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If you missed the “Roda Report” today on 92.3 The Fan with Andy Baskin and Jeff Phelps you can listen here as we talked Cavs/T-Wolves trade, Coach Luke stopped by and Hoyer vs Manziel in camp.

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Kudos to Mike Pettine for setting a date on when he’ll announce who his starting quarterback will be. The first year head coach said he’ll make that decision sometime before the third preseason game versus the Rams on August 23rd at home. This is smart for a number of reasons:

1) He beats the media to the punch of asking him every day of training camp when he’ll announce his starter.

2) It gives both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel a time table so they can show off talents and their command of Kyle Shanahan’s offense and they’ll know how long they have to impress the coaches.

3) By making the decision at that point, it allows the starting QB to lead the team in third preseason game, or the so called “dress rehearsal” game for the regular season.

Besides the quarterback battle in training camp, I have two other positions I’ll be watching closely to see who emerges:

Wide Receiver – With Josh Gordon facing a potential season long suspension, this is by far the weakest position on the team. The Browns do not have a wide receiver that scares any team in the NFL. All the receivers on the squad not named Gordon, combined for a total of 1 touchdown catch last season. So I’ll be paying close attention to who will emerge from a group of has-beens, no-names, injury recovering vets and rookies.

Linebacker – Paul Kruger is overpaid and under produced last year. Can Barkevious Mingo become a starter? Is Karlos Dansby an upgrade over D’Qwell Jackson? Does Craig Robertson step his game up? A lot of question marks at this position.


I expect Kevin Love to be on the Cavaliers opening day roster for the 2014-15 season. It’s looking more and more like G.M. David Griffin will have to include Andrew Wiggins in the deal to acquire Love, but if that’s what Minnesota wants to get it done and if LeBron James wants it to be done, then if you’re Griff you include the first overall pick of the 2014 draft.

Sources have told me that a package of Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and a 2015 first round draft pick, along with other bodies and contracts throw in should be enough to get the trade for Love done. Minnesota may be asking for more, and are probably leaking other alleged teams trade offers to try and scare the Cavs into upping their offer, but I’ve been told that David Griffin should hold firm on the last two number #1 overall picks and a first rounder next year and for Love and it will eventually happen.

It’s going to be great experience for Cavalier guards Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters to participate this summer in Team USA Basketball’s training camp July 28-31st. Irving is on the roster of players who have a chance to make Team USA, while Waiters was chosen to be part of the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad that will play against Team USA. These practices and games of going against America’s best are only going to make both players better individually and overall, and that benefits David Blatt and the Cavaliers. Just stay healthy!


I picked them to be slightly above .500 before the season started and to just miss out on the playoffs and unfortunately that’s what it looks like right now for Tribe. While the hitting is starting to improve, there is still too much uncertainty with the starting pitching and the defense remains a big question mark and that has led Terry Francona’s bunch to be nothing more than a .500 team to this point. We’ll see if G.M. Chris Antonetti makes a big move to give this team a shot in the arm before the July 31st trading deadline, but I’m not holding my breath on that.


ProBasketballDraft.com’s Joe Kotoch joined me to share his insight on the Kevin Love/Andrew Wiggins trade talks involving the Cavaliers and Timberwolves.



My advice to: the Indians on what to trade for, the Browns on the Hoyer/Manziel competition and the Cavs on how to handle to the Kevin Love trade situation.

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When LeBron James left Miami for Cleveland he weakened one franchise, strengthened another and changed the entire landscape of the Eastern Conference. Other teams made moves as well, some got stronger, some not so much.

Here are my rankings of the top 10 teams in the East with each squad’s projected starting lineup and first three players off the bench.  This off course is subject to change based on trades and other free agent signings in the future.


