Cavaliers Rumors & News

  • Cavs Waive Markel Brown, Cory Jefferson, Jonathan Holmes

    Hoops Rumors "The Cavaliers have cut down the numbers of players on their roster from 20 to 17, according to Dave McMenamin of, who reports (via Twitter) that the team has waived shooting guard Markel Brown, power forward Cory Jefferson, and power forward Jonathan Holmes. The Cavs confirmed the moves..." October 20

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • Cavs pursuing trade for backup point guard

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Cavaliers are pursuing a trade to acquire a backup point guard and are hoping to make a deal before the season starts Tuesday, sources told The Cavs are in advanced discussions with at least one club, according to a source, and could make one or multiple trades to fill the..." October 20

  • Anonymous NBA Scouts Dish Dirt On Eastern Conference Teams

    SI "For some, it's tough to form an opinion about an off-season move or development without seeing the subjects first in action on the floor. Luckily, anonymous NBA scouts do not have this problem. Sports Illustrated's NBA writers spoke with scouts ahead of the 2016—17 season for our annual..." October 20

  • The Biggest Stop Of Kevin Love's Life? It Wasn't This One

    SI "On June 19, Tyler Kandel sat at a back table at Warren 77 in New York City, eating chicken nachos and drinking craft beer. The TVs were tuned to Game 7 of the NBA Finals, and Kandel was rooting for the Cavaliers because he went to college with their power forward, Kevin Love. With 44 seconds left..." October 20

  • The NBA sent players to Google, Facebook to help answer the biggest questions of their careers

    Business Insider "C.J. Watson’s mom pushed him at a young age to get ready for the “real world,” making him learn how to write checks, do mock job interviews, and accompany her to work. Watson wasn’t sure if he was going to keep playing basketball, much less make the NBA, and his mom wanted him to be prepared..." October 20

  • James Jones Talks Retirement, Desire For Minutes

    Basketball Insiders "Choosing the appropriate time to walk away from the game is always a professional athlete’s toughest decision. Some will head for the exit at the first signs of decline, while others vow to get every last drop of talent from their aging bodies and fade from star to role player in the process. The..." October 19

  • GMs Predict Warriors Win 2017 Finals, LeBron For MVP

    Real GM Basketball "The Golden State Warriors are predicted to win the 2017 NBA Finals by 69 percent of general managers while 31 percent predict the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs received 53.6 percent of the vote last season. LeBron James received the most votes in predicting the 16-17 MVP at 46.7 percent,..." October 18

  • LeBron’s massive Cleveland banner is getting a championship upgrade

    The Comeback "Ever since he returned to Cleveland a couple years ago, LeBron James has been featured on a massive banner downtown doing his typical pregame routine. That banner will look a little different sooner rather than later. After trailing the Golden State Warriors 3-1 in the NBA Finals, the Cleveland..." October 17

  • Kay Felder is Cavs' backup point guard, for now

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Kay Felder won the job to be the Cavs' backup point guard. But there is more than one asterisk, caveat, to this. Let's just say Felder is the backup point guard for now. At least, that's how coach Tyronn Lue is describing it. "Right now we'll say he's going to be our backup point guard..." October 17

  • GM LeBron on JR Smith’s Contract Finally Being Done

    Black Sports Online "An integral piece to the Cavs championship defense hopes has finally signed and all is well in Cleveland. LeBron is pleased that JR Smith is back just before the season starts, and it shows that once again, what LeBron wants, LeBron gets. It is no secret that LeBron is consulted on personnel..." October 16

  • Details on How 76ers Pursuit Forced Cavs To Pay JR Smith

    Black Sports Online "The Philadelphia 76ers are an up and coming bunch with money to spend, and according to Marc Stein, helped another player land a huge deal with his original team. Earlier in the summer, Manu Ginobili was able to get big money out of San Antonio, after he reportedly considered signing an..." October 15

