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The Cleveland Cavaliers are new-and-improved, but still mostly on paper. On the court, they’re 5-4, which is better than the Cavs of the recent past, but certainly nowhere near the championship level LeBron James, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and company seemingly have the potential to reach. Here’s some insight from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:

Cavaliers general manager David Griffin is as aggressive as they come. It would be easy for him to sit back and wait for this LeBron James-led team to figure things out. He’ll remain patient through this process, but says he’s constantly strategizing ways to advance the team’s acceleration.

And in doing so, Griffin will spare no effort even if it means including a player in a deal no one even suspected was available.

“No one is untouchable, and you’re never done building a team, so we’re always paying attention to what opportunities are out there,” Griffin told Northeast Ohio Media Group. “My tendency is always trying to do what we can do to improve the roster. But I’m not looking to create one so much as paying attention to what I’m hearing.”

Clearly, there’s obviously a player or two who is excluded from being “untouchable.”

There has been talk of Minnesota guard Corey Brewer potentially being traded to Cleveland. The Cavaliers own a $5.3 million trade exception and Brewer’s contract can be absorbed onto the books.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Alex Kirk to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. He will be available for tonight’s Charge game against the Westchester Knicks at 7:00 p.m. in Westchester.

Cavs recall Alex Kirk from D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have recalled center Alex Kirk from the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season.

Sunday was a fun day in Cleveland, as the Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 127-94. The home squad put up an epic first quarter, outscoring the Hawks 41-25, and hitting an amazing 9-of-9 three-pointers. The Cavs finished the game 19-of-31 (61.3%) from outside the arc. Enjoy these video highlights of their wild first quarter:

According to the Associated Press, “the Cavaliers became the first team in NBA history to go 9 for 9 or better from behind the arc in a quarter, according to information provided to the team by the Elias Sports Bureau.”

Cavaliers assign Alex Kirk to D-League

The Cleveland Cavaliers have assigned center Alex Kirk to the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today.

Kirk has appeared in two games for the Cavs this season. He will be available for Saturday’s Charge opening game against the Delaware 87ers at the Canton Memorial Civic Center at 7:00 p.m.

Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova injured, out 4-6 weeks

Matthew Dellavedova injured, out 4-6 weeks

Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova experienced a left knee injury during the 4th quarter of the Cavaliers game in Portland vs. the Trailblazers on Tuesday, November 4th.

He did not play in the remaining two games of the Cavaliers road trip this past week in Utah and Denver.

After returning to Cleveland, Dellavedova received additional evaluation by Cavaliers Head Team Physician Dr. Richard Parker at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health. The results confirmed a left knee MCL sprain. He is undergoing a period of treatment and rehabilitation and is currently projected to be out of action for four to six weeks.

His status will be updated as appropriate.

Darrell Arthur suspended for shoving Dion Waiters in back during shot

Darrell Arthur suspended for shoving Dion Waiters

Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur has been suspended one game without pay for shoving Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters in the back as he elevated for a layup, it was announced today by Rod Thorn, President, Basketball Operations.

It was a dangerous move by Arthur, whose shove sent Waiters flying.

The incident, for which Arthur was assessed a Flagrant 2 and ejected, occurred with 4.4 seconds remaining in the first period of the Cavaliers’ 110-101 win over the Nuggets at Pepsi Center.

Arthur will serve his suspension on Sunday when the Nuggets travel to Portland to play the Trail Blazers.

To view the play, click on this link.

Cavs sign Will Cherry

After waiving guard A.J. Price yesterday, Cavs sign Will Cherry

Cavs sign Will Cherry

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Will Cherry, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Cherry becomes the fifth Charge player called up by the Cavaliers in team history.

Last season, Cherry appeared in 18 games (12 starts) with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers exclusively owned and operated NBA Development League team, averaging 11.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 30.3 minutes per game. In three postseason games with the Charge, Cherry averaged 13.3 points on .484 shooting with 5.3 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.0 steals in 37.0 minutes per game.

The University of Montana alum played in five preseason games with the Toronto Raptors this season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.6 assists in 13.9 minutes.

Cherry also played for the Cavs summer league team in July and averaged 12.8 points on .521 shooting, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in five games.

The Cavs roster now stands at 15.

Cavs waive A.J. Price

Cavs waive A.J. Price; roster down to 14 players

The Cleveland Cavaliers (1-1) have waived guard A.J. Price, according to Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin.

