The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a roller coaster of a season in terms of wins-and-losses, dealing with their fair share of struggles and successes.
Lately, the Cavs have been on the downside of the up-and-down season losing their second straight game and for the third time in their past four.
Cavs guard Dwyane Wade knows how important it is that the team doesn’t allow themselves to fall into a long rut.
“Sometimes, when you’re winning as much as you’re winning, you have slippage,” Wade said. “We’ve had some slippage, and we’ve got to figure out a way to nip it in the bud before it becomes: ‘We in a rut, and we’ve got to get ourselves back out of it.'”
The Cavs have had their “ups”. Before their recent skid they posted 18 wins in 19 game, so the upswing could be on it’s way.
“We’re out of rhythm,” Wade explained.
“We had a flow going, we had a rhythm going, but then things changed a little bit. You trying to bring new guys back. Tristan [Thompson] came back, and then the lineup was different. And you try to figure out your game. That’s the part of it when you have guys who you know that was out, and then they come back in. So we out of sorts a little bit, we out of rhythm, and we got to find it back. We will.”
The Cavs struggles on the court had led to instances where the players are often looking at one another in what seems to be a state of confusion.
“It happens,” Wade said. “Obviously, we talk to each other. We respect each other, what we have to say. You have a conversation. It’s a part of it. Everyone wants to be perfect on the floor. No one wants to make mistakes, but we can’t do too much when everybody’s on the floor. When we get to the sideline, there’s a break in action, we have to talk to each other.”
Wade and the Cavs need to find a way to turn the tide on this latest downswing.
Cavs’ David Griffin Says Rodney Hood Will Surprise Fans
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.
Cavs Sign Kevin Love to Four-Year, $120 Million Contract Extension
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.
76ers, Cavs Discussing Kyle Korver, Jerryd Bayless Trade
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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