1  Chicago Bulls                  (48-34)                 HC- Tom Thibodeau

PG- Derrick Rose  SG- Jimmy Butler  SF- Mike Dunleavy  PF- Pau Gasol  C- Joakim Noah

Bench – Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott , Kirk Hinrich


2  Cleveland Cavaliers       (33-49)                 HC- David Blatt

PG- Kyrie  SG- Andrew Wiggins  SF- LeBron  PF- Tristan Thompson  C- Anderson Varjao

Bench- Dion Waiters, Anthony Bennett, Mike Miller


3  Indiana Pacers                (56-26)                HC- Frank Vogel

PG- George Hill  SG- C.J. Miles  SF- Paul George  PF- David West  C- Roy Hibbert

Bench- Luis Scola, C.J. Watson, Ian Mahinmi


4  Washington Wizards     (44-38)                HC- Randy Wittman

PG- John Wall  SG- Bradley Beal  SF- Paul Pierce  PF- Nene Hilario  C- Marcin Gortat

Bench- Martell Webster, Otto Porter Jr., Kris Humphries


5  Toronto Raptors            (48-34)                 HC- Dwane Casey

PG- K.Lowery  SG- Terrence Ross  SF- D. DeRozan  SF- Amir Johnson  C- J. Valanciunas

Bench- Greivis Vasquez, Pattrick Patterson, Louis Williams


6  Miami Heat                    (54-28)                  HC- Erik Spoelstra

PG- Mario Chalmers  SG- D-Wade  SF- Luol Deng  PF- Josh McRoberts  C- Chris Bosh

Bench- Chris Anderson Norris Cole, Shabazz Napier


7 Charlotte Hornets          (43-39)                 HC- Steve Clifford

PG-K.Walker  SG- L. Stephenson  SF- M. Kidd-Gilchrist  PF- Cody Zeller  C- Al Jefferson

Bench- Noah Vonleh, Gary Neal, Gerald Henderson


8 Atlanta Hawks                 (38-44)                HC- Mike Budenholzer

PG- Jeff Teague,  SG- Kyle Korver  SF- DeMarre Carroll  PF- Paul Millsap  C- Al Horford

Bench- Thabo Sefolosha, Dennis Schroeder, Pero Antic


9 Brooklyn Nets                 (44-38)                 HC- Lionel Hollins

PG- Deron Williams SG- Joe Johnson SF- A. Kirilenko PF- Kevin Garnett  C- Brook Lopez

Bench- Mason Plumlee, Jarrett Jack, Mirza Teletovic


10 New York Knicks           (37-45)                HC- Derrick Fisher

PG- Jose Calderon SG- I.Shumpert SF- Carmelo PF- A. Stoudemire  C-Samuel Dalembert

Bench- J.R. Smith, Andrea Bargnani, Tim Hardaway Jr.


Guys, at one time or another, most of us have been in this situation before right? What are you willing to give up for love? What will you sacrifice for love?

Are you willing to give up your Monday night golf league with the fellas?

Are you willing to drop out of three of your four fantasy football leagues?

Are you willing to throw away your favorite sweatshirt you’ve had for fifteen years? You know the one, it’s faded, has holes in it, the collar is stretched out and you look like crap in it, but you don’t care because it’s your most comfortable shirt.

Are you willing to take Samba lessons, even though you can’t dance and your favorite band is George Thorogood and the Destroyers?

Love does crazy things to you. How far are you willing to go for love?

Kevin Love BR

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Well the Cavs are dealing with that kind of love now. G.M. David Griffin is asking himself if he really loves Love and what is his willing to give up for Love? It’s no secret the Cleveland Cavaliers fancy Kevin Love. They’d love to have Love on their team.

LeBron James wants Love. I know he just got married and is in love, and has his third child is on the way, but he wants another kind of love. The Love he had back in London in 2012 at the Olympics.

So will James force the Cavs against their wishes to do whatever it takes to get Love?

Will that pressure force David Griffin and owner Dan Gilbert to give up someone they really love in Andrew Wiggins in order to reunite “King James” with Love?David Griffin Draft Night Photo

Or will Griff and @CavsDan explain to LeBron, that while it may be painful, some love is worth waiting for and this is one of those times where Love is going to have to wait. Eventually Love could end up in Cleveland, but only on the Cavs terms, not Minnesota’s because the Cavs are only willing to sacrifice so much for Love.

