Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • Cavaliers not willing to put Nets pick in potential trade packages

    Sporting News "When the Cavaliers made the trade that sent away Kyrie Irving to Boston, the most critical element of the deal was the insurance policy the team got from the Celtics: the rights to the Nets’ top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, projected at the time to be a top-five choice in a draft that could feature..." December 15

  • Tristan Thompson should be able to play for Cavaliers Saturday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson is expected to be able to play against Utah after his late scratch before Thursday's win over the Lakers, a source told cleveland.com. Thompson, who's trying to come back from a left calf injury that's cost him 20 games this season, warmed up and felt soreness..." December 15

  • LeBron's Secret Chat With Lonzo Got Picked Up Thanks To On-Court Mics

    Uproxx "LeBron James and Lonzo Ball shared a moment on Thursday night. After the Cleveland Cavaliers took down the Los Angeles Lakers, 121-112, LeBron sought out the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft and told him something. The moment got turned into a meme, largely because LeBron pulled his jersey over..." December 15

  • Report: LeBron James unlikely to join young team in free agency

    Larry Brown Sports "With LeBron James’ anticipated free agency now just six-and-a-half months away, could his list of potential destinations be narrowing? In an appearance Thursday on “SportsCenter,” ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that if James were to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, he would likely join a team..." December 15

  • The Cleveland Cavaliers Trolled Lonzo Ball By Playing Three Straight Nas Songs During The Lakers’ Warmups

    Uproxx "Of all the feuds in hip-hop, Lonzo Ball vs. Nas’ may be the most innocuous. The issue started when the Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard took to Twitter to declare that “nobody listens to Nas anymore” and that Migos and Future were “real hip-hop.” After Nas’ manager called him an “oatmeal face” who..." December 15

  • Eight NBA players who have a real chance to be involved in trade rumors soon

    CBS Sports "Dec. 15 is known by many fans as the unofficial start to NBA trade rumor season. It's the day that players who signed new contracts in free agency can be traded by the team they signed with. Is that big target from the offseason not working out well? Put him on the block and see what's out there...." December 15

  • Cavaliers Reluctant To Discuss Nets’ Pick

    Hoops Rumors "Shortly after acquiring the Nets’ 2018 first-round pick from the Celtics in the summer, Cavaliers GM Koby Altman acknowledged that he had an obligation to listen to inquiries on that pick, but suggested that the Cavs had “every intention of keeping it and using it.” A few months later, it doesn’t..." December 15

  • Channing Frye growing his offensive game with hope of consistent playing time

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With the defense tilted toward him once again, LeBron James whipped a pass to Channing Frye on the left wing. As Miles Plumlee closed out, Frye pump faked before driving into the lane for a running right-handed banker. In another year, Frye might have hoisted a contested 3-pointer or perhaps..." December 14

  • Sources Describe LeBron James To Lakers As Long Shot

    Real GM Basketball "While speculation connecting LeBron James to the Los Angeles Lakers has been rampant, sources describe it as a long shot as of now. The Lakers are widely expected to have enough cap space to sign two players to max contract deals provided they unload Luol Deng's contract. James has been a..." December 14

  • Boy in hospital asks LeBron James to dunk on Lonzo Ball

    Larry Brown Sports "Thursday’s highly-anticipated matchup between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Lonzo Ball’s LA Lakers is getting some added intrigue. James and the Cavs visited Cleveland Clinic Children’s on Wednesday, and the four-time MVP got a special request from a boy named Andrew — to dunk on Ball..." December 14

  • Rumor: LeBron, Chris Paul’s desire to play together ‘overstated assumption’

    Cavs Nation "Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James can become a free agent at the end of this season, it’s true. NBA experts and analysts have been trying to decipher where the three-time champion might go — if anywhere at all. One team that has recently been in the discussion is the Houston..." December 14

  • Who's on the hot seat? Evaluating job security of every NBA coach

    Sporting News "When Phoenix gave the pink slip to Earl Watson in October, it ended a remarkable stretch of NBA coaching stability. Before the move to replace Watson, it had been a year-and-a-half since the league last had a coach get fired. Since then, we’ve already had another firing, a stunner that saw..." December 12

