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NBA News: Windhorst says Dan Gilbert is “steaming mad” and other Cavs insights

Brian Windhorst joined Tony Rizzo and Aaron Goldhammer on The Really Big Show today to talk about the Cavs. Among some of the highlights, Windhorst said, “I know Dan Gilbert is steaming mad…” He claimed that the Cavaliers will almost undoubtedly make a trade this season. He pointed to the Sacramento Kings’ top-ten protected pick saying that if the Kings improve marginally from their recent moves, that pick could be in play for the Cavaliers this year.

On Kyrie Irving, Windhorst said that Cavs fans talking about keeping Kyrie Irving long-term might want to consider that Irving needs to prove that he’s a max player. “I’ve gotta see Kyrie start to act like a leader.” When asked if Kyrie was an untouchable player, Windhorst said yes, he still is, but that he is the only untouchable player on the Cavs right now.

There were plenty more highlights talking about how the Cavs need to make an impact maneuver this year in order to attract anyone with their cap space next year, whether that is LeBron or anyone else. Also, good news, but Windhorst said he expects LeBron to put on an absolute show tonight against the Cavaliers considering how he’s been playing lately.

I’m sure the whole interview will be up on The Really Big Show podcenter page at ESPN Cleveland later in the day.

[Related: “Kyrie Irving has to start making his teammates better”: WFNY talks with Antonio Davis]

  • Steve

    Somebody give Dan a Word document with the comic sans already set up. Anything more than a strongly worded letter coming from a lost-his-cool Gilbert is probably not good for the long term health of the franchise.

  • RGB

    “He pointed to the Sacramento Kings’ top-ten protected pick saying that if the Kings improve marginally from their recent moves, that pick could be in play for the Cavaliers this year.”

    If they played in the East, I’d say it’s possible…

  • saggy

    shoulda traded Varejao last year when he still had value. he’ll be hurt by the time the trade deadline rolls around this season, and may barely net a 2nd rounder from a contender.

  • Lunch

    Who or what do you think the Cavs would get from trading Varejao last season? And from which team would they talk to? And how likely would that other team accept the trade proposal?

  • Steve

    Varejao and 2012’s #24 for 2012’s #7. Can we go back and do that?

  • Lunch

    I just want to know how Windhorst and all these other members of the press can get into the minds of Dan Gilbert or any other individual within the Cavs organization. Do they use some sort of Vulcan mind technique or something?

  • Steve

    Probably the exact same sources that Windhorst used to dig out Cavs news before anyone else for years now.

  • Lunch

    You got a time machine, and a way to convince Chris Grant and the GM of the Warriors to make the trade? Also, have you even considered how well Harrison Barnes would play under Mike Brown?

  • Lunch

    Sports sources = somthing that came out of someone’s toilet. I’m not convinced Windhorst even knows Gilbert’s emotional state or anything else about him right now.

  • Steve

    That was an offer that seemed to be on the table. Considering how good it was, I’m sure there were more that would have been acceptable.

    And Drummond. Drummond. Drummond. But yes, I’d still take Barnes right now.

  • Steve

    Except that Windhorst’s reporting has been spot on for a while now. I agree with you that most sports reporting is of the Hoynes variety, but Windhorst has done a bang-up job.

  • mgbode

    you said “anything more” when you meant “anything less”

    🙂

  • mgbode

    except when he sits on info like tampering being done in-season by the Heat in LeBron’s last year (and more, which he said he would share until LeBron/NBA hooked him up with a more lavish job covering the Heat for ESPN).

  • Steve

    I don’t trust Gilbert for a second to make basketball decisions, and don’t want him going Jerry Jones on this team.

    If, after collecting his thoughts and analyzing the landscape, decides that Grant is not good enough to build a roster that can contend and there is someone available that is, then make a management decision. But don’t force his hand with a trade, and don’t get pissy when, once again, you can’t back up your grand proclamations.

  • Steve

    Well, we’re not sure if he actually sat on it or didn’t know about it until after Lebron already signed in Miami. He did report the facts that he could gather, and there isn’t much evidence that he’s holding anything back, especially because of his relationship with ESPN.

  • left out

    windhorst is a lebron whore. he’s the type of guy from this area who would rock an LBJ jersey to the game tonight. i wouldn’t trust his thoughts on anything. he’s probably only in town because he’s invited to LBJ’s Thanksgiving dinner.