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2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player review: J.R. Smith

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player review: J.R. Smith

An injury led to an inconsistent season for Smith. Coming off what was arguably his best season, J.R. Smith entered the 2016-17 season with high expectations and an established role on the championship Cavaliers. In his first year-and-a-half in Cleveland, Smith proved to be a reliable three-point shooting option and a somewhat surprisingly dogged perimeter defender for the Cavs. After nine fairly volatile years in the NBA, Smith had finally stabilized his career by demonstrating that he could be a consistent contributor on a title team. None of that changed this season. Smith kept his nose...
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2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Richard Jefferson

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Richard Jefferson

Jefferson played his role again for the Cavs and showed up when the light’s were brightest. It seemed like the ideal way to go out. Richard Jefferson’s performance in the 2015-16 NBA Finals was vital to the Cleveland Cavaliers gallant 3-1 comeback win over the Golden State Warriors. A key adjustment made by the Cavs called on Jefferson to step up and play extended minutes. Tyronn Lue elected to start switching all Golden State screens and Jefferson’s 6’7” frame and athleticism allowed him to guard all five positions on the floor. His ability to defend both guards and forwards...
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2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Channing Frye

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Channing Frye

Frye had an up-and-down season, but showed he still has plenty of utility. Channing Frye, like many on the Cavaliers, is something of a known quantity. When he hits the floor, you know that the Cavaliers offensive rating will spike. You know that he’ll be a slightly subpar defensive rebounder and an atrocious defender. And he’ll play the same role every time out There’s value in that. Frye rarely takes matters into his own hands on either side of the ball. 84.1 percent of his shot attempts come after zero dribbles. Another 10.4 percent come after one dribble, via NBA.com/stats. As a...
Jun 23, 2017
Andrew White III among additions to Cavs summer league squad

Andrew White III among additions to Cavs summer league squad

Two Canton Charge standouts are among the latest additions. According to Joe Vardon of cleveland.com, guard Andrew White III, guard Brandon Paul, forward Casey Prather, power forward Grant Jerrett, forward Roosevelt Jones and forward Gerald Beverly are the latest additions to the Cavaliers’ Las Vegas Summer League roster. Expected to headline the roster are guard Kay Felder and center Edy Tavares. It has also been reported that guard T.J. Williams, a Northeastern product, has also agreed to play for Cleveland in Las Vegas. White is the headliner because of his size and profile. A...
Jun 23, 2017
Channing Frye shoots down report that he’s retiring

Channing Frye shoots down report that he’s retiring

Frye has one more year left on his deal. A tweet from Fox Sports Ohio’s Sam Amico indicated that Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson were going to retire this offseason to free up roster and cap space for the Cavs. Frye, very publicly, has shot those rumors down: What? Am I? #NoTheF$£6ImNot A post shared by Channing Frye (@channingfrye) on Jun 22, 2017 at 4:37pm PDT “What? Am I? #NoTheF$£6ImNot,” he wrote in the caption of an Instagram post of Amico’s tweet. Jefferson’s future is still up in the air, but one half of the Road Trippin’ podcast duo will return. Frye,...
Jun 23, 2017
T.J. Williams joins Cavs summer league team

T.J. Williams joins Cavs summer league team

The Northeastern product was the CAA Player of the Year last season. After the Cavs were unable to get into the draft last night, the team has turned to undrafted free agents for their summer league roster. T.J. Williams, a 22-year-old point guard, is the first addition, per CBS’ Matt Norlander. Williams also retweeted Norlander’s tweet, indicating that he has in fact signed. Williams took over point guard duties at Northeastern for the first time last season. As a senior, he averaged 21.4 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 46.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three....
Jun 23, 2017
2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player review: Iman Shumpert

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player review: Iman Shumpert

Taking a look back at Shumpert’s third season in Cleveland Iman Shumpert may be the most unnecessarily criticized player on the Cleveland Cavaliers. Most of it — if not all — is unwarranted and his poor play in the last two NBA Finals is what has left a sour taste in the mouths of Cavaliers fans. Shumpert has never been able to stride into his potential that had New York Knicks fans buzzing less than five years ago. He has yet to pan out as expected during his tenure in a Cavaliers uniform, but he has been a valuable role player with a skill set that is rare to come by. Shumpert...
Jun 23, 2017
Podcast: Recapping the Cavs’ quiet draft night

