The Cleveland Cavaliers had discussions with veteran guard Jamal Crawford about joining their team this offseason.
Although those talks fell through, reports indicate that Crawford would have joined the Cavs had the Isaiah Thomas trade been completed when talks were underway.
According to Joe Verdon of Cleveland.com, Crawford would have joined his close friend, Thomas, in Cleveland.
Separately, Crawford was considering the Cavs as a destination in free agency last summer, along with the Warriors, but settled on the Timberwolves. Minnesota paid him more than the Cavs were offering. Cleveland wanted him to come on a veteran’s minimum, while Crawford wanted the Cavs to use their $5.2 million mid-level exception. The Cavs chose to give a portion of the mid-level to rookie Cedi Osman to bring him over from Turkey, and Crawford said he chose the Wolves because they weren’t as established as Cleveland or Golden State.
After Crawford picked Minnesota, though, the Boston Celtics traded Thomas to the Cavs. Had the trade occurred before or during Crawford’s free agency, Crawford said he’d have come to Cleveland.
Crawford has spoken of his friendship with the now-Cavs guard.
“That’s my brother,” Crawford said. “We’re past like friends or basketball relationship. … Like, we go on vacation, like it’s his family and my family. … so that would’ve had to change things.”
“We play at his high school all the time,” Thomas said. “We’re always scrimmaging at high schools. We’re always just trying to find a good run, so wherever it may be, if somebody hits us up we’ll be there.”
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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