Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Frye, Kings, Bosh
Per FOX Sports: "Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love is more comfortable in this system now than he has ever been and a large reason for that is head coach Tyronn Lue, who made it a point of emphasis to get Love into his comfort zone earlier in games."
Also via FOX Sports: The first play every game is designed to be a look for Love in the post, Lue revealed. Love kept reiterating throughout his first season in Cleveland that he is most effective when he gets a couple post touches early before working his way to the 3-point line. He was largely ignored, however, until Lue took over midway through last season and began listening to him."
Lue told reporters: "I didn't do anything magical (with Love). He's playing great ... Just try to get him the ball when he has matchups or just keep him involved, keep him engaged."
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Cavs center Channing Frye is dealing with the death of another parent. Less than a month after his mother died, Frye wrote on his Instagram account Thanksgiving Day that his father has died, too. 'On a day for thanks. Be thankful for the person next to you,” Frye wrote. “My father passed away today. Y’all better love on your family.'" (Full report.)
Cavs guard J.R. Smith is thankful for forgiveness seven years after a fatal car accident, according to this story via Sporting News. Being in a car accident will change anybody. If you have been in a car accident, or are worried about what to do if you are in a car accident then the first thing that you should sort out is your car insurance and also talk to a lawyer. This should help to cover any damages particuarlly if the car accident wasn't your fault. Why not take a look at something like moneyexpert.com to give you a better understanding of what could be offered to you and your car. Also if you or anyone in your car has suffered an injury during the accident and it wasn't your fault then you should also consider contacting a lawyer about making a claim against the guilty party. There are specific types of lawyers for specific types of injuries, for example for anyone who has suffered an injury to their head then you should speak to a well-known brain injury law firm as they will have dealt with many cases similar to yours and will know best how to deal with your claim.
Per Sporting News: "Prior to serving 30 days jail time for the accident, Smith told the court 'it’s been unbearable to deal with.' Now, more than seven years removed from the incident, Smith seems to have grown and moved on." (Full report.)
Did Cavs star LeBron James change his pregame routine again? Cleveland.com examines.
James is scheduled to play what will be his 1,000th regular-season game vs. the Mavericks, details Cleveland.com.
James and some of his Cavs teammates will attend the Ohio State-Michigan football game Saturday, per The Associated Press.
Along with the Trail Blazers, the Kings, Suns, Nuggets and Celtics are teams to watch as the trade season nears, per an ESPN podcast.
Timberwolves president and coach Tom Thibodeau may also be looking to deal. Amico Hoops report.
The Heat have to "root against" big man Chris Bosh being medically cleared to play for another team, per the Miami Herald.
According to the Miami Herald: "Bosh is expected to come off Miami’s cap soon after Feb. 9, which would eliminate hits of $25.3 million next season and $26.8 million in 2018-19, though he would still be paid everything he’s owed, partly from insurance." (Full report.)
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra may be considering lineup changes, per the Miami Herald.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadive does not want to trade center DeMarcus Cousins, as chronicled on NBC Sports.
Per Jackie MacMullan on CSN Northeast: "I asked about Cousins just recently again, and Vivek Ranadive, the owner of the Sacramento Kings, does not want to trade DeMarcus Cousins. And so as long as that’s the case, all this talk is just that. It’s talk."
Per CSN MidAtlantic: "Veteran wing Omri Casspi was told he’s out of the Kings rotation by Dave Joerger. The 28-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season and has shot over 40 percent from behind the arc over the previous two seasons. The Kings will have no trouble finding a taker for his $3 million deal for the remainder of the season if they choose to move him." (Full report.)
Grizzlies big man Zach Randolph is on indefinite leave from the team following the death of his mother, per the team.
Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons and 76ers center Joel Embiid are bonding on social media, per CSN Philly.
Pistons guard Reggie Bullock has suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee, per the team.
The Nets have gone down the tubes since the injury to point guard Jeremy Lin, per the New York Post.
Rockets free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas is still seeking offers, per ESPN.
Spanish guard and Rockets draft pick Sergio Llull has no plans to leave Real Madrid for now, per HoopsHype.
Rookie point guard Tyler Ulis is becoming a vital part of the Suns' rotation, per the Arizona Republic.
Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a knee injury, per the team.
Check out all the latest D-League recalls and assignments, via Hoops Rumors.
Former NBA and point guard Marquis Teague (Kentucky) has agreed to a contract with Russian club Avtodor, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-NBA and D-League small forward Chris Johnson (Dayton) has signed with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League, per Amico Hoops.
Former NBA power forward Ike Diogu has agreed to a deal with at Jiangsu Tongxi of China, per Amico Hoops.
