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LeBron's Q&A with fans

Jul 29, 2015 -- 12:04pm

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – No media availability. Just fans.

LeBron James returned from a family vacation in Hawaii and took to Twitter on Tuesday night to answer questions from his loyal followers – some of the responses were quite entertaining.

LeBron’s top-10 responses: 

And, the one that Cavs fans should be excited about…..

James answered many more questions, until it was time for a little dinner and Sheldon Cooper on the tube.

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Dellavedova coming back to Cleveland

Jul 27, 2015 -- 1:09pm

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – Fan favorite Matthew Dellavedova will return to the Cleveland Cavaliers next season, reports ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. 

Dellavedova averaged 4.8 points and three assists per game last year during the regular season, but upped those numbers while replacing an injured Kyrie Irving in the NBA Finals. In the post-season “Delly,” played nearly 25 minutes a night, scoring 7.2 points per.

He made headlines during the NBA Finals when, following a 20-point performance, he was hospitalized due to severe cramping caused by exhaustion and dehydration.

His one-year contract is worth a reported $1.2 million and will allow Dellavedova to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. The league’s overall salary cap is expected to balloon once again next summer, allowing for more lucrative deals to be signed.

The Cavs already signed backup point guard Mo Williams this off-season, and will now work Dellavedova into the rotation. 

Take a look back at his stellar Game 3 performance:

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Haywood and Miller traded to Portland, Cavs receive trade exceptions

Jul 26, 2015 -- 9:54pm

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller are headed – via trade – to the Portland Trail Blazers, per reports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers will receive two trade exceptions in exchange for the veterans, one valued at $10.5 million and the other worth $2.85 million.

The Cavs also send a second-round picks in 2019 and 2020 to Portland.

It's expected that the Blazers will waive Haywood, as he is due a guaranteed $10.5 million if he is on a roster come Aug. 1.

Miller is expected to be waived as well, once the trade is official, and is eyeing a return to the Memphis Grizzlies. The Dallas Mavericks and Oklahoma City Thunder are also reportedly interested – and fitting spots – for the veteran sharpshooter.

A source close to LeBron James reported that he is okay with the trade of his close friend. Just this off-season Miller agreed to return to Cleveland on a $2.5 million player option.

James and Miller have a very strong friendship, as they were championship teammates for the Miami Heat and James was the lead recruiter in getting Miller to Cleveland last summer.

It is reported that Miller “wants the opportunity to play,” and those minutes wouldn’t have been available in the Cavs rotation this upcoming year.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst analyzed the trade - including luxury tax implications - via Twitter on Sunday evening.

Miller averaged just 2.1 points in 61 total games last season, Haywood played in only 23 games, scoring 1.6 points per contest. 

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Kyrie: Best handles in the league?

Jul 24, 2015 -- 10:19am

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – While Kyrie Irving steadily rehabilitates a surgically repaired fractured knee-cap that sidelined him during the NBA Finals, the Cleveland Cavaliers expect him to be back – and healthy – just in time for training camp.

The NBA’s summer league concluded last week. Professional players – young, old and former – are making highlight film appearances in pro-am leagues across the country. Meanwhile, Irving’s on-court wizardry is universally missed amongst the basketball community.

So much so that the NBA posted a video montage of Irving’s crossovers and superior ball handling skills to their Instagram account, asking the question, does he have the best handles in the NBA?

 

Does @k1irving have the BEST HANDLES in the league?

A video posted by NBA (@nba) on

On a podcast with Shaquille O’Neal earlier this summer, Irving said “I believe I do,” when asked who had the best handles in the league.

The former “crossover King” Allen Iverson complimented the abilities of Irving – and Steph Curry – while talking to Showtime sports during last year’s playoffs.

The NBA posted an additional video to their website, compiling some of Irving’s ankle breaking highlights from the 2015 season. 

Does he have the best handles in the league? You be the judge.

But, one thing is for sure, Cavs fans cannot wait to see No. 2 step on the court next season for a little unfinished business.
 

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LeBron James partners with Warner Bros.

Jul 22, 2015 -- 9:43pm

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

Photo/TheDailyBeast

CLEVELAND – Entertainment mogul, LeBron James?

Less than a week after the release of his silver screen debut, Trainwreck, James will now have his “creative footprint” influence a slue of upcoming projects with Warner Bros.

