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Cavaliers sign top pick Wiggins

Jul 24, 2014 -- 5:05pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


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Via Cleveland Cavaliers

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 |


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?......"



Skylar Grey sings special version of 'Coming Home'

Jul 12, 2014 -- 11:16am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


LeBron James announcing that he was coming home might go down as the biggest moment in Cleveland sports history.

Over the past few months, rumblings/rumors started to fly that there was a chance that LeBron might return to the Cavaliers. After James entered free agency, the rumors started to look like a reality. It would be the perfect ending to an amazing story. The song that would become the backdrop for every tribute was Skylar Grey's 'Coming Home".

On Friday James announced that he was indeed coming home. And later that day, Skylar Grey posted a special version of her hit 'Coming Home' with the lyrics “I know Cleveland awaits, they’ve forgiven my mistakes. I’m coming home. I’m coming home. Tell the world that I’m coming… Welcome home, LeBron.”




The Moment You Found Out

Jul 12, 2014 -- 10:52am

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |



We asked the staff here at ESPN Cleveland to talk about the moment they found out LeBron James was coming home to play for the Cavaliers.

Jerod Cherry - I was at the house, picked up my phone and read a report from Yahoo! that stated LBJ was coming back. I didn’t believe it so I  turned on my ESPN Radio app and pulled up ESPN 850 WKNR. Once I realized it was real I began yelling: Yeahhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Matt Fontana - I was on the air with The Really Big Show. I just said thank you, this instantly erases the decision for me. And I know my dad will finally see a championship in CLE - LeBron will win one.

Mark “Munch” Bishop - I was in my car when I got the call that “The Decision 2” was coming in noon hour.  I was so disappointed that he would come back and we were playing the fool. Knowing what the decision would be, I was still in the car heading to KNR when I heard The Really Big Show say he was coming back. I was upset for the city, until I heard about the essay was on, not on his website.  When I got back I read the essay and cried.  He apologized and offered an olive branch.  What kind of Cleveland man would I have been not to accept? Now, WIN CHAMPIONSHIP(S).

Dave DeNatale - I was home listening to RBS and had stepped into the other room when I heard the screams of Casey Kulas!  Once I gathered what happened I was numb at first.  Then I was filled with relief that it was over, with joy for the fans of the Cavaliers, and pride that LeBron had written such a classy letter and represented US so well. 

Greg Brinda – I was at Grey Hawk golf club in Lagrange. I had played 9 holes and just finished lunch. I was refreshing Twitter and saw nothing new. I was walking out about five minutes later and one of the owners of the golf course was walking in and said “Did you see LeBron is coming back?” I said “What?” He showed me his phone. The SI post had just come down about two minutes earlier. I was stunned. I didn't think he'd do it until he came back from Brazil. I sat in the parking lot for ten minutes listening to Aaron and then started tweeting. It was a pleasant drive home to say the least.

Emmett Golden - My first thought was - Man I wish I could call my dad. He past away 8 years ago and my favorite thing to do growing up was watching Cavs games with him.

Aaron Goldhammer - I was on the air. I was relieved, then so excited, then overwhelmed. I told myself to try to be natural and pretend I wasn't on the air. Then, I cried and realized how much Cleveland means to me.

Casey Kulas - I was on they air with Aaron and Matt doing the Sound Check segment. I looked over at my computer and saw a Tweet from Chris Mannix - "Per , LeBron James is returning to the Cavaliers." I clicked the link and there it was. LeBron: I'm coming back to Cleveland. I had look at everything 5 times to make sure it was real. The last thing we want was to report bogus story. After wrapping my head around it all and realizing it was happening, I told Hammer to Check Mannix's timeline. Hammer told me to hit the Breaking News sounder. Then all this happened.




As seen on TV

Jul 11, 2014 -- 8:29pm

By ESPN Cleveland Staff |


News of LeBron James' return to Cleveland spread across the country in an instant. In the middle of the chaos, ESPN Cleveland personalities were called upon to offer some perspective for a handful of national TV shows:

Aaron Goldhammer appears on CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:


Mark "Munch" Bishop appears on The Cycle on MSNBC:




Hooley: It's time to welcome LeBron home

Jul 11, 2014 -- 1:21pm

By Bruce Hooley |



If you still hold a grudge against LeBron James, if you still require something from him before you’ll fully embrace his decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, I feel sorry for you.

After much anticipation and misinformation, James announced his choice to come home yesterday via a first-person essay on Sports Illustrated’s web site.

James’ words reflected the maturity and perspective his self-indulgent, nationally-televised Decision lacked in the summer of 2010 when he left Cleveland for Miami.

He departed to win championships, which he’s done twice.

And, although not a stated goal at the time, James also needed to leave to gain perspective away from the hero worship that understandably fell exclusively on him since his days at St. Vincent-St. Mary.

Clearly, LeBron James has grown up.

Have you?

It’s now way past time for those who’ve wanted James to explain Game Five, the mysterious elbow, the pre-free-agency collusion with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh or anything else to let go of the past and embrace the future.

That’s clearly what James has done, choosing to forgive owner Dan Gilbert’s petulant, embarrassing Letter and the reality that the man who called him a quitter and a coward will now see the value of his franchise likely double and the casino he can’t get built in downtown Cleveland soon rocket into the skyline.

Gilbert will make hundreds of millions of dollars off James’ return, and so will the entire Northeast Ohio economy.

The Cavaliers have won 19, 21, 24 and 33 games since James departed. Had he chosen to return to Miami, the team would have struggled to match last season’s win total without Lual Deng, Spencer Hawes, C.J. Miles, Tyler Zeller and Jarrett Jack.

Of course, Andrew Wiggins holds tremendous promise, but he’s not worth five players in the rotation quite yet.

James changes all that, because when you add him, you add so much more. Kevin Love, Ray Allen, Chris Andersen and Mike Miller wouldn’t take a call from the Cavaliers if LeBron weren’t here. Now, some or all of them may join him and elevate the Cavaliers instantly to the Eastern Conference elite.

But it’s not just James’ talent on the floor that transforms the Cavs, it’s his influence and impact in the locker room. If Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters cannot find a way to shelve their personal agendas with the greatest player in the world willingly sharing the basketball, book either or both of them the first ticket out of Hopkins Airport.
No one can know the full impact of James’ return quite yet. It may bring the region its first title in more than half a century. That’s LeBron’s hope -- one shared by everyone who’s agonized through Cleveland’s innumerable sports heartbreaks.

But just as his influence on the Cavs is bigger than what he will do once the whistle blows, James’ homecoming brings a benefit beyond economic impact.

By choosing Cleveland, after sampling all Miami could afford him, LeBron has sent the unmistakable message that he prefers it here.

What that does for the region’s self-image and its national perception is immeasurable.

He’s coming home, folks.

Welcome him, with open arms.

Bruce Hooley hosts "Hooley & Jerod" from 3-6 p.m. weekdays on ESPN 850 WKNR. He is the author of, “That’s Why I’m Here: The Chris and Stefanie Spielman Story.”

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