September 22, 2014

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LeBron’s return to Cavs may hinge on relationship with owner Gilbert

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CLEVELAND — There was no eye contact, nothing to indicate any reconciliation. The breakup of LeBron James and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert was beyond bitter. But now, as James considers a return to the team he abandoned four years ago with an entire region breathlessly awaiting a homecoming it couldn’t imagine in its wildest dreams, Read More…

Cavaliers: Dan Gilbert’s plane flies to Florida as pursuit of LeBron James continues

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CLEVELAND — Social media was set ablaze Sunday with reports about the Cavaliers’ pursuit of unrestricted free agent LeBron James. A small plane in the fleet owned by Rock Financial LLC — a company controlled by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert — traveled from Pontiac, Mich., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., late in the afternoon. It is Read More…

Cavaliers: Center Spencer Hawes leaving for $23M deal with Los Angeles Clippers

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CLEVELAND — Center Spencer Hawes will not be returning to the Cavaliers. The unrestricted free agent agreed to a four-year, $23 million contract Friday with the Los Angeles Clippers. Yahoo was the first to report the transaction, which could ultimately result in a sign-and-trade with Cleveland in order to preserve salary cap space for Los Read More…

Cavaliers meet with LeBron James’ agent, according to report

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CLEVELAND — After two turbulent days to open the NBA’s free agency period, calmer waters prevailed Thursday. LeBron James’ agent, Rich Paul, continued meeting with teams interested in signing the four-time MVP as an unrestricted free agent. All of the negotiating sessions are being held at Paul’s office in downtown Cleveland. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, Read More…

Cavaliers put free-agent focus on Utah’s Gordon Hayward

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CLEVELAND — Utah Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward, one of the NBA’s emerging talents, has become the next target on the Cavaliers’ offseason checklist. The restricted free agent met with team officials Wednesday in Northeast Ohio, setting the stage for Cleveland to present him with a maximum-level contract that Utah would have three days to Read More…

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…