  • Tristan Thompson likely to return against Hawks, but won't start

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Tristan Thompson may return Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks, but will not be in the starting lineup. Thompson was injured Nov. 1 with what the team said was a strained left calf. He was the starting center at the time, but Lue said Monday that he would not..." December 11

  • Do Rockets have shot at LeBron in free agency? It's not outlandish

    USA Today "Maverick Carter made his way around the Staples Center floor last Sunday, saying hello to friends and associates alike before finding his courtside seat for the Sunday affair between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Lakers. When you’re the 36-year-old business manager of LeBron James, a..." December 10

  • JR Smith passes Kobe Bryant on NBA's 3-point list

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With his second made 3-pointer on Saturday night, Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard JR Smith passed NBA legend Kobe Bryant on the all-time 3-point list. Smith is now 12th with 1,828 triples. He is closing in on the 11th spot, only three away from moving ahead of Chauncey Billups." December 10

  • Cavs look to start new streak after 13-game run ends in loss to Pacers

    ESPN "With the Cavaliers' franchise-record-tying 13-game winning streak ending with a 106-102 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Friday night, the biggest disappointment in Cleveland's postgame locker room stemmed from news that weather issues would delay the team flight home, not the defeat. If anything,..." December 09

  • Patrick Patterson takes swipe at Derrick Rose’s for being away from the team due to bone spur

    Clutch Points "Earlier, it was learned that embattled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose is dealing with a bone spur in his problematic left ankle, and that he might need surgery done to repair it. Including Friday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, Rose has missed a total of 19 games this season...." December 09

  • Rumor: LeBron and Noel plot teaming up, maybe with Lakers

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nerlens Noel looks unhappy in Dallas. He rejected a contract from the Mavericks last summer that would have paid $17.5 annually to take his qualifying offer, and nearly every player who has accepted his qualifying offer has changed teams at first opportunity. Noel was out of the rotation,..." December 08

  • Derrick Rose says money has nothing to do with his return

    Larry Brown Sports "Derrick Rose has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers after leaving the team to contemplate retirement, and the former NBA MVP insists he was not financially motivated in any way. Reports have indicated that Rose has somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 million remaining on his endorsement deal..." December 08

  • Derrick Rose speaks for first time since return to Cavaliers, says he has bone spur

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Derrick Rose said he had a bone spur in his left ankle that has caused most of his extended absence from the court this season and may require a procedure to correct it. "It's all about first getting the area to calm down and then strengthening your leg back up again," Rose said Friday, in his..." December 08

  • LeBron drops $23M on 2nd home in L.A.

    Los Angeles Times "LeBron James has made a play for another high-end home in Brentwood. A limited liability company linked to the NBA superstar has paid $23 million for a newly built spec mansion in the Westside community, property records show. The corporate entity is the same that was used by James two years..." December 07

  • Report: NBA to establish G-League franchise in Mexico as soon as possible

    Larry Brown Sports "In an effort to expand its product internationally, the NBA is reportedly starting a G-League franchise south of the border. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported on Thursday that the NBA intends to “move quickly” to establish a team in Mexico, with play potentially beginning as early as..." December 07

  • Tristan Thompson Doesn’t Think He’ll Ever Be 100 Percent Healthy Again, But Is Ready To Return

    Uproxx "Despite the fact that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been decimated by injuries to top-end rotation players like Isaiah Thomas, Iman Shumpert, and Tristan Thompson, to go along with Derrick Rose’s “self-imposed exile” from the team as he battles an ankle issue, the Cavs are riding a league-best..." December 07

  • Source: Rose apologizes to Cavaliers teammates for absence

    ESPN "Cavaliers guard Derrick Rose apologized to his teammates at shootaround on Wednesday for his recent absence and referenced frustration with his left ankle injury as the cause for his nearly two-week exile, a team source told ESPN. Rose's comments were brief and delivered to the team on the..." December 07

  • Isaiah Thomas, Tristan Thompson scrimmage with Cavaliers players and staff Wednesday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Isaiah Thomas and Tristan Thompson played four-on-four Wednesday at the Cavaliers' training facility as both players near a return to game action. Thomas hasn't played this season for Cleveland because of a torn labrum and other right hip injuries. Thompson has been out since straining his left..." December 06

