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So the Cavs finally made a move last night by acquiring swingman Mike Dunleavy from the Chicago Bulls after the Bulls needed to clear cap space to sign Dwyane Wade. And perhaps most importantly, Cleveland didn't give up anything of value. All it took to land Dunleavy - a guy LeBon has wanted to play with for a long time - was part of the $9.6 million trade exception created by the Anderson Varejao trade and an international player that isn't Cedi Osman. Not bad David Griffin, not bad.
Richard Jefferson also announced his own two-year deal with the Cavs via his Snapchat. And yes, Lil Kev was there.
With that signing done, the Cavs roster now looks like this: Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Jefferson, Dunleavy, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Tristan Thompson, Jordan McRae and Sasha Kaun. LeBron James will re-sign shortly and J.R. Smith probably will too. Kay Felder is another option for a roster spot. If everyone listed signs, that's 12 players on the roster. James Jones would make 13 and if Osman comes over, that's 14. Just a hunch, but that might be the roster's limit.
One guy who could change that: Ray Allen, who is reportedly interested in the Cavs as he eyes a comeback. The Warriors, Spurs and Clippers are also reportedly on Allen's wish list.
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Things to read/listen to today: Complex's Russ Bengston on Durant, the Warriors and the pursuit of RINGZZZZ, How to steal an election by the New Yorker's Jill Lepore, Complex's Myles Brown on the Durant narrative being up to the fans, Zach Lowe's podcast with Kevin Arnovitz and Hardwood Paroxysm's Scott Raferty on Durant solving the Warriors' pick and roll problem.
That's it for today. We'll talk to you tomorrow.