  • Cavaliers interested in Mario Chalmers, once he gets healthy enough to play

    Pro Basketball Talk "Last March, Mario Chalmers suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon — less than ideal for a guy heading into free agency that summer. Chalmers has been active with his rehab, working on his conditioning, but is about a month away from a potential return to the league. When he is ready to go, the..." October 15

  • Smith shares baby news shortly after re-signing with Cavs

    Fox Sports "J.R. Smith is somewhere celebrating with his shirt off right now. The flashy shooter has re-signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he announced on LeBron James' "Uninterrupted" platform. Then, in true J.R. Smith fashion, he happily blurted out he's having another baby. The new contract is four..." October 15

  • Kerr: LeBron's Finals streak one of the greatest feats ever

    ESPN "The Golden State Warriors started last season with a record 24 consecutive victories on their way to a historic 73-win campaign. But expect a little more trial and error and a little less intensity this time around, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "I don't think we'll have that this year," Kerr..." October 15

  • Sources: Cavaliers to re-sign J.R. Smith with 4-year, $57 million deal

    ESPN "The Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith have reached agreement on a four-year, $57 million deal, sources told ESPN's Marc Stein on Friday. The fourth year of the deal is not fully guaranteed, sources told ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The deal kicks the Cavs' payroll to a record $125 million, and..." October 15

  • Cavs Working With Tristan Thompson On Expanding Shooting Range

    Real GM Basketball "Tristan Thompson is attempting to add a jump shot to his offensive game in his sixth NBA season. "To be able to throw it in the post to him sometimes during the game when he has favorable matchups," Tyronn Lue said. "Also, he has been working on his jump shot, little 15-foot jump shot and he's..." October 15

  • ‘Only a matter of time’ until Smith starts looking elsewhere

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith was rumored to be looking at only the Cavaliers in free agency. But both sides remain in a stalemate not even LeBron James can break. What’s next? Marc Stein of ESPN: Sources say it’s only a matter of time before Smith starts engaging with other teams. Smith still..." October 14

  • Rudy Tomjanovich on LeBron’s Son ‘He’s Got Skills’

    Black Sports Online "If you haven’t seen LeBron James’ son ball out, you’re truly missing out. TMZ cameras caught up with NBA legend and current scout Rudy Tomajanovich to discuss Bronny’s skills. Bronny James is truly gifted with basketball skills. He also happens to have a terrific coach and that is his father,..." October 14

  • Raptors’ Patrick Patterson mistaken for LeBron James … in Cleveland

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Toronto Raptors paid a visit to Northeast Ohio this week for a preseason match-up with the Cleveland Cavaliers. And somehow at some point before Thursday night’s tilt at Quicken Loans Arena, Raptors forward Patrick Patterson was inexplicably mistaken for one LeBron James. Patterson..." October 14

  • Kyrie Irving: Uncle Drew coming back in 'big' way

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Uncle Drew is coming back one more time. Kyrie Irving's alter ego, a crotchety, old, playground hoops legend named "Uncle Drew" who's been the main character of a series of Pepsi commercials, will appear in one final chapter over the coming months or years, Irving hinted Thursday. "I..." October 14

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • LeBron James creates 'institute' at University of Akron

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James is assembling a team of educators to help the children from his charitable foundation graduate from the University of Akron when they get there. James' "I Promise Institute" is the latest step in the initiative he announced in 2015 to send for free to Akron any child who completes..." October 13

  • LeBron James on Dwyane Wade joining Cavs: 'We couldn't afford him'

    ESPN "It would be hard to imagine back when the Miami Heat were coming off consecutive championships a few seasons ago that LeBron James and Dwyane Wade would both leave the franchise as free agents in short order. Yet sure enough, James went back to his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers in 2014 and Wade..." October 13

  • Mo Williams has knee surgery, takes apparent shot at Cavs

    ESPN "Mo Williams underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday to treat the chondromalacia -- irritation of the cartilage under the kneecap -- he has experienced for the last several seasons. Williams announced the surgery, which was performed in New York by Dr. David Altchek, on social media in a..." October 13

