August 28, 2014

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(UPDATED) Cavaliers make Andrew Wiggins No. 1 pick in NBA Draft

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INDEPENDENCE — If Andrew Wiggins’ game is as eye-catching as his sports coat, the Cavaliers landed one heck of a player. Clad in a white dress shirt, black bow tie and wild, black jacket filled with multiple white line drawings of leaves, the 6-foot-8, 200-pound Kansas swingman was taken by Cleveland with the No. 1 Read More…

NBA Draft: It’s still uncertain what the Cavs will do with the No. 1 pick

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This much we know: The Cavaliers own the No. 1 pick — again – tonight in the NBA Draft. What they’ll do with it is uncertain. If he keeps the pick, general manager David Griffin will likely choose between Duke small forward Jabari Parker and Kansas shooting guard Andrew Wiggins, though Jayhawks center Joel Embiid Read More…

Cavs new coach Blatt expects to keep winning

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INDEPENDENCE — David Blatt cracked quite a few jokes Wednesday, but the new coach of the Cavaliers made one thing perfectly clear — he plans to win … a lot. “Make no mistake, I have won everywhere I’ve been, from Maccabi through Benetton through the Russian national team and back to Maccabi, and I plan Read More…

Does LeBron James’ free agency mean return to Cleveland? Not so fast

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Judging from the reaction on local sports talk radio, you’d think LeBron James had actually signed with the Cavaliers. Relax, people. This is just the first step in the process. It’s a step that had to occur for the Cavs to have any chance at landing James — and it happened six days prior to the deadline — but it’s still just the first step. Agent Read More…

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

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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

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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…