Morning shootaround — Sept. 22


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Report: Love, Varejao, Mozgov, Irving will be ready for camp | Matthews, Parsons, McGee out for start of camp | Report: Ridnour will sit out 2015-16 season

No. 1: Report: Love, Varejao, Irving, Mozgov all expected to be ready for camp — Reports circulated a few weeks ago that LeBron James was summoning his Cavs teammates to Miami for workouts and judging by a photo that circulated on social media, there was a pretty good turnout for it. As we close in on official team training camps, though, there could be some good news for Cleveland once things get rolling. According to Chris Haynes of the Northwest Ohio Media Group, injured players Anderson Varejao, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Timofey Mozgov are all expected to participate in training camp:

The Cleveland Cavaliers anticipate that Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejao will be ready for the start of training camp Sept. 29, Northeast Ohio Media Group has learned.

All four players are recovering from surgery.

Irving (fractured knee cap) and Love (separated shoulder) will be active during camp, but on a limited basis. The Cavaliers will work the two in slowly and cautiously. The anticipation is that Love will be fully cleared with no limitations before Irving is given the green light, I’m told.

Love said on the “Late Night with Seth Meyers” talk show Sept. 11 that he was “a month and a half away” from returning.

Irving refused to give a timetable for his return in a recent interview with the Associated Press in Miami.

So far, Love’s workload on the court consists of non-contact drills; while Irving has been coy about what he has been doing.

NEOMG is also told Mozgov (knee scope) and Varejao (Achilles’ tendon tear) are not expected to be restricted once camp opens, but the team will closely monitor their involvement


No. 2: Matthews, Parsons, McGee will miss start of Mavs’ camp — Unlike the Cleveland Cavaliers (above), the Dallas Mavericks know they’ll be shorthanded and missing some of their offseason additions once training camp opens. Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports the Mavs are preparing to open camp without the services of Chandler Parsons, Wesley Matthews and JaVale McGee:

The Mavericks knew months ago that there was a realistic chance they would have to work projected starters Wes Matthews and Chandler Parsons into action on the fly and with training camp less than a week away, they now know that’s a fact.

Both players are coming off major surgery and will not be ready to compete fully when camp begins next Monday.

It’s not a shock to the Mavericks.

“They are on track, but there’s no reason to rush anyone,” owner Mark Cuban said. “We have a full squad of 20 people precisely because we knew that our vets would see limited preseason action.”

It remains unknown whether Matthews, coming off surgery to repair a torn Achilles, or Parsons, who had knee surgery after the playoffs, would be able to play when the regular season begins.

Clearly, the Mavericks are willing to give both as much time as needed.

In addition, it appears backup center JaVale McGee (left leg injury) also will be unable to participate fully when camp begins. The oft-injured McGee played just 28 games the last two seasons.


No. 3: Report: Ridnour to sit out 2015-16 season — Veteran point guard Luke Ridnour has carved out a pretty solid career in his 12 seasons in the league, putting up solid seasons whether he served as a starter or a backup player. Over the summer, though, Ridnour was famously traded four times in the span of about five days before eventually winding up on the Toronto Raptors (who waived him). Don’t expect to see Ridnour in the NBA — at least at the start of the 2015-16 season — writes Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

After being traded four times this offseason, NBA free-agent guard Luke Ridnour has made a move that will keep him from getting dealt next season and possibly ever again.

Ridnour has decided that he will not play the 2015-16 NBA season, a source told Yahoo Sports. The 12-year NBA veteran has not announced his retirement although his return to professional basketball appears doubtful. Ridnour received interest in free agency, but it wasn’t reciprocated.

Ridnour, 34, averaged career lows in 47 games with the Orlando Magic last season: four points, two assists and 14.5 minutes per game. He was slated to make $2.75 million in the final year of his contract before the Toronto Raptors, who acquired him from theOklahoma City Thunder on June 30, requested waivers a day before the deal became guaranteed July 10. Ridnour had only been traded three times total prior to this offseason.


SOME RANDOM HEADLINES: Looking back at some of the biggest trades ever in NBA history New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis bought himself a monkey, apparently … Former Orlando Magic coach/ex-San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Jacque Vaughn is reportedly returning to the Spurs in a player-personnel role … Utah Jazz swingman Alec Burks can’t wait to get back into the action this season … Houston Rockets forward Donatas Montiejunas (back) is doubtful to start training camp on time … Contract talks between Tristan Thompson and the Cleveland Cavaliers have hit an impasse


  1. Ms. Penny says:

    Why not? We paid Kevin Love $110m, so we were already desperate. The guy hobbled down the court most of last year. We didn’t need to pay him that kind of money. We were desperate of the backlash of the Wiggins trade, so we coughed it up. So, that’s where desperation started, so we might as well end it with TT.

    Love has some health issues, why invest that kind of money on him. That is way too much to risk on him. I thought the Cavs would’ve learned their lesson back with Big Z’s surgeries.

  2. WJS says:

    Now MS Penny, TT got 94 million? That is not taking care of business. That’s desperation! The whole NBA is laughing. As for Love and KI being back for the playoffs. They can take their time. We have the King. He can do it all on his own. The King could have Larry, Michael, Magic and Kobe and we’re going to see the same all thing. Three lousy plays: Post up for the King, Pick and roll for the King and everyone get out of the way, move to the right of the floor. It’s time to run an isolation for the King. there you have it. Someone tell me I’m wrong.

  3. Ms. Penny says:

    It doesn’t matter the King wants TT on the team and he’s a great fit for this team. Sometimes you have to choke it up, and handle your business. I just hope they don’t rush Irving and Love back too soon. We need them 100% for the playoffs.

  4. Stopmakingexcuses says:

    Can someone explain to me how Tristan thompson is worth 5yr 94mill?

  5. Kevin says:

    Dirk’s a good player without questions, but from the look last year, he’s aged to the point that defense is becoming an issue for the Mavs with all the young teams around. They need to start rebuilding and need to do so fast because I don’t think Dirk can last more than 2 years.

  6. brad says:

    of course, your last name is Nowitski.

  7. WJS says:

    Well maybe the Mav’s should of too their team for some private work outs in South Beach. See what Mark Cuban would say about that. King, if you played for Cuban you’re “Caviler” attitude wouldn’t go very far. Don’t worry KI and Love, take your time coming back. We have King and he’ll take care of us…

  8. michael says:

    not looking good for the mavs this year…when was the last time the Mavs missed the playoffs? just curious…

  9. Shozab says:

    i thought kyrie would be ready by January. Is he already better?

  10. lbj0606 says:

    Lbj is the goat period watch out for this season

  11. Harriethehawk says:

    The Dallas Mavericks are not getting off to a good start. And even the players that are on injured status will not be at full capacity. Not good.

    • teg says:

      even with them healthy, I won’t be surprised to see Dallas miss the postseason this year. they couldn’t improve on the starting lineup, and they STILL don’t have a good bench.

      • Sam Reyes says:

        they did upgraded, problem is injuries, however, the still have a chace….

        If you dont know who deron was take a look back, also wes can score better than monta + def.

        the problem is Center position, bench and the return of the 3 fallen, magee, cp and sm.

        they are under rated but they still stand a chance, long shot, still a shot!!


        Go mavs