Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Mudiay, Knicks

Kyrie Irving and the Cavaliers have had a rough go of it lately.

The Cavaliers have dropped four of five, with another half month of mostly road games ahead.

But perhaps some help is coming within the next few days.

More on that, and all the latest news, views and moves throughout pro hoops:

LeBron James to reporters on the Cavs’ struggles: “We just have to figure it out. We are a team that is capable of doing that. We knew March was going to be a tough month when we looked at the schedule in the beginning.”

Per ESPN Stats & Info: “The Rockets had 20 offensive rebounds. The Cavaliers had 4. The +16 differential is the largest in an NBA game this season.”

Per ESPN Stats & Info: “The Cavaliers are 0-9 in road games on 0 days rest this season. Teams are 2-9 when playing in Houston on 0 days rest in 2016-17.”

Per The Associated Press: “Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue thinks LeBron James and Kyrie Irving struggled after the team also played on Saturday night.”

Lue to reporters: “We played hard and fought down the stretch and got tired. I thought LeBron got tired and Kyrie got tired. What we took advantage of in the first half, we weren’t able to get those things in the second half because our guys got tired.”

Per Amico Hoops: “The Cavs need another big body and it sure sounds as if free agent center Larry Sanders is on the way. They are a worse team defensively with Channing Frye on the floor. He doesn’t really protect the basket or the perimeter.” (Full column)

Per Amico Hoops: “If Sanders is indeed signed, Frye could be the odd man out of the playoff rotation — though the Cavs can always benefit from the threat of Frye’s 3-pointers.” (Full column.)

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Deron Williams is starting to show the Cavaliers how important he can be to their second unit.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Williams said he’s back in top condition now. ‘I definitely feel a lot better just playing and getting some treatment and things like that have helped my body feel a lot better in the last couple games,’ he said.”

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “Although James said Saturday night that he expected Kevin Love back from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee ‘very soon,’ Lue had no update on the timetable for Love’s return.”

Per USA Today: “Between the report of Kawhi Leonard entering the league’s concussion protocol and LaMarcus Aldridge’s minor heart arrhythmia, there are obviously serious concerns over what lies ahead for San Antonio.”

Per USA Today: “Though the Spurs’ starting lineup looked significantly different than usual, with guys like David Lee, Dewayne Dedmon and Patty Mills all earning starting nods, five players scored in double figures in Saturday night’s win. If nothing else, the Spurs’ injuries gave Gregg Popovich a chance to flex one more strength: his team’s depth.”

Per the Denver Post: “It’s been a steep and sudden drop for the 6-foot-5 Emmanuel Mudiay, who was viewed as the future of the franchise when he was 19 and the Nuggets drafted him at No. 7 overall in 2015.

Per the Denver Post: “Mudiay’s face was plastered on billboards promoting a new era in Nuggets basketball. The selection of the promising teenager left general manager Tim Connelly ‘giddy’ that June night.”

Per the Denver Post: “Less than two years later, the only word synonymous with the future in the case of Mudiay is uncertainty. And the same list of circumstances that have pushed the young point guard to the bench make it unclear when and if he will leave it.” (Full report.)

Per the Miami Herald: “Even confidence-oozing Dion Waiters knows playing a 25-game stretch at Dwyane Wade’s level certainly does not warrant comparisons with a future Hall of Famer.”

Per the Miami Herald: “But ask him about the idea of becoming Wade’s longterm successor here, not merely a one-year stopgap, and that elicits one of Waiters’ infectious smiles.”

Waiters, via the Miami Herald: “If you don’t think like that, you’re crazy. I am enjoying this thing. Whatever it takes [this summer], I just want to be here. What we’re building here, we have a chance to do something special.”

Per the Miami Herald: “In a weak market for free agent shooting guards, Waiters – a bargain at $2.9 million this season – could cost a bundle: perhaps $14 million or more this summer, and the Heat doesn’t need to decide yet if it’s going to pay it until Miami sees the closing chapter of the most impressive run of Waiters’ five-year career.”

Per the New York Daily News: “Carmelo Anthony’s begrudging participation felt more like a protest in the way he went completely all-in on the triangle Saturday, taking only nine shots over 36 minutes and declining all opportunities to go Iso-Melo.”

Anthony, to reporters: “We were just playing within the offense and just taking what they were giving me. Just play the right way in this system.”

Per Newsday: “The Knicks may be trying to win games, but they haven’t been successful doing that. They might be better off putting their trust in the Ping-Pong balls.”

Per Newsday: “There are four point guards expected to go very high: Washington’s Markelle Fultz, UCLA’s Lonzo Ball, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox.”

Per Newsday: “No one is suggesting ‘falling for Ball’ or anything like that. But the Knicks already have waived Brandon Jennings and Derrick Rose will be a free agent. So the Knicks need not only a veteran point guard but a young one that it can pair with Kristaps Porzingis.” (Full column.)

Per the Orange County Register: “For Lakers fans worried about tanking, your young team refuses to pack it in, as it showed in winning last week’s Pingpong Ball Special in Phoenix, a matchup of the NBA’s No. 28 and 29 teams.”

Per the Orange County Register: “Actually, Lakers fans aren’t worried their team will tank. They’re worried it won’t.”

Per the Orange County Register: “For other teams, a low finish decides how high they pick in in the lottery. For the Lakers, it will decide if they keep the pick and are in the lottery.” (Full column.)

Jazz forward Derrick Favors underwent an MRI and has a bone bruise in his left knee, per the team. He is expected to be out at least the rest of the week.

The Cavaliers have recalled rookie point guard Kay Felder from the Canton Charge, per the team.

The Mavericks have recalled Manny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff from the Texas Legends, per the team.

The Warriors have assigned Damian Jones to the Santa Cruz Warriors, per the team.

The Raptors have assigned rookie big men Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam to Raptors 905, per the team.

Former NBA and D-League point guard Ben Uzoh has agreed to a contract with Aalstar of Belgium, per Amico Hoops.

Former NBA point guard Casper Ware has signed with Lyon Villeurbanne Basket of France, per Amico Hoops.

Former D-League power forward Patrick Sullivan has agreed to a deal with Boncourt of Switzerland, per Amico Hoops.

Dribbles: Cavs lack a little cohesion, and Love