Undrafted Georgia State guard Kevin Ware has agreed to a contract with MMCITE Brno of the Czech Republic, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-American International star forward Denzel Jackson has signed with Zakho of Iraq, per Amico Hoops.
Former Wyoming star guard Jaycee Carroll has agreed to a contract extension with Real Madrid of Spain, per Amico Hoops. Carroll had recently been drawing interest from NBA and D-League teams.
Former Princeton forward Ian Hummer has agreed to a deal with Turkish club TED Kolejliler, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-Washington State forward D.J. Shelton has agreed to sign with Lavrio of Greece, per Amico Hoops.
Power forward Kevin Love has never been more comfortable with the Cavaliers, per NBA writer Brian Windhorst on an ESPN Radio podcast.
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "On his way out of the locker room, one of the Cavs’ staffers tried handing Kevin Love the stat sheet from his historic 34-point first quarter as a thoughtful keepsake. Love had nowhere to carry it, however, so he left it on a chair and said he would get a copy another day after practice."
“I can print out the second through fourth quarters instead if you want,” the staffer joked, poking fun at what was a rather dreary six points on 1 of 6 shooting for Love after the first quarter. (Full report.)
The Beacon Journal adds: "Love, however, is taking it in stride. It took a while, but he’s finally comfortable in his surroundings. He gave up apartment life and is a homeowner now. He loves his house and he has adjusted to Cleveland; his girlfriend even loves it here." (Full report.)
Per Cleveland.com: "There are numerous ways to guard the pick-and-roll, and with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in attack mode, so slick with the basketball, it forces the defense into a decision. Portland chose to take away the driving lane early."
Per Cleveland.com: "On a night of individual performances, where numerous records fell, James wasn't left out. He recorded his 44th career regular season triple-double, which moved him in front of Fat Lever for 6th-most in NBA history."
The Cavs played more than 7 minutes and 30 seconds, and scored 31 points. before LeBron took first shot of game, per the Medina Gazette.
Per Cavs.com: "Kyrie Irving’s 20-point effort – his 11th such outing in 13 games this season – almost went unnoticed among his teammate’s offensive fireworks. On the night, the All-Star point guard went 8-for-15 from the floor, including 3-of-6 from long-range, adding six assists and a steal." (Full report.)
The Cavs' 81-point first half Wednesday was just two points shy of tying the franchise record, per the team.
Per ESPN: "Former Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov is back at Oracle as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since winning the Finals in Game 7 against the Golden State Warriors. I asked him if the locker room still smelled of champagne, and he responded 'Nah, I think they changed the carpet.'"
The Trail Blazers wouldn't mind making a trade for another big man but will have a hard time doing until at least Dec. 15, when the trade restrictions expire for Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli, per Yahoo Sports. (Full post from Amico Hoops.)
Bucks forward Khris Middleton would make sense as a potential trade target for the Mavericks, per the Dallas News.
Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson (Achilles) could return to action as soonas the first week of December, per Michigan Live.
The Rockets have pulled their offer to restricted free agent forward Donatas Motiejunas, per ESPN. Motiejunas is represented by former NBA guard B.J. Armstrong, now a player agent.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg believes AAU basketball has an impact on NBA free agency, per a report from ESPN. "Really since, shoot, going all the way back to eighth or ninth grade the way it is now,” Hoiberg said. “Then just the relationships they build over the summers. These guys all seem to get together in L.A. or Miami or wherever it might be. So they build those relationships, they play together with Team USA now and they do build those special bonds. So yeah, it probably is a little easier to reach out. You see some of the superteams now that are being created, and I think a lot of that has to do with relationships that are built over the summer." (Full report.)
Representatives for Kings forward Omri Casspi have "quietly" been exploring the trade market, per the Sacramento Bee.
The 76ers are more likely to trade Nerlens Noel than Jahlil Okafor, per one report.Amico Hoops post.
Former NBA center Jeff Ayers has been released by CSKA Moscow of Russia, and offered to Barcelona of Spain, per David Pick.
Former NBA and D-League point guard Maalik Wayns (Villanova) has agreed to terms with Maccabi Rishon of Israel, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-Cavaliers summer squad forward Kenny Gabriel may be nearing a deal with Greek club Panathinaikos, per multiple reports.
Former NBA and D-League guard Corey Hawkins has signed with the Antwerp Giants of Belgium, per Amico Hoops.
Former Texas forward Gary Johnson has signed with Trouville of Uruguay, per Amico Hoops.
Ex-Iowa State center Jiri Hubalek has agreed to a contract with Italian club Imola, per Amico Hoops.
Former UTEP forward Omar Thomas has parted ways with Vanoli Cremona of Italy, per Amico Hoops. Thomas, 34, could sign with the Canton Charge, sources said.