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Cavs acquire Kevin Love

Aug 23, 2014 -- 2:11pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired forward Kevin Love in a three-team trade that sends guard Andrew Wiggins and forward Anthony Bennett to Minnesota and a protected 2015 first round pick (via Miami) to Philadelphia, General Manager David Griffin announced Saturday. As part of the three-team trade, Minnesota will also acquire forward Thaddeus Young from the 76ers, while Philadelphia receives forward Luc Mbah a Moute and guard Alexey Shved from the Timberwolves.

“Kevin joining the Cavaliers represents a very special and unique opportunity for our team. At only 25, Kevin has already firmly established himself as one the NBA’s elite players and his talent, versatility and fit are major parts of our team’s vision for success,” said Griffin. “We want to also wish Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett the best as they will continue the start of their careers in Minnesota. They are both outstanding young men that have great potential on the court and long, very successful careers ahead of them.”

Voted as a starter for the Western Conference in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, Love appeared in 77 games (all starts) for Minnesota last season and averaged a career-high 26.1 points on .457 shooting, including .376 from beyond the arc and .821 from the foul line, 12.5 rebounds and a career-high 4.4 assists in 36.3 minutes per game. Among NBA leaders, the 6-10, 243-pound forward ranked first in double-doubles (65), first in defensive rebounds per game (9.6), third in total rebounds per game (12.5), fourth in points per game (26.1), tied for fourth in triple-doubles (3) and tied for eighth in three-pointers made (190). In 2013-14, Love became the first player in NBA history to record 2,000 points, 900 rebounds and 100 three-pointers in a single season, while also setting Minnesota’s franchise record for three-pointers made in a season, points per game, and free throws made (520) and attempted (633).

Love is the first player to average 26/12/4 over a full season since the NBA/ABA merger as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bob McAdoo had most recently accomplished that feat in 1975-76. He also scored in double figures in all 77 games last season, which includes 57 games with at least 20 points, a Wolves’ franchise record 25 30-point games and six 40-point performances. He collected a league-leading 24 contests with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and possessed the third highest PER in the NBA at 26.97, behind only Kevin Durant (29.90) and LeBron James (29.40).

Over his six-year NBA career, Love has played in 364 games (282 starts) for the Timberwolves and owns career averages of 19.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 36.3 minutes per game. He is a three-time NBA All-Star (2011, 2012, 2014), two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (2012, 2014), Olympic gold medalist (2012) and winner of the league’s Most Improved Player award (2011) and Three-Point Shootout (2012). The UCLA product was selected to the All-Rookie Second Team in 2009 after being the 5th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Memphis Grizzlies. He has averaged at least 14 points and 11 rebounds in five of his six NBA seasons and since entering the league, his 12.2 rebounds per game is the second-highest in the NBA (Dwight Howard, 13.3). Since 1980-81, Love is one of only three players to have at least two seasons with 26.0 points and 12.5 rebounds (2011-12, 2013-14), joining Shaquille O’Neal (4) and Moses Malone (2). Love will wear #0 with the Cavs.

Wiggins was the first overall pick by the Cavaliers in this year’s NBA Draft. An early entry candidate from Kansas University, Wiggins, 19, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-League in his only year at Kansas.  In 35 contests with the Jayhawks last year, the 6-8, 194-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes per game. In four games during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Wiggins averaged 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.

Bennett was the Cavs’ No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, appearing in 52 games and averaging 4.2 points and 3.0 rebounds in 12.8 minutes per game in 2013-14. The 6-8, 243-pound forward out of UNLV also played in four contests for the Cavs’ summer league team with averages of 13.3 points and 7.8 rebounds in 29.8 minutes per game.

 The Cavs will send Philadelphia a protected first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. The pick was originally acquired from the Miami Heat and is pick 1-10 protected in 2015 and 2016. The pick becomes unprotected in 2017.

 

 

 

Cavs 2014-15 schedule includes 29 national TV games

Aug 14, 2014 -- 7:37am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2014-15 campaign on Thursday, Oct. 30 against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena in a nationally televised game on TNT. It marks the sixth consecutive year the Cavs will kick off the season at The Q where they will play 16 weekend home dates comprised of five Friday games, four Saturday games and seven Sunday games.  The Cavaliers are slated to appear on at least 29 national television broadcasts, 14 of which will originate from downtown Cleveland at The Q, including:

10 games on ESPN (Oct. 31 at Chicago, Nov. 7 at Denver, Nov. 19 vs. San Antonio, Nov. 21 at Washington, Jan. 7 vs. Houston, Jan. 9 at Golden State, Jan. 16 at L.A. Clippers, Feb. 11 vs. Miami, Feb. 20 at Washington and March 16 at Miami).

