Daily News – July 7, 2017

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Jamal Crawford spoke with LeBron James, is interested in joining Cavaliers
Author: Joe Vardon
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND — Veteran guard Jamal Crawford is “very interested” in joining the Cavaliers if he becomes a free agent after a recent conversation with LeBron James, sources told cleveland.com.

Crawford, 37, was traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Atlanta Hawks, and will negotiate a buyout with Atlanta. He has two years and $28.75 million remaining on his contract, but only one year (about $14.2 million) is fully guaranteed. About $3 million is guaranteed from the following year.

The most Cleveland could pay Crawford is the taxpayer’s mid-level exception to the salary cap (worth $5.2 million), but after conversing with James, Crawford is highly interested in joining the three-time defending Eastern Conference champs. – CLICK HERE to read full story.


Seven potentially affordable free agents Cleveland Cavaliers should consider
Author: Chris Fedor
Publication: Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The cap-strapped Cleveland Cavaliers have shown plenty of interest in free agents, but it’s been a quiet start, unable to offer the kind of money to stay competitive in this market.

The Cavs eyed big man Zach Randolph, only to watch him take a lucrative $24 million contract over two years with the rebuilding Sacramento Kings. They also missed on veteran Vince Carter, who got a one-year, $8 million deal late Thursday night. P.J. Tucker, a rugged defender the Cavs eyed around the trade deadline last February, was too pricey, going to Houston on a four-year, $32 million pact. James Johnson got how much from the Miami Heat? Sixty million over four years?

Those signings help show the challenge the Cavs face this summer. Not only do they lack a full-time general manager, getting rebuffed by Chauncey Billups, but they have little money to spend and players seem to be seeking the big money deals. – CLICK HERE to read full story.


Cavs Summer League Primer
Author: Joe Gabriele
Publication: Cavs.com

It’s been less than a month since the Cavaliers concluded the 2016-17 campaign but basketball never stops as the organization has been busy putting the Wine & Gold’s Summer League squad together for their annual visit to Las Vegas.

This trip will be the Cavaliers’ 13th straight trip to the invitation in the desert. Cleveland and Washington are the only two franchises to participate every year since its inception back in 2004.

Last July, following the franchise’s first title, the Wine & Gold’s summer squad was in the hunt for a championship themselves, making it to the Semifinals before falling to the eventual tournament Champs, the Chicago Bulls. – CLICK HERE to read full story.


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