  • Isaiah Thomas Reflecting On Time In Boston Is Bittersweet For Celtics Fans

    NESN "There’s a reason why it hurt so many Boston Celtics fans to see Isaiah Thomas traded to Cleveland. Sure, the NBA’s bombshell blockbuster trade put the C’s in a position to contend for an NBA title. Kyrie Irving has been nothing short of spectacular for Boston, and the Celtics own the NBA’s..." December 05

  • Dwyane Wade wants to remain as bench player after Thomas’ return

    Larry Brown Sports "Dwyane Wade has found a role on the Cleveland Cavaliers that suits him well, and he wants to remain in it. Some feel that when Isaiah Thomas is cleared to play for the Cavs, Wade could fit in nicely next to him in the starting lineup. But Wade says he would prefer to remain as a bench..." December 05

  • LeBron James says Derrick Rose doesn’t owe team an apology

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James has had Derrick Rose‘s back from the first day he signed with the Cavaliers. That didn’t change when Rose, already out with a sprained ankle, left the team to consider his future in the sport. Now Rose is back with the team, where he will continue rehab of his ankle. LeBron was..." December 05

  • NBA's TV viewership up 32%, highest since 2010-2011 season

    USA Today "Whether it was this summer’s unprecedented player movement or the NBA’s abundance of intriguing story lines, the league's television ratings are up substantially from last season. Between ESPN, TNT and NBA TV, the league’s viewership is up 32% this season and averaging 1.4 million viewers..." December 05

  • Cavaliers happy to offer support upon Derrick Rose's return to the team

    NBC Chicago "Derrick Rose isn’t with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chicago, but after his time away from the team where he contemplated his future, he’s rejoined the fold. Cavaliers coach Ty Lue said Rose is “too young and too talented” to give up his career so quickly and said the team will be happy to have..." December 04

  • The NBA Has Been Making Behind The Scenes Moves For The Legalization Of Sports Gambling

    Uproxx "The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for Christie v. NCAA on Monday, better known as the sports betting legalization case. Gambling, particularly on sports, was once taboo, but has now become part of the sports fan’s lexicon and a ubiquitous presence around sports coverage. A look at..." December 04

  • Report: Derrick Rose to Begin Process of Returning to Cavs

    Bleacher Report "Derrick Rose flew to Cleveland on Monday morning and plans to report back to the Cavaliers after a self-imposed exile that saw him ponder his future in basketball. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported the news. Rose, 29, is reportedly set to "begin the process of returning to the team." He..." December 04

  • Dwyane Wade thriving in 6th-man role for Cavaliers, not Bulls

    Chicago Tribune "They say opposites attract. And so it is that the Cavaliers face the Bulls on Monday. One team has won 11 straight games. The other has lost eight straight. One features Dwyane Wade coming off the bench, reinventing himself as a Sixth Man of the Year candidate. One might have featured Wade..." December 04

  • Derrick Rose’s shoe contract might have persuaded him to make return

    Cavs Nation "Derrick Rose was once again part of a lot of headlines recently, as he reportedly informed the Cleveland Cavaliers that he plans to rejoin them, and continue his basketball career. While his desire to win a championship could be thought of as the main reason for his decision, his shoe deal with..." December 04

  • No timetable set for Rose's potential Cavs return

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Derrick Rose is interested in returning to the Cavaliers and the team would have him back, but there was no determination as of Sunday afternoon as to when Rose would be back at work. A league source told cleveland.com that the timing of Rose's formal return to Cleveland Clinic Courts -- the..." December 03

  • LeBron on single-handedly taking over games: 'It's just experience'

    ESPN "LeBron James scored the final 13 points for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night, carrying his team to its 11th victory in a row, a 116-111 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. James made play after play for his team down the stretch, calmly finishing off a 34-point, 12-assist performance that..." December 03

  • Frye: 'Pretty scary' that LeBron's only 80 percent engaged

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Shortly after LeBron James scored the final 13 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, holding off the feisty Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers backup center Channing Frye said his teammate isn't even in peak form. "Well everyone was talking like, 'Hey, this is not Playoff LeBron.'..." December 03