10 games on TNT (Oct. 30 vs. New York, Dec. 4 at New York, Dec. 11 at Oklahoma City, Jan. 15 at L.A. Lakers, Jan. 19 vs. Chicago, Feb. 5 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 12 at Chicago, Feb. 26 vs. Golden State, March 12 at San Antonio and April 2 vs. Miami).

Five games on ABC (Dec. 25 at Miami,Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers, Feb. 22 at New York and April 5 vs. Chicago).

Four games on NBA TV (Nov. 17 vs. Denver, Dec. 15 vs. Charlotte, March 1 at Houston and March 7 vs. Phoenix).

In addition, the Cavaliers will  have 11 games aired nationally on ESPN Radio (Oct. 30 vs. New York, Dec. 25 at Miami, Jan. 19 vs. Chicago, Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City, Feb. 5 vs. L.A. Clippers, Feb. 8 vs. L.A. Lakers, Feb. 12 at Chicago, Feb. 22 at New York, Feb. 26 vs. Golden State, April 2 vs. Miami and April 5 vs. Chicago).
For the 11th time in franchise history, the Cavaliers will play on Christmas Day as they go on the road to square off against the defending Eastern Conference champion Miami Heat. On Monday, Jan. 19, the Chicago Bulls will visit The Q for a special MLK Day game. Cleveland will also compete on Easter Sunday (April 5) when they host the Chicago Bulls at The Q. The regular season will conclude at The Q on Wednesday, April 15 when the Washington Wizards come to town.

The defending NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs will make their lone appearance at Quickens Loans Arena on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  Other marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, Jan. 7; the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, Jan. 25; the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Jan. 28; the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Feb. 5; and the Golden State Warriors on Thursday, Jan. 26.

This season’s 82-game schedule again consists of 41 home and 41 road games. Each Eastern Conference opponent will match up against Cleveland four times with the exception of Charlotte (two home, one road), New York (one home, two road), Orlando (one home, two road) and Philadelphia (two home, one road). Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice, once at The Q and once on the road.

Details regarding the Cavs local television and radio schedule will be announced at a later date.

Other ‘stats’ on Cleveland’s 2014-15 schedule include:

  • 16 home weekend games with five Friday games, four Saturday games and seven Sunday games.
  • Seven matinee games at home this season, which include Dec. 21 vs. Memphis (4:30 p.m.), Dec. 28 vs. Detroit (4:30 p.m.), Jan. 4 vs. Dallas (1:00 p.m.), Jan. 25 vs. Oklahoma City (3:30 p.m.), Feb. 8 at L.A. Lakers (3:30 p.m.), March 29 vs. Philadelphia (1:00 p.m.) and Easter Sunday’s April 5 contest vs. Chicago (3:30 p.m.).
  • 20 sets of back-to-back games, including seven home-road sets, seven road-home sets and six road-road sets.
  • A pair of five-game home stands from Nov. 22-Dec. 2 and Dec. 15-23 highlighted by visits from the Washington Wizards on Nov. 26, the Brooklyn Nets on Dec. 19 and the Memphis Grizzlies on Dec. 21.
  • Their longest road trip, spanning five games from Jan. 9-16, is highlighted by a contest with the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 9 and a back-to-back set with the Los Angeles Lakers (Jan. 15) and Los Angeles Clippers (Jan. 16), both at the STAPLES Center.
  • Four times the Cavs have two consecutive road games, twice they have three road games in a row, three times with four consecutive road contests and one five-game road trip.
  • The Cavs will have five two-game home stands, two three-game home stands, one four-game home stand and twice with five home games in a row.
  • 16 occasions in which the Cavs will play three games in four nights.
  • From Nov. 10-Dec. 2, the Cavs will play nine of 11 games at The Q. They also host 10 of 13 games from Jan. 19-Feb. 11.
  • Cleveland will play 10 of 14 games on the road from Dec. 25-Jan. 16, as well as 12 of 15 games on the road from Feb. 12-March 16.
  • After the home opener against New York (Oct. 30), Cleveland will be on the road for four straight contests (Oct. 31-Nov. 7).
  • Six of the last eight games of the regular season will take place at The Q.

Click here for the Cavs' full schedule.

