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Cavs’ LeBron James Believes Team Could Be Bounced Early In Playoffs

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The Cleveland Cavaliers difficult season is wearing on it’s roster, including superstar LeBron James who has a rather bleak outlook for the team should their woes continue.

The defending Eastern Conference Champions were considered to be favorites, once again, in the East, but their play has many wondering just how long the Cavs could last in the playoffs.

Apparently James believes that they could have a tough time.

“Playoffs? We can’t even start thinking about that, not the way we’re playing right now,” James said after the Cavaliers’ 148-124 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com.

“We could easily get bounced early in the playoffs if they started next weekend. Haven’t even began thinking about the postseason.”

“I can’t break,” James added. “I’m the last one that can break at this point. I’m the leader of this team. Hopefully we can get some wins, and that definitely helps, but I’m going to stay as positive as I can be. You guys know me—patience has not always been a thing for me—but knowing the rough patch that we’re in right now, that’s what I’m going to give to this team. Just stay positive.”

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Cavs’ Rodney Hood Hoping for Long-Term Deal

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Cleveland Cavaliers guard Rodney Hood is hoping that he can work out a long-term deal with the team after formally accepting his one-year $3.4M qualifying offer from the Cavaliers earlier this month.

“I believe strongly in myself that after this year, I’ll be able to make Cleveland my home and we’ll get a better deal next summer,” Hood said, according to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com.

“Just because he signed the qualifying offer, he’s not on the first train out of here,” Hood’s agent Travis King said. “He plans to stay in Cleveland.”

Hood didn’t mesh with the Cavs roster last year after coming over in a trade with the Utah Jazz, and he was seeking $10-$12 million annually on the free agent market, which didn’t materialize for him.

“At first I kind of felt bad for myself, but then it was like I don’t want to feel this feeling again, sitting on the bench, or playing 8-10 minutes a game,” Hood said. “I want to be a big part of a really good team, so that was my focus this whole summer.”

“My twins were born here,” Hood said. “I like the community, even though I haven’t been out there a lot. I want to make this a home. It’s just didn’t happen this summer. That’s how I look at it.”

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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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