Cavs’ Mitchell: ‘We can be good for a long time’

In the 2020-21 NBA season, the Utah Jazz had the best record in the league and was poised to make a deep playoff run. That season, Utah had three All-Stars, including star guard Donovan Mitchell. 

However, Utah fell short in the second round of the playoffs as they lost to the Los Angeles Clippers in six games. That season may have given Mitchell his best opportunity to win an NBA title until now.

Earlier this month, the three-time All-Star was dealt to the Cavaliers. According to Mitchell, Cleveland, who had two All-Stars in Jarrett Allen and Darius Garland last season, and a player on the rise in Evan Mobley, has the most talent he has ever been around.

“You look at the youth we have, top three team before a lot of injuries,” Mitchell told goforitradio’s Paul Gant at Cavs’ Media Day. “I’m the oldest starter. That’s truly impressive. That’s no sleight to the team we had in Utah. We had a very talented team, but a lot of our guys were older. Mike(Conley) was older, Joe(Ingles) was older, Bojan(Bogdanović), Rudy(Gobert). Those guys were older. Now, you look at the guys here, 21, 22, 20, whatever it is. We have a lot of promise, but ultimately, we have to go out there and put the work in… If we do the right thing, which starts with camp, we can be in good shape.”

As Mitchell mentioned, Cleveland has youth, but more importantly, they have talented youth. Mitchell is only 26; the Cavs have a 22-year-old Garland, a 21-year-old Mobley, and a 24-year-old Allen, so this team can be good for a long time, and Mitchell agrees.

“We have a lot of talent; we can be good for a long time,” Mitchell said. “But, ultimately, we have to do what needs to be done… We have a group that wants to win, that wants to be good, that wants to compete. We have, not just myself, like I said, Ev(Mobley), DG(Garland), JA(Jarrett Allen), Caris LeVert, K-Love(Kevin Love); we just signed Dean Wade to an extension, who is a really big piece of what we do… We have a young, hungry group that wants to compete and wants to win.”

Things could be special in Cleveland for the next few seasons, and Mitchell could be the guy that leads the way. While Cavs President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman says it’s not “contention or bust” this season, the expectation is for the Cavs to be one of the top teams in the East and at least win a round in the playoffs.

Regarding this being the most talent Mitchell has been around in his career, those Jazz teams were talented, but if things develop in Cleveland like many think it will, this team has the potential to be more talented.

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Official: Cavs extend Dean Wade

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed forward Dean Wade to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced on Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a three-year, $18.5 million contract. The team picked up his fourth-year option in June, and now he’s locked up for the next few seasons.

“The Cavs gave me a real opportunity; I think that’s the biggest thing,” Wade said after practice today. “I’m thankful for the organization, coaching staff, everything. They gave me a real opportunity to show what I can do. I got lucky, and they kept me. It’s been a crazy journey. I’m just thankful for it.”

Wade appeared in 51 games (career-high 28 starts) for the Cavaliers last season, averaging 5.3 points and 2.9 rebounds in 19.2 minutes per contest. The 6-9 forward also scored in double-figures on 11 occasions and registered one double-double.

The 25-year-old, who signed a two-way contract with the Cavs after he went undrafted in 2019 out of Kansas State, has spent his entire three-year NBA career with the Cavaliers, appearing in 126 regular season games (47 starts) with averages of 5.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.0 minutes per game.

The Cavs have a hole at the 3-spot after trading Lauri Markkanen, and with his length and defensive ability, Wade could easily be a starter for this team in 2022-23. 

Cavs’ Mitchell: ‘On paper, we look scary’

On Wednesday, the Cavs’ newest guard Donovan Mitchell was introduced to the Cleveland media at a press conference at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Cleveland recently acquired the 26-year-old from the Utah Jazz In exchange for Collin Sexton (via sign and trade), Lauri Markkanen, Ochai Agbaji, three future unprotected first-round draft picks (2025, 2027, 2029), and also agreeing to swap picks in 2026 and 2028.

It was rumored for weeks that the three-time All-Star was going to get moved, and many, including Mitchell, who is a New York native, thought it was going to be the Knicks, but things broke down, the Cavs swooped in, and he’s happy to be in Cleveland. 

