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2016 Schedule
57-25, 1st in Central
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Smith is best available free agent

J.R. Smith, like LeBron James, is almost certainly headed back to Cleveland. Unlike James, Smith hasn't expressed his plans and could possibly use other teams' interest as leverage. Pelton: 10 best free agents (Insider)

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Summer Forecast: Projecting the MVP race for 2016-17

Could Russell Westbrook's solo act lead to an MVP in OKC? Could Steph Curry complete a three-peat? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projection for Most Valuable Player.

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Cavaliers' logo recreated as a butter sculpture (0:29)
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Cavs won't match statistical prediction

ESPN's recent Summer Forecast of the Eastern Conference calculated the defending champions equaling last season's win total of 57. Bradford Doolittle isn't convinced that will happen given J.R. Smith's uncertain status for 2016-17. East's most underrated/overrated teams (Insider)

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Tyronn Lue worth the money for Cavs? (1:12)
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Lue's new contract puts him in good company (1:15)
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Why did Lue's deal take so long to get done? (1:26)
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Carmelo Anthony is bringing discourse back

Carmelo Anthony can't pinpoint what pressed him into action, but the NBA star is now front and center of a national crisis, J.A. Adande writes. We're all better for it.

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Jalen & Jacoby: LeBron James still has not signed an NBA contract (0:58)
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ESPN panel likes James gang in East again

Not only are the Cavaliers picked to win their third consecutive conference title, our ninth annual Summer Forecast predicts they'll go 57-25 again. Forecast: 2016-17 East standings

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Summer Forecast: How the East will play out in 2016-17

Summer Forecast is back! How will the East standings shake out in 2016-17? Will anyone threaten to dethrone the champion Cavs? Our ESPN Forecast panel unveils its early projections.

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USA basketball using practice to build chemistry

Take an all-access look as the USA basketball practices to become a stronger unit heading into the Olympics.

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Players sometimes dictate look

Uniform design is back in the news in the wake of Chris Sale's apparent drastic reaction to White Sox throwback uniforms on Saturday. Paul Lukas notes LeBron James personally determined what the Cavaliers would wear for Games 5 and 7 of this year's NBA Finals. Uni Watch

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Is the backlash too harsh for fined WNBA players? (1:23)

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Leftover from my conversation with Kyrie Irving at USA Basketball camp, we spoke about his reaction to public scrutiny, which he's still adjusting to as a five-year vet: On how his life has changed since the championship: "I think it's just a lot more eyes on what I'm doing in my life. That's it. I don't particularly like it because I like my life closed off (except for) the people I love most and I'm very private about who I am and what I do, but it is what it is." On how his celebratory yacht party was perceived: "I think it became a surprise to me because there's so many things going on in the world other than people worrying about someone coming out and trying to put a story out on something ridiculous as that. So, there's just so much going on, rather than me being the topic of an ‘all-white party' where I don't invite anyone from my race, so I was just baffled by it. I was just like, ‘This is not important.' But I guess it's news and I guess it's popular and I guess I just won a championship so everyone wants to focus on what's going on (with me), but I really didn't care. But I put that on Facebook to kind of remind people that I stand tall with who I am. I really don't care what anyone else says but I'm going to let you guys know that I am who I am because of the family and the way I was raised by my family."

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Machine Gun Kelly w/ RBS

Cleveland native, rapper and actor Machine Gun Kelly joins The Really Big Show to talk about his upcoming movie and the Cavs championship parade.

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J.R. Smith still available

The veteran guard made a career-high 204 3-pointers with Cleveland last season. Kevin Pelton believes Boston could use Smith's 3-point shooting. Best available NBA free agents (Insider)

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Irving gets no rest as quest for gold begins

After a brief stint together at Duke, Kyrie Irving came straight from an NBA title celebration to reunite with Mike Krzyzewski and chase Olympic glory in Coach K's last hurrah with Team USA.

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Windhorst: Cavs schedule ideas

ESPN NBA analyst Brian Windhorst gives a few potential dates for the Cavs upcoming regular season schedule. Also, Windy talks about the new CBA and a potential lockout.

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Birdman lands in Cleveland

Chris Andersen was brought in to be the Cavs' third center so there may not be any minutes for him when the other bigs are healthy. Kevin Pelton believes Andersen is a cheaper, more productive, option than the recently traded Sasha Kaun. Pelton: NBA free agency ratings (Insider)

Team Stats

Points Per Game104.38th
Rebounds Per Game44.59th
Assists Per Game22.713th
Points Allowed98.34th

Team History

YEARWLPCT
2015-165725.695
2014-155329.646
2013-143349.402
2012-132458.293
2011-122145.318

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