July 29, 2014


Wiggins has plenty of potential and could be No. 1 pick for Cavs

Kansas' Andrews Wiggins looks to pass against West Virginia on Feb. 8. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Before he played a game at Kansas, Andrew Wiggins was billed as the next LeBron James. One look at the builds of the 6-foot-8, 197-pound Wiggins and 6-8, 250-pound James shows that’s not the case, but the 19-year-old is virtually certain to be among the top three picks Thursday in the NBA Draft. Considered a Read More…

Duke’s Jabari Parker thought to be most ready in 2014 draft class to step in, help a team

Duke's Jabari Parker drives to the basket for a dunk against Wake Forest during the first half in Durham, N.C. on Feb. 4. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Many scouts expect Duke’s Jabari Parker to make the biggest rookie impact in the 2014 class, but until recently it didn’t look like he had much chance of being the first player taken Thursday in the NBA Draft. That all changed last week when Kansas center Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular Read More…

Cavaliers hire Tyronn Lue as associate head coach

Tyronn Lue

Tyronn Lue finished second in the Cavaliers’ 39-day search for a coach, but Monday was named the team’s associate head coach. Lue, who had two interviews with general manager David Griffin prior to the hiring of David Blatt on Friday, has worked under Doc Rivers since 2009. The 37-year-old was Boston’s director of basketball development Read More…

NBA Draft 2014: Injuries causing concerns about Joel Embiid

Kansas center Joel Embiid throws down a dunk against Towson. Embiid could fall in the draft due to injuries.  (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

He was being compared to Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka, with whispers he had the athleticism and footwork of all-time great Hakeem Olajuwon. Then it was announced a week before the NBA Draft that Kansas center Joel Embiid had suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot. Just like that, the 7-foot, Read More…

Euroleague legend gets his big chance: New Cavaliers coach David Blatt has no NBA experience, but plenty of victories

Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv coach  David Blatt gestures to his players during their Euroleague basketball match on Nov. 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis, File)

David Blatt has never been on the bench — as a player, assistant or head coach — for an NBA game. That’s about to change, as the 55-year-old overseas sensation was named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday. Blatt, who is currently traveling, will be formally introduced Wednesday at an 11 a.m. press Read More…

Cavaliers turn toward David Blatt in coach search and likely away from Kansas big man Joel Embiid as top draft pick

David Blatt

One big question was on the verge of being answered by the Cavaliers on Thursday, but another “big” one popped up. David Blatt was in contract negotiations with the Cleveland front office late into the night to succeed Mike Brown as head coach. The Cavs had made no announcement at press time, but numerous reports Read More…

Cavs focus narrows on coach possibilities while draft pick now up in the air

David Blatt

One big question could be on the verge of being answered by the Cavaliers, but an even bigger one popped up Thursday. David Blatt emerged as the clear frontrunner to succeed Mike Brown as head coach, with some reports calling his hiring “imminent.” The Cavs have made no announcement. Meanwhile, just when it seemed the Read More…

David Blatt, successful Euroleague coach, meets with Cavs

David Blatt

David Blatt was in town interviewing for the Cavaliers’ vacant head coaching position Wednesday, and it appears the search for Mike Brown’s replacement might be over soon. Blatt, 55, previously spoke at length with Cavs general manager David Griffin over the phone. He is seen by some as the leading candidate to replace Brown, who Read More…

Rick Noland: There’s a chance LeBron James could return to the Cavaliers, but the feeling here is he’ll stay with the Heat

LeBron James

It could happen. I didn’t say it will or that it’s probable or even that there’s a decent chance. I simply said it could occur. We are talking, of course, about LeBron James returning to the Cavaliers. Over the next four weeks or so, those of you who are sick and tired of hearing about Read More…

Cavaliers’ coaching search a month old, still unresolved

Now more than a month old, the Cavaliers’ coaching search still appears to be going in several directions. Los Angeles Clippers assistants Tyronn Lue, 37, and Alvin Gentry, 59, reportedly had second interviews Friday with general manager David Griffin. Owner Dan Gilbert was also set to participate. That could mean Lue and Gentry are the Read More…