Monthly Archives: July 2015


Statement from the Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

July 30, 2015

Joey Bosa with Kenny Roda

Four individuals from the Ohio State University football team will miss the Buckeyes’ first game of the season, Sept. 7 at Virginia Tech, for violating Department of Athletics policy. The individuals involved are junior defensive end Joey Bosa, sophomore H-back Jalin Marshall, senior receiver Corey Smith and junior H-back Dontre Wilson.


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CLEVELAND –The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired the Los Angeles Lakers 2019 Second Round Draft Pick, which was held by the Indiana Pacers, in exchange for the rights to forward/center Rakeem Christmas, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.

Christmas, the 36th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft appeared in four summer league games for this Cavs this summer, averaging 8.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20.9 minutes per game. He played in 142 games during his four years at Syracuse averaging 7.4 points on .560 shooting, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 22.0 minutes.


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LeBron James Postgame vs Bulls Game 6

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward LeBron James, General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts. Per league and team policy, terms of the contracts were not released.

“LeBron’s re-signing today is a reflection and continuation of his strong, personal commitment to help deliver championships to Northeast Ohio and Cavs fans everywhere,” said Griffin. “We share this deep level of commitment with him. His impact upon this team, his community and the game are impossible to overstate and we look forward to continuing on our mission together.”

James, a four-time MVP and 11-time NBA All-Star, appeared in 69 regular season games (all starts) for the Cavaliers in 2014-15 with averages of 25.3 points (3rd in NBA) on .488 shooting from the field, 6.0 rebounds, 7.4 assists (7th in NBA) and 1.6 steals in 36.1 minutes. It was James’ 11th consecutive season averaging at least 25.0 points per game, which is tied with Karl Malone (1987-88 to 1997-98) and Jerry West (1961-62 to 1971-72) for the most consecutive seasons averaging at least 25.0 points in NBA history (min. 30 games). James earned All-NBA First Team honors and was also the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice in 2014-15 (February and March), as well as the Player of the Week three times (week ending Nov. 16, Nov. 30 & Jan. 25).

James was one of only three players in the NBA to tally 1,700 points, 500 assists, 400 rebounds and 100 steals (James Harden, Russell Westbrook). The 6-8 forward scored in double figures in all 69 games, increasing his consecutive double-digit scoring streak to 641 (third-longest streak in NBA history). In addition to scoring in double figures every game he appeared in, James had 52 games of at least 20 points, 18 games of at least 30 points and three 40-point outings. He also registered 22 double-doubles and two triple-doubles.

The Akron, Ohio native remains the franchise’s leader in points scored (16,994), scoring average (27.5), field goals made (6,039), three-pointers made (891), free throws made (4,025), assists (4,321), steals (1,064) and minutes played (24,601). Over his 12-year NBA career, James has appeared in 911 regular season games (910 starts) with averages of 27.3 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.9 assists, 1.7 steals and 39.3 minutes, while shooting .496 from the floor, .342 from three-point range and .745 from the foul line.

For his postseason career, James has appeared in 178 playoff contests (all starts) with averages of 28.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals in 42.5 minutes per game. He started in all 20 games during the Cavs’ NBA Finals run in the 2015 Playoffs, recording an NBA-high 14 double-doubles (three triple-doubles) and averaging 30.1 points, 11.3 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocks in 42.2 minutes per game. He joined Oscar Robertson as the only players in league playoff history to average at least 30.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a single postseason.



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Kevin Love Podium Postgame Boston Game 3


CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed forward Kevin Love, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.  Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“From the moment Kevin arrived, he has shared our plan for winning in Cleveland. Today confirms our mutual belief in that vision,” said Griffin. “As one of the truly elite players in the NBA, Kevin’s value and impact was critical to our success this past season and we are thrilled that he will be part of our core group for many years to come.”

In his first season with the Cavs, Love played in 75 games (all starts) with averages of 16.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 33.8 minutes per game. Love was the only player in the league to average at least nine rebounds and make at least 50 three-pointers this past season. He also shot .367 from the three-point line and .804 from the foul line on the season. His 144 three-pointers were the second-most on the team in 2014-15, as well as the seventh-most in a single season in franchise history. Love registered a team-high 38 double-doubles, which was tied for 10th in the NBA and was the most by a Cavalier since 2003-04 (Carlos Boozer, 41).

Love played in four games during the 2015 Playoffs before suffering a dislocated left shoulder in the First Round series against Boston. He averaged 14.3 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.8 minutes, while also shooting .429 from the three-point line for Cleveland. Love was originally acquired by the Cavs in a three-team trade on August 23, 2014.

