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Tyronn Lue on Cavaliers trading Kevin Love: ‘He’s not going anywhere’

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There are two concurrent storylines running about a Kevin LoveCarmelo Anthony trade:

  1. Do the Cavaliers want to make that deal?
  2. Is LeBron James pushing the Cavaliers to make that deal?

LeBron shot back emphatically when asked about a report claiming the answer to the second question was yes.

As for the first question, Cleveland has sent sent every signal it won’t trade Love for Anthony.

Now — after Love had 39 points, 12 rebounds, three assists and three steals in a win over the Wizards — Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is going a step further: Stating on the record that Love won’t be traded at all.

Lue and Love, via Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

“We’re going to trade him tonight,” coach Tyronn Lue joked after the game. “Kevin should be happy that teams want him. But he’s not going anywhere.”

Love called the report a lie and cited a quote he heard while watching the HBO show “The Crown.”

“That is a lie. What do they say? A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put his pants on, Love said. “It’s just not true. It’s almost laughable.”

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Lue might believe that. He might have heard it from general manager David Griffin.

But I’d prefer to hear that declaration directly from someone empowered to make trades — or at least hear Lue say he’s echoing Griffin.

Coaches and management often disagree on roster construction, but the front office holds the final say. Sometimes, coaches, who meet far more frequently with the media, paint narratives on team-building that don’t match what the general manager is doing behind the scenes.

To best coach Love, Lue needs the forward comfortable and focused. That’s hard to achieve if Love is worried about a trade. So, it behooves Lue to make this declaration. Then, in the unlikely event Cleveland deals Love and invalidates Lue’s decree, Love’s dissatisfaction would immediately become another team’s problem.

Likewise, Love isn’t positioned to declare himself untradeable — no matter how often he repeats his new favorite commonly misattributed quote. If Griffin assured Love that Love wouldn’t be dealt, I’d like to hear that. But it coming from Love with no more context is insufficient. And, even if Griffin told him that, there’s still the possibility of the Cavs prioritizing keeping Love happy rather than being truthful.

This is a step in that direction, but there’s only one way the Cavaliers to shut down every rumor about them trading Love this season: Keep him past the trade deadline.

Gordon Hayward’s agent says return this season unlikely

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Wednesday night in Boston Gordon Hayward underwent surgery to repair his dislocated ankle and fractured tibia suffered just five minutes into the season-opening game, a gruesome injury that put a pall over the rest of the night.

There had been hope from some Celtics fans that Hayward could return this season, likely for the playoffs, but now that the surgery is complete Hayward’s agent told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN not to expect him back until next season.

This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who saw the injury. Hayward is in the first year of a four-year deal with the Celtics, they were always going to choose a cautious path rather than rush him back. Under Danny Ainge Boston has always taken the long view, even with all their moves this summer — specifically bringing in Hayward and Kyrie Irving — the target was to be the team set up for next as LeBron James and the Cavaliers faded. That plan does not change now.

Earlier in the day, Hayward had sent a video message out to Celtics fans thanking them for their support in the past 24 hours.

Without Hayward, the Celtics now will focus more on smaller lineups, rookie Jayson Tatum will get more run, as will Marcus Smart in his contract year. Jaylen Brown will be thrust into a more significant role. Also, Kyrie Irving will be asked to do more as the team’s second-best playmaker is now out for the season.

The Celtics will take a step back this season without Hayward, who was going to be crucial for them on both ends of the floor. That’s evidenced by their 0-2 start, falling to the Cavaliers and Bucks on the first couple nights of the season. Boston should still be a team well above .500 and in the playoffs, but they will not be quite the same this season.

Trail Blazers beat Suns by 48, biggest season-opening rout in NBA history

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Any controversy over C.J. McCollum‘s suspension for the season-opener should be put to rest. The Trail Blazers fared fine without him.

More than fine.

Portland beat the Suns, 124-76, Wednesday. The 48-point margin is the largest ever in a season opener, even as the Trail Blazers let a 58-point fourth-quarter lead dwindle.

Here are the most lopsided season-openers in NBA history (openers for both teams appearing twice):


The 48-point defeat is also the Suns’ worst lost in franchise history, topping a 44-point loss to the Seattle SuperSonics in 1988. It could be a long year in Phoenix.

Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova scrap (video)


Marcus Smart and Matthew Dellavedova thrive on aggravating opponents, so when matched up, of course they aggravated each other.

Deduct points from Smart for pulling the hold-me-back charade behind a referee. Plus, Dellavedova’s Bucks beat Smart’s Celtics, 108-100.

Report: ‘Tremendous concern’ for Jeremy Lin’s knee injury

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The Nets’ projected record this season came under greater scrutiny when the Celtics traded Brooklyn’s unprotected first-round pick to the Cavaliers in the Kyrie Irving trade. After finishing third-to-last and last the previous two years, were the Nets poised to take a step forward, or would they convey a very high pick to the Cavs?

Jeremy Lin, who missed 46 games last season, getting healthy was a reason for optimism in Brooklyn and pessimism in Cleveland. But it appears the veteran guard could be out a while.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN:

Billy Reinhardt of Nets Daily:

If the injury is as bad as feared, what a bummer for Lin. He came to Brooklyn expecting to play a leading role on a developing team, and he just can’t stay healthy.

The Nets were probably more focused on developing their younger players, but – especially without their own draft picks – there was no harm in shooting for the playoffs. This appears to a blow to that (already unlikely) dream.

It’s a boon to the Cavaliers, though. And whenever something significantly affects LeBron James‘ team, it has ramifications into the entire power dynamic of the Eastern Conference. For an injury to a player on a team most expect to be bad, the medical developments here will be tracked closely around the league.