Cleveland Cavaliers News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
Fansided: Cavs: Retaining Mike Gerrity should be a no-brainer move for John Beilein
The Cleveland Cavaliers had a fairly long head coaching search, and it was good to know that general manager Koby Altman and the organization seemingly got their preferred candidate in former Michigan head coach John Beilein to steer the squad's rebuild in the coming years, or, its "renaissance," as Beilein reportedly coined it in his introductory press conference on Tuesday.
Along with that, the team and Beilein seemed to feel it hit a home run in having former Memphis Grizzlies and Houston Rockets head coach J.B. Bickerstaff join the organization as Cleveland's long-term associate head coach for Beilein, who does not have any experience coaching at the NBA level.
Fansided: Cavs' Larry Nance Jr.'s NBA voting comment makes too much sense
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not have any individual players named to All-NBA teams recently, which is not exactly a shocker, considering they tied the Phoenix Suns for having the league's second-worst record in 2018-19 with a mark of 19-63 (per NBA.com).
That being said, one of the bright spots in Cleveland's last season was Larry Nance Jr., who had a career year.
Playing the most minutes of his career (26.8) Nance had career-bests in points (9.4 on 55.4% shooting), rebounds (8.2), assists (3.2), and steals per game (1.5), while also showing he can be a three-point threat when open, as he shot a somewhat-respectable 33.
Fansided: Cavs: If he's back, David Nwaba will likely be better utilized next year
David Nwaba did not have a bad 2018-19 season, but he was simply not maximized by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Obviously, Nwaba reportedly dealing with knee and ankle sprains did not help his play, and I would assume limited his minutes-share with Cleveland, anyhow.
He missed 31 games due those two ailments (per Basketball Reference), and when he was playing considerable minutes for former head coach Larry Drew, Nwaba was forced to switch on to opposing post-up players and bigger wings too often because of Cleveland's injury issues with their big rotation, and even though he did fairly well defensively in those post-up scenarios (as he placed in the 80th percentile, per Synergy Sports Technology), he still projects as arguably the Cavaliers' best perimeter defender next season, though their first 2019 NBA Draft selection may change that.
Official Site of the Cavaliers: Cavs and Rust-Oleum Renovate Outdoor Court at Providence House
After funding the construction of the outdoor basketball court at Providence House in 2012, the Cavaliers teamed up with their partner Rust-Oleum to recently renovate the court for the many Cleveland-area children that utilize it. The two organizations provided a new hoop, painted the court and surrounding sidewalk, bench and fence.
The Cavs and Providence House officially unveiled the refurbished court on Thursday.
Cavs Vice President of Global Partnerships, Shelly Cayette, joined Providence House CEO & President, Natalie Leek-Nelson, to speak to the guests in attendance, including staff and children from Providence House.
Cavs: The Blog: From Distance: Battle of the MVPs
four point play....
1. I am rather thrilled that Kawhi Leonard's apparent knee injury isn't serious enough to have greatly affected his play. It was clear to me when he injured the leg, though somehow that has escaped the National Media. Very early in Game 3, Leonard had a breakaway dunk that turned finger roll when he blew a tire. The announcers didn't catch that he immediately started limping after this play, pointing to another later landing. I don't know what happened exactly, but I do know that it happened this early in the Game 3.
Bleacher Report: Richard Jefferson Reveals Cavs Partied Hard Night Before 2016 Win over Knicks
Back on Dec. 7, 2016, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made headlines for participating in the water bottle challenge during a game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
As it turns out, the then-defending champs never took that game seriously...and still won by 32 points.
On Thursday, a fan called the Cavs' in-game bottle-flipping "one of most disrespectful moments" in NBA history. Former Cavalier Richard Jefferson saw that tweet and decided to let it be known that he and his teammates were never worried about the Knicks:
What was disrespectful was the partying we did the night before knowing that was still going to be the final score ud83dude02ud83dude02ud83dude02 https://t.
Official Site of the Cavaliers: Community Run: Back to School Edition Coming to Cleveland on August 17
The Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Monsters are once again teaming up with Hermes Road Racing to host the fourth annual Cavaliers and Monsters Community Run, a 5K & 1 Mile Walk, on Saturday, August 17th. The back to school road race will give participants a chance to positively impact school-aged children across Cleveland. Participants are encouraged to bring new school supplies to the Community Run, which will be donated to Cleveland Metropolitan School District's Project ACT, for local children in need for the start of the new school year. The Cavaliers Community Foundation and Monsters Community Foundation will match the amount of items donated at the run in order to increase the amount of school supplies being given to area children.
