July 29, 2014

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Z wants ring, too, joins Heat

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CLEVELAND — First, the Cavaliers lost their franchise player. Now, they’ve lost the face of their franchise. Center Zydrunas Ilgauskas — Cleveland’s all­time leader in games, rebounds and blocked shots and a fan favorite — agreed to a two-year contract with the Miami Heat on Tuesday. The two-time NBA All-Star signed for the veteran’s mini­mum Read More…

Z is Miami-bound

MIAMI — Zydrunas Ilgauskas is following LeBron James to the Miami Heat. The veteran center, who started playing for Cleveland in 1997 and has never suited up for another NBA team, expects to sign a two-year contract with the Heat later this week, agent Herb Rudoy said Tuesday. The two-year deal would come with a Read More…

Commissioner says LeBron within rights; fines Gilbert $100,000

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NBA commissioner David Stern doesn’t like the way LeBron James or Dan Gilbert have conducted themselves of late, but he only penalized one of them Monday. Stern fined the Cavaliers’ owner $100,000 for inflammatory statements he made about James in his “open letter.” Gilbert’s comments were posted on the team’s website exactly 90 minutes after Read More…

Gilbert issues a terse reply to Jesse Jackson

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CLEVELAND — Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is always quick to speak his mind, especially when it involves his beloved NBA team. But he’s also too smart to be baited into a war of words with Rev. Jesse Jackson. Gilbert issued a one-paragraph response to Jackson on Monday afternoon, stating: “I strongly disagree with Rev. Jesse Read More…

Ready for a fresh start: Cavs to field 14-man roster in summer league

CLEVELAND — Life without LeBron James begins in earnest for the Cavaliers at the NBA Summer League. Cleveland will field a 14-player squad of veterans, free agents and one draft pick in the week-long event in Las Vegas. Its first game is Tuesday at 6 p.m. against the NBA D-League All-Stars, which will air live Read More…

Sign-and-trade should benefit Cavaliers and LeBron

CLEVELAND – In the end, LeBron James got almost everything he wanted, but the Cavaliers didn’t walk away empty-handed either. Cleveland completed a sign-and-trade agreement with the Miami Heat early Saturday, formally sending James to South Florida in exchange for a $14.5 million salary cap exception and four draft choices. The trade, which was initiated Read More…

LeBron mural coming down in Cleveland

CLEVELAND – LeBron James is being dropped off a building. And his jerseys, at least the ones not on fire, are almost being given away. Workers began dismantling the 10-story-tall iconic image of James on a mural in downtown Cleveland on Saturday. The billboard has dominated the city’s skyline for years but is being removed Read More…

Cavaliers analysis: GM, coach say future not bleak without LeBron, but is that reality?

CORRECTION APTOPIX LeBrons Decision Basketball

INDEPENDENCE – The Cavaliers vow they are moving forward, but whether they’re willing to take a few steps backward in order to do that remains to be seen. Less than 16 hours after two-time league MVP LeBron James bolted for Miami, general manager Chris Grant and coach Byron Scott talked bravely, albeit fairly vaguely, about Read More…

Cavs notes: Mo Williams says LeBron leaving is ‘surreal’

CORRECTION APTOPIX LeBrons Decision Basketball

INDEPENDENCE – Count Cavaliers point guard Mo Williams among those who think LeBron James could have spared Cleveland the indignation of hearing he was headed to Miami on national television. “The only thing, and I mean the only thing I disagree with is … If he knew somewhere else was the destination. He should have Read More…

LeBron promising multiple titles for Heat

Great fanfare. Great expectations. “It’s still surreal, man,” Wade said earlier. “Me, Chris and ‘Bron. We ready. We want to go to the gym now.” Wade was in the middle as the trio was lifted skyward for the entrance – Bosh on his right, James on his left. Bosh pointed to the fans and screamed, Read More…