“I thought for sure I was going back home,” he said. I’m not gonna lie about that, but when I found out where I was headed, who I was playing with; the group, the team, the coaching staff. I couldn’t be more happier to be here.”

On paper, with the addition of Mitchell, to go along with what they have with All-Stars Darius Garland and Jarrett Allen and an ascending player in Evan Mobley, some believe the Cavs are championship contenders. Mitchell thinks the Cavs look scary, but they still have to prove it in the end.

“On paper, we look scary,” he said. “But at the end of the day it comes down to what we do in the gym. We had a good run today and we’ve got to continue to have good work, so I can’t sit here and tell you, ‘Yes, we’re a championship team.’ We have to go out there and prove it every night.”

Despite all the championship talk in Cleveland, Cavs President of Basketball Operations Koby Altman says it’s not contention or bust for the Cavs.

“We’re super young,” Altman said. “And the timeline fits to bring in this caliber of player with this group, and let’s rock; let’s rock out. I’m excited to see what it looks like, but there’s a runway here, and I don’t want everyone to think that this year we have to be contention or bust. That’s not what this is.”

It’s too early to say whether or not the Cavs are championship contenders, but it’s probably safe to say they are one of the better teams in the East. However, to Altman’s point, this is a young team, and some of these players are not finished products, so a championship in this upcoming season might be too lofty, but in my Kevin Garnett voice,

“Anything is possible!!!”

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We discussed many topics, including:

-The acquisition of Donovan Mitchell

-Upcoming season

-Wade’s role in Cleveland

-Being title contenders

-Evan Mobley

-Kevin Love

According to Wade, the Cavs are one of the top teams in the NBA. 

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Cavs acquire three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell

The Cleveland Cavaliers have reportedly made a splash move!

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, Cleveland has acquired three-time All-Star Donovan Mitchell from the Utah Jazz in exchange for Collin Sexton, Lauri Markkanen, 2022 first-round pick Ochai Agbaji, three first-round picks, and two pick swaps.

Cleveland is sending its three unprotected picks to Utah in 2025, 2027, and 2029 and picks swaps in 2026 and 2028, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Sexton, a restricted free agent, is reportedly signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Jazz. 

It appeared that the 25-year-old Mitchell would be traded to the Knicks, but the two teams could not reportedly come together on a deal.

Utah continues to rebuild, while the Cavs appear to be a team that’s going for it. Cleveland will have a very potent backcourt with All-Stars Mitchell and Darius Garland. They have an All-Star center in Jarrett Allen and a player that could be an All-Star in second-year forward Evan Mobley. In addition, Mitchell still has three years left on his contract, which is great. 

However, they gave up a lot of future assets. Plus, is there much difference between the backcourt of Sexton/Garland and Mitchell/Garland? Sexton(6-1), like Mitchell(6-1), can score the ball at a high level, and like Mitchell, they are both undersized shooting guards, so that could be something to pay attention to going forward. 

Last season, Cleveland went a surprising 44-38 and lost twice in the Play-In Tournament, which caused them to miss the playoffs. They wanted to take that next step; a move like this should go a long way in making that happen. 

Cleveland is definitely in the mix in the Eastern Conference. Not saying they are championship contenders, but on paper, they will be a tough out for anybody. 

Clearly, there has to be a lot of excitement in Cleveland, and there probably has not been this type of excitement since LeBron James left.

Let’s see what this looks like on the court. 

The upstart Cavs will have nine national television games in 2022-23 season

The Cleveland Cavaliers will open the 2022-23 season in Toronto on Oct. 19 against the Raptors, the team announced Wednesday.

The team will play its home opener on Sunday, Oct. 23, against the Wizards.

Cleveland, who went 44-38 last season but missed the playoffs after falling to the Nets and Hawks in the Play-In Tournament, will make nine national television appearances in the 2022-23 season.

List of national television appearances:

-Two games on TNT (Dec. 6 vs. L.A. Lakers and Feb. 2 vs. Memphis).

-Three games on ESPN (Feb. 10 at New Orleans, March 1 at Boston and March 15 vs. Philadelphia).

-Four games on NBA TV (Nov. 7 at L.A. Clippers, Dec. 26 vs. Brooklyn, March 10 at Miami and March 21 at Brooklyn).

