Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Curry, Trail Blazers

LeBron James and the Cavaliers gave their worst showing of the young season in Tuesday's loss to the Bucks. (AP photo)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “The Cavs were supposed to practice Monday in Philadelphia, but Tyronn Lue gave them the day off after playing his starters heavy minutes Sunday against the Sixers. They responded with their worst performance of the season and will assuredly be back on the practice floor at Cleveland Clinic Courts on Wednesday in advance of a tough back-to-back against the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls.” (Full report.)

(Note: The Cavaliers will indeed practice Wednesday, per the team.)

Per the Associated Press: “LeBron James had 22 points for the Cavaliers, who fell to 13-3. Kyrie Irving added 20 points. ‘You can’t simulate how long they are in the passing lanes. But four of my seven (turnovers) were unforced and that’s careless,’ James said.” (Full report.)

Also per the Beacon Journal: “The loss made a winner out of Matthew Dellavedova in his first game against his old team. The Cavs did not match the four-year, $38 million offer the Bucks gave him as a restricted free agent. Dellavedova scored three points and passed for seven assists, but Giannis Antetokounmpo did the bulk of the damage.” (Full report.)

Per the Associated Press: “Lue said he misses having Dellavedova run his team’s second unit. ‘He’s going to compete and play hard. He’s going to scrap. His teammates loved him,’ Lue said.” (Full report.)

Per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “Then there’s Dellavedova, the antithesis of flashy but the consummate effort-and-glue guy. ‘He gives everything he has on a nightly basis, not just in the games but in practice,’ Jason Kidd said. ‘When you get to see that on a daily basis, it’s just a domino effect. Everyone falls in line with it and they want to help him in any way because they know how much he helps them on the court.'” (Full column.)

Per Cleveland.com: “So enraged with his East-leading squad, Lue called for mass substitutions in the third quarter, taking all five players off the floor and replacing them with little-used reserves DeAndre Liggins, Jordan McRae, Mike Dunleavy, James Jones and Chris Andersen.” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “When pressed for his reasoning, Lue replied, ‘I just didn’t like how we played, how we were playing.'” (Full report.)

Also per ESPN: “Asked if he saw any change in his top unit after the lineup swap occurred, Lue scoffed, ‘Same results. F—, you saw it.'” (Full report.)

Also per Cleveland.com: “J.R. Smith’s defensive gaffe — allowing an easy basket while sharing a hug with Milwaukee reserve Jason Terry while play had already resumed — summed up the Cavs’ dreadful night perfectly.” (Full report.)

Per Ohio.com: “The Cavs have struggled at times defensively this season, but they’ve been able to outshoot the mistakes. Not this time. The Bucks had 13 dunks, many of them complete with running starts and full windups. Antetokounmpo accounted for five of the dunks, while Jabari Parker had four.” (Full column.)

Also per Ohio.com: “James dismissed this as one of those nights in the league. The Cavs were embarrassed by the Bucks on the same night the Magic won at San Antonio and the Nets beat the Clippers in double overtime. So sure, these things happen.” (Full column.)

Per Cavs.com: “As important as the Bucks’ late run to end the first quarter was, it was their energy out of the halftime locker room that sealed the Cavs’ fate on Tuesday.” (Full report.)

Per the Associated Press: “Michael Redd, the fourth all-time leading scorer in Bucks’ history, attended the game. Redd played 11 seasons for the Bucks.”

Per ESPN: “The Elias Sports Bureau reports that this is the second time in NBA history that the team with the worse record won every game in the NBA in a given day (minimum 15 games into the season, at least six games played). The other instance was Jan. 7, 1969 (six games).” (Full report.)

The Cavaliers have finally figured out how to get the max from their Big Three of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, per a podcast from Brian Windhorst on ESPN.

Per the Charlotte Observer: “I asked Steph Curry point-blank if he would consider going to Charlotte in the summer of 2017. ‘I don’t know,’ he said.” (Full column.)

Also per the Observer: “My read on this? Barring an enormous turn of events, Curry and Golden State are joined at the hip and will be for the next few seasons.” (Full column.)

Per the Sporting News: “There has been chatter — purely speculation at this point — that the Blazers could pursue 76ers big man Nerlens Noel or even Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. (Full report.)

The Pistons will need guard Reggie Jackson return from his injuries with a flourish, per the Detroit News.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is still looking for a reliable backup to shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, per Pistons.com.

The Grizzlies have expressed an interest in point guard Norris Cole, as well as several other free agents. Amico Hoops report.

A poll on Hoops Rumors asks if Thunder star Russell Westbrook can average a triple-double for the season. Vote here.

Thunder shooting guard Anthony Morrow is starting to play an expanded role off the bench, per Basketball Insiders.

Lakers shooting guard Nick Young will undergo an MRI after leaving Tuesday’s game with what appeared to be an Achilles strain, per the Orange County Register.

The influx of television money is making NBA talks over a new Collective Bargaining Agreement more palatable for both sides, per NBA.com.

Kansas small forward Josh Jackson is the No. 1 pick in the latest mock draft, per ESPN Insider.

Here are the latest D-League assignments and recalls, per Hoops Rumors.

