Daily News - August 25, 2014

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Jason Lloyd: Cavaliers could be on the cusp of building a new NBA dynasty
Author: Jason Lloyd
Publication: Akron Beacon Journal

"In a city built on sports heartbreak and despair, in a town with a river named Chagrin, it’s difficult to process days (and summers) like this.

The Cavaliers can’t stop scratching winning lottery tickets. One magical essay and one well-timed trade have turned Cleveland into an NBA mega power again.

Kevin Love is a member of the Cavaliers, assuring them of beginning this season with more talent than any of LeBron James’ first seven years here. But there’s something else involved, something that has been overlooked amid the euphoria of the moment." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Teams eyeing Emeka Okafor's return
Author: Marc Stein
Publication: ESPN.com

"Even after losing an entire season to injury, Emeka Okafor is a man in demand.

Roughly half of the league, I'm told, has registered interest this summer in Okafor, despite the fact that the 31-year-old free agent lost the entire 2013-14 season while recovering from a serious neck ailment.

The list of pursuers for the defensive-minded center, according to NBA front office sources, includes LeBron James' Cleveland Cavaliers as well as LeBron's old friends in Miami." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

Adding LeBron, Kevin Love makes Cavaliers contenders, but three things can hold them back
Author: Kurt Helin
Publication: NBCSports.com

"Dan Gilbert — one of the hardline owners in the last CBA negotiations, a guy who wanted an NFL-style franchise tag and taxes that would make it hard to build or maintain a super team team — has gone out and gotten himself a super team.

With the addition of Kevin Love to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers are contenders. Kevin Love’s outlet passes are going to get LeBron, Irving, Dion Waiters and others some easy transition buckets. LeBron is going to create space for Love he hasn’t seen in years. If they play uptempo and use some smart sets this is a team that is going to score a lot of points.

But they should not be title favorites. Not yet in my book. I can think of three things that could (and I think will) keep them from winning a title next season." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

NBA Sunday: Judging the Cavaliers’ Competition in the West
Author: Cody Taylor
Publication: BasketballInsiders

"The announcement that everyone was waiting for finally came on Saturday. That announcement of course was that Kevin Love was officially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for number one overall draft pick Andrew Wiggins, last year’s number one pick Anthony Bennett and a first-round pick. A new detail emerged, as the Philadelphia 76ers were included as the third team in the deal, acquiring Luc Mbah a Moute, Alexey Shved and a future first-round draft pick while sending Thaddeus Young to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The trade was perhaps the best option available to the Timberwolves, who risked losing Love next offseason for nothing. The deal will allow them to remain competitive next season and will also set them up for the future. The Cavaliers, on the other hand, are now in a position where it’s NBA Finals or bust. While the Eastern Conference has certainly improved during the last couple of seasons, the conference remains the Cavaliers’ for the taking. Some around the league have questioned whether the Cavaliers can jump in immediately and make a run to the Finals." - CLICK HERE to read full story.

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