July 31, 2015

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Cavaliers reportedly considering including Anderson Varejao in trade for Joe Johnson

Center Anderson Varejao is the longest-tenured member of the Cavaliers, joining the team on July 23, 2004. Based on a national report Sunday, the mop-topped Brazilian might have played his final game with the franchise. Cleveland is considering a trade with the Brooklyn Nets that would bring seven-time All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson to the Read More…

Cavaliers working out details with Tristan Thompson, also reportedly interested in David West

Three days after their massive spending spree in free agency, all remained quiet Saturday for the Cavaliers. Behind the scenes, though, Cleveland is continuing to stir the pot at power forward. Restricted free agent Tristan Thompson, who agreed in principle to a five-year, $80 million contract, has yet to finalize the deal. Agent Rich Paul Read More…

Cavaliers lock up Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert with big-money, long-term agreements

The Cavaliers lived up to their playoff catchphrase on the opening day of NBA free agency. Cleveland went “All In” by reaching contract agreements with power forwards Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson and shooting guard Iman Shumpert — totaling more than $230 million — on Wednesday. The transactions cannot become official until July 9, when Read More…

Cavaliers: Owner Dan Gilbert will have highest payroll in NBA history next season

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CLEVELAND — Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov is no longer the biggest spender of all time in the NBA. That honor now belongs to Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert. By agreeing to contracts with three of its free agents on Wednesday, Cleveland is guaranteed of having the highest payroll in NBA history next season. The Cavaliers’ salary Read More…

Cavaliers unlikely to make any splashy moves in free agency

CLEVELAND — The Eastern Conference champion Cavaliers are on the clock. So are the other 29 teams in the NBA. The league’s free agency period began at 12:01 a.m. today, allowing players to negotiate with other franchises, but not officially sign until the transaction moratorium ends July 9. Unlike last summer, when LeBron James returned Read More…

Cavaliers: LeBron James declines option, will become free agent, but expected to re-sign with Cleveland

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The best basketball player in the world wants to be paid commensurately. For that reason, Cavaliers small forward LeBron James did not exercise his one-year, $21.57 million player option for next season. The deadline for his decision was Sunday. The four-time NBA MVP will become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday, but has repeatedly stated he Read More…

Doing their homework: Avon Lake’s Brian Mihalik and Westlake’s Jake Ryan enjoy NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea

BEREA — Two hundred and fifty-four players are participating in the weeklong NFL Rookie Symposium. But only two of them grew up within biking distance of the Browns’ training facility, which hosted the NFC Play 60 youth football clinic Friday. Eagles defensive end Brian Mihalik played high school football at Avon Lake, while Packers linebacker Read More…

Despite expectations, Mariota’s goal is simple: ‘I’m going to continue to be myself’

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BEREA — The NFL is counting on Marcus Mariota to be a star. The Tennessee Titans need him to be their franchise quarterback. Mariota, though, is focused on a much simpler goal for his first pro season. “I’m going to continue to be myself,” the No. 2 overall draft pick said. “I understand the expectations Read More…

The Russian returns: Cavs exercise team option on Mozgov

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CLEVELAND — Timofey Mozgov has earned an encore with the Cavaliers. Cleveland exercised the one-year team option in his contract Tuesday, keeping the 7-foot-1 center for the 2015-16 season. Mozgov, who will earn $4.95 million, is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He averaged 10.6 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots Read More…

Tickets go quickly for Browns scrimmage in Columbus

CLEVELAND — The Browns’ first training camp foray into Columbus is already an overwhelming success. All 60,000 free tickets for the annual “Orange and Brown” intrasquad scrimmage were distributed Monday, making the Aug. 7 event at Ohio Stadium an advance “sellout”. Browns officials and the Ohio State athletic department could make 40,000 more seats available, Read More…