Price, thought of as a backup in the league, appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 7.2 points and 1.5 assists in 13.3 minutes per game.

According to Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports, the Cavs will use the empty roster spot to sign point guard Will Cherry.

In a surprise, the Cavs, playing at home in Cleveland, dropped their first game of the season to the New York Knicks. They bounced back in their second game against the Bulls in Chicago, squeezing out an overtime win.

Playing with a re-assembled roster featuring star additions LeBron James and Kevin Love, as well as some new bench players, the Cavs will likely continue to be a work in progress as they develop chemistry.

As for today’s roster move, with Price waived the Cavs roster now stands at 14.

Photo: LeBron back in Cleveland

Photo: LeBron back in Cleveland

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

Cavs waive Shane Edwards

The Cleveland Cavaliers waived forward Shane Edwards today, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced.

This move brings the Cavs roster down to 15, which means they don’t have to cut any more players if they don’t want to as the regular season begins this Tuesday.

Edwards appeared in six preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 1.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 7.4 minutes per game.

The Cavs in 2014-15 are stacked with a revamped roster that includes new additions LeBron James, Kevin Love, Shawn Marion, Mike Miller and others joining Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao, Dion Waiters and friends, and on paper look like a serious contender coming out of the East.

Cavaliers exercise contract option on Dion Waiters

As expected, the Cleveland Cavaliers exercised their fourth-year contract option on guard Dion Waiters, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Waiters, a shooting guard who must now adjust to having LeBron James and Kevin Love as teammates, has NBA career averages of 15.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29.2 minutes per game in 131 games (72 starts) in two seasons, both with the Cavaliers.

The Cavs look on paper like a championship contender for 2014-15. They should be exciting to watch, and Waiters has a key role on the team.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers today waived guards Chris Crawford and Stephen Holt, according to Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin.

Crawford received limited court time in five preseason games for the Cavs, averaging 2.4 points and 1.6 assists in 7.6 minutes per game.

Holt played (just barely) in two preseason games, averaging 3.0 points in 2.3 minutes per game.

The Cavs roster now stands at 16. The regular season NBA roster maximum is 15 players, so at least one more player will be thanked for his time and sent on his way.

Here’s the Akron Beacon Journal reporting on the Cleveland Cavaliers as they adapt to a new head coach and some very high-profile new players:

Mike Miller raves about Cavs coach David Blatt

David Blatt spent his first few weeks on the job downplaying his offensive ingenuity and reminding people he likes to coach defense, too. Yet after the first week of practice, it’s clear on which side Blatt has made an impression on this veteran team.

“His offensive stuff is borderline genius,” Mike Miller said this week. “Once we get a hold of it, it’s going to be a big weapon.”

Indeed, Blatt conceded the first handful of practices with the Cavaliers have been an offensive cram session in moving and spacing. Based on Wednesday’s Wine & Gold scrimmage, the Cavs are fast learners.

They moved well, spaced the floor properly and found a surprising rhythm given how little time they’ve spent together. Of course, they were only playing each other. The real tests will come once the exhibition games begin (the opener is Sunday against Blatt’s former team) and then when the regular season commences on Oct. 30.

Cavs sign Chris Crawford, Shane Edwards for training camp

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Chris Crawford and forward Shane Edwards, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Crawford played in 140 games (84 starts) over his four-year career at The University of Memphis with averages of 8.7 points, 3.3 assists and 3.5 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game. His 242 three-pointers made are tied for third in school history, while he also ranks fourth in total steals (223) and sixth in games played. The 6-4 guard went undrafted in this year’s NBA Draft and appeared in five contests for the Houston Rockets summer league team in Orlando with averages of 10.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 24.4 minutes per game.

Edwards signed a 10-day contract with Cleveland in 2013-14 when he played in two games with the Cavaliers after spending most of the season with the Canton Charge, the Cavaliers’ D-League affiliate. In 46 games (38 starts) with the Charge, he averaged 14.2 points on .551 shooting, 5.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 28.8 minutes per game.

Cavs trade Keith Bogans to 76ers

Cavs trade Keith Bogans to 76ers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired Philadelphia’s 2015 second round pick (protected) in exchange for  guard Keith Bogans and the Cavs 2018 second round pick in a trade with the 76ers, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive a trade exception of approximately $5.3 million.

