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Tristan Thompson remains unsigned

Here’s Cleveland.com with the latest on the Cavaliers and unsigned free agent Tristan Thompson:

It’s the two-week mark of the Tristan Thompson holdout, which means it’s time to give an update on the proceedings.

There’s no communication ongoing between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Thompson’s agents, Rich Paul and Mark Termini, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.

In fact, there doesn’t seem to be a sense of urgency from either side in reaching an agreement. And that means Thompson’s stalemate will continue to hover over the organization like a black cloud, a cloud LeBron James considers “a distraction.”

It may be time to signal to the dugout for Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

Thompson’s presence on and off the court is sorely being missed. Internally, members of the Cavaliers have expressed to each other how it would be such an unnecessary hurdle to try to contend for a title without their best offensive rebounder and most versatile big defender.

Cavs preseason is a struggle

The Cavs’ preseason so far consists of losses and players missing games due to injury. The good news? It’s just preseason. This is all just a warmup. Here’s ESPN Cleveland reporting:

The Cleveland Cavaliers dropped to 0-3 in the preseason with a 91-81 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. Rather than focus on the winless record, the team is taking a matter-of-fact approach to their predicament.

“No,” LeBron James said when asked if the early losses bothered him. “It’s not frustrating. You get frustrated in September or October, you won’t make it. I’m good. I’m good.”

What’s bad is the Cavs’ injury situation. Kyrie Irving (left knee), Kevin Love (left shoulder) and Iman Shumpert (right wrist) haven’t played a game all preseason. J.R. Smith has missed the past two games with a sore left hamstring and Mo Williams was given the Grizzlies game off to rest. Not to mention James and Timofey Mozgov both taking one of the three games off so far. And of course, the complete absence of Tristan Thompson while he holds out while trying to negotiate a new contract doesn’t help things.

The circumstances have created a barely recognizable Cavaliers team that’s taking the court for games.

Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Dionte Christmas to a contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Christmas (6-5, 205) last played for the French professional basketball club, Paris-Levallois of LNB Pro A. He appeared in 42 games (two starts) with the team, averaging 8.9 points on .451 shooting from the field, including a .380 mark from the three-point line, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 19.4 minutes per game.

Since going undrafted out of Temple in 2009, Christmas has played professionally in Israel, Turkey, Czech Republic, Greece, Russia, Italy and France. He has also appeared in 31 NBA games, all with the Phoenix Suns in 2013-14, when he averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game.

Here’s the News Herald reporting on a key member of the Cleveland Cavaliers frontcourt that you probably forgot about aside from his slick mustache and funky outfits he wore on the sideline during the 2015 NBA playoffs:

Anderson Varejao happy to be playing again

Anderson Varejao played more than 16 minutes in the Wine and Gold scrimmage on Oct. 6 and was relaxed and content when he stood in front of microphones and cameras to talk about it.

It was Varejao’s first game-action since suffering a torn left Achilles last December. The only time Varejao in the last five years Varejao played more than half a season was in 2013-14, when he appeared in 65 games. Injuries cut short his time in uniform the other five years.

“It felt great to be out there,” Varejao said. “I know I need to take baby steps.

“The fans came out to support us. They are looking forward to a good season. We’re going to work hard every day and try to do our best to get a championship.”

Iman Shumpert suffers wrist injury

Iman Shumpert suffers wrist injury

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert recently suffered a ruptured Extensor Carpi Ulnaris sheath in his right wrist. The extent of the injury was confirmed by MRI at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health yesterday by Dr. Thomas Graham and Dr. Richard Parker. Shumpert will have surgery to repair his wrist Wednesday at Cleveland Clinic. His return to play is currently projected to be 12 to 14 weeks.

Cavaliers sign Sasha Kaun

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed center Sasha Kaun to a contract, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Kaun (6-11, 250) spent the last six seasons with CSKA Moscow where he was a five-time Russian League champion (2009-2013), five-time VTB United League champion (2010, 2012-2015) and 2010 Russian Cup winner. Over his career with the team, he appeared in 142 games (94 starts) with averages of 7.6 points on .702 shooting from the field and 3.6 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. Last year with the club, he played in 30 games (all starts) and averaged a career-high 9.9 points on .691 shooting from the field and 4.5 rebounds in 20.1 minutes per game.

The Russian native played collegiately at Kansas, where he was a member of the Jayhawks 2007-08 National Championship team. He was also a member of the Russian National Team coached by Cavs head coach David Blatt, winning a bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Kaun was originally the 56th overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft by the Oklahoma City Thunder (then Seattle SuperSonics) and had his rights traded to the Cavs on draft night.

