Rumor Roundup: Love, LeBron, Clippers

Sam Amico

Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love hinted that the team's best play may be yet to come, per Cleveland.com.

Per the website/newspaper: "When asked what it will take for the Cavs to play more like the team that shredded the Pistons, 104-81, prior to this mini in-season break as opposed to being pushed by Orlando and Philadelphia, Love provided a simple explanation. 'Probably time,' he said. 'Really took us to get to the second half of the season and even the latter part of the season last year and into the playoffs to get to where we needed to be.'"

Love added: "I think it will just take time and hopefully rolling into the New Year, 30 or 40 games in, we will really look like ourselves and put together what we always talk about, 48 solid minutes.'" (Full report.)

LeBron James missed Cavs' practice Wednesday for deposition in former players' union chief Billy Hunter's lawsuit, per multiple reports.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James is still expected to start in Wednesday's game vs. the Trail Blazers.

Lue and the Cavaliers (10-2) are happy with their fast start, but know the schedule will get tougher, per the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram.

The Cavs will wear their orange throwback uniforms six times this season, beginning Dec. 9, per the team.

Clippers point guard Chris Paul and power forward Blake Griffin say their relationship is better now than ever, per USA Today.

Pistons guard Reggie Jackson feels good and hopes to get on the court soon, per The Detroit News.

Pistons owner Tom Gores hired then-powerful player agent Arn Tellem in 2015 to help kickstart the team's move downtown, per The Detroit News.

Bucks big man Greg Monroe hasn't been a fit and could play potentially even less moving forward, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Bulls' decision to sign point guard Rajon Rondo ranks among the worst moves of the offseason, per Basketball Insiders.

Bulls guard Dwyane Wade says the Nuggets did a great job of recruiting him and he thinks they'll land a significant free agent in the near future, per The Denver Post.

Combo guard Garrett Temple has won over the Kings with his play and attitude, per the Sacramento Bee.

Hoops Rumors put together an excellent look at traded draft picks in 2017, and which teams may be impacted. View the complete list here.

Former NBA and D-League small forward Tony Mitchell has signed with Hapoel Eilat of Israel, per Amico Hoops.

Ex-Canton Charge and NBA guard Josh Akognon has agreed to sign with Lietuvos Rytas of Lithuania, per Amico Hoops.

Former St. Peter's power forward Marvin Dominique has agreed to a contract with the Horsholm 79ers of Denmark, per Amico Hoops.

Former Cal State-Northridge center Tre Hale-Edmerson has signed a one-year deal with German club Recklingshausen, per Amico Hoops.

AMICO'S TOP 10 D-LEAGUERS
1. Anthony Brown, G, Erie (called up); 2. Ray McCallum, G, Grand Rapids; 3. Briante Webber, G, Sioux Falls; 4. Vander Blue, G, LA D-Fenders; 5. Quinn Cook, G, Canton; 6. Manny Harris, G, Texas; 7. Lamar Patterson, SF, Reno; 8. P.J. Hairston, G, Rio Grande Valley; 9. Johnny O'Bryant, PF, Northern Arizona; 10. Spencer Dinwiddie, G, Windy City.

Tuesday's News

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.

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