Another day, another wrinkle in the ongoing dramatic saga that is the current state of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A miserable expedition into the offseason with multiple whiffs on obtaining big stars via trade and the Kyrie Irving fiasco are only a piece of the misery pie that the Cavs are eating almost daily.
NBA writer Chris Sheridan reported that the relationship between Cavs star LeBron James and team owner Dan Gilbert is “beyond repair”.
“This will be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland,” Sheridan’s reported, which cited a source, stated.
“He is 100 percent leaving. Relationship with owners beyond repair.”
Irvings’s trade request and reports of rifts with teammates, the bad venture into the offseason and the outing of general manager David Griffin have all combined to put a sour taste in LeBron James’ mouth.
However, Sheridan’s report was quickly shot down by Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio who said that there is “no truth” to the report and the source that Sheridan cited in the report “swung, and missed by a mile.”
Regardless of which side of the fence you sit on regarding which report to believe, it is clear that the Cleveland Cavaliers are becoming both toxic and dysfunctional as they stumble their way towards the 2017-2018 NBA season.
Cavs’ Larry Drew Discusses Brandon Knight’s Play of Late
The Cleveland Cavaliers knew that when they acquired Brandon Knight in a trade deadline deal with the Houston Rockets, that they were acquiring a player that may be a ways away from returning to form.
Knight, who missed the entire 2017-2018 season and appeared in only 14 games this season due to a torn ACL, has been showing signs of a return to form in his short stint with the Cavs, and it has caught the attention of Cavaliers’ head coach Larry Drew.
“I know what he’s gone through over a period with the injury and trying to come back from it,” Drew said of Knight, according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“I know what he’s capable of doing. I know what type of player he is. He’s a fierce competitor. Not only does he do it from an offensive end, but defensively, he’s a tough kid. That addition in our lineup gives us a little versatility as far as we can move people around. … And I know how bad he wants to get back to the Brandon Knight of old. Certainly if he can get back to that, you guys are going to see a terrific player.”
Blazers Acquire Rodney Hood
Hood heads over to Portland for a pair of 2nd round picks, one in 2021 and another in 2023, Nik Stauskas, and Wade Baldwin, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“Rodney is an accomplished NBA player that brings versatility, shot making and depth to our perimeter and will fit seamlessly into our culture and style of play,” Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey said in an official team statement.
Hood, 26, has poured in 12.2 points, 2.5 rebounds and two assists per game this season for Cleveland.
Hood had to agree to the trade because he signed a one-year, $3.4 million qualifying offer last summer with Cleveland, which granted him veto rights.
Cavs’ Tristan Thompson Discusses Trade Possibility
With the NBA Trade Deadline around the corner, the rumor mill is heating up and a number of names are being tossed around as potential players that could be moved to a new team.
One of the names that could be on the move is Cleveland Cavaliers veteran forward Tristan Thompson.
Thompson is understanding that it’s a business, and that anything can happen, including the possibility that he could be sent to a new team at the deadline.
“Blake Griffin got traded,” Thompson said , according to Joe Vardon of The Athletic.
“At the end of the day, if the trade is right and the pieces are guys they feel can help the franchise moving forward, I’m totally understanding. It’s a business. If you don’t have a no-trade clause, anything can happen.”
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