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NBA big men changing places

Over the past 3 seasons, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love and DeMarcus Cousins are the only 3 players to average 20 PPG and 10 RPG. All 3 could change teams, either in a trade (Cousins) or via free agency (Aldridge, Love).

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Scottie Pippen: I was LeBron before LeBron

"They want to compare him to the greatest whether it be Michael Jordan or Magic Johnson, but he's more closer to myself. It's natural for folks to say that, but if you look at how he plays the game and how I played the game, you'll see more similarities with us." (via Northeast Ohio Media Group)

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Haberstroh: LeBron not leaving

On the Russillo Show, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh said of the relationship between Cavs fans and LeBron James: "It's almost religious, the experience of walking around Cleveland. Everyone's wearing LeBron stuff. Everybody." Listen

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ESPN On Snapchat Discover live

With LeBron James and Kevin Love opting out of their contracts, we want you to make the call on their future in Cleveland and share with your friends in Monday’s edition of ESPN in Snapchat Discover.

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Pelton: Cavs must re-sign Love

Kevin Pelton writes that despite Love's negative defensive reputation, of the three combinations of big men David Blatt used after Timofey Mozgov's addition, Love and Mozgov was Cleveland's best defensive pairing. Critical move for Cavs (Insider)

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LeBron's going back to Cleveland, right?

ESPN's Tom Haberstroh: "He is. I said he was going back to Miami last year so take this with a grain of salt, but I do think there's a 99.999% chance he's going back to Cleveland." (Via Mike & Mike)

Windhorst: Now LeBron will wait

ESPN's Brian Windhorst said that LeBron opting out of his contract is partially about seeing Cleveland's offseason plan: "The Cavs have 8 free agents ... LeBron just wants to make sure that they invest in the team and try to bring that team back." (via Mike & Mike)

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LeBron: The $40M man?

LeBron James declined his $21.57M player option for 2015-16 and is expected to sign a new deal worth $21.97M for next season. But if he waits until 2017 to sign a new long-term deal, he could be in line for a contract averaging $40M per season.

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Cavs need some players

Cavaliers currently under contract for 2015-16:

  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anderson Varejao
  • Timofey Mozgov
  • Mike Miller (player option)
  • Brendan Haywood (unguaranteed)

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Cavs have plenty of work to do

By declining his player option for 2015-16, LeBron James joins Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, James Jones, Kendrick Perkins, Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova as free agents for Cleveland this summer.

Cavaliers make most of low picks

Cleveland has been used to lottery picks the last few years, but they still fared well picking later in the draft this time around. The team got a draft-and-stash talent in Cedi Osman and improving players in Rakeem Christmas and Sir'Dominic Pointer. All that earned a thumbs-up from Dave McMenamin. Draft thumbs-up or thumbs-down

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Timberwolves trade for Tyus Jones

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Duke guard Tyus Jones with the 24th pick before trading his rights to Minnesota for their two second-rounders.

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Cavs make most of late picks

With three second-rounders, the Cavaliers added Chad Ford's third-ranked international prospect (Cedi Osman) and two players with excellent defensive skills (Rakeem Christmas and Sir'Dominic Pointer). Not a bad haul for a team trying to maintain cap flexibility for free agency. Ford's complete draft grades (Insider)

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Thumbs-up or thumbs-down on every team's picks

The Timberwolves, Lakers and 76ers made splashes with the first three selections. How did they -- and the rest of the league -- do Thursday? Our NBA writers assess every team's draft picks.

2014-15 Team Stats

Points Per Game103.18th
Rebounds Per Game43.018th
Assists Per Game22.110th
Points Allowed98.713th

Team History

YearWLPCT
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402
2012-132458.292
2011-122145.318
2010-111963.231

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