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Cavs’ Kyrie Irving Prefers Move To Los Angeles Clippers

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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is looking for a way out of Cleveland and the All-Star point guard has been linked to several teams.

Count the Los Angeles Clippers among the top contenders..

Patreon’s Peter Vecsey reported that Irving would prefer a trade to the Los Angeles Clippers, via HoopsHype’s Bryan Kalbrosky:

“He loves L.A. and he’s been working out there a lot this summer. Do they have the assets they get him? I don’t see how. But they also have Jerry West and he’s been able to figure out before … the Lakers didn’t have the assets to get Shaq and he wheeled and dealed and figured out and they got him … he was able to get Kobe for Divac in the draft.”

Vecsey, however, stated that Irving doesn’t have any leverage and that he does not envision a doable deal despite Irving’s preference.

This report could likely drive down his value to interested teams not on his list of preferred destinations that he has been linked to such as Phoenix.

The Clippers have tried to work out a trade with the Cavaliers for Irving, according to Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times but it is unclear what assets were discussed.

 

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Cavs’ David Griffin Says Rodney Hood Will Surprise Fans

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to build a new foundation after the free agent departure of LeBron James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this summer, and general manager David Griffin believes that one player in particular will surprise fans.

Griffin believes that Rodney Hood has a lot of potential and can establish himself as a core part of the Cavs roster.

“Cavs fans are going to see the best of Rodney Hood, because he’s capable of being what they need him to be within that framework of expectation” Griffin said, during an appearance on Wine and Gold Talk Podcast.

“He’s uber-talented; but when it’s put-up or shut up and the only thing that’s going to mark success is winning a championship, he doesn’t have that level of confidence yet,” Griffin stated. “But I think this Cavs team is going to let him find that in much the same way that he was so good with Utah [Jazz]. Members of his coaching staff told members of our coaching staff the year before I left (2017), that he was more important to them than Gordon Hayward,” Griffin said.

It appears that the Cavs are looking to invest, long-term, in Hood and will likely try to lock him up with a long-term deal sooner rather than later.

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Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are ensuring that Kevin Love remains a part of the team’s long-term plans as they have signed the veteran forward to a four-year, $120 million contract extension, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst.

Love recently opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, allowing him to earn $24.1 million next season before the new four-year extension kicks in which will give Love a 17 percent annual raise.

 

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76ers, Cavs Discussing Kyle Korver, Jerryd Bayless Trade

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The Philadelphia 76ers and the Cleveland Cavaliers are discussing a trade that would involve Kyle Korver and Jerryd Bayless, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey.

While the trade is possible, it is”far from certain”, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Korver sits fourth all-time with 2213 3-pointers in his career and is owed $7.56M this season.

Bayless averaged 7.9 ppg last season for the 76ers.

 

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