Rumor Roundup: Cavs, Wizards, Durant

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A look at the latest news, moves and views from around pro hoops:

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Foes have found the way to beat the Cavaliers – run. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said he sees opposing coaches waving at their teams to get moving."

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Lue said his biggest indicator in the playing fast department was that LeBron James and Kyrie Irving didn’t push the pace. 'Those guys could have been a little gassed from last night and from the road trip. It’s no excuse. They beat us,' Lue said."

Per the Akron Beacon Journal: "Asked if he was still experiencing blurred vision as he was Friday night, James said, 'I can see you real well.'" (Full report.)

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">Amico Hoops: "The Cavs backcourt of Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith can’t keep anyone from penetrating. Tristan Thompson hasn’t been defending the rim. So this is suddenly a team that can’t guard anyone on the perimeter or in the paint." (Dribbles: Time for Cavs to smash through wall

">Full column.)

Per Cleveland.com: "A little more than two weeks ago, Smith returned to the lineup, coming off the bench for the first seven games."

Per Cleveland.com: "He's with the starters now, as Lue made the swap Wednesday prior to the game against the Denver Nuggets so the original starting five could get back together. Lue was also hoping to get Smith some more open looks, wanting him to find his shooting form. The Cavs are still waiting." (Full column.)

Per ESPN: "This is nothing new. They have been the second-worst defensive team in the league since the All-Star break, ahead of only the Los Angeles Lakers, who, it would appear, are purposely trying to lose in order to hold on to their draft pick."

Per ESPN: "What has changed is how Cleveland tries to explain what is happening."

Per ESPN: "This particular Cavs group remembers being 19-20 two seasons ago before making the Finals. Last season they fired their coach at midseason and trailed the greatest regular-season team in league history 3-1 with a title on the line and still bounced back to win it all without home-court advantage on their side." (Full report.)

Per the Washington Post: "The loss last month proved one thing to the Wizards: They could play with the Cavaliers. But could they beat them?" Per the Washington Post: "On Saturday night, Washington definitively answered the question. The Wizards might have earned the Cavs’ respect after the last game. Now they have the full attention of LeBron James & Co. as the playoffs approach." Per the Washington Post: "In front of a sold-out visiting arena — with screaming fans who parked in their seats before tip-off — and staring at a now-motivated Cavaliers team, Washington quelled every rebellion." (Full report.) Per the San Francisco Chronicle: "With Kevin Durant set to be re-evaluated by team doctors in less than a week, the Warriors’ coaches are in the preliminary phases of planning for his return. All they know at this point is that Durant will probably be on a minutes restriction during his first few games back in the rotation." (Full report.) Per CSN Philly: The team expects Joel Embiid to resume basketball activities during this summer, according to Sixers director of performance research and development Dr. David T. Martin. Embiid will begin his rehab in Los Angeles with specialists and Sixers medical and training staff members." (Full report.) Per ESPN: "Milwaukee Bucks forward John Henson is expected to be sidelined for approximately a week with a left thumb sprain, a league source told ESPN." (Full report.) Per Hoops Rumors: "The Pacers currently own the seventh spot in the Eastern Conference, but they’ve won just five of their 12 games during the month of March. Indiana has put together games where it looks like it has a legitimate chance to win a playoff series, but it also has moments where it appears that the back of the lottery is all the franchise can hope for." (Full report.) Per Bleacher Report: "If Chris Paul and Blake Griffin stay this summer, there's a school of thought that the Clippers' best option to change the mix is to trade DeAndre Jordan, as his value has never been higher while the team's need for a top two-way wing player continues to be glaring." Per Bleacher Report: "Even that isn't so easily done, though, as Jordan can opt out of his contract after next season—meaning his willingness to stay somewhere he gets traded is a factor in any deal." (Full report.) The Cavs recalled Kay Felder from the Canton Charge, per the team. The Mavericks assignedManny Harris and Jarrod Uthoff to the Texas Legends, per the team. Per the New York Post: "If you are a Knicks fan, you fantasize over De’Aaron Fox, the baby-faced assassin who turned his Sweet 16 point-guard matchup with Lonzo Ball and UCLA into his personal showcase (39 points), the spiky-haired slasher who loves the big stage, running the show at the Garden and feeding Kristaps Porzingis over the next decade." Per the New York Post: "Or you might also salivate over the prospect of Malik Monk, a fearless 6-foot-4 shooting guard, raining 3s with deadly marksmanship opposite Porzingis over the next decade." (Full column.) The Nets have signed guard Archie Goodwin to a second 10-day contract, per the team. Per FanRag Sports: "UCLA's Lonzo Ball tells reporters that this was his last game in college. Will be in play for the top overall pick in the NBA Draft." Per Scout.com: "Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac is declaring for the NBA Draft, he tells Scout. Isaac is expected to sign with an agent." Former NBA forward Lou Amundson has agreed to a deal with TNT Ka Tropa of the Philippines, per

"His timing is way off right now but they are hopeful he is ready to go for the playoffs" @AmicoHoops on Larry Sanders role with the Cavs

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 25, 2017

">Amico Hoops.

Former D-League small forward Durrell Summers has agreed to a contract with Olimpo of Argentina, per

"His timing is way off right now but they are hopeful he is ready to go for the playoffs" @AmicoHoops on Larry Sanders role with the Cavs

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 25, 2017

">Amico Hoops. Former D-League guard Roberto Nelson has agreed to a contract with French club Roanne, per

"His timing is way off right now but they are hopeful he is ready to go for the playoffs" @AmicoHoops on Larry Sanders role with the Cavs

— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 25, 2017

">Amico Hoops.

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