Per international basketball reporter David Pick: “Nets D-League guard Donnie McGrath has turned down several offers overseas, latest from Spanish clubs Fuenlabrada and Betis.”

Former NBA and D-League forward Cedric Simmons (NC State) has agreed to a contract with Kalev/Cramo of Estonia, per Amico Hoops.

Former NBA and D-League power forward Gani Lawal (Georgia Tech) has parted ways with Italian club AV Cantu, per Amico Hoops.

Former Kansas guard Elijah Johnson has agreed to a deal with Hapoel Tel-Aviv of Israel, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Marquette guard Junior Cadougan has agreed to sign with the London Lightning of the NBL Canada, per Amico Hoops.

Former Belmont point guard Alex Renfroe has signed with Spanish power FC Barcelona, per Amico Hoops.

Former Central Connecticut State guard Jonathan Tull has agreed to a contract with Gandiaof Spain, per Amico Hoops.

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Per ESPN Stats: “LeBron James is the only player in NBA history to rank in the top 10 for career points and top 20 for career assists, per ESPN Stats & Info. He needs just five assists to pass Hall-of-Famer Bob Cousy for the 16th-most all-time.”

Per ESPN Power Rankings: “After becoming the first team ever to sink at least 20 3-pointers in consecutive games in wins over Portland and Dallas, Cleveland predictably did only as much as it had to in Philly to pad what already must feel like an insurmountable lead to the rest of the East. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and LeBron James combined for a mere 90 points against the Sixers — with memories of Love’s 34-point quarter against the Blazers still fresh. The Cavs are just toying with teams.” (Full rankings.)

Per Cleveland.com: “Kyrie Irving is different this season — on and off the court. ‘I just think he’s comfortable,’ Tyronn Lue said recently. ‘I think last year taking over midway through the season, he didn’t know exactly what I wanted. Just talking to him over the summer, talking to him before this season exactly what I wanted from him and what I needed from him and he understands.'” (Full report.)

Per ESPN: “One month after Nike raffled off 89 select pairs of the famous self-lacing Mag shoes from ‘Back to the Future Part II,’ the company released a sport version called the HyperAdapt 1.0 this week. Cavaliers point guard and Nike partner Kyrie Irving was one of the first professional athletes to try on the footwear, sharing the experience with the world in a video published to his Twitter account.” (Full report.)

Per Amico Hoops: “But the Cavs are the defending champs, the  beasts of the East, and Love’s outstanding week offers more evidence he is an excellent fit.” (Full report.)

Per Cavs.com: “The Cavs have hit at least 10 three-pointers in all 15 games, extending their NBA record for consecutive games with 10 or more made threes to start a season. They also rank 2nd in threes made per game (13.8) and 2nd in three-point field goal percentage (.392).” (Full report.)

From Rolling Stone: Why the Cavs aren’t worried about J.R. Smith’s historically bad game. (Full post.)

Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova is looking forward to facing his former Cavaliers teammates for the first time and watched Kevin Love’s 40-point game on his phone. Full report from Amico Hoops.

Per Brew Hoop: “On the injury front: Channing Frye (personal reasons) and Iman Shumpert (hamstring) are both listed as ‘TBD’ in the Cavs’ media notes, so it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll return to action tomorrow night.” (Full report.)

Per The Washington Post: “A smiling DeMarcus Cousins said: ‘You never know what will happen. It’s the NBA so hopefully one day (John Wall) will be in a Sacramento uniform.” (Full report.)

Per TrueHoop: “Garrett Temple said Wall and Bradley Beal have a good relationship but they aren’t best friends, which seems par for the course in the NBA.”

Mavericks center Andrew Bogut understands he could be traded to a contender before the end of the season, per the Dallas News.

Per Amico Hoops: “Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has been looking for a major trade to put his team in real contention, and it appears that mission is not yet accomplished.” (Full report.)

Kings guard Arron Afflalo knew it was time to bolt the Knicks after learning they were pursuing guard Courtney Lee, per Basketball Insiders.

Owner Mark Cuban says the struggling Mavericks have no interest in tanking, per ESPN.

The Nets brought in track Hall-of-Famer Michael Johnson to talk to the team, per the New York Post.

Nets forward Anthony Bennett was among those sent to the D-League on Monday. Here are all the latest assignments and call-ups from Hoops Rumors.

Free agent guard Archie Goodwin (Suns, Pelicans) has signed to play in the D-League, per The Step Back.

Former NBA guard Kendall Marshall has been claimed by the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, per D-League Digest.

The Oklahoma City Blue of the D-League have claimed former NBA guard Jordan Adams off waivers, per D-League Digest.

Former NBA guard Tony Wroten has signed with the D-League and will play for the Texas Legends, per The Step Back.

The Heat are likely headed to the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery, per NBA.com.

Former North Carolina guard Baden Jaxen has signed with Etha of Cyprus, per Amico Hoops.

Former Rider point guard Jerry Johnson has agreed to a deal with Turkish club Demir IBB, per Amico Hoops.

Former Johnson C. Smith guard Diondre Pratt has agreed to a contract with Al Safa of Saudi Arabia, per Amico Hoops.

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