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Cavs waive veteran JR Smith

Jul 16, 2019 - 9:24 AM

JR Smith is set to become a free agent after nearly 5 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers

GETTING OUT. JR Smith finally finds a way out of the Cleveland Cavaliers whom he expressed disappointment in last season. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs’ Collin Sexton likens workmate Kai Sotto to Dirk Nowitzki

May 17, 2019 - 9:29 PM

Collin Sexton and Kai Sotto train under the same skills coach and the Cavs hotshot says the Filipino teen can definitely ‘shoot it and space the floor’

IMPRESSED. Collin Sexton, who’s in Manila for the Jr NBA, showers the 7-foot-2 Kai Sotto with praise. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs name veteran college coach Beilein new head coach

May 14, 2019 - 12:00 PM

After a pitiful 19-63 win-loss season, the Cleveland Cavaliers hope to get a reboot with former University of Michigan coach John Beilein at the helm

SAVVY. The Cavs see John Beilein, who mentored the Michigan Wolverines in the NCAA,  as a 'brilliant' and 'tireless worker' who can bring back their winning culture. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFP

Curry bounces back with 40 as Warriors cushion West lead

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:14 PM

The two-time MVP rebounds from his lowest scoring game with a 75% shooting clip from beyond the arc

RECORD-SETTER. Steph Curry climbs to 3rd in the Warriors’ all-time scoring list. Photo from NBA Twitter

Antetokounmpo, Bucks exact revenge vs Cavaliers

Mar 25, 2019 - 10:48 AM

The MVP candidate shines on both ends as Milwaukee claims its 55th win of the season

GREEK FREAK. Giannis Antetokounmpo provides another MVP-worthy performance for the Milwaukee Bucks. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Sexton powers Cavs over Giannis-less Bucks

Mar 21, 2019 - 11:54 AM

Behind Collin Sexton and Jordan Clarkson, the Cavs upset a Bucks side playing minus MVP contender Giannis Antetokounmpo

TAKE CHARGE. Collin Sexton and the Cavs make the most out of a lucky break. Photo from NBA Twitter

Embiid, Simmons star as Sixers survive Cavs scare

Mar 13, 2019 - 3:52 PM

Cameroonian big man Joel Embiid comes through the clutch as the Sixers escape the feisty Cavaliers

KEY WIN. The Sixers pull off a crucial victory to stay at 3rd place in the Eastern Conference. Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images/AFP

Ibaka, Chriss suspended over NBA brawl

Mar 13, 2019 - 10:21 AM

The NBA hands Raptors' Serge Ibaka a heavier punishment for starting the fight as Cavs' Marquese Chriss also gets sanctioned for retaliating

SCUFFLE.  Toronto’s Serge Ibaka and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss figure in a fight during the Cavs’ surprise rout of the Raptors. Photo from NBA.com

Cavs rout Raptors behind Collin Sexton

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:08 PM

Collin Sexton tallies 28 points as the Cavaliers pull off an upset over Toronto

UPSET. The Cleveland Cavaliers blow out the East No. 2 team Toronto Raptors. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Ibaka, Chriss brawl mars Cavs win over Raptors

Mar 12, 2019 - 12:05 PM

Serge Ibaka and Marquese Chriss get ejected from the game for figuring in a brawl

BRAWL. Marquese Chriss (left) figures in a brawl with Serge Ibaka. Photos from Cleveland Cavaliers website (Chriss) and AFP (Ibaka)

Tobias Harris shines in Sixers debut vs Nuggets

Feb 09, 2019 - 4:46 PM

The new-look Sixers roll past a skidding Nuggets side that slips to second in the Western Conference

SOLID DEBUT. Tobias Harris delivers in key plays during his debut for the Sixers. Photo from NBA Twitter

Trail Blazers swing NBA deal for Cavs' Rodney Hood

Feb 05, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Rodney Hood is expected to add versatility and shooting to Portland

PLAYOFF-BOUND. Rodney Hood leaves the Cavs to join the Western Conference's fourth-placed team. Photo from Rodney Hood's Facebook

Luka Doncic fires season-high 35, gets it done for Mavs

Feb 03, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Mavs rookie teen sensation becomes the seventh player to score 1,000 points in the NBA before turning 20

TOP TEEN. Mavs young Slovenian star Luka Doncic logs in a double-double. Photo from NBA Twitter

Kyrie apologizes to LeBron for behavior as Cavs teammate

Jan 17, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Celtics star Kyrie Irving admits he has now gained perspective on what it's like to be a leader

NEW OUTLOOK. Kyrie Irving looks for a fresh start as the Celtics snap a three-game skid against the league-leading Raptors. Photo from NBA Twitter

NBA finds no rule violation by Cavs in McCaw moves

Jan 15, 2019 - 1:03 PM

Cleveland waives the 23-year-old guard after only 3 appearances for the team, paving way for him to join the Toronto Raptors

CONTENDERS. Patrick McCaw, who won two NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors, joins another title contender in the Toronto Raptors. Photo from NBA.com


Harden drops triple-double as Rockets rout Cavs

Jan 12, 2019 - 3:26 PM

MVP James Harden explodes for his fourth 40-point triple-double of the season

NEW TARGET. Despite setting record numbers anew, James Harden says he’s more focused on the Rockets claiming the top seed in the Western Conference. Photo from NBA Twitter

Wizards extend winning streak over Sixers at home

Jan 10, 2019 - 3:16 PM

The Philadelphia Sixers drop their ninth straight game in Washington, a skid dating back to November 2013

TAKE CHARGE. Washington’s Bradley Beal drops 14 points in a fourth-quarter stretcher to finish with 34 points. Photo from Washington Wizards Twitter

LeBron: Cavs title 'made me feel the greatest player of all time'

Dec 31, 2018 - 5:04 PM

Down 1-3 against the Golden State Warriors in the 2016 NBA finals, James and Cleveland stage a monumental upset en route to the championship

HISTORIC. LeBron James leads the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship. File photo Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Leonard leads Raptors over Cavs, Bucks down Celtics

Dec 22, 2018 - 2:33 PM

The Toronto Raptor's victory came despite absences of star point guard Kyle Lowry, swingman Danny Green, and big men Serge Ibaka and Jonas Valanciunas

WATCH: Revenge sweet for Russell as Nets sink Lakers

Dec 19, 2018 - 12:43 PM

'He hurt us,' coach Luke Walton says of Nets star D'Angelo Russell, who got traded just two years after the Lakers made him the No. 2 overall pick

TAKE NOTE. Brooklyn point guard D'Angelo Russell reminds his former team of his talents. Photo from NBA

Sixers rout Cavs in Jimmy Butler's return

Dec 17, 2018 - 11:27 AM

Philadelphia rebounds from back-to-back losses that saw Butler sidelined due to a groin injury

DO-IT-ALL. Ben Simmons registers another triple-double. Photo from Twitter (@NBA)


Pacers spoil Sixers star Joel Embiid's 40-20 night

Dec 15, 2018 - 6:50 PM

The Indiana Pacers rally from a double-digit deficit to clip Joel Embiid and the Philadelphia 76ers

STEADY CLIMB. Darren Collison and the Indiana Pacers outlast the Sixers to hike up their record to 19-10. Photo from Indiana Pacers

Cavaliers, Wizards, Bucks swing multi-player trade

Dec 08, 2018 - 2:55 PM

Australian guard Matthew Dellavedova heads back to the Cleveland Cavaliers

WINNER. Matthew Dellavedova was a member of Cleveland’s 2016 NBA championship team. Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs' Thompson fined $15,000 for 'gesture' toward fan

Dec 07, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Cleveland center Tristan Thompson gets penalized for giving hecklers the middle finger

FINED. Tristan Thompson stars for the Cavs but gets irked by a spectator. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Red-hot Curry carries Warriors over Cavs

Dec 06, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Looking fully recovered from injury, Steph Curry erupts for 42 points as the defending champion Warriors improve to 17-9

Pistons pummel Warriors to win 5th straight, Raptors roll on

Dec 02, 2018 - 2:25 PM

Blake Griffin and the Detroit Pistons spoil Warriors star Steph Curry's return from injury

Cavs trade Kyle Korver to Utah Jazz

Nov 29, 2018 - 11:52 AM

The sharpshooting Cleveland guard gets traded for Utah's Alec Burks and two future second-round draft picks

SNIPER. Kyle Korver ranks fourth on the NBA's all-time list for three-pointers made. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Lakers rally past Cavs in LeBron’s emotional return to Cleveland

Nov 22, 2018 - 12:54 PM

Los Angeles superstar LeBron James returns as a hometown hero in Cleveland

BACK HOME. LeBron James tows the Los Angeles Lakers to their 10th victory against his former team Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

NBA-worst Cavs cut ties with JR Smith

Nov 21, 2018 - 8:09 AM

The Cleveland guard gets the boot just hours after a controversial interview

OUT. JR Smith won't see action when his former teammate LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers play teh Cavs on Wednesday. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson consistent despite Cavs' struggles

Nov 09, 2018 - 12:42 PM

Now focused on the Cavs campaign, Clarkson shares how his Pinoy family still relishes his Gilas stint: ‘My grandma was crying every game, watching me play!’

EFFICIENT. Jordan Clarkson has been the Cavs second-leading scorer after Kevin Love, averaging 15.2 points off the bench and playing in all 11 games. Photo by Paul Mata/Rappler

Cleveland Cavaliers sign Larry Drew for remainder of season

Nov 06, 2018 - 11:08 AM

Drew has taken charge of the Cavaliers since Tyronn Lue was dismissed following the team's 0-6 start to the season

OFFICIAL. Larry Drew officially takes over Tyronn Lue's position as Cleveland Cavaliers head coach. File photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs' Love to miss 6 weeks after foot surgery

Nov 03, 2018 - 8:21 AM

Kevin Love's extended absence is another blow to a Cleveland squad still reeling from the departure of superstar LeBron James

SIDELINED. Kevin Love played through pain in the the Cavs’ first 4 games of the season. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

JR Smith admits he'd like to be traded from Cavs

Nov 02, 2018 - 9:43 AM

'I don't mind taking a back seat or sitting down... but at least communicate that to me,' says Cleveland guard JR Smith

BENCHED. JR Smith's playing time Cavs has been sharply reduced this season. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP

After firing coach Ty Lue, Cavs pick up 1st win vs Hawks

Oct 31, 2018 - 10:21 AM

The Cleveland Cavaliers finally get into the win column after a 0-6 start in the NBA season

POST-LEBRON. Cleveland found out how tough life is minus LeBron James but Tristan Thompson, George Hill and the Cavs finally get a taste of victory. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Tyronn Lue's firing a 'very difficult decision,' says Cavaliers boss

Oct 29, 2018 - 7:08 PM

The 41-year-old coach was given the pink slip by Cleveland following the club's latest loss that marked a league-worst 0-6 record

AXED. Tyronn Lue bids goodbye to the Cavaliers after 2 1/2 seasons as head coach. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: LeBron James, Kevin Love thank Ty Lue after Cavs firing

Oct 29, 2018 - 1:35 AM

After an abrupt sacking, coach Tyronn Lue gets showered with appreciation by his past and present Cavs players

Coach Tyronn Lue and LeBron James. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP

Cavaliers fire head coach Ty Lue after 0-6 start

Oct 28, 2018 - 11:34 PM

It has been nothing but rough for the Cleveland Cavaliers post-LeBron

Tyronn Lue. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: 'JR Smith,' 'Tyronn Lue' show up in LeBron's Lakers home debut

Oct 21, 2018 - 2:35 PM

Impersonators of James' former teammate and coach show up at the Staples Arena holding banners convincing 'The King' to return home in Cleveland

Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets, Kawhi debuts in Toronto

Oct 18, 2018 - 12:57 PM

MVP James Harden flirts with a triple-double but it isn't enough to get the Houston Rockets past the New Orleans Pelicans

SOLID DEBUT. Kawhi Leonard drops 24 points in his first game with the Toronto Raptors. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Cavaliers bullish on future without LeBron James

Oct 14, 2018 - 1:14 PM

After losing the 'best player in the world,' Kevin Love thinks the Cleveland Cavaliers are all set for a fresh start

CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 06: Kevin Love #0 of the Cleveland Cavaliers runs down court against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

NBA fines Marcus Smart, JR Smith for preseason scuffle

Oct 09, 2018 - 10:03 AM

Both players are slapped with fines for an ugly scuffle during the 1st quarter of Cleveland's home victory over Boston

UGLY. Marcus Smart of the Boston Celtics and JR Smith of the Cleveland Cavaliers get into an altercation again in the NBA preseason. File photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFP.

LeBron-less Cavs still team to beat in East, says Thompson

Sep 29, 2018 - 11:56 AM

Cleveland center Tristan Thompson says the Cavs still see themselves as 'a playoff team'

CONTENDERS. The Cleveland Cavaliers look to defend their NBA Eastern Conference crown with Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: Cavaliers show full support for Jordan Clarkson

Aug 22, 2018 - 4:28 PM

It has just been one game and yet the Cleveland Cavaliers' support has been overwhelming

SIXTH MAN. The Cavs waste no time praising their sixth man Jordan Clarkson. Photo by Adrian Portugal/Rappler

Jordan Clarkson gets first Gilas glimpse

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:55 PM

The retooled Philippine basketball men’s team gives the Fil-Am NBA player a good show against Kazakhstan

HOT START. James Yap teams up with Stanley Pringle early as the Philippines bank on a strong start against Kazakhstan. Photo from Asian Games website

IN NUMBERS: Jordan Clarkson’s NBA career

Aug 16, 2018 - 8:41 AM

Here's a look at the numbers of the latest member of the Philippine men's basketball team

BEST CHANCE. Philippine basketball hopes to get a lift from Fil-Am NBA player Jordan Clarkson. File photo by Josh Albelda/Rappler

Tristan Thompson punched Draymond Green in nightclub feud

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The two NBA stars reportedly figured in a fistfight during a private party after the ESPY Awards last July 18

BAD BLOOD. Tristan Thompson of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors got involved in an altercation in overtime during Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Love signs extension with Cavaliers

Jul 25, 2018 - 8:48 AM

Cavs pillar Kevin Love agrees to a new contract deal worth $120 million over 4 years

CORNERSTONE. Kevin Love says he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers with 'a long-term mindset.' Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cavs coach Lue to Lakers: ‘LeBron's easy’

Jul 09, 2018 - 9:13 AM

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says it's the ‘outside tension’ and not the 4-time NBA Most Valuable Player that's creating problems

NEW CHALLENGE. The Los Angeles Lakers may face a different kind of challenge with LeBron James on board.

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Cavs chairman drops LeBron jersey retirement hints

Jul 02, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Dan Gilbert and the rest of Cleveland bid farewell to LeBron James

HERO'S EXIT. LeBron James ended Cleveland's 52-year professional sports championship drought in 2016. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP