Category Archives: Cavs

Cavaliers have lost playoff edge: Windhorst Beat Blog

CHICAGO — Thoughts following the Cavs’ 108-106 Game 3 loss to the
Chicago Bulls:

• The Cavs’ treated Game 3 like it was a regular season game. The Bulls
treated it like a playoff game. Stripping away all the details and the
coaching decisions and the calls, that was the reason why the Cavs lost.

Shaq's back — but status of Cavaliers' big man for Wednesday's s

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — While the Cavaliers decide whether or not to play
Shaquille O’Neal in the season finale on Wednesday, it may be easy to
forget that having the option to play him before the end of the season
is a victory in itself.

O’Neal has been cleared by doctors to return and he went through all of
practice Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts. If his right thumb makes it
through Tuesday’s contact practice without problems, there’s a good
chance coach Mike Brown will give him around 20 minutes of playing time
Wednesday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Cavs might rest LeBron until playoffs

The Cavaliers are looking at a real possibility of resting LeBron James
for the remainder of the NBA’s regular season, coach Mike Brown said
Friday.

James, who has assorted bumps and bruises, sat out Thursday’s loss to
the Chicago Bulls and was held out against the Indiana Pacers game
Friday.

Cavs to negotiate for Ilgauskas' return

George M. Thomas

Monday could bring a shakeup to the Cavaliers’ roster.

That’s the day when the Cavs can begin negotiating with Zydrunas
Ilgauskas about his possible return to the team.

Ilgauskas' agent says the center plans on rejoining Cleveland

By Mary Schmitt Boyer, The Plain Dealer

In a move sure to delight Cavaliers fans, Zydrunas Ilgauskas has
announced his intentions to rejoin the team and has asked agent Herb
Rudoy to begin negotiations with the Cavs on March 22, the first date
he can do so.

"It is Zydrunas’ desire to return to the Cavaliers if a suitable
contract can be agreed upon," Rudoy said in an e-mail to reporters. "He
has been overwhelmed and deeply touched by the outpouring of support
and affection by the fans and by his teammates. He hopes to return to
bring a championship to the Cavaliers and to the city of Cleveland."

Team doesn't know if it's thumbs up or down with Shaquille O'Neal

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

The hard news on Shaquille O’Neal’s thumb, be it good or bad, is going to wait a day.

The Cavaliers center missed Friday’s game at Toronto after suffering a
sprained right thumb Thursday night in Boston when he was smacked on
the hand by Celtics forward Glen Davis during a shot attempt.

Cavs await Suns trade decision

While he was walking through the halls of Quicken Loans Arena prior to
a recent game, Danny Ferry paused to let LeBron James pass into the
Cavaliers’ locker room.

Every move Ferry makes seems to be geared toward his superstar.

Now as James’ pending free agency nears this summer, Ferry could be
facing his most challenging moment in his five years as Cleveland’s
general manager.

J.J. Hickson's role in deadline trade deals becoming more unlikely

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

As negotiations hit their homestretch ahead of next week’s trade
deadline, there seems to be a point crystallizing when it comes to the
Cavaliers’ position.

League executives who have been speaking with the Cavs and other
sources also involved in talks say that whether or not the Cavs make a
deal may come down to J.J. Hickson. Simply, several teams want Hickson
included in any trade package and, to this point, the Cavs have been
balking at many of them. Hickson is not untouchable, but the team has
made it clear in talks that it would take a special offer to get him.

Cavaliers may not wait until deadline to make a trade decision

Brian Windhorst, The Plain Dealer

Technically the NBA’s trade deadline is February 18th at 3 p.m., which means there’s 15 shopping days left.

Cavs face plenty of speculation before trade deadline

By George M. Thomas – Beacon Journal staff writer

CLEVELAND: Trade season in the NBA is akin to trying to sift out plot
points in a soap opera. The rumors and innuendoes fly from every
direction, most fueled by rampant speculation and fan desire.

In the past couple of seasons, the Cavaliers have been a curiosity in
the process. They went from a blockbuster trade two years ago —
acquiring Ben Wallace, Wally Szczerbiak and Delonte West — to not
making a move last season.

Most outside of the organization believe the Cavs are desperate to make
any kind of move before the Feb. 18 trade deadline to ensure LeBron
James doesn’t leave as a free agent after the season. History shows,
though, that General Manager Danny Ferry will ultimately make a
decision that’s in the best interest of the franchise.

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