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  • When LeBron James left for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Cleveland Cavaliers put on a brave face and said the plan was still to make the playoffs. JR Smith isn't buying it. A loss to the Pistons on Monday dropped the Cavs to 2-13, the worst record in the league. "I don't think the goal is to win. The goal isn't to go out there and try to get as many wins as you can," Smith told The Athletic on Monday. "I think the goal is to develop and lose to get lottery picks. I think that was always the plan."
  • With LeBron James off to the Los Angeles Lakers, everyone knew the Cleveland Cavaliers weren't going to be as good this season. But as it turns out, things are off to an even worse start than people could have imagined. After starting 0-6, the team has reportedly fired head coach Ty Lue. According to reports from The Athletic's Joe Vardon and Shams Charania, general manager Koby Altman made the decision on Sunday morning and has informed both Lue and the team.
  • Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension that tops out his overall deal at five years, $145 million, league sources told ESPN on Tuesday. Love, a five-time All-Star, opted out of the 2019-20 season on his current five-year deal, league sources said, and the new extension will kick in after he earns $24.1 million next season. He will get his max salary in 2019-20 ($28.9 million) and 2020-21 ($31.3 million), it will be flat for the 2021-22 season ($31.3 million) and then decreases in 2022-23 ($28.9 million).
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers and Kevin Love have signed a new multi-year contract extension, Cavs General Manager Koby Altman announced today. The contract was first announced and signed inside The Q in front of the entire Cavaliers organization and construction crews working on The Q Transformation project in downtown Cleveland.
  • LeBron James isn't telling anyone where he'll be playing next year just yet, but the clues are out there, and they might be pointing to another year in Cleveland.
  • Love him or hate him, LeBron James' performance against the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference finals deserves to be recognized and revered.
  • The Boston Celtics crushed the Cleveland Cavaliers on the interior in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals, taking advantage of Cleveland's lack of a shot-blocker and the soft pick-and-roll defense to score 60 points in the paint. That's a crushing, almost embarrassing, number. When was the last time the Cavs even gave up so many paint points?
  • Can Philadelphia and Toronto avoid the broom Monday night?
  • Rodney Hood apologized to Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman and will do the same to teammates and coaches for refusing to enter a Game 4 rout of the Raptors, a source said.
  • From his participation in the 2018 NBA Slam Dunk Contest to the alley-oop dunks he catches from LeBron James, Larry Nance Jr. has become known for putting on displays of athleticism during his brief tenure with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But in Monday night’s 112-90 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena, Nance Jr. showed versatility in his game by knocking down mid- and long-range jumpers on the way to a career-high 22 points to go along with 15 rebounds.
  • LeBron James' and Enes Kanter's war of words spilled onto the court in Monday's game between the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers -- and once again, Knicks rookie Frank Ntilikina was stuck in the middle of it. James converted an alley-oop with 40.2 seconds left in the first quarter of Cleveland's 104-101 win over New York to put the Cavs up by one. He immediately crowded Ntilikina, bumping his chest into the point guard while he tried to free himself up to receive the inbounds pass, causing Ntilikina to shove his forearm back into James.
  • The Cavaliers’ loss to the Pacers on Wednesday—their fourth defeat and third by at least 17 points—wasn’t even surprising. The usual hallmarks of Cavs losses were all there. Laughable effort on defense. A rotation that looks like its aging in dog years. LeBron James eventually growing frustrated with his teammates. Cleveland (3–5) has been undeniably awful to start this season, and it’s fair to wonder if this slump is more revealing than slumps of years past.
  • The Cavaliers’ lineups are changing daily. Their defense is a mess, their slow starts are puzzling and the starting point guard is hurt. Cleveland’s got some problems. LeBron James minimizes them all. Making a rare start at point guard, James scored 34 points as the Cavs, using another early season lineup, awakened after a sluggish first half and beat the Chicago Bulls 119-112 on Tuesday night.
  • Just seconds after Giannis Antetokounmpo was introduced at home for the first time in the 2017-18 season, and with the last few sparks still raining down from the pregame pyrotechnic show, the crowd at the Bradley Center on Friday night chanted in unison: M-V-P! M-V-P! M-V-P! That, whether he likes it or not, has become the benchmark for the Antetokounmpo this season. Over the summer, Kobe Bryant challenged him to win the award, and just a few weeks ago Kevin Durant declared that he could become the best player to ever play the game.
  • The Cleveland Cavaliers will not be hosting the NBA All-Star Game anytime soon. That is because the team announced on Monday that they have pulled out of a $140 million project that was set to upgrade Quicken Loans Arena. The facility, which is one of the oldest in the league, was set to undergo a transformation that would have helped bring the All-Star Game to Cleveland in either 2020 or 2021.
  • The team replaces Irving’s production in Isaiah Thomas, while expanding post-LeBron options.
  • As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: presume a future without LeBron James. The Cavs aren't giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but they are no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay. For James, a reluctance to commit comes with an emerging set of complications. Beyond Irving's decision to ask for a trade, Cleveland has determined that it's unwilling to simply be reactive to James' possible departure.
  • As the Cleveland Cavaliers deliberate on deals to move All-Star guard Kyrie Irving, the franchise is operating under a self-prescribed mandate: presume a future without LeBron James. The Cavs aren't giving up on the possibility of re-signing James next summer, but they are no longer investing blind faith in the hope he will stay. For James, a reluctance to commit comes with an emerging set of complications. Beyond Irving's decision to ask for a trade, Cleveland has determined that it's unwilling to simply be reactive to James' possible departure.
  • While the NBA's free-agency frenzy kicked off Friday night, signaling the official start of the Cleveland Cavaliers' mission to return to a championship level, the team's biggest star is remaining hands-off as he watches the action unfold. LeBron James is not actively recruiting on behalf of the Cavs as the franchise zeroes in on its top free-agent targets, a league source told ESPN on Saturday. James is spending the weekend in Alabama attending the wedding of Phoenix Suns guard Eric Bledsoe. James and Bledsoe share an agent in Rich Paul of Klutch Sports. Paul is also attending the wedding, as are Bledsoe's fellow Kentucky Wildcat alumni John Wall of the Wizards, who also is a Klutch client, and DeMarcus Cousins of the Pelicans, among others.
  • J.R. Smith, who never met a shot he didn't like, made the first shot of the 2017 NBA Finals. It was a 3-pointer. He then encountered only three others with which he would associate for the next 39 minutes and 38 seconds, making none. Smith was 1-for-4 in the NBA Finals after two games, 0-for-2, during an inconsequential one quarter-plus on the floor in the second game.