Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Love, Monroe, Pelicans
Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Kevin Love was watching film recently with assistant coach Phil Handy when he noticed a flaw. Love was hesitating too long before shooting 3s, and sometimes not shooting them at all."
The Beacon Journal added: "As a result, Love has spent the last two games focusing on catching and shooting with no hesitation. It has made a huge difference. Love shot 32 percent from 3-point range through the first 12 games (18 of 57). He’s 15 of 21 (71 percent) in the last two. All 21 of his attempts have been off catch and shoots." (Full column.)
Per a separate piece from the Beacon Journal: "Tyronn Lue warned for weeks that the Cavs weren’t playing up to their potential, that despite the gaudy record there was still room to improve. They were missing too many open looks that would eventually start to fall. And when that happened, duck and cover because the fire they could bring could burn down the rest of the league." (Full report.)
">Amico Hoops: "LeBron James has played 1,000 regular-season games and the Cavs (12-2) are the first team in league history to make 20 3-pointers in back-to-back games, per Elias. Ain’t life grand?" (Dribbles: Cavs showing what it means to click
Per a separate piece from Cleveland.com: "Over the last three games, the Cavs are 52-of-104 (50 percent) from beyond the arc. 'That's what we're capable of, and we've been doing it on both ends the last couple games,' James said." (Full report.)
Per Cavs.com: "The Cavaliers have now extended their NBA record-setting streak of hitting at least 10 triples to start a season to 14 games and, dating back to last year, have hit at least seven bombs in a league-record 54 consecutive contests." (Full report.)
Per the Medina Gazette: "The Mavs began the night as the worst scoring team in the league (91.6), and they had to heat up late in the second quarter to trail just 72-38 at halftime. "When we shoot the ball like this, we’re hard to beat,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said." (Full report.)
The NBA trading season is beginning to warm up and names to watch include Bucks center Greg Monroe and Suns guard Brandon Knight, per ESPN.
Free agent shooting guard Kevin Martin (Zanesville, Ohio) has announced his retirement. Full story.
Pacers swingman Paul George (ankle) and forward Kevin Seraphin (knee) will each miss the next two games, per the team.
Hawks center Tiago Splitter will miss a minimum of six weeks after an MRI exam revealed a Grade 2 right calf strain, per the team.
Bulls guard Michael Carter-Williams has a bone chip in his right wrist and will be in a cast for 4-to-6 weeks, per the team.
Per the Palm Beach Post: "It is unclear whether the Miami Heat have the assets to swing a deal for one of Minnesota’s three young studs, and it’s surprising that the Timberwolves are reportedly willing to move any of them so early in the season." (Full report.)
Warriors star Kevin Durant said the Lakers remind him of his early teams with the Thunder, per the Orange County Register.
The Pelicans have been much-improved since the return of Jrue Holiday, but Anthony Davis still deserves a ton of the credit, per ESPN.
The Trail Blazers and Mavericks are "flirting with the luxury tax line," per Hoops Rumors.
French point guard Carl Ona-Emb has signed with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, per Amico Hoops.
Undrafted West Virginia guard Jaysean Paige has agreed to a deal with Karpos Sokoli of Macedonia, per Amico Hoops.
Former Bradley guard Tony Bennett has agreed to a contract with Mexican club Indios de Juarez, per Amico Hoops.
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.
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.