The 76ers pick acquired in the trade is 31-50 and 56-60 protected, if such pick is not conveyed to the Boston Celtics to satisfy a prior trade between Philadelphia and Boston.

Bogans, an 11-year veteran, has played in 671 career games (333 starts) with averages of 6.3 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 21.6 minutes for Orlando, Charlotte, Houston, Milwaukee, San Antonio, Chicago, Brooklyn and Boston. The 6-5 guard is also a career .353 shooter from the three-point line and .716 from the charity stripe. He has played in 36 postseason games with career averages of 4.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 18.8 minutes per game.

Louis Amundson signing with Cleveland

Here’s the Akron Beacon Journal blog reporting on the Cavaliers:

Louis Amundson signing with Cleveland

Lou Amundson signed a one-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Cavaliers, a league source confirmed. Although the Cavs’ rebuilt roster is filling up fast, the veteran journeyman stands a decent chance at making the final cut.

Amundson, 31, has already played for eight teams in eight years, averaging 3.6 points and 3.5 rebounds. But he is a gritty defender and could bring a certain toughness to the post. He’s listed at 6-foot-9 and 225 pounds, but the Cavs believe he can block shots and use his athleticism to defend at the center position despite being undersized.

Amundson’s offensive limitations have forced him to bounce around the league, yet the Cavs certainly don’t need any more scorers.

Melo supports LeBron return to Cavs

Here’s ESPN New York reporting Carmelo Anthony’s thoughts on LeBron James’ return to Cleveland:

Melo says return to Cavs was great move for LeBron

Anthony supports his buddy LeBron James’ move to the Cavs.

“I applaud him. I applaud him. I thought it was a great move for him,” Anthony said. “That’s not to take nothing away from what he’s already established and created down in Miami, but for him to go back home at this point in his career, you can’t ask for nothing better than that.”

Anthony didn’t want to talk much about the team James formed in Cleveland with Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. The Knicks play the Cavs in Cleveland on the second game of the season — James’ first game back in his hometown.

“We’ll see them when we play them,” Anthony said. “They’re not on my radar right now. Don’t take that the wrong way. But they’re not on my radar. I’m focusing on one game at a time. When we play them the second game of the season, we’ll be ready.”

Here’s the South Florida Sun Sentinel reporting some insight from NBA commissioner Adam Silver:

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver isn’t denying Miami as a sexy market, but in his recent interview with Bloomberg Television he clearly did not have an issue with LeBron James’ return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, citing NFL-style parity. “And so we want to build to be at that same point where 30 teams are all competing for championships,” he said in the wake of the Heat’s four consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. “If, for example, in the NFL, when Green Bay’s playing Pittsburgh, the reaction isn’t, oh, that ‘they’re small markets,’ it’s that, ‘they’re storied franchises,’ ” he said. “And I think we’re beginning to see that in the league with teams like Oklahoma City, with the San Antonio Spurs, now, with the return of LeBron to Cleveland. And that’s what you want if you’re a commissioner. You want all of your teams to be competitive and you want them ultimately to succeed based on management, not who’s got the deepest pocket or what market is the most attractive.” Of course, it’s one thing for LeBron to return home to Cleveland, another for a top-tier free agent to aggressively pursue a future in Sacramento, Utah or Milwaukee.

Interesting PG options for Team USA

Here’s ESPN.com with an update on Team USA, who play an exhibition game Tuesday:

Kyrie Irving likely starting at PG Tuesday for Team USA

Kyrie Irving will start opposite Goran Dragic at point guard Tuesday night when Team USA plays Slovenia in its final tuneup game leading into the FIBA World Cup.

But Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski, in tabbing Irving as his starter against the Dragic-led Slovenians, told ESPN.com that one option under consideration is letting Irving and Derrick Rose trade off as the starter throughout the tournament, which opens Saturday in Bilbao with the Yanks facing Finland.

“We’ll see as thing goes on,” Krzyzewski said after Monday’s two-hour practice. “We might alternate ‘em. Both of them are going to play significant minutes.”

Krzyzewski says he can also envision Irving and Rose playing together once the tournament starts as Rose continues to acclimate himself to full-speed basketball after two major knee injuries limited him to just 10 games over the past two seasons with the Chicago Bulls.

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