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Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

Report: With LeBron James heading to Cleveland, Kevin Love would commit to Cavaliers long term if traded there


Remember when Kevin Love made clear he doesn’t want join the Cavaliers? Cleveland even gave up on a Love trade.

Funny, LeBron James has a way of altering perception of the Cavaliers.

Cleveland has renewed interest in Love, and the feeling is mutual.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Quick, Flip Saunders, get the Cavaliers on the phone while they’re going gaga over LeBron. I know you wanted to delay, but now is the time to pounce. Maybe you can catch Cleveland in euphoria and negotiate a steal.

Oh. It seems the Cavaliers are going the other way, getting cockier.

Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick aren’t enough for Love. Likely, the Cavaliers will have to include Andrew Wiggins to make a trade work.

Love is definitely better than Wiggins right now, but Wiggins has a bright future. I think I’d deal Wiggins for Love, but it’s not an easy call.

His level of commitment would be a key factor. Love opting into the final season of his contract is a likely part of the trade, but he’d sacrifice a lot of money by signing an extension. Beyond 2015-16, Love will likely offer only his word on staying in Cleveland.

Is that enough for the Cavaliers? With LeBron, they should be confident they can convince him to stay.

Report: Lakers finalizing trade for Rockets’ Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin, Jordan Hill, Robert Sacre, Kendall Marshall looks

Update: Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:


The Rockets are desperately trying to clear cap space to offer Chris Bosh a near-max – not max – contract.

That definitely requires trading Omer Asik, who can’t be dumped to the Pelicans as easily as once thought, and Jeremy Lin.

A commonly advocated Lin destination, the 76ers, might not take him.

How about another team with cap space?

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Lin’s contract expires after this season, so Lin wouldn’t interfere with the Lakers’ 2015 cap space. Surely, they’d pick up extra assets – young players and/or draft picks – for receiving Lin’s burdensome contract.

They’d also draw plenty of fans. Lin’s production has faded since Linsansity, but his star power, also somewhat diminished, has held up better. After a terrible season and on possibly on their way to another, the Lakers need a way to sell tickets.

The Lakers taking Lin would likely signal they’re out of the Carmelo Anthony race, though maybe creative cap management could allow them to get both.

Micky Arison handles LeBron James’ departure much better than Dan Gilbert did

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LeBron James, on his way to Cleveland, has forgiven Dan Gilbert for the petty letter the Cavaliers owner wrote four years ago.

Maybe that was easy for LeBron. Considering his previous stance on the letter – revealed both publicly and privately – I’d guess not.

But he won’t have to take the same step with Heat owner Micky Arison.


This is part of the reason the Heat signed LeBron in the first place.

Sure, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were big draws. But they were in Miami only because Pat Riley – another appealing factor – artfully managed the team’s roster to make room for multiple stars.

And who hired Riley? Arison.

The Heat are a well-run organization, and it starts from the top. Arison’s tweet is just another reminder of the Heat’s class.

That won’t change – even with LeBron leaving.

LeBron to Cleveland first domino, what’s next? Bosh to Rockets, and much more

Chris Bosh

We’ve been waiting for the bottleneck to break. We’ve been waiting for the first big domino to fall in NBA free agency.

It has, LeBron James is headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

[RELATED: How LeBron changes NBA landscape]

So now what happens? Here’s a list of just some of the things to expect in the next 24-48 hours.

• First, don’t expect a Carmelo Anthony decision to immediately follow, he apparently is still torn between the Lakers, Bulls and Knicks.

• The team on the clock is the Rockets — they have about 48 hours to trade Jeremy Lin and others on their roster with contracts going forward (save Dwight Howard and James Harden, obviously) then renounce the Bird rights on others so that they can offer Chris Bosh a near max contract and still match Dallas’ Chandler Parsons offer sheet. The clock is ticking on the second part of that, they had 72 hours from when they got the contract on Thursday.

• Trevor Ariza, Lance Stephenson, Luol Deng, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce among others likely start to see firm offers come in, although some of them still may end up having to wait on ‘Melo (particularly Gasol and the Chicago situation, if they don’t get Anthony they will come hard at Gasol). The Lakers, Mavericks (if they lose out on Parsons now ) and others have the cap space to be aggressive if they so choose.

• Miami will still re-sign Dwyane Wade, maybe for a little more than they previously would have. This will be a three or four year ”

• Losing LeBron and Bosh will leave Miami with a ton of cap space — even without renouncing Dwyane Wade they have $28,417,242 (by Dan Feldman’s estimates) and assuming they sign him for four years but at less than the $20 million he was going to make you add that difference to the numbers. Which means they can be players for a lot of those free agents.

• Cleveland is going to try and go hard after trading for Kevin Love. The questions are will they throw Andrew Wiggins in the offer (they basically have to) and will that be enough for Minnesota? All reports are Flip Saunders is not going to rush this, he knows as things start to shake out teams will see the landscape and get more desperate. If Bosh and Parsons land in Houston, does that freak out Golden State enough to throw Klay Thompson in its deal? Maybe, maybe not, but those are the kind of scenarios Saunders is willing to wait to play out.

LeBron James implies Dan Gilbert’s letter was a mistake, but absolves Cavaliers owner

LeBron James

LeBron James is headed back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, something that not long ago seemed impossible.

Chief among the reasons that move seemed unlikely: Dan Gilbert’s letter. Even today, it appeared to be an issue.

But LeBron has moved on.

LeBron, via Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated:

To make the move I needed the support of my wife and my mom, who can be very tough. The letter from Dan Gilbert, the booing of the Cleveland fans, the jerseys being burned — seeing all that was hard for them. My emotions were more mixed. It was easy to say, “OK, I don’t want to deal with these people ever again.” But then you think about the other side. What if I were a kid who looked up to an athlete, and that athlete made me want to do better in my own life, and then he left? How would I react? I’ve met with Dan, face-to-face, man-to-man. We’ve talked it out. Everybody makes mistakes. I’ve made mistakes as well. Who am I to hold a grudge?

I found it interesting LeBron expressed sympathy toward Ohio children, considering Gilbert’s letter said, “This shocking act of disloyalty from our home grown ‘chosen one’ sends the exact opposite lesson of what we would want our children to learn. And ‘who’ we would want them to grow-up to become.”

I don’t know whether it’s intentional, but LeBron also comes close to equating Gilbert’s reaction to how a child would react. Then again, LeBron also doesn’t technically call the letter a mistake – though it’s strongly implied.

Alas, LeBron has dropped the issue – and good for him. Grudges aren’t healthy and usually aren’t worth holding.