Cavaliers re-sign J.R. Smith

Cavaliers re-sign J.R. Smith

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard J.R. Smith, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

According to ESPN.com, “the deal is for two years and more than $10 million total… The second year of the contract [is] a player option.”

Smith played in 70 games (51 starts) with Cleveland and New York in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 12.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals in 29.7 minutes per game. He also shot .383 from the three-point line and ranked 11th in the NBA in three-pointers made with 163. In his 46 games (45 starts) with the Cavs, the 6-6 guard shot .390 from beyond the arc and averaged 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 31.8 minutes per game. He led Cleveland in steal-to-turnover ratio (1.23) and made the most three-pointers in the Eastern Conference since the Cavs acquired him in a three-team trade on Jan. 5, 2015 (131 three-pointers).

Over his 11-year NBA career, Smith owns career averages of 13.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal in 26.5 minutes over 762 games (218 starts) with New Orleans, Denver, New York and Cleveland. He currently ranks 24th in NBA history in three-pointers made (1,475) and has 13 games with at least eight three-pointers, which is the most in NBA history. He also holds the NBA record with 25 games of at least seven three-pointers made.

During Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Smith appeared in 18 games (four starts), averaging 12.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 31.1 minutes per game.

LeBron James sells Miami home

In case you just woke up from a year-long coma, LeBron James left the Miami Heat in the summer of 2014 and returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers. And now his Miami home reportedly has a new owner. Here’s ESPN.com reporting:

LeBron James sells Miami home

LeBron James took his talents to Miami, and now he’s taking his money out of it.

James, who played with the Heat for four seasons before returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers last year, sold his Miami home Tuesday for $13.4 million, a source confirmed to ESPN.com.

James paid $9 million in 2010 for the home, which has six bedrooms and eight and a half bathrooms. He sold it to Timo and Nathalia Kipp, who are married Florida real estate investors.

Cavs to sign Sasha Kaun

This has been expected due to earlier reports, but now it’s happening. Here’s the Akron Beacon Journal reporting some Cavs bench-related news:

The Cavaliers have agreed to a two-year contract with center Sasha Kaun, a league source confirmed. He will serve as a backup in a deep frontcourt.

Kaun, 30, was a 2008 second-round pick, but has spent his career overseas. He averaged 9.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season for CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague.

Cavs may sign center Sasha Kaun

According to the Northeast Ohio Media Group, the Cleveland Cavaliers may soon add depth at the center spot:

Veteran Russian center Sasha Kaun embarked on a mini-tour of Cleveland on Monday, league sources informed Northeast Ohio Media Group.

His visit was for the purpose of house hunting, among other things, sources said.

Kaun, 30, and the Cavaliers have yet to reach an agreement. However, “it’s only a matter of time” before a deal is struck, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations. The Cavaliers’ main focus is on locking up a longtime pact with restricted free agent Tristan Thompson.

Cavaliers re-sign Matthew Dellavedova

Cavaliers re-sign Matthew Dellavedova

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard Matthew Dellavedova, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Dellavedova played in 67 games (13 starts) in the 2014-15 regular season, averaging 4.8 points, 1.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 20.6 minutes per game. He shot a career-high .407 from the three-point line and .763 from the free throw line. The 6-4 guard also led the Cavaliers with a 3.34 assist-to-turnover ratio for the season, which ranked fourth in the NBA.

Dellevadova appeared in all 20 games (seven starts) during Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 Playoffs and averaged 7.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.

Cavs trade Mike Miller, Brendan Haywood to Blazers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have traded center Brendan Haywood, guard/forward Mike Miller and two future second round draft picks to Portland, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

As a result of the trade, the Cavs will receive two trade exceptions of approximately $10.5 million and $2.8 million, respectively. The two draft picks that Cleveland is sending to Portland in the deal are the Cavaliers’ own 2020 second round draft pick, and the more favorable of Minnesota’s own 2019 second round draft pick and the Los Angeles Lakers’ own 2019 second round draft pick.

Haywood, a 13-year veteran, has played in 816 games (549 starts) with Washington, Dallas, Charlotte and Cleveland, averaging 6.8 points on .528 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 22.9 minutes per game. This past season with the Cavs, he played in 22 games (one start) and averaged 1.6 points and 1.3 rebounds in 5.4 minutes per game.

Miller, a 15-year veteran, owns career averages of 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28.3 minutes over 965 games (568 starts) with Orlando, Memphis, Washington, Miami and Cleveland. During the 2014-15 regular season, he played in 52 games (15 starts) with Cleveland and averaged 2.1 points and 1.8 rebounds in 13.5 minutes per game.

Here’s ESPN.com reporting on an agreed trade that should be official soon:

Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood being sent to Blazers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have agreed to trade Mike Miller and Brendan Haywood to the Portland Trail Blazers in a deal aimed to create future options and save luxury-tax money, sources told ESPN.com.

