TAG: Kevin Love

Smack, Twitter / Aug 15, 2014 / 11:15 am

Kobe Bryant Says Cavs Are Making Mistake Trading Andrew Wiggins

Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

During the 1996 NBA Draft, Kobe Bryant was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th pick, and promptly traded to the Lakers for center Vlade Divac. At the time, it seemed like a big win for the Hornets, since Divac was one of the better big men in the league and Kobe was coming out of Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, one of the first guards ever drafted straight out of high school to the NBA. Kobe recently compared Charlotte’s big mistake to the Cavs sending Andrew Wiggins (plus Anthony Bennett and a protected first-round pick) to the Timberwolves for Kevin Love, who — to be fair — is perhaps a shade more talented than Divac was at the time. Read More »

Smack / Aug 11, 2014 / 3:15 pm

Brian Scalabrine Says Mark Jackson Didn’t Challenge His Players Enough

Brian Scalabrine, Andre Iguodala

Last season, Michael Jordan clone Brian Scalabrine famously spent the second half of the season coaching Golden State’s D-League team, the Santa Cruz Warriors, after being demoted from a lead assistant by then-coach Mark Jackson. Last week, Scals went on Doug Gottlieb‘s radio show for CBS Sports and talked about his difference of opinion when it came to the coaching philosophy of Jackson, who was terminated after leading the Dubs to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons including a No. 6 seed last year. Read More »

NBA / Aug 9, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Report: NBA Could Veto Love Trade If Extension With Cavs Already Agreed Upon

Kevin Love

If Kevin Love and the Cleveland Cavaliers aren’t careful, the ballyhooed trade that would sent the three-time All-Star to Northeast Ohio could fall through before it’s actually completed. Given a previous report that the agreed upon deal was contingent on a “firm agreement” that Love will re-sign in Cleveland next summer, ESPN reports that the NBA could veto the trade entirely if it believes such a pact – illegal under league rules – already exists. Read More »

Smack / Aug 8, 2014 / 8:30 pm

LeBron James: “I’m Not Going Anywhere Ever Again”

LeBron James

In his first official public appearance since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James eased concerns of those worried by parameters of his merely two-year contract. Insisting that the deal’s length and player option for 2015-2016 are solely related to business, James committed to Northeast Ohio longterm. “I’m not going anywhere ever again,” he said. Read More »

Video / Aug 8, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Watch ‘Wolves Fans Burn Kevin Love’s Jersey “Minnesota Nice Style”

Kevin Love Jersey

This made our day. In the wake of yesterday’s report the Cavaliers and Timberwolves had agreed on a trade sending Kevin Love to the Cavs in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a protected first-round pick next year, ‘Wolves fans might justifiably be a little angry. Except the people of Minnesota are too gosh darn nice, dontcha know, as a recent jersey *burning* video shows. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 7, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Report: Love’s Extension Not Finalized; May Enter Free Agency With LeBron

LeBron James, Kevin Love

With speculation that Minnesota Timberwolves superstar Kevin Love will be traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers close to becoming fact, we’re about due for more weeks of incessant conjecture. Despite previous reports indicating that Love had a “firm agreement” to sign an extension with Cleveland upon completion of the deal, CBS Sports’ Ken Berger says that the three-time All-Star may delay contract talks until next summer and follow the lead of LeBron James. Read More »

NBA / Aug 7, 2014 / 11:30 am

LeBron & The Ghost Of Cleveland’s Offseason Past

Kyrie Irving, LeBron James

In the summer of 2005, when the rest of us were lining up to see Batman Begins for the 42nd time, newly named Cleveland Cavaliers GM Danny Ferry had his work cut out for him. Ferry, once the Cavs’ poster boy for transactions-gone-wrong when the team traded guard Ron Harper for the Duke standout way back in 1989, took over a roster with a lot of promise. He had, after all, a player named LeBron James, who had just wrapped up a sophomore season that saw the 2003 first overall pick average 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 7, 2014 / 9:45 am

Report: Cavs Have Agreement For Kevin Love, Including Extension Pact

Kevin Love

Just a couple days ago, the Cavs and ‘Wolves were said to have a “handshake agreement” on a deal sending Kevin Love to the Cavs in exchange for Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. Now Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski has confirmed the Love-to-Cleveland trade has been agreed upon, and Love has promised to sign an extension next summer. Read More »

Latest News / Aug 5, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Report: Wiggins Jersey Discontinuation Was Coincidence

Andrew Wiggins

Strike the early discontinuation of Andrew Wiggins Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys from the list of NBA conspiracy theories. In the wake of the Wiggins jersey mania fueling speculation that the Cavs and Minnesota Timberwolves had already agreed on a Kevin Love trade, a league spokesman suggested to NBC Sports that the “discontinuation” of the rookie’s uniform was mere coincidence. Read More »

NBA / Aug 5, 2014 / 10:15 am

Report: ‘Wolves & Cavs Have “Handshake Agreement” On Kevin Love Trade

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving

It seems the Kevin Love to Cleveland trade rumors aren’t just rumors. According to Brian Windhorst on ESPN radio this morning, the two teams have a “handshake agreement” to send Love to the Cavs in exchange for Andrew Wiggins. Of course, they can’t finalize the paperwork until August 23, the end of the 30-day window after Wiggins signed his rookie deal with Cleveland. Read More »