A three-time NBA All-Star, Love owns career averages of 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 32.9 minutes over 439 games (357 starts) in seven seasons with Minnesota and Cleveland. The 6-10 forward holds career shooting percentages of .363 from the three-point line and .814 from the free throw line.  Love is one of only three players in league history to average 10.0 rebounds and make over 500 three-pointers, joining Larry Bird and Charles Barkley.


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Iman Shumpert After Practice Photo 5-31-15

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers have re-signed guard Iman Shumpert, Cavaliers General Manager David Griffin announced today from Cleveland Clinic Courts.  Per league and team policy, terms of the contract were not released.

“Iman is a versatile, two-way player who embodies much of the grit, determination and defense-first mentality our group became identified by,” said Griffin.  “He is evolving as a playmaker on both ends and his impact on our group was enormous throughout our Finals run.”

Shumpert appeared in  62 games (25 starts) for the Cavs and New York Knicks in the 2014-15 regular season. He averaged 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.9 minutes per game. In 38 regular season games (one start) with the Cavs, the 6-5 guard averaged 7.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in 24.2 minutes per game.

During Cleveland’s NBA Finals run in the 2015 playoffs, Shumpert appeared in all 20 games (16 starts), averaging 9.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.8 minutes per game. Shumpert was originally acquired by the Cavs in a three-team trade on January 5, 2015.



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CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers today announced the team’s roster for the 2015 Samsung NBA Summer League held July 10-20 in Las Vegas, NV. The roster includes Cavaliers guard Joe Harris and 2015 NBA Draft picks Rakeem Christmas (36thoverall) and Sir’Dominic Pointer (53rd overall).  The team will be coached by Cavs assistant coach Bret Brielmaier.

The Cavaliers will play three preliminary round games before being seeded in the summer league tournament, which tips off on July 15. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games. NBA TV will televise all 67 games at the annual showcase. Fans will also be able to watch games live on and via the NBA Game Time App.

All games will be played at the COX Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. The Cavaliers have competed in the league each summer since its inception in 2004.

For more information on the Cavaliers summer plans, visit Cavs fans can also follow the team’s summer league coverage on Twitter (@Cavs) and Instagram (Cavs). The Cavaliers summer league game schedule and roster are listed below:




Friday, July 10             Golden State vs. Cleveland         7:30 p.m. PST (10:30 p.m. EST)       Thomas & Mack

Saturday, July 11        Brooklyn vs. Cleveland                7:00 p.m. PST (10:00 p.m. EST)       COX Pavilion

Monday, July 13         Milwaukee vs. Cleveland            1:00 p.m. PST (4:00 p.m. EST)         COX Pavilion


*The summer league tournament schedule is as follows: First Round – July 15, Second Round – July 16, Consolation Round – July 17, Quarterfinals – July 18, Semifinals – July 19, Finals – July 20





26 Jerrelle Benimon F 6-8 245 8/1/91 Towson / USA Idaho Stampede (D-League) 1
28 Rakeem Christmas F/C 6-9 250 12/1/91 Syracuse / USA Syracuse (College) R
14 Quinn Cook G 6-2 185 3/23/93 Duke / USA Duke (College) R
40 Eric Griffin F 6-8 205 5/26/90 Campbell / USA Texas Legends (D-League) R
12 Joe Harris G 6-6 225 9/7/91 Virginia / USA Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA) 1
35 Tyler Haws G 6-5 195 4/11/91 BYU / USA BYU (College) R
32 Trevor Lacey G 6-3 208 10/13/91 North Carolina State / USA North Carolina State (College) R
16 Sir’Dominic Pointer G/F 6-6 192 5/6/92 St. John’s / USA St. John’s (College) R
10 D.J. Seeley G 6-4 195 11/28/89 Cal State Fullerton / USA Delaware 87ers (D-League) R
24 John Shurna F 6-9 215 4/30/90 Northwestern / USA Darüşşafaka S.K. (Turkey) R
15 Keifer Sykes G 6-0 180 12/30/93 Wisconsin-Green Bay / USA Wisconsin-Green Bay (College) R
45 D.J. White F 6-9 250 8/31/86 Indiana / USA Fujian Sturgeons (China) 6
30 Talib Zanna F 6-9 230 10/1/90 Pittsburgh / Nigeria Oklahoma City Blue (D-League) R


    *Roster as of July 7th and subject to change.





                    CAVS SUMMER LEAGUE HEAD COACH     Bret Brielmaier (Arizona)


        CAVS SUMMER LEAGUE ASSISTANT COACHES  Jordi Fernandez (Badalona, Spain)

James Posey (Xavier)

Vitaly Potapenko (Wright State)

Dan Vincent (Michigan State)

Steve Gansey (Ashland)

Damon Jones (Houston)

Mike Gerrity (USC)