Report: Cavaliers giving strong consideration to signing E’Twaun Moore

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If their portion of the Kevin Love trade occurs as reportedincluding the 76ers wouldn’t necessarily affect Cleveland’s roster – the Cavaliers will have 11 players clearly in their plans for next season:

  • LeBron James
  • Kevin Love
  • Kyrie Irving
  • Anderson Varejao
  • Tristan Thompson
  • Dion Waiters
  • Mike Miller
  • James Jones
  • Matthew Dellavedova
  • Brendan Haywood
  • Joe Harris

I figure the players acquired from the Jazz – John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy – will be included in the Love trade or waived. Lucas and Thomas have fully unguaranteed contracts, and Murphy’s is guaranteed just $100,000 – not too much to eat, but enough that him remaining in Cleveland is a possibility.

The Cavaliers want to add Shawn Marion and Ray Allen. But even if they sign both, that still leaves, give or take Murphy, one or two open roster spots. Cleveland can offer nothing but minimum contracts, so the options are thin.

When the Heat had LeBron, they tended to fill the bottom of their roster with over-the-hill veterans. That’s part of the reason Miami ran out of gas at the end of its four-year run.

The Cavaliers are apparently going a different direction, targeting 25-year-old E’Twaun Moore.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com:

I’m not sure which list Moore tops. Players Cleveland can definitely get because there’s no market for them?

The Magic miscast Moore as a point guard before playing him a lot with Victor Oladipo, another miscast point guard. In his third season, Moore showed enough to warrant NBA looks, but he’s not a player who definitely belongs in the league.

The 6-foot-4 Purdue product is a solid spot-up 3-point shooter, and if the Cavaliers ask him to do that in limited minutes – with the open looks LeBron, Love and Irving will create – he should be fine. But if they view him as point guard, they’ll likely be let down. Cleveland needs a backup to Irving, but the solution is someone else. Even in the right role, Moore must improve defensively to carve out a rotation spot.

Moore is not especially inspiring, but he’s gettable, and he could help a little if used right. For the capped-out Cavaliers who are full of top-end talent, that’s enough.

LeBron James rejects Giannis Antetokounmpo at the rim

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Through the first couple games of the season, Giannis Antetokounmpo has put up impressive numbers — he dropped 34 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists on the Cavaliers Friday night.

But the Cavaliers still have LeBron James.

He had 24 points and 8 assists, leading Cleveland to the win.

LeBron also reminded the Greek Freak just how good a rim protector he is. Few people can slow Antetokounmpo on the drive, but LeBron is one of them.

Is it too early to root for a Cavs vs. Bucks playoff series?

Hawks’ DeAndre’ Bembry out with fractured wrist

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In their season opener Wednesday, Atlanta second-year man DeAndre’ Bembry came off the bench and played 17:45, scored six points and was +13 on the night. It was a good start to his career.

But now he is going to miss some time with a fractured wrist.

Bembry underwent an MRI, which revealed a fracture in his right wrist, the Hawks announced Friday. He will return to Atlanta with the team (the Hawks lost to the Hornets Friday night) and will meet with team doctors at the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center on Monday. His status will be updated after that.

“We just may play some other guys more, we may use some of the young guys,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer told the AP before Friday night’s game. “We’ll just figure it out tonight and as we move forward. I don’t think there’s anything guaranteed for anybody, it’s unfortunate for DeAndre’ and for us.”

 

Danny Ainge says Celtics will apply for Disabled Player Exception

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It’s not likely Gordon Hayward returns this season. His agent said as much, although a return in March is not out of the question. (It’s better PR wise for the Celtics to say he is out for the season, then if he returns early great, it’s better than setting a deadline he doesn’t meet.)

With that, the Celtics are going to apply for the Disabled Player Exception, which could help them land a replacement player, Danny Ainge told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe.

President of basketball operations Danny Ainge told the Globe on Friday the club is applying for the Disabled Player Exception, which would provide the Celtics $8.4 million to pursue a player to fill Hayward’s roster spot.

“We’re in the process of doing that,’’ Ainge said. “We have a while to do that. There’s no urgency, but we will apply for that.”

There are limits to what that money can get the Celtics. The money is the same as the mid-level exception, the Celtics can go over the cap to use it, and the player can be obtained via free agency or trade. However, the player must be in the last year of his contract.

It gives the Celtics options. It also does not mean Hayward cannot return, it only means NBA-approved doctors determined he is not likely to return before a mid-June deadline.

Kings hire former WNBA Seattle coach Jenny Boucek as assistant

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The NBA now has a third female assistant coach.

The first was Becky Hammon, who has been part of Gregg Popovich’s Spurs staff for several years (and has coached their Summer League team). The second was Nancy Leiberman, who has been on the staff in Sacramento for a couple of seasons now.

Now the Kings have hired former Seattle Storm coach Jenny Boucek as an assistant coach on Dave Joerger’s staff. She will work as an assistant player development coach.

A former WNBA player in the league’s inaugural season, the past three years she has coached the WNBA’s Seattle Storm (she was fired midway through the last season), and prior to that had been the head coach of the Sacramento Monarchs from 2007-09.