And if Love is true in his willingness to connect with James once again, then he can make sacrifices too.  He can tell the Timberwolves and every other team in the NBA the only place where he would love to play, and the only place he’s willing to make a long term commitment is in Cleveland with LeBron.

So yes love hurts, the waiting can be painful, but when you do eventually find the right formula for love and there’s a compromise, love can be a beautiful thing.

The Cavs and the T-wolves are both hoping for a happy ending. The Timberwolves getting what they want in return for Love, and the Cavaliers getting Love, for what they are willing to sacrifice. But the big question still remains, what are the Cavs willing to give up for Love?

Chuck Woolery

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To make that Love connection happen, maybe the Cavs should call in an expert like Chuck Woolery for some help. Stay tuned to see how this Love story ends!


FoxSportsOhio.com’s Sam Amico joined me once again and this time we debated about whether or not the Cavs should give up Andrew Wiggins in a trade package to acquire Kevin Love from Minnesota.

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Here’s what college basketball analyst Dan Dakich told me back on 7-7-14 about what the Cavs should do if there was a potential Kevin Love for Andrew Wiggins trade.

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Head Coach – David Blatt                             Associate Head Coach – Tyronn Lue

(My projected starters in CAPS)

PG – KYRIE IRVING, Matthew Dellavedova

SG – ANDREW WIGGINS, Dion Waiters, Joe Harris, Carrick Felix

SF – LeBRON JAMES, Mike Miller, James Jones

LeBron Getting Ready For Powder Toss


PF – TRISTAN THOMPSON, Anthony Bennett, Dwight Powell

C – ANDERSON VAREJAO, Brandan Haywood


Keep in mind the versatility of this roster G.M. David Griffin has assembled:Andrew Wiggins Jersey Photo 6-27-14

Andrew Wiggins can and will play small forward as well as shooting guard.

Anthony Bennett will swing between the small forward and power forward positions.

Mike Miller will play shooting guard along with small forward.

Kyrie Irving will be used at shooting guard at times.

Dion Waiters will handle the point guard duties at various spots throughout the season.

LeBron James will play the 1, 2, 3, 4 and maybe even the 5 position, depending on match ups.

Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson can both play power forward and center.



1 San Antonio Spurs  – Defending champs, Tim Duncan comes back at a discount price to help keep Boris Diaw and Patty Mills and the team stays intact. The favorites to start the season for sure.

2 Oklahoma City Thunder – While they lost veterans Sefalosha and Butler, they added shooting guard Anthony Morrow in free agency who is a career 43% shooter from beyond the arc and picked up a big in Mitch McGary and a defensive minded wing in Josh Huestis in the draft. Oh yeah K.D. and Russell Westbrook are still there too.

3 Los Angeles Clippers – With Doc Rivers fully in charge, the Clippers have had a quiet, but productive off-season so far. In free agency they’ve added stretch-5 Spencer Hawes and point guard Jordan Farmar to help with their depth and offense. In the draft L.A. selected shooting guard C.J. Wilcox who can knock it down from long range and cash in at the free throw line, and is a solid defender already.

4 Chicago Bulls – Even though they didn’t get Carmelo Anthony, the Bulls did add Pau Gasol in free agency and will be getting former league MVP Derrick Rose back. Adding those two All-Stars to a team that made the playoffs last year and the Bulls are going to be a force to be reckoned with in the Eastern Conference.

5 Cleveland Cavaliers – Bringing LeBron James back in free agency not only makes the Cavs a playoff contender, but a lot people feel an NBA Championship contender.  I’m not ready to go there yet. Let’s wait and see what happens with all of these Kevin Love rumors. But even if they don’t deal for Love, with James, number #1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins and Kyrie Irving serving as the Cavs big three, David Blatt’s team is one to watch out for in the East, which is now up for grabs.


6 Portland Trail Blazers

7 Indiana Pacers

8 Houston Rockets

9 Golden State Warriors

10 Memphis Grizzlies

11 Washington Wizards

12 Miami Heat

13 Dallas Mavericks

14 Phoenix Suns

15 Toronto Raptors