Highlights of the home schedule:

-NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Jan. 20

-Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics on Nov. 2 and March 6.

Cleveland will also host the New Orleans Pelicans for a special Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee game on Jan. 16.

-Additional marquee opponents coming to Cleveland only once this season include the L.A. Lakers on Dec. 6, the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 17, the Phoenix Suns on Jan. 4, the L.A. Clippers on Jan. 29 and the Denver Nuggets on Feb. 23.

Schedule notes:

-The Cavaliers will match up against each Eastern Conference opponent four times with the exception of Washington (two home, one road), Atlanta (one home, two road), Philadelphia (two home, one road) and Brooklyn (one home, two road).Each Western Conference opponent will play the Cavaliers twice – once at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse and once on the road.

-23 home weekend dates including eight home Friday games, five home Saturday games and nine home Sunday games.

-12 sets of back-to-back games, including four road-road sets (Nov. 6-7, Nov. 27-28, Jan. 26-27 and Feb. 5-6), three road-home sets (Oct. 22-23, Feb. 10-11 and March 14-15), four home-home sets (Nov. 20-21, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17 and Jan. 20-21) and one home-road set (Feb. 23-24).

-The Cavaliers will have a six-game homestand from Dec. 16-26, featuring contests versus Indiana (Dec. 16), Dallas (Dec. 17), Utah (Dec. 19), Milwaukee (Dec. 21), Toronto (Dec. 23) and Brooklyn (Dec. 26). It marks Cleveland longest homestand since six straight home games during the 2019-20 season.

-Cleveland’s longest road trip spans five games over nine days from Jan 6-14; the team also has a five-game road trip over eight days from Nov. 4-11, one four-game road trip (March 8-14), two three-game road trips (Nov. 25-29, Jan. 24-27) and six two-game road trips (Oct. 19-22, Dec. 12-14, Dec. 29-31, Feb. 5-6, March 21-23 and April 4-6).

-The Cavaliers will play games on Veterans Day (Nov. 11 at Golden State), Thanksgiving Eve (Nov. 23 vs. Portland), New Years Eve (Dec. 31 at Chicago), MLK Day (Jan. 16 vs. New Orleans) and on Easter (April 9 vs. Charlotte).

-Two matinee games at home this season – Monday, Jan. 16 vs. New Orleans (MLK Day) and Sunday, April 9 vs. Charlotte (Easter).

-The Cavaliers will play 16 games in November and January, their most in any months during the 2022-23 season. Cleveland will also play six games in October, 15 games in December, 11 games in February, 14 games in March and four games in April.

The Cavaliers will wrap up the 2022-23 regular season schedule at home against the Charlotte Hornets on April 9.

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NBA unveils schedule for 2022-23 regular season

On Wednesday, the NBA released its complete game schedule for the 2022-23 regular season.  

The 77th NBA regular season will tip off on Oct. 18, 2022, and conclude on April 9, 2023. The 2023 NBA Play-In Tournament will take place from April 11-14, followed by the start of the 2023 NBA Playoffs on April 15.

Game 1 of the 2023 NBA Finals is scheduled to be played on June 1.

Opening Night

The regular season will begin on Oct. 18 with a doubleheader on TNT. In the first game, the Philadelphia 76ers will visit the reigning Eastern Conference champion Boston Celtics (7:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors will receive their championship rings before hosting the Los Angeles Lakers (10 p.m. ET).

Christmas Day

Five games will be played on Christmas Day for the 15th year in a row, with ESPN or ABC televising each matchup. 

NBA on Christmas Day will tip off on ESPN as the Knicks host the 76ers (noon ET).

The next three games will air on both ESPN and ABC, with the Lakers visiting the Mavericks (2:30 p.m. ET).

The Celtics will host the Bucks in a 2022 Eastern Conference Semifinals rematch (5 p.m. ET).

The Grizzlies make their Christmas Day debut when they visit the Warriors in a 2022 Western Conference Semifinals rematch (8 p.m. ET). 

The Christmas Day schedule will conclude with the Nuggets meeting the Suns in Denver on ESPN (10:30 p.m. ET).

