August 22, 2014

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UPDATED: Kyrie Irving agrees to max deal with Cavaliers; five-year extension good through 2019-2020 season

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will continue to be the face of the franchise. The two-time All-Star agreed to a five-year contract extension worth at least $90 million early Tuesday morning, keeping him in Cleveland through the 2019-2020 season. Irving celebrated the news by waking up his former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick High Read More…

Kyrie Irving contract first step in Cavaliers’ free agency moves

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers general manager David Griffin threw down the gauntlet shortly after making Andrew Wiggins the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft. “Andrew is just the first (piece) of what I hope is a monumental offseason,” he said. The second phase of Griffin’s plan began when the clock struck midnight, officially opening Read More…

Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins didn’t have to look far for competition growing up, thanks to his athletic family

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INDEPENDENCE — Andrew Wiggins was considered the best high school basketball player on the planet when he concluded his career at West Virginia’s Huntington Prep in 2013, but for a long time he wasn’t the most talented athlete in his own driveway. Wiggins’ father, Mitchell Wiggins, spent six seasons in the NBA. His mother, Marita Read More…

Brian Dulik: Cavaliers keep it simple and draft the best player

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, left, congratulates Andrew Wiggins of Kansas who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the number one pick in the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

The Cavaliers didn’t try and outsmart the rest of the league, nor did they attempt to force a square peg into a round hole Thursday night. Canadian basketball prodigy Andrew Wiggins was clearly the best player in the NBA Draft — and that made him a worthy No. 1 overall selection by Cleveland. The 6-foot-8, Read More…

(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…

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…