Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Lue, Davis, Kings

Sam Amico

The Cavaliers are not actively seeking a backup to Kyrie Irving at point guard, at least for now, per Basketball Insiders.

Added Hoops Rumors: "Although the Cavs aren’t actively seeking a point guard at the moment, the team will likely keep an eye out for opportunities to fortify its backcourt. If its current point guard rotation struggles at all, a trade could be an option later in the season."

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue served turkey dinners to less fortunate people Monday, as detailed in the Akron Beacon Journal.

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "Starting today, when Cleveland Cavaliers players and coaches visit their practice and training facility at Cleveland Clinic Courts, they'll drive along 'Cavaliers Way' in order to get there." (Full report.)

Cavs assistant coach Vitaly Potapenko shares some of his rookie memories with the franchise, in this Q&A with Cavs.com.

Despite the Pelicans' early struggles, star big man Anthony Davis has no desire to leave, per Yahoo Sports. "I just try to control what I can, go out there and compete," Davis told the website.

The Thunder continue to pursue Kings forward Rudy Gay, per Basketball Insiders.

The Wizards should look into trading for Kings forward Omri Casspi, per NBA.com.

Wizards forward Markieff Morris, who once played for the Suns, says he misses Phoenix, per The Arizona Republic.

Knicks players said their team meeting last weekend was not a revolt against team president Phil Jackson or coach Jeff Hornacek, per the New York Post.

Insurance is now kicking in to pay more than half of Heat star Chris Bosh's salary, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Former NBA guard Jordan Crawford is hoping to use the D-League to get his career back on track, per Upside & Motor.

The Celtics have assigned rookie point guard Demetrius Jackson to the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, per the team. Several teams are pursuing Jackson via trade, Amico Hoops has learned.

The 76ers have assigned rookie swingman Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to the Delaware 87ers of the D-League, per the team.

Center Nerlens Noel has rejoined the Sixers after rehabbing his sore knee in Alabama, per CSN Philly.

The Pacers have called up second-year big man Rakeem Christmas from the Fort Wayne Wayne Mad Ants of the D-League, per the team.

The Kings have sent rookie center Georgios Papagiannis to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League, per CSN Bay Area.

The NBA and players' union will likely reach an official agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement during the week of Dec. 5, per NBA.com.

Former NBA shooting guard D.J. Stephens has signed to play in the Ukraine, per David Pick.

The Grizzlies have sent rookie guard Wayne Baldwin to the Iowa Energy of the D-League, per the team.

Former UConn star and D-League guard Ryan Boatright has agreed to a contract with KK Cedevita of Croatia, per Amico Hoops.

Former Richmond forward Jermaine Bucknor has signed with Olimpico de La Banda of Argentina, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Yale power forward Greg Mangano has agreed to sign with Al Nasar of Saudi Arabia, per Amico Hoops.

Undrafted Minnesota power forward Maurice Walker has agreed to a deal with the Worcester Wolves of the Canadian NBL, per Amico Hoops.

Former Missouri guard Earnest Ross has signed with Naestved of Denmark, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-North Carolina State and D-League point guard Javier Gonzalez has agreed to a contract with Iskra Svit of Slovakia, per Amico Hoops.

Former Florida Gulf Coast guard Sherwood Brown has signed with German club Hanau, per Amico Hoops.

Monday's News

Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith "isn't optimistic" that he'll be invited to the NBA 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend, per the Akron Beacon Journal.

According to the Beacon Journal: "Among the shooters ranked ahead of him, only Jason Kidd, Vince Carter, Jamal Crawford and Kobe Bryant never competed in a 3-point contest. Smith made a career-high 204 3-pointers last season, and despite his best efforts to rehab his image, Smith said last year he doesn’t believe the NBA wants him anywhere near All-Star weekend because of his reputation." (Full report.)

Per the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "As traditional centers begin to fade, a new breed has emerged, with big men being asked to expand their games beyond the arc, needing speed and quickness to defend on the perimeter."

The website/newspaper quoted Cavs coach Tyronn Lue as saying: "I think change is better for the fans and for basketball as far as moving freely, shooting the 3-point shot, scoring more points per game," Lue said. "I think the game is faster when you have stretch 4s and smaller guys playing the 4 position. That's always exciting. It's just a different game now and we've got to get accustomed to it." (Full report.)

Occasionally resting Cavs star LeBron James is a wise thing to do, per Terry Pluto in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Bucks guard Matthew Dellavedova has an increased role as a playmaker, per Brew Hoop.

Lakers guard Nick Young has resurrected his career under new coach Luke Walton, per ESPN.

Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons is expected to miss around two weeks with a bone bruiser in his left knee, per ESPN.

The Rockets are still talking new contract with forward Donatas Motiejunas, per ESPN.

Trail Blazers swingman Allen Crabbe didn't believe the Nets' offseason free agency offer was real, per NetsDaily.

The Bulls seem to have solved any chemistry issues that may have impacted them last season, per the Boston Globe.

Knicks president Phil Jackson is still taking shots at Heat president Pat Riley, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis "didn't mean to scare anybody" about a possible move out of the nation's capital, per The Washington Post.

Former NBA forward Dijon Thompson (UCLA) has signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of Israel, per Amico Hoops.

Former Marquette point guard Matt Carlino has signed with Vanoli Cremona of Italy, per Amico Hoops.

Former Talladega guard Brandon Peters has agreed to a contract with Mgzavrebi of Georgia, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Rhode Island forward Will Daniels has signed with Mouttahed of Lebanon, per Amico Hoops.

Former Judson forward Caleb Sutton has agreed to a contract with Ezerunas-Karys of Lithuania, per Amico Hoops.

Former Mississippi State forward Travis Daniels has agreed to a contract with Bulgarian club Balkan Botevgrad, per Amico Hoops.

Undrafted North Carolina A&T forward Bruce Beckford has signed with Apollon of Cyprus, per Amico Hoops.

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