Cavaliers Willing To Increase Payroll

Ownership has told the Cavs’ front office that it can increase payroll this season, a source tells Sam Amico of Amico Hoops (Twitter link). Cleveland currently has the highest payroll in league history, even after shipping Chris Andersen to the Hornets.

Amico adds that Cleveland is in trades discussions with several other teams, but he did not provide specifics. The Cavs are expected to be without Kevin Love for the next six weeks, so the team could consider adding a big man, as Luke Adams of Hoops Rumors wrote earlier today.

LeBron James was critical of the team’s ownership earlier this season and at the time, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the tension between the two sides was a result of the different viewpoints on team spending.

Part of the reason James returned to Cleveland in 2014 was the Cavs’ willingness to spend on talent, regardless of luxury tax repercussions, and owner Dan Gilbert reportedly agreed not to limit the team’s spending when James put pen to paper.

The Cavs currently have nearly $126.6MM in contracts on the books this season, as our Salary Cap Snapshot for the Cavs shows. That figure is roughly $13.4MM over the luxury tax line and the team is projected to pay slightly under $24.8MM in luxury tax penalties.

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8 thoughts on “Cavaliers Willing To Increase Payroll

  1. 1Rosberil

    D Williams definitely needs to be signed for rest of year.

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  2. Thronson5

    I have a feeling they may go after Lou Williams or Nick Young in a trade with my Lakers.

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    • Compton

      Lakers don’t need any of the Cav’s trash unless they find a way to take Mozgov back with Lou.

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      • thedude

        Lou would be perfect for the Cavs.

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        • jkbuckets

          How is Lou trash. He’s averaging 18.3 off the bench

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          • He’s saying outside Lebron, Kyrie and Kevin Love the team is trash (and very top heavy). They have absolutely nothing valuable as far as trade assets outside those three.

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  3. BayAreaSportsFan

    I wonder if the cavs would have interest in someone like Ezeli? He wouldn’t cost them anything talant or pick wise, not sure about the Financials though.

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    • getzy32

      His career is over. He will not suit up again. Knees are done

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