The Blazers will likely cut Haywood and could eventually work a buyout with Miller and will receive two future second-round picks from the Cavs for facilitating the deal with their cap space.

The Cavs will create two trade exceptions with the move, one for $10.5 million, which will be the largest active trade exception in the league, and the other for $2.94 million. The Cavs will also receive cash in the deal, sources said.

Kyrie Irving health update

Here’s the News Herald reporting on Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, who is still healing but seems to be progressing nicely:

Kyrie Irving health update

Kyrie Irving broke his Twitter silence on July 6, after almost a month of going dark following the knee injury that ended the three-time All-star’s Finals run.

“Never missed the game this much ever in my life. Can’t take that feel of a basketball going through the net for granted. Ever.”

On July 25, Irving returned to the basketball court, publicly, for the Kyrie Irving Basketball ProCamp at Mentor High School and was able to participate with the over 500 campers in light drills. No crutches, no cast, no brace.

“It felt good. I only had the cast on for two weeks and then I was in a brace,” Irving said. “So then, when I finally got clearance from our doctors that I could start working out and stuff like that, and actually put pressure on my leg, I relished that. So, I’ve been in Miami working with a great rehab team at Pinecrest Physical Therapy and it’s been awesome.”

Cavs re-sign James Jones

Cavs re-sign James Jones

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard/forward James Jones, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Not a lot is expected of Jones, other than to come off the bench and catch-and-shoot three-pointers, while playing very limited minutes.

Jones appeared in 57 games (two starts) for the Cavs during the 2014-15 regular season and averaged 4.4 points in 11.7 minutes per game. He also shot .360 from the three-point line and .848 from the free throw line. For his career, the 12-year NBA veteran has played in 613 regular season games (91 starts) with averages of 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 16.7 minutes per game with Miami, Portland, Phoenix, Indiana and Cleveland. His .398 percentage from behind the arc is the 12th highest among active players (min. 373 3FGM).

During Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Jones appeared in all 20 games, averaging 4.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15.6 minutes per game. He originally signed with the Cavs as a free agent on August 5, 2014.

Cavaliers trade Rakeem Christmas to Pacers

The Indiana Pacers announced Thursday they have acquired forward Rakeem Christmas from the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for the 2019 second-round Lakers draft pick that the Pacers acquired in the recent trade for Roy Hibbert.

Christmas, 6-9, 250, was a second-round pick in June’s NBA Draft. He was selected 36th overall by Minnesota and was traded later draft night to the Cavaliers. He played collegiately at Syracuse where in his senior season he averaged 17.5 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. In his four-year career with the Orangemen, he played 142 games.

“We really liked Rakeem when he came in for pre-draft workouts,” said Pacers President of Basketball Operations Larry Bird. “He is a solid player who was a contributor all four years at Syracuse and we look forward to having him on our team.”

Richard Jefferson to join Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers were just two wins away from winning the 2015 NBA championship, and aside from regaining the health of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the supporting cast is getting stronger. Jefferson doesn’t have a lot left in the tank, but he’s still a very good backup provided he plays very limited minutes. Here’s the Akron Beacon Journal reporting:

Richard Jefferson to join Cavaliers

Richard Jefferson is expected to sign a one-year deal with the Cavaliers for the veteran’s minimum, a league source confirmed. Jefferson, 35, shot 43 percent from 3-point range primarily as a reserve last season with the Dallas Mavericks.

Jefferson was widely expected to return to the Mavericks, but when their deal with free agent center DeAndre Jordan fell through, the Mavs allowed their other free agents to shop elsewhere again if they could find a better situation to win.

Cavs re-sign Kevin Love

cavs re-sign kevin love

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward Kevin Love, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

“From the moment Kevin arrived, he has shared our plan for winning in Cleveland. Today confirms our mutual belief in that vision,” said Griffin. “As one of the truly elite players in the NBA, Kevin’s value and impact was critical to our success this past season and we are thrilled that he will be part of our core group for many years to come.”

According to ESPN.com, “The league set its salary cap for the 2015-16 season on Wednesday, and based on the new data, Love will get a five-year, $113.2 million contract. His salary for next season will be $19.69 million. But Love said his desire to win a title with the Cavs outweighed every other consideration when deciding where to continue his career. He was unable to play in the NBA Finals after suffering a serious shoulder injury in the opening round against Boston and undergoing surgery.”

In his first season with the Cavs, Love played in 75 games (all starts) with averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. Love was the only player in the league to average at least nine rebounds and make at least 50 three-pointers this past season. He also shot .367 from the three-point line and .804 from the foul line on the season. His 144 three-pointers were the second-most on the team in 2014-15, as well as the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. Love registered a team-high 38 double-doubles, which was tied for 10th in the NBA and was the most by a Cavalier since 2003-04 (Carlos Boozer, 41).