  • Zach Lowe's crazy predictions for the 2016-17 NBA season

    ESPN "Even the NBA, the most predictable major U.S. pro sports league, is fraught with uncertainty. The Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals! But making predictions is a useful thought exercise, and it's healthy to creep out on a limb once in a while. As usual, we throw darts at..." October 12

  • LeBron James responds to Donald Trump's "locker room" comments

    247 Sports "Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James has made it clear that he plans on voting for Hillary Clinton in the upcoming presidential election as he announced his decision by writing an op-ed that was released earlier in the month. With that being the case, it was interesting to see LeBron's..." October 12

  • The NBA's leaked Christmas jerseys are familiar, and that's a good thing

    CBS Sports "The NBA's Christmas Day slate might not be perfect, but it's going to look great. On Wednesday, the new Christmas jerseys leaked, via UniWatch's Paul Lukas, and they are essentially updated versions of what we saw last year: Not an eyesore in the bunch. It's a little weird that the Los Angeles..." October 12

  • LeBron James said he's 'very optimistic' new NBA labor deal coming soon

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "LeBron James seemed to confirm a Vertical report from Thursday that the NBA and the players' association could reach a new labor agreement within the next several weeks. "I think the best thing about it, we started the conversation a long time ago," James said Monday. "We're very optimistic on..." October 11

  • LeBron James to miss next three Cavs preseason games; will play at Ohio State with healthy back

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Good news, Columbus: LeBron James is scheduled to play at Ohio State in the Cavs' preseason finale there next week. But not until then. Coah Tyronn Lue said James would not play Thursday at home against the Toronto Raptors, and it was already Lue's plan to hold out James and most of the..." October 10

  • How Khloe Kardashian is Plotting to Get Pregnant By Tristan Thompson

    Black Sports Online "Tristan Thompson’s ex-girlfriend is having his child next month and Khloe doesn’t want to be left out, so here is how she is plotting to have a baby as well. Khloe Kardashian is very much in love with Tristan and she is not afraid to talk marriage and babies. “She’s talking marriage..." October 10

  • LeBron James picks up teammates’ laundry

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The last two players in the locker room Saturday night were LeBron James and Kyrie Irving. The two Cavs superstars were encouraging each other to be the first to speak to reporters following Cleveland's 108-105 preseason win over Philadelphia. They each had scored 15 points in the first half of..." October 10

  • Celtics Interested In Signing J.R. Smith?

    Real GM Basketball "The Boston Celtics have interest in signing J.R. Smith, who remains in a contract stalemate with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Smith is seeking $15 million per season from the Cavaliers while they are only offering $10 million or $11 million annually." October 09

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • We Finally Have Numbers That Explain the Contract Stalemate Between J.R. Smith and the Cavaliers

    Complex "We finally have contract numbers to understand exactly what’s going on between J.R. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers. On, Cavs reporter Joe Vardon writes that Smith wants $15 million a year, while Cleveland has offered him $10-11 million per year. Smith is waiting for the Cavs to..." October 08

  • JR Smith Wants $15 Mil a Year, But Cavs Only Willing to Go This High

    Black Sports Online "JR Smith has been in the NBA for a long time, so he has to be burning up, waiting for an opportunity to practice with his guys. Smith and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain in a stalemate over a couple of million, even with Smith hanging around the team. Smith, who is represented by Klutch..." October 08

  • JR Smith, Cavs are reportedly $5 million per year apart

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Cavaliers and J.R. Smith are in a classic contract stalemate, and at the moment it seems like there is no end in sight. According to Joe Vardon of, the Cavs are simply waiting for Smith to cave and sign the last contract they formally offered him. However, that is..." October 07