  • Derrick Rose wants to return to Cavs

    247 Sports "After taking some time away from the team to ponder his future in the NBA, Derrick Rose wants to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report from The Athletic's Jason Lloyd. According to Lloyd, Rose has been in touch with Cavaliers general manager Koby Atlman, and has expressed a..." December 03

  • Tyronn Lue: Cavaliers have had positive contact with Derrick Rose

    Larry Brown Sports "The Derrick Rose situation in Cleveland seems to be inching closer to a resolution. Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said Saturday that the team has had positive contact with Rose, and though he would not divulge any further information, more information is coming Sunday. Reports indicate that the..." December 02

  • LeBron: Wade should be 'No. 1 candidate' for Sixth Man

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James thinks Dwyane Wade is the early leader to be the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, and not just because they're buddies. "He's probably the No. 1 candidate," James said at shootaround Saturday. The Cavs play the Memphis Grizzlies at 7:30 p.m. "Not even being biased, that's one of my..." December 02

  • Isaiah Thomas credits gift to teammates for win streak

    The Sports Daily "The Cavs got off to another slow start this season, but have since silenced the critics, as the team has won its last 10 games. Cleveland still has a lot of work to do if it wants to return to the NBA Finals, but the season has just passed its quarter mark, and there’s a lot of time for the team..." December 02

  • Report: JR Smith, Channing Frye among Cavs who did not want Dwyane Wade

    Larry Brown Sports "LeBron James spilled some tea recently about the somewhat chilly reception best friend Dwyane Wade got upon his arrival in Cleveland this offseason, and now more details are trickling in about who exactly James was referring to. James told Jason Lloyd of The Athletic in a feature that ran on..." December 01

  • Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert shelved two months after knee surgery

    CBS Sports "In the midst of a 10-game winning streak, the Cleveland Cavaliers have turned their season around. Now 15-7, the Cavs are third in the Eastern Conference and lurk just 3.5 games behind the first-place Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, as things are getting better from a record perspective, the..." December 01

  • LeBron James in 3-point contest? ‘Not when I can spend a Saturday night at home with my family’

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James is making 42.5% of his 3-pointers – by far the best percentage of his career – while attempting a healthy 4.8 per game this season. Could he participate in the 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles? LeBron, via Jason Lloyd of The Athletic: “Not when I can spend a..." December 01

  • Iman Shumpert to undergo surgery on ailing left knee

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Iman Shumpert will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his ailing left knee, the Cavaliers announced Thursday. The surgery will take place Friday morning at the Cleveland Clinic, and an official timetable for return will be updated post surgery. However, the Cavs believe Shumpert could miss up to..." November 30

  • LeBron James To Ben Simmons: You Can Be Better Than Me

    SLAM Online "While Ben Simmons was still in high school, LeBron James gave the Sixers rookie some words of encouragement that stuck with him until this day. LeBron told a 17-year-old Simmons, “You have an opportunity to be better than me.” " November 30

  • Tom Thibodeau and Taj Gibson voice support for Derrick Rose

    Fanrag Sports "Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau and veteran big man Taj Gibson are voicing their support for embattled Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Derrick Rose, who is apparently mulling over retirement, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. Of course, Thibodeau coached both Rose and Gibson..." November 30

  • Dwyane Wade Unsure If Cavs Were Unanimous In Signing Him

    Real GM Basketball "Dwyane Wade was recruited by LeBron James to join him with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he's not sure if it was a move unanimously desired by the franchise. The addition of Wade initially moved J.R. Smith to a reserve role. “He wanted me here. I know that for a fact. I don’t know if the..." November 30

  • Frustrated by lack of foul calls, LeBron says refs 'trying to turn me into a jump shooter'

    CBS Sports "At this point in his career, there aren't too many things LeBron James hasn't done. But on Tuesday night, during the Cleveland Cavaliers' 108-97 victory over the Miami Heat, he managed to accomplish a new first: getting ejected. Late in the third quarter, he took the ball to the basket in..." November 29

  • LeBron should consider the 76ers if he becomes a free agent

    USA Today "J.J. Redick is a smart man. He went to Duke, an excellent academic institution. So when asked about any Ben Simmons-LeBron James comparisons, Redick slipped in this subtle recruiting pitch. “LeBron, I think, is the greatest player to ever play," he said. The statement was made for interested..." November 29