The defending champion Cavaliers haven’t practiced since Dec. 28, and it may be starting to show. They’ve lost two straight entering Friday’s game at Sacramento.
Per ESPN: “The Blazers’ loss marked two weeks to the day since Cleveland’s last practice on Dec. 28. Since then, the Cavaliers have been upended by a series of events — a hamstring injury for Kyrie Irving, food poisoning for Kevin Love, a roster-shuffling trade to acquire Kyle Korver and a wild travel day to get to Portland — that has left the team pining for a sharpening session on the practice court.” (Full report.)
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Irving is mired in a 9-of-34 slump in his last two games, while both he and Tyronn Lue thought Irving passed up shots during Wednesday’s 102-86 loss at Portland that he would normally take.” (Full report.)
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Irving isn’t the only one scuffling. The Cavs have failed to make at least 10 3-pointers in five of their last six games and they’ve had more turnovers than assists in each of their last three games and four of their last five.” (Full report.)
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Since Korver didn’t make a 3-pointer in his final game with the Hawks, this is the first time in his career he has gone three consecutive games without a 3-pointer since Jan. 13-17, 2012, when he was shut out in four consecutive games while a member of the Chicago Bulls.” (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: “Korver has barely played with the Big 3, and as the Cavs look to shake off this two-game slide and get ready for the Sacramento Kings Friday, their coaches are studying how best to use him. They know they haven’t found the answer yet.” (Full report.)
Per Yahoo Sports: “Post-Korver trade for Cavs: Anderson Varejao $9.6M trade exception now $4.4M. Expires Feb 20. Cavs create two more TE’s – $4.8M/$2.2M. Expire Jan 7.”
Mike Dunleavy Jr. says he has no desire for a contract buyout after the trade that sent him from the Cavaliers to the Hawks.
Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “Dunleavy called reports that he was seeking a buyout ‘pretty inaccurate’ and noted that he reported on time after being acquired from the Cavaliers in a deal involving Kyle Korver.” (Full report.)
Dunleavy also told the newspaper: “I think when you get traded, especially someone like myself with three kids, a wife, a family, a lot of stuff going on, it takes some time to get things turned around and get down here. I’m allowed a certain amount of time to do that, which I did. I got here in plenty of time of the 72 hours. All things stop when you get traded. You have to make sure your family is good. Obviously there were reports with the three-team trade and getting moved on. You have to make sure you are going to be kept before you come. That’s kind of what happened. I’m here now and ready to get rolling.” (Full report.)
Former No. 1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett has agreeed to a contract with Fenerbache Istanbul of Turkey, per international basketball reporter David Pick. Bennett was drafted by the Cavaliers in 2013. He has also played for the Timberwolves, Raptors and Nets, who released him last week.
Pro Basketball Digest was first with the story that Bennett would likely take his game overseas.
Per the Sacramento Bee: “The Kings story of the week is that they are thinking about offering a five-year, $200 million contract extension to a player who has been the centerpiece of 6 1/2 years of losing basketball.” (Full report.)
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Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “The rise of young stars Giannis Antetokounmpo and Jabari Parker could influence Monroe’s decision this off-season, but he said that is not on his mind yet. ‘We’re definitely doing some good things right now,’ Monroe said. ‘I’m just focusing on the season anyway.'” (Full report.)
Per Basketball Insiders: The Pelicans to watch as the trading deadline approaches “are Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans, both are would-be free agents and could walk for nothing.”
Cavaliers camp invitee Jonathan Holmes has signed with the Canton Charge of the D-League, per the team.
Former NBA guard Pierre Jackson has returned to the D-League, joining the Texas Legends, per The Step Back.
Former NBA and D-League point guard Josh Selby (Kansas) has agreed to a contract with Maccabi Kiryat Gat of Israel, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA swingman and first-round draft pick J.R. Giddens has agreed to a deal with Trouville of Uruguay, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA and D-League center Elton Brown has agreed to sign with Nancy Basket Pro of France, per Amico Hoops.