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Cavs’ Willing To Trade Tristan Thompson

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly willing to trade struggling forward Tristan Thompson, according to Yahoo Sports’ Shams Charania.

According to the report, “Multiple NBA teams have cited Tristan Thompson as an asset Cleveland is willing to move in the right deal, such as one for the Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan.”

Thompson inked a five-year, $82 million extension prior to the 2015-16 season and while the initial, on-court returns of the deal were solid, Thompson has faded as time has rolled on.

This season highlights just how much Thompson’s impact has subsided, as the forward is only averaging 5.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 0.4 blocks in a career-low 19.0 minutes per game.

According to Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, “The Clippers would strongly consider it if the Cavs added the Brooklyn 2018 first-round draft pick that they acquired in the Kyrie Irving deal.”

However, Pluto reported the Cavaliers “don’t plan to trade that pick,”

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Cavs’ Kevin Love Talks About Bigger Purpose in Life, Other Than Basketball

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Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Kevin Love believes that his life has a greater purpose beyond being a productive and successful player in the National Basketball Association and is embracing his role as the league’s unofficial ambassador on mental health.

“I feel like I have a purpose, for the greater good,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “For the first 10 years, for better or worse, that’s what I felt like for basketball. Learning what I needed to learn. Now I’m just starting to work on myself off the court. That’s going to lead to helping people and paying it forward. I think it is good to be busier when you’re working, putting the same time into things that are super valuable.”

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Cavs’ JR Smith Requests Trade

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard JR Smith is looking to get traded from the team, as he is upset with his playing time this season.

“Yeah,” Smith, 33, said when asked about requesting a trade, according to ESPN.

“They know. They don’t want me here, so they obviously know.”

Smith is earning $14.7 million this season, and is in his 15th year in the league, and at age 33, he may not be an attractive trade piece for even contending teams looking for veteran depth down the stretch.

Cleveland has been gauging the market for Kyle Korver, looking to trade him as soon as possible.

 

 

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Cavs’ Kevin Love Taking Blame for Season Opening Loss

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Cleveland Cavaliers’ veteran forward Kevin Love is taking the blame for the Cavs’ season opening loss to the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night, showcasing his efforts to claim a leadership role with the team moving forward.

“That rhythm wasn’t there tonight,” Love said, according to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon. “You could tell that game action wasn’t there for me tonight. Thought I got a lot of really, really good looks on the offensive end. On the defensive end, just our switches and closing out, just my attention to detail wasn’t there.

“I told Ty after the game, I said that’s on me and I apologize. We all have to be better and I think we know it.”

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