Fansided: Cavaliers: Nik Stauskas believing John Beilein will adjust to NBA is a plus
The Cleveland Cavaliers seem to be all-in on their new head coach John Beilein at this point.
Based on what they've reportedly said about him, Beilein has the combination of track record as a winner at other levels of basketball (not the NBA, as we've hit on here at KJG), tremendous work ethic that Cleveland values so highly in its organization, and the right way of developing players to be their best.
One player who touched on the prospects of Beilein at the NBA level was Nik Stauskas, who closed the 2018-19 season with the Cleveland Cavaliers (and is now set to be an unrestricted free agent this summer).
Fansided: Cavs' Matthew Dellavedova will be on Team Australia in 2019 FIBA WC
Fans of the Cleveland Cavaliers seem to love guard Matthew Dellavedova, who has made his mark (mostly in Cleveland) for his gritty play at both ends of the floor.
After reportedly being traded back to Cleveland amid the 2018-19 season after two-plus seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks, Dellavedova again made his mark with the Wine and Gold, and even though he only played 36 games last year for the Cavs (per Basketball Reference) due to a combination of injuries involving a reported concussion to go with knee complications earlier in the year, fans again were pleased to have him back.
Official Site of the Cavaliers: Prospect Profile: Jarrett Culver
Sophomore Swingman from Texas Tech Can Do It All on Both Ends
When a team rolls into the National Championship game and the front of the jersey doesn't say "Duke," "North Carolina" or "Michigan State," odds are that an individual player has willed his squad through the Tournament.
That was exactly the case for the upstart Texas Tech Red Raiders, who knocked off Michigan, Michigan State and Gonzaga before falling in the title game to another defensive-minded team on a mission - Virginia. And at the center of Texas Tech's ascendance was versatile sophomore swingman, Jarrett Culver.
Official Site of the Cavaliers: Daily News - May 23, 2019
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Cleveland Cavaliers to play three games at Salt Lake City Summer League
Author: Chris Fedor
CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers will participate in the Salt Lake City Summer League for the first time, playing three games in early July before heading to Las Vegas.
The Cavs will be one of four teams to take part in the six-game summer showcase that features a round-robin format.
Fansided: Cavaliers: Kevin Love should thrive in John Beilein's offense
Cleveland Cavaliers star big Kevin Love spent most of the 2018-19 season on the bench dealing with injuries; he only played in 22 games this year (per Basketball Reference). Love looks to bounce back next season, and newly minted head coach John Beilein should help in that regard.
As KJG contributors have highlighted, Beilein prioritizes ball movement and spacing in his offensive sets. Love figures to fit very well into that strategy, which should enable him to feast.
Michigan's offense this past year under Beilein often saw multi-faceted scorer Ignas Brazdeikis often play high on the perimeter even though he was really a power forward, with screens being set for him by true 5 Jon Teske.
Bleacher Report: Dan Gilbert on LeBron James: 'It All Revolves Around the Sun, Which Is Him'
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert opened up on a number of topics, including life with LeBron James on one's team, Kyrie Irving's future and new head coach John Beilein.
He specifically talked about how developing players took a backseat to the urgency of a win-now window with James on the roster, saying, per Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer: "With LeBron [James], there was a limited shelf life in terms of his age and his contract commitment. It's a win now at all costs... It all revolves around the sun, which is him.
Bleacher Report: Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert: 'I Think' Kyrie Irving Will Leave Celtics in Free Agency
Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert is among those who believe Kyrie Irving has played his last game in a Boston Celtics uniform.
"I don't know, but I think Kyrie will leave Boston," Gilbert said of his former player to the Plain Dealer's Terry Pluto.
This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available.
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Official Site of the Cavaliers: Cavs Announce New-Look Game Entertainment Teams
The NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, AHL Cleveland Monsters and NBA G League Canton Charge are excited to announce a new-look game entertainment experience for the upcoming 2019-2020 season. The restructuring and updated concept approach includes five new teams, two name changes, and a transition to co-ed groups for the core dance performance teams with the returning Scream Team and the all-new Cavs PowerHouse Dance Team and Monsters Top Line Dance Team. This transition also includes a move away from the prior traditional dance team concepts for the Cavaliers, Monsters and Canton Charge.
"Our dance and entertainment teams are always evolving, and we want them to reflect the most contemporary and innovative approach to crowd engagement and entertainment we can provide," said Senior Manager of Dance and Entertainment Katie Gibbons.