NBA Draft 2019: Cavs owner Dan Gilbert gives OK to be aggressive in his absence

first_imgAnother area Cleveland’s front office will pick up involves trade talks around guard JR Smith, who made it known last November that he wants to be moved. In the past, Gilbert has given general manager Koby Altman and his staff “the freedom to go into the luxury tax by taking back a hefty contract.” The one caveat to that, though, is Gilbert wants it to come with at least one future asset. While speculation around Smith’s future has died down a bit since his trade request, the Cavaliers still have been fielding calls for Smith. It’s not clear how