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Fear the Newsletter: A mixed bag of Cavs news

That and more in today’s newsletter.

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Here's today's Fear the Newsletter, where we will always try to set you up like Kyrie passing to LeBron off the glass.

TALK TO ME: On an off today, a lot of Cavs news broke. First Chris Andersen was traded, clearing a roster spot and shaving $2.5 million of Cleveland's luxury tax bill. Then, word came that the Cavs worried about Kevin Love's knee. And then it came out that J.R. Smith might be back in three weeks, but he refuted those reports on Twitter.

There's a lot happening here, but it might not mean anything specific for a bit longer. Expect some more clarity here in the days to come.

Oh, and LeBron won another Player of the Week award. Ho-hum.

LEGEND HAS IT: On Valentine's Day, the Cavs face the Wolves at 8 p.m. on NBA TV. Channing Frye gets the nod at power forward instead of Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert will again be out.

ALL DUE RESPECT: The Rockets and Raptors had the night off. The Spurs outlasted the Pacers. The Clippers, somehow, wrecked the Jazz. The Celtics took care of business against the Mavericks. The Warriors lost to the short-handed Nuggets, and Nikola Jokic is the truth. And the Wizards throttled the Thunder with John Wall stealing the show.

JOB WELL DONE: Yesterday's Locked on Cavs podcast answered your questions about Derrick Williams, Kyle Korver's future and why the Cavs haven't signed Quinn Cook. And Michael Drapcho has the Cavs on top of our power rankings with the Wizards rising.

To come today: a new Locked on Cavs, a game preview, a game recap and more.

CROWN: The Ringer's Shea Serrano on life lessons learned from LEGO Batman, which is awesome by the way. SLAM's Dave Zirin on the political aspect of Giannis' rise. The NYT's Jon Caramanica on #GrammysSoWhite. Esquire's Charlie Pierce on media needing to call it how it is. And WFNY's TD Dery on Trevor Bauer, politics and the 2017 Cleveland baseball team.

That's it for today. Drop your questions, comments and concerns to and we'll talk tomorrow after tonight's game.