Podcast: Recapping the Cavs’ quiet draft night

Thursday came ad went without any moves from the Cavs. Welcome to Locked on Cavaliers, the official Cleveland Cavaliers podcast of the Locked on Podcast network. On today’s episode, host Chris Manning (@cwmwrites) recaps the Cavs’ quiet draft night, the team’s interest in Ivan Rabb, interest in Danny Green and more. For those who were wondering, every episode of ‘Locked on Cavaliers’ is now available on iTunes and on Stitcher. And as always, you can listen or download any episode on the podcast’s AudioBoom page. If you like the podcast, please rate and review it on iTunes, as it...
Jun 22, 2017
2017 NBA Draft: Cavs tried to move into second round to pick Ivan Rabb

2017 NBA Draft: Cavs tried to move into second round to pick Ivan Rabb

It’s not entirely clear how this was possible or who was making the decision. The Cleveland Cavaliers don’t have any picks in tonight’s draft. But according to The Undefeated’s Marc Spears, the Cavs did try to move into the second round to take Ivan Rabb from California. Rabb was ultimately picked at No. 35 overall by the Memphis Grizzlies. Per the report, terms were agreed to, but time ran out. Cavaliers tried to land pick to get Cal forward Ivan Rabb, but deal fell through and he lands with Memphis with 35th pick, source said.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 23,...
Jun 22, 2017
Cavs, Spurs talking about Danny Green trade

Cavs, Spurs talking about Danny Green trade

San Antonio’s asking price is understandably considered high. As it looks less and less likely that the Cavs will be able to swing a deal for either Paul George or Jimmy Butler, another name has surfaced. Per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, the Cavs and Spurs have talked about a deal involving swingman Danny Green. The Spurs’ asking price is considered “high.” The Cavs and Spurs have been in trade talks involving Danny Green, sources say. Spurs' asking price has been high, though.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) June 22, 2017 Green, 30, started his career with the Cavs after...
Jun 22, 2017
2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Derrick Williams

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers player reviews: Derrick Williams

Derrick Williams showed that he still has a place in this league in 2017. Derrick Williams has been a disappointment pretty much his entire career. After being drafted second overall by the Timberwolves in the 2011 Draft, just behind Kyrie Irving, Williams never managed to show the feel for the game or the skill level to justify his draft selection. After signing a free agent deal with Miami this year, Williams played early on, while the Heat were stumbling to a terrible start. As Miami found their stride though, Williams found his way out of the rotation, and asked to be released to sign...
Jun 22, 2017
Cavaliers offer Chauncey Billups 5-year deal to run front office

Cavaliers offer Chauncey Billups 5-year deal to run front office

The Cavaliers look to resolve their front office vacancy quickly. The Cleveland Cavaliers have been without a GM or Vice President for basketball operations since David Griffin and Trent Redden parted ways with the organization, but it appears that Dan Gilbert is looking to change that. Jason Lloyd of the Athletic is reporting that the Cavaliers have made a five-year offer to top (and only) candidate Chauncey Billups to lead the front office, and that they are waiting on an answer from the former five-time All-Star. Billups, as we’ve all been made well aware of by now, has no experience...
Jun 21, 2017
Ice Cube says that he’s happy for Billups’ opportunity with Cavaliers

Ice Cube says that he’s happy for Billups’ opportunity with Cavaliers

Billups was supposed to be a banner name in Ice Cube’s new league. Ice Cube’s Big 3 basketball league is getting started, and Chauncey Billups was set to co-captain the Killer 3’s with Stephen Jackson. Well, he was set to co-captain the Killer 3’s. Ice Cube was asked about which team in the league he was looking forward to watching, this via TMZ. “It was Killer 3’s for a minute, but since Chauncey took that job, it might change.” Now, Billups has not, by any reported measure, “taken that job” but it’s obviously looking very encouraging that he could find himself in the...
Jun 21, 2017
2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Reviews: Deron Williams

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Reviews: Deron Williams

The Deron Williams signing didn’t play out how the Cavaliers hoped in 2017. The idea of adding Deron Williams to the roster was a good one: A three-time all-star, on a minimum deal, who, while on the backside of his career could have theoretically solidified the Cavs bench, giving them a reliable ball-handler and decision-maker, someone who was also possibly still able to add some scoring to a contender in a limited role. More or less, he was added to control and protect possessions when LeBron was on the bench. Kyrie is undoubtably excellent at what he does, but he’s capable of...
Jun 21, 2017
2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Review: Kay Felder

2016-17 Cleveland Cavaliers Player Review: Kay Felder

Felder’s rookie season showed promise, but questions still remain. During this year’s NBA Finals, Kay Felder did not make a single appearance. The only court time he saw was pregame, where he scrimmaged with assistant Phil Handy and teammates like Derrick Williams, Dahntay Jones and James Jones. When the actual games started, Felder was on Cleveland’s inactive list. On one hand, that’s all anyone really needs to know about Felder’s rookie season. The Cavs, quietly simply, did not feel comfortable with him playing meaningful minutes. It’s why they signed Deron Williams and...