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PODCAST -THE RODA REPORT ON 92.3 THE FAN 7-23-14
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.
Listen here – CBS Cleveland http://cbsloc.al/1rBu193
THINKING OUT LOUD
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.
PODCAST – JOE KOTOCH ON THE CAVS WIGGINS FOR LOVE TRADE TALKS
PODCAST – TRADE FOR A #4 HITTER, START HOYER AND DO ALL YOU CAN TO KEEP WIGGINS
PREVIEWING THE NBA’S EASTERN CONFERENCE TOP TEN TEAMS
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.
WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO FOR LOVE?
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?
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?
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?
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!
THE ANDREW WIGGINS FOR KEVIN LOVE TRADE DEBATE WITH SAM AMICO
BASKETBALL ANALYST DAN DAKCIH ON RUMORED LOVE FOR WIGGINS TRADE
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS DEPTH CHART AS OF 7-16-14
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
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 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.
THE 2014 NBA PRE-SEASON RODA RATINGS – “ THE FINE FIFTEEN”
THE TOP FIVE
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.
THE BEST OF THE REST
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