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Cavs Notes: Cunningham, Harris, LeBron, Love

The Cavaliers thought when the regular season began that they’d waive Jared Cunningham by Thursday, the final day they could release him without paying his full-season salary, but they made up their minds weeks ago to retain him, a source told Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Still, the recent injury to Joe Harris posed an issue, Lloyd writes. The team would still like to somehow open a roster spot in advance of the trade deadline to provide flexibility for the post-deadline buyout market, Lloyd adds, suggesting that trading Harris, as the team has tried to do for weeks, is the only viable way of accomplishing that. The Cavs dodged a bullet today when Mo Williams said that he won’t require surgery on a partially torn ligament in his right thumb and that he’ll play through the injury as it heals over the next six weeks, tweets Chris Haynes of the Northeast Ohio Media Group and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. See more on the Cavs:

  • LeBron James didn’t mention Andrew Wiggins in his summer 2014 Sports Illustrated essay announcing the four-time MVP’s return to Cleveland because he simply wasn’t familiar with him, James recently told Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports. Many speculated that the omission was a signal that James wanted the Cavs to trade Wiggins for Kevin Love, a move the team ultimately made. “I didn’t know the kid, really,” James said of Wiggins. “I knew Dion [Waiters]. I knew Kyrie [Irving]. I knew Tristan [Thompson]. I knew all the guys that I was playing with before. I didn’t know the kid, so it wasn’t no big issue to me.” 
  • Wiggins isn’t bitter, telling Lee in the same piece that the trade “put me in a better place.”
  • The max contract that Kevin Love signed this summer “gave me that little extra edge and push” to recover from the shoulder injury he suffered in the playoffs, Love said to Lee. The power forward’s primary desire in free agency was to remain in a winning situation, as he explained to James. “When I talked to him this summer and when he went over what he wanted, what he needed, the most important thing that came out of it was, ‘I just want to win. And I want to win at a high level because I went through too many losing seasons in Minnesota,’” James said to Lee. “And I said, ‘If that’s the case, we can figure out all that other stuff. If you want to win, we can figure out all that other stuff.’ And he’s been unbelievable from that point on.”
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4 thoughts on “Cavs Notes: Cunningham, Harris, LeBron, Love

  1. Arthur Hill

    Wiggins would have had a much more difficult time showcasing his skills in Cleveland. Once LeBron came back, it really was better for Wiggins that he got moved somewhere else.

    • Z.....

      We could be looking at a similar team to GS if they hadn’t made that terrible trade, which never made sense when it was being speculated on.

      • Wiggins isn’t a floor stretcher, Kevin Love is. Playing in Miami proved that LeBron plays best with floor stretchers. Plus no one pegged Thompson to play as well as he did in the playoffs which would elevate his value.

  2. Schuby

    Yeah but Kevin Love’s potential has topped out and Wiggins is going to better by the time their careers are done. And that’s where Cleveland will regret that trade because they probably won’t win the finals even though they will probably get there because of the awful Eastern Conference.

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