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Cup of Cavs: Cleveland Cavaliers news and links for Feb. 4, 2019

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Take of the day

Prior to Saturday’s game against the Mavericks, Larry Drew was asked if he felt like he had to talk to players about being traded. Here’s what he had to say:

“I really don’t. I think these guys have been in this league long enough and they understand that when that date comes around, there’s going to be a lot of talk about possibilities and potentials. And as I’ve said before, nine times out of 10, nothing really happens. I’m just expecting these guys to just stay professional. I know with the whole social media thing, I know there’s a lot out there as far as possibilities of what people are saying. But I think these guys are mature enough to handle those types of situations and I really expect those guys to just move forward with that date coming up. And I know how sometimes it can get a little sticky, a little dicey as far as hearing so much about it. But I think this group is a very mature group. I think these guys understand that when that date comes up and when it eventually passes, it’s just a situation that they just have to be able to handle and I have all the confidence in the world that ours guys can move beyond that.”

And then Rodney Hood was traded. And while Drew is right about it being a business and all, these guys are humans too. Just remember this week when guys are dealt and move to a new city on a whim with their families. Getting traded is part of the job, but it still can be difficult.

ICYMI — news and notes from yesterday

Cavs trade Rodney Hood to Trail Blazers for Nik Stauskas, Wade Baldwin and picks

Read Fear the Sword’ Jeff Siegel on the trade

ESPN’s Kevin Pelton’s trade grades (requires ESPN+)

Brook Lopez wants a bat to bite him so he can become a superhero

Kristaps Porzingis tells Knicks fans to ‘stay woke’

Kyrie and the Celtics beat the Thunder on Sunday

LeBron says he and Kyrie are in a ‘good place’

What to read today

Sports Illustrated’s Rob Mahoney wrote about what getting Kristaps Porzingis means for the Mavericks