February 2, 2014
Cleveland turning into disaster area
The notion of Cleveland standing as a preferred 2014 offseason destination, for LeBron or any free agent, never has seemed more distant.
Sunday provided additional anecdotal evidence about how anarchy seemingly has become the rule in the Cavaliers locker room.
From the Akron Beacon Journal:
"The rumbles within the Cavaliers locker room have been growing louder for weeks. Players who initially didn't want to talk about what is plaguing this team are beginning to open up, and most of the issues are pointing back to guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, along with an unhappiness with Mike Brown and his staff."
Included in the piece is this:
" 'It's pretty much a mess,' one source close to the team said."
The Cavaliers, who went all-in on making the playoffs this season, are 16-31, 11th in the Eastern Conference.
The full report can be found here.
January 12, 2014
Cavs can have visions of Deng . . . and LeBron
Apparently not even visions of re-signing recent trade acquisition Luol Deng would preclude the Cavaliers from also making a free-agency run at LeBron James.
But Cleveland would have to make choices.
For those who think LeBron speculation is over in Cleveland, think again.
Per Sunday's Akron Beacon Journal:
"It's a Jordan-from-the-free-throw-line-sized leap, of course, to assume James wants to return to a team that enters Sunday’s game at Sacramento 10 games under .500, but for the sake of this argument, let’s assume he does indeed have an interest in returning to Cleveland.
"The Cavs, at least theoretically, could fit both Deng and James under their salary cap next season, but it's going to take a lot of work. And it might come down to which would the Cavs (or James) prefer -- Deng or the duo of Jarrett Jack and Anderson Varejao? They won’t be able to keep them all.
"Deng and James play the same position, but both are so talented they shouldn't have much of an issue playing together if the opportunity occurred. Besides, James can play about anywhere on the court.