Wednesday afternoon, Warner Bros., James, along with his business partner and co-founder of SpringHill Entertainment, Maverick Carter, announced a Content Creation Partnership that will blueprint James’ influence on everything from TV programming to digital media.

Already a social and cultural icon, this partnership will assuredly strengthen James’ dominant worldwide brand.

The following was released to officially announce the partnership.

LeBron James, basketball star, international icon and one of the world’s most popular sports figures, and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, are partnering with Warner Bros. Entertainment, the global entertainment leader, in an unprecedented agreement spanning all areas of content creation. The deal will see James’ creative footprint touch all areas of the Studio, with plans for projects in television, film and original digital content. The announcement was made today by Kevin Tsujihara, Chairman and CEO, Warner Bros. in collaboration with Maverick Carter and LeBron James, co-Founders, SpringHill Entertainment.

“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” said Tsujihara. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere. We’re excited to welcome LeBron and Maverick to the Warner Bros. family and look forward to partnering on incredible projects that will connect with consumers across a variety of platforms.”

“Connecting with my fans and telling meaningful stories have always been my passion. In everything I’ve done, from Nike commercials toUninterrupted and Survivor’s Remorse, it’s always about connecting with people of all ages and providing unique content they can all enjoy,” said LeBron James. “And I’ve always loved movies, which makes Warner Bros. the ultimate partner to help us continue to push the envelope. I can’t wait to see what we come up with.”

SpringHill Entertainment, the entertainment and content company created by James and business partner Maverick Carter, develops creative content across a wide variety of platforms including digital, documentary and feature films, and scripted and unscripted TV. SpringHill’s growing project portfolio includes Disney XD’s inspirational series Becoming, the Starz’ breakout scripted comedy Survivor’s Remorse, Uninterrupted, the multimedia platform for unfiltered athlete content hosted on Turner digital platform Bleacher Report, and an upcoming primetime game show for NBC.

“In everything we do, we think long and hard about how we want to grow and partners that can help us bring our content to the next level. And we’re always looking for new, creative ways to explore ideas that haven’t been done before, and this partnership with Warner Bros. will open a lot of doors for that,” said Maverick Carter, CEO of SpringHill Entertainment. "We want SpringHill to be a leader in the original content-creating space, and this partnership with a major player in the entertainment industry like Warner Bros. will help us continue to grow in the right direction."

Warner Bros. Entertainment is a global leader in all forms of entertainment and their related businesses across all current and emerging media and platforms. A Time Warner Company, the fully integrated, broad-based studio is home to one of the most successful collections of brands in the world and stands at the forefront of every aspect of the entertainment industry from feature film, television and home entertainment production and worldwide distribution to DVD and Blu-ray, digital distribution, animation, comic books, video games, product and brand licensing, and broadcasting.

James took to Instagram with an accompanying post.

 

WarnerBrosxSpringHillEnt

A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on

And, that’s not all, folks, the rumors of James returning to the red carpet sooner than later have already begun… 

Which current NBA stars lose their talent to the Monstars in the sequel? Would you go out and see Space Jam 2?

Stay tuned world, James is just getting started.

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Perkins: Signing with NOLA

Jul 22, 2015 -- 10:31am

By Tony Cartagena | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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CLEVELAND – Former enforcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers, center Kendrick Perkins, has agreed to a one-year veteran minimum contract with the New Orleans Pelicans – sources told ESPN’s Marc Stein on Monday night.

Perkins signed with the Cavs during the final stretch of the 2015 season after being waived by the Utah Jazz following a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He and the Cavs had mutual interest in striking a deal because of Perkins’ long-standing professional relationship with superstar LeBron James.

James and Perkins squared off in numerous Eastern Conference Finals while he was playing for the Boston Celtics, then the two met again in the NBA Finals when James was playing for the Miami Heat and Perkins with the Thunder. He told ESPN Cleveland right before the post-season that LeBron was essentially un-guardable during the NBA’s second season.

Although he played in just 17 games for the Cavs – averaging 9.8 minutes per appearance – his veteran presence “shined” during the first round of the NBA playoffs. Perkins, subbing in with the intention of using his 270lbs frame, set a memorable screen on the Celtics’ Jae Crowder. A play that will top the list of fans favorite memories from the short lived Perkins era.

Sources later told ESPN’s Royce Young that Perkins will serve as a mentor for budding Pelicans’ big man Anthony Davis. Davis recently signed a 5-year, $145 million contract to remain in New Orleans long-term. 

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