On a night when LeBron James became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point plateau, not to mention being the youngest in history to reach that mark, the story that swirls around the Cavs is the utter turmoil within their locker room.
James took time away from congratulating his younger self on his accomplishment (the flux capacitor is REAL) to avoid any mention of the reported players-only meeting blow-up prior to their game against San Antonio. Most outlets have reported that a shouting match erupted after a closed-door meeting among the Cavs’ roster with the consensus of finger-pointing being directed at Kevin Love.
Love allegedly was experiencing light-headedness and a migraine prior to the Cavs’ beat down at home at the hands of the Thunder, (they allowed 148 points in an embarrassing loss), left Quicken Arena at halftime, and was a no-show for practice the following day. Head Coach Tyron Lue relented that Love expressed his discomfort but would attempt to play in the game.
Many have surmised that James allowed this information to leak to the press-everyone knows whose locker room that is. However LeBron, along with Jorge Calderon, is one of the only teammates that feeds Love the ball in his newfound position as the center for the Cavs, for which he has earned yet another All-Star appointment.
On a night when LeBron James became just the sixth player in NBA history to reach the 30,000 point plateau, not to mention being the youngest in history to reach
With three former MVPs on the roster, one would think that this should be a stable, veteran-led team- they are the oldest roster, on average, in the NBA. So is this Lue’s inability to control his team or an inability of the executives to make a move to solidify the bench?
The Cavs’ execs (many of whom were hired after James allegedly had General Manager David Griffin fired) have been at the mercy of James who seemingly asks for “help” more than the boy who cried wolf. Tristan Thompson has been a shell of himself, notching 1 rebound in 19 minutes against the Spurs on Tuesday night.
JR Smith’s box score versus the Spurs read like a DNP, no points in 20+ minutes. Isaiah Thomas has not been able to get the lift, meld with the other scorers, nor regain the explosiveness he was coveted for prior to his hip injury.
A move to get a rim-protector, most notably the name DeAndre Jordan has been bandied about, is tantamount with the Cavs’ middling defense. But the Cavs’ only assets are a 1st round pick and Kevin Love.
With the perceived advent of a LeBron exodus from Cleveland, a rebuild will require that pick. Kevin Love stands to be the core of the team if that does indeed transpire. Love has dealt with the chaos in Cleveland and only has one ring to show for it- no small feat but he could have solidified a place in the Hall of Fame, with fewer headaches, on any other team.
Cavs’ Rodney Hood Hoping for Long-Term Deal
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.”
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.
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