  • LeBron James Trolls NBA on Twitter About Faulty App

    12 Up "​When downloading the new NBA GameTime application, one should notice it's under the essentials, meaning it's necessary for everyone to have it. Writing this article just made me download the app again for the upcoming NBA season. Just because it's an essential app, however, doesn't mean it is..." October 07

  • Tristan Thompson to miss Cavs' next two preseason games with foot injury

    ESPN "Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson will not play in the team's next two preseason games due to a sore left foot, sources told freelance journalist Chris Haynes. The Cavaliers are keeping Thompson out as a precaution, the sources said. He already missed the team's preseason opener to..." October 07

  • How Adidas’s Lowball Offer Sent LeBron James to Nike

    The Ringer "At St. Vincent-St Mary High School, LeBron James almost always wore Adidas. The photos are out there. The shoe exists. But when it came time for James to enter the NBA, he switched his allegiance to Nike, a partnership he’ll now maintain for life. James generates hundreds of millions of dollars..." October 07

  • Kevin Love Tells Us How Much Things Have Changed Now That He Has A Ring

    Dime Magazine "It has never been a better time to be Kevin Love. First, he was a darling of early Basketball Twitter® because of the obscene stats he put up in relative obscurity for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but the dearth of talent around him and the corresponding lack of playoff appearances clearly..." October 07

  • Report: NBA, Union Optimistic New CBA Deal Will Get Done

    Bleacher Report "The NBA and National Basketball Players Association could have a new collective bargaining agreement finalized in the near future after reportedly making "significant progress" in negotiations. On Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported the new deal could be done within the next..." October 06

  • Dwyane Wade explains why LeBron James can never surpass Michael Jordan

    Fox Sports "Maybe Dwyane Wade is just trying to light a fire under one of his best friends. How else to explain the Chicago Bulls guard's recent comments about LeBron James? When Wade was asked whether LeBron can ever catch Michael Jordan, the ghost that James claims he's chasing, Wade was rather..." October 06

  • LeBron James: 'Who am I to say" if David Blatt gets ring

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Tyronn Lue is happy his former boss "graciously" accepted a 2016 championship ring from the Cavs. LeBron James' reaction to David Blatt getting a ring was a little more measured. Lue, who replaced Blatt midway through last season as Cavs coach, said "that's the first thing I said when we..." October 06

  • NBA Tiers of Contention: Teams with a Chance to Win the Crown in 2016-17

    Bleacher Report "There is a school of thought in the NBA that if you enter the season with a shot at winning the championship, that's all you can ask for. As Kevin Durant will tell you, however, not every championship opportunity is the same as another. Nevertheless, what follows is a list of 10 teams that..." October 05

  • Jeff Van Gundy Advocates Zero-Tolerance Policy For Domestic Violence Offenders

    Deadspin "The Houston Rockets and New York Knicks met in the preseason this evening, and ESPN announcer Jeff Van Gundy used the occasion of Derrick Rose’s first appearance with the Knicks to make some points about domestic violence and how Adam Silver and the NBA should deal with players who are convicted..." October 05

  • David Blatt Accepts Cleveland Cavaliers' Championship Ring Offer

    Bleacher Report "Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt didn't coach the team to its first-ever NBA title over the Golden State Warriors this summer, but he will receive some hardware for it. On Tuesday, Blatt told Bleacher Report's David Pick that he will accept a championship ring from the..." October 04

  • Nike releasing self-lacing shoes through public lottery

    ESPN "The first pairs of the famous self-lacing MAG shoes from "Back to the Future II" will be made available this month to the public, but you won't be able to buy them. You'll have to win them. Nike announced that only 89 pairs will be available through an online draw that begins Tuesday and..." October 04

  • JR Smith Has Hilarious Response to Cavs Signing Toney Douglas

    12 Up "Free agent guard J.R. Smith isn't known to be a man of many words. Currently in the midst of a contract negotiation dispute with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Smith has remained silent in terms of how talks have progressed. Until now. Monday, the Cavaliers signed point guard Toney Douglas,..." October 03