August 23, the day an expected trade that will send Kevin Love to the Cavs can be executed, is drawing near. Here’s a look at the Central Division’s notes for tonight:
- In a Q&A session with fans facilitated by David Pick of Basketball Insiders, Cavs coach David Blatt refrained from commenting on the fate of Andrew Wiggins or Love, but did answer plenty of other questions about Cleveland’s lineup. When asked if he felt like he had won the lottery with the return of LeBron James, Blatt said, “[GM] David Griffin has done a fabulous job building the team, and the ownership of Cleveland has proven their complete commitment to the state of Ohio and to the Cavaliers in terms of building a quality organization with a chance to achieve the maximum. I’m very lucky to be a part of that.”
- Regarding the team’s lack of rim protection, Blatt said, “Right now, we’re hoping Brendan Haywood is going to make progress coming back from his foot injury, and if he does that’ll be a big plus for our team. As far as other roster decisions, our team is in the best of hands with David Griffin.”
- A decision on the new arena that Bucks owners Marc Lasry and Wes Edens want city and state governments to partially subsidize will be stalled until at least after the November gubernatorial election, reports Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Walker is also told that a public financing plan would not be up for consideration until the state legislature reconvenes in January of 2015.