Zach “Chopz” Frydenlund of Complex Sports’ Load Management picked the Cavs in five in their latest episode, Shumpert agreed with him 100 percent. 2016 Cavs vs. 2020 Lakers […]

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Iman Shumpert had to side with either the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers or the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers as his pick to win in a championship series.

When Zach “Chopz” Frydenlund of Complex Sports’ Load Management picked the Cavs in five in their latest episode, Shumpert agreed with him 100 percent.

Frydenlund also suggested that the Cavs would own the matchup between Kyrie Irving and whoever from the Lakers would guard him.

“We’re gonna beat ‘em,” Shumpert added later. “We’re just not gonna violate them.”

The Cavaliers had a starting lineup of Irving and J.R. Smith at the guard positions, LeBron James and Kevin Love at the forward spots, and Tristan Thompson at center.

On the other end of the floor, the Lakers’ starters this past season was mostly composed of Avery Bradley, Danny Green, James, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee.

The fact that the 2016 Cavs defeated a Golden State Warriors team that owned the best regular-season record of all time at 73-9 speaks volumes about the Wine and Gold’s chances against the 2020 champions.

One thing is certain about this matchup: No matter which team wins, James would be on the winning side.

The former Cavaliers guard came off the bench in 49 of his 54 appearances in the regular season for the 2016 title team and averaged 5.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.

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Richard Jefferson takes hilarious shot at Giannis Antetokounmpo while comparing him to LeBron James https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/13/richard-jefferson-takes-hilarious-shot-giannis-antetokounmpo-comparing-him-lebron-james/ Tue, 13 Oct 2020 15:14:16 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46400

The NBA awarded the 2020 MVP trophy to Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo instead of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James. Following the Lakers’ title win on Sunday, Cleveland Cavaliers champion Richard Jefferson showed his former teammate some love while throwing shade at Antetokounmpo. View this post on Instagram How the Bubble started vs How […]

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The NBA awarded the 2020 MVP trophy to Milwaukee Bucks phenom Giannis Antetokounmpo instead of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Following the Lakers’ title win on Sunday, Cleveland Cavaliers champion Richard Jefferson showed his former teammate some love while throwing shade at Antetokounmpo.

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How the Bubble started vs How the Bubble ended!

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Antetokounmpo, 25, was expected to have major success in the postseason.

After all, he averaged a monster 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game during the regular season. The superstar was named the MVP and Defensive Player of the Year this season.

In addition, the Bucks finished with the top record in the league.

However, Antetokounmpo and the Bucks couldn’t translate their success in the regular season to the playoffs. The Miami Heat destroyed the Bucks in five games in the second round.

Meanwhile, James and the Lakers steamrolled their way to the championship. They beat the Heat in six games in the 2020 NBA Finals.

The 35-year-old James collected 27.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.8 assists per game during the playoffs.

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Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson send huge congrats to ‘brother’ LeBron James for winning NBA title https://cavaliersnation.com/2020/10/12/kevin-love-tristan-thompson-send-huge-congrats-brother-lebron-james-winning-nba-title/ Mon, 12 Oct 2020 15:16:58 +0000 https://cavaliersnation.com/?p=46390

Former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James elevated his legacy on Sunday night by leading the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship over the Miami Heat. Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, his former teammates in Cleveland, gave their congratulations to the Akron, Ohio native on social media. When James joined the Cavs in 2014, the […]

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James elevated his legacy on Sunday night by leading the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA championship over the Miami Heat.

Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson, his former teammates in Cleveland, gave their congratulations to the Akron, Ohio native on social media.

Tristan Thompons and LeBron James

Kevin Love and LeBron James

When James joined the Cavs in 2014, the team traded No. 1 overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins to the Minnesota Timberwolves for Love in an attempt to field a championship-ready team with a star trio of Love, James and Kyrie Irving.

The Cavs succeeded in that goal.

They reached the NBA Finals in each of the next four seasons, capturing the championship in 2016.

Thompson, meanwhile, earned himself a hefty new contract following his blue-collar effort in the 2015 NBA Finals.

Although James left Cleveland in the summer of 2018, his contributions to the city and its sports scene will never be forgotten.

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