 

 

 

Cavs preaseason schedule includes Heat, Pacers, Bulls

Aug 08, 2014 -- 2:03pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Via Cleveland Cavaliers

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers today released their 2014 preseason schedule, which is highlighted by the NBA’s second game ever in South America. The Cavs will take on 2014 Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat on Oct. 11 at HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as Cavaliers center Anderson Varejao will play an NBA game in front of his countrymen for the first time as part of this year’s NBA Global Games.

The Cavs will compete in two regional home contests in Ohio against a pair of Central Division opponents. The Indiana Pacers will arrive in Cincinnati for a matchup with the Cavs at the Cintas Center on Oct. 15. Cleveland will square off with the Chicago Bulls at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus on Oct. 20.

The seven-game slate also includes three games at Quicken Loans Arena where the team will host Head Coach David Blatt’s former club and Israeli-league power Maccabi Tel Aviv on Oct. 5, the Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 14 and the Dallas Mavericks on Oct. 17. In their preseason finale, the Cavaliers will travel to Memphis to face the Grizzlies on Oct. 22. 

Ticket sales information, as well as game broadcast details, will be released at a later date.

 

CAVALIERS 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE:

DATEOPPONENTLOCATIONTIME (ET)
Sunday, Oct. 5vs Maccabi Tel Aviv (israel)Quicken Loans Arena6 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 11vs Miami HeatRio de Janeiro, BrazilTBA
Tuesday, Oct. 14vs. Milwaukee BucksQuicken Loans Arena7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15vs Indiana PacersCincinnati, OH7 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 17vs Dallas MavericksQuicken Loans Arena7:30 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20vs Chicago BullsColumbus, OH7 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22at Memphis GrizzliesMemphis, TN8 p.m.

 

 

 

Cavs sign Mike Miller, James Jones

Aug 06, 2014 -- 9:10am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agents Mike Miller (guard/forward) and James Jones (guard), General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Miller, a 14-year veteran, has played in 913 career games (553 starts) with averages of 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 29.1 minutes for Orlando, Memphis, Minnesota, Washington and Miami. He won two NBA championships (2012, 2013) and appeared in three NBA Finals (2011-2013) as a member of the Heat. He captured the 2005-06 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and was selected as the 2000-01 Rookie of the Year after being drafted fifth overall in the 2000 NBA Draft by the Magic.

Miller ranks among the NBA’s most prolific shooters with top 20 career NBA rankings in several categories, including career three-point percentage (.409) and 1,531 made three-point baskets. The 6-8, 218-pound guard has hit at least 70 treys in 12 of his 14 seasons and topped 100 three-pointers eight times in his career. He has shot at least .400 from three-point range in nine different seasons.

In 2013-14, Miller ranked second in the NBA by connecting on .459 (107-233) of his three-point attempts and averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.8 minutes over 82 contests (four starts) with Memphis. Miller will wear #18 with the Cavs.

Jones has played in 556 career games (89 starts) with averages of 5.7 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.2 minutes for Indiana, Phoenix, Portland and Miami during his 11-year career. He won two NBA championships (2012, 2013) and appeared in four NBA Finals (2011-2014) as a member of the Heat. He was drafted 49th overall in the 2003 NBA Draft by the Pacers.

Jones has a career three-point percentage of .403 and his career free throw percentage is .848. The 6-8, 215-pound guard was the 2011 NBA Three-Point Shootout Champion at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles. Jones will wear #1 with the Cavs.

 

 

 

Cavaliers sign top pick Wiggins

Jul 24, 2014 -- 5:05pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed their 2014 NBA Draft picks, Andrew Wiggins and Joe Harris, to contracts, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced Thursday. Per league policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

Wiggins was the first overall pick in the June draft. An early entry candidate from Kansas University, Wiggins, 19, was named Big 12 Freshman of the Year and First-Team All-League in his only year at Kansas.  In 35 contests with the Jayhawks last year, the 6-8, 194-pound guard averaged 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.0 block in 32.8 minutes per game. In four games during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Wiggins averaged a team-high 15.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.5 blocks in 29.9 minutes per game.

Harris was selected 33rd overall after playing four years at Virginia where he was named Second Team All-ACC as a senior and First Team All-ACC as a junior. The 6-6, 225-pound guard averaged 12.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 30.3 minutes for his career at Virginia (135 games). In four games during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Harris averaged 7.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 24.6 minutes per game.

 

 

LeBron's Decision: "6 or 23?......"

Jul 18, 2014 -- 12:02pm

By Mike Goldstein | ESPNCleveland.com

 

LeBron James has at least one more decision to make. This time, he's crowd-sourcing.

On Friday, LeBron posted this image to his Instagram and asked the simple question:

"6 or 23?......"

 

 

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