Love played in four games during the 2015 Playoffs before suffering a dislocated left shoulder in the First Round series against Boston. He averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.8 minutes, while also shooting .429 from the three-point line for Cleveland. Love was originally acquired by the Cavs in a three-team trade on August 23, 2014.

A three-time NBA All-Star, Love owns career averages of 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.9 minutes over 439 games (357 starts) in seven seasons with Minnesota and Cleveland. The 6-10 forward holds career shooting percentages of .363 from the three-point line and .814 from the free throw line. Love is one of only three players in league history to average 10.0 rebounds and make over 500 three-pointers, joining Larry Bird and Charles Barkley.

Cavaliers re-sign LeBron James

The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward LeBron James, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

According to ESPN.com, it is a two-year contract worth the maximum of $46.9 million, with the second year a player option.

“LeBron’s re-signing today is a reflection and continuation of his strong, personal commitment to help deliver championships to Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans everywhere,” said Griffin. “We share this deep level of commitment with him. His impact upon this team, his community and the game are impossible to overstate and we look forward to continuing on our mission together.”

James, a four-time MVP and 11-time NBA All-Star, appeared in 69 regular season games (all starts) for the Cavaliers in 2014-15 with averages of 25.3 points (3rd in NBA) on .488 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists (7th in NBA) and 1.6 steals in 36.1 minutes. It was James’ 11th consecutive season averaging at least 25.0 points per game, which is tied with Karl Malone (1987-88 to 1997-98) and Jerry West (1961-62 to 1971-72) for the most consecutive seasons averaging at least 25.0 points in NBA history (min. 30 games). James earned All-NBA First Team honors and was also the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice in 2014-15 (February and March), as well as the Player of the Week three times (week ending Nov. 16, Nov. 30 & Jan. 25).

James was one of only three players in the NBA to tally 1,700 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 100 steals (James Harden, Russell Westbrook). The 6-8 forward scored in double figures in all 69 games, increasing his consecutive double-digit scoring streak to 641 (third-longest streak in NBA history). In addition to scoring in double figures every game he appeared in, James had 52 games of at least 20 points, 18 games of at least 30 points and three 40-point outings. He also registered 22 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

The Akron, Ohio native remains the franchise’s leader in points scored (16,994), scoring average (27.5), field goals made (6,039), three-pointers made (891), free throws made (4,025), assists (4,321), steals (1,064) and minutes played (24,601). Over his 12-year NBA career, James has appeared in 911 regular season games (910 starts) with averages of 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 39.3 minutes, while shooting .496 from the floor, .342 from three-point range and .745 from the foul line.

For his postseason career, James has appeared in 178 playoff contests (all starts) with averages of 28.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 42.5 minutes per game. He started in all 20 games during the Cavs’ NBA Finals run in the 2015 Playoffs, recording an NBA-high 14 double-doubles (three triple-doubles) and averaging 30.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 42.2 minutes per game. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in league playoff history to average at least 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a single postseason.

Mo Williams is on the Cavs once again

Mo Williams is on the Cavs once again

When LeBron James joins a team, the team usually becomes good pretty quickly. And if that team also has Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and a few decent supporting role players, that squad becomes a contender. And a nice place to sign if you’re a veteran free agent.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed free agent guard Mo Williams, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

“We’re very excited to welcome Mo back to Cleveland and we feel he will be a great fit with our team,” said Griffin. “Mo is a proven, high-caliber playmaker and his ability to space the floor at either guard position will be essential for us.”

Williams, a 12-year veteran, spent parts of three seasons with Cleveland from 2008-2011, where he averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 33.6 minutes and was selected a 2009 NBA All-Star. Over his career, he has played in 777 games (511 starts), averaging 13.4 points, including a .870 clip from the foul line, a .379 mark from the three-point line, 2.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists in 29.8 minutes for Utah, Milwaukee, Cleveland, the Los Angeles Clippers, Portland, Minnesota and Charlotte. He has also shot at least .850 from the charity stripe in each of the past 11 seasons.

During the 2014-15 regular season, Williams played in 68 games (33 starts) with Minnesota and Charlotte and averaged 14.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 29.1 minutes per game. He also shot .872 from the foul line, which ranked 13th in NBA. The 6-1 guard became one of just six players to surpass the 50-point mark in a game last season when he scored 52 points for the Timberwolves against the Indiana Pacers on January 13.

Williams, who reached the playoffs twice with the Cavaliers in 2009 and 2010, has played in 49 career playoff games (25 starts), holding averages of 12.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game.

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