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

TNT will present a doubleheader as part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 16. In the first game, the Atlanta Hawks will host the Heat in a rematch of a 2022 Eastern Conference First Round series (3:30 p.m. ET). In the second game, the teams with the two best records in the 2021-22 regular season will meet when the Suns (NBA-best 64-18 last season) visit the Grizzlies (56-26 last season) at 6 p.m. ET, marking Memphis’ 21st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game.

NBA TV will also televise two games on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with the Celtics visiting the Charlotte Hornets (1 p.m. ET) and the Lakers hosting the Houston Rockets (10:30 p.m. ET).

Election Day

As Election Day approaches, the NBA and its teams will continue to encourage fans to make a plan to vote and participate in the civic process. New this season, all 30 teams will play on Monday, Nov. 7, on the day before Election Day, when the NBA will help promote voter participation.

NBA Rivals Week

Classic and budding rivalries between teams and players will take center stage for NBA Rivals Week during the week of Jan. 23. A new highlight of the regular-season schedule, NBA Rivals Week, will feature 11 nationally televised games across four networks over five days from Jan. 24–28. Rivalries will be the focus of all nine games across TNT, ESPN, and ABC that week, in addition to two games on NBA TV.

The complete game and broadcast schedule for NBA Rivals Week, which will include four rematches from the 2022 NBA Playoffs, is available here.

2022 NBA Finals Rematches

The Warriors and Celtics will meet for the first time since the 2022 NBA Finals on Dec. 10 in San Francisco on ABC (8:30 p.m. ET), the first of seven regular-season games on Saturday nights at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

The second and final regular-season matchup between the two defending conference champions will occur on Jan. 19 in Boston on TNT (7:30 p.m. ET).

Final Day of Regular Season

All 30 teams will play on the final day of the regular season(April 9). The seven games between Eastern Conference teams and the one interconference game (Rockets at Washington Wizards) will begin at 1 p.m. ET, and the seven games between Western Conference teams will start at 3:30 p.m. ET. ESPN will televise a doubleheader, with the matchups to be determined at a later date.

Schedule Highlights

All 30 teams are scheduled to make at least one appearance on TNT or ESPN in the 2022-23 regular season. The NBA on TNT, ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV will present flexible scheduling throughout the regular season to provide the most compelling matchups to a national audience.

The 2023 NBA All-Star weekend will be Feb. 17-19 in Salt Lake City.

The complete schedule is available below:

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Cavs announce four-game preseason schedule

The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin their four-game preseason slate on October 5 on the road against the 76ers, the team announced Wednesday.

After the 76ers, Cleveland will have back-to-back games at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse against the 76ers (October 10) and Hawks(October 12). The Cavs will conclude their preseason schedule at Orlando on October 14.

With young talents like Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Jarrett Allen, The Cavs, who were the seventh seed(44-38) in the East but were unable to make it to the playoffs after losing to the Hawks and Nets in the Play-In Tournament, hope to take that next step in the 2022-23 NBA season.

2022 CLEVELAND CAVALIERS PRESEASON GAME SCHEDULE

Date              Opponent                                  Time (ET)

Oct. 5            at Philadelphia                          7:00 p.m.

Oct. 10          PHILADELPHIA                          7:00 p.m.

Oct. 12          ATLANTA                                   7:00 p.m.

Oct. 14          at Orlando                                 7:00 p.m.

Official: Cavs’ Garland gets rookie max extension

The Cleveland Cavaliers made it official as they announced on Saturday that they have signed guard Darius Garland to a multi-year contract extension.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Garland agrees to a five-year, $193 million rookie max extension, which can become worth $231 million with All-NBA escalators.

“Darius has proven to be a tremendous basketball player and someone who embodies everything a franchise would want in a young player,” said Altman. “We’ve quickly seen Darius grow into an NBA All-Star and an integral core piece in our pursuit of sustainable success. Both on and off the court, Darius has demonstrated a strong commitment to this organization and the community. We look forward to our future and what we can accomplish here in Cleveland.”

Garland, a first-time NBA All-Star this past season, appeared in 68 games (all starts) and registered career highs in points (21.7), rebounds (3.3), assists (8.6, sixth-best in NBA), steals (1.31), minutes (35.7), field goal percentage (.462) and free throw percentage (.892, seventh-best in NBA). He also had more double-doubles (29), 20-point games (42) and 30-point games (seven) this season than his first two NBA campaigns combined. The third-year guard joined LeBron James as the only players in franchise history to finish a season averaging at least 20.0 points and 8.0 assists and was just one of only five NBA players to do so this season (Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Luka Dončić, James Harden). Garland helped lead the Cavaliers to a 44-38 record, their best mark since 2017-18, and finished third place in the NBA’s Most Improved Player of the Year voting.

The 6-1 guard was one of only two NBA players to average at least 20.0 points and 8.0 assists while shooting .450 or better from the field and .850 from the foul line (Trae Young). Garland also recorded 29 point-assist double-doubles and 19 games of at least 20 points and 10 assists, both were the fourth-most in the entire NBA. He earned NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of Jan. 10-16 and had a stretch of five straight games with at least 10 assists in January (Jan. 15-24), becoming just the second Cavs player to accomplish that feat since 2003 (LeBron James). Additionally, Garland became the fourth-youngest player in Cavaliers history to notch a triple-double in a win at Utah on Jan. 12 (LeBron James, Brad Daugherty, Kyrie Irving) and just the third player in NBA history to have a game of at least 27 points, 18 assists and five rebounds before age 22 during Cleveland’s victory at Oklahoma City on Jan. 15 (Trae Young, Luka Dončić).

Garland, who was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft by Cleveland, has appeared in 181 career games (177 starts) with averages of 17.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.09 steals in 33.4 minutes over three NBA seasons. He is also the fastest Cavaliers player to make 300 career three-pointers, doing so in his 147th game (Jan. 9 at Golden State), and already ranks 11th in team history in threes made (384).

Official: Cavs sign Rubio, Neto, Lopez

The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guards Ricky Rubio and Raul Neto, and center Robin Lopez, the team announced Friday.

According to Cleveland.com’s Chris Fedor, the Cavs are giving Ricky Rubio a three-year deal worth $18.4 million, including a partial guarantee in the final year, while Neto and Lopez have reportedly signed one-year contracts.

“Our focus during this offseason has been centered around making this team better and finding the best talent to help strengthen this roster,” Cavs president of basketball operations Koby Altman said via a press release announcing the move. “When you think about the impact Ricky had on our team last season, his addition became a priority to bring back to Cleveland. We also feel Robin and Raul are both high-character guys who have played a great amount of meaningful basketball and will bring the right balance of seasoned experience and depth to our emerging young core. We are excited for Ricky’s return and welcome Robin and Raul to the Cavaliers family.”  

Rubio, 31, was acquired by the Cavs last August in the deal that sent Taurean Prince and a 2022 second-round pick to Minnesota. The 11-year veteran was having a tremendous season and was one of the reasons the Cavs got off to a great start. In 34 games last season (eight starts), the 6-3 guard averaged 13.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 1.44 steals.

However, he tore his left ACL in December. Ultimately, his expiring contract was traded to the Pacers in February in the deal that brought Caris LeVert to Cleveland. 

Last season in Orlando, the 34-year-old Lopez appeared in 36 games (nine starts), averaging 7.1 points and 3.5 rebounds in 17.0 minutes. Since 2008, he is one of seven NBA players to shoot .530+ FG% and .700+ FT% over that span, joining Jonas Valanciunas, Enes Freedom, Nikola Jokic, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Domantas Sabonis, and Amar’e Stoudemire (min. 400 games played). 

The 7-footer was selected with the 15th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns. Over his 14-year career, Lopez has spent time with Phoenix, New Orleans, Portland, New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Washington, and Orlando.

The 30-year-old Neto appeared in 70 games (19 starts) for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 7.5 points, a career-best 3.1 assists, and 1.9 rebounds in 19.6 minutes. As a starter last season, Neto shot 16-39 (.410) from beyond the arc and scored in double figures on nine occasions. 

Neto, a second-round pick of the Hawks in 2013, has played seven NBA seasons with Utah, Philadelphia, and Washington. Before coming to the NBA, he played professionally in Brazil and Spain from 2008-15. A native of Brazil, Neto competed in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games as a member of the Brazilian National Team.

Neto will probably be the backup point guard for the Cavs until Rubio gets healthy, while Lopez should be the primary backup for center Jarrett Allen. These moves should strengthen the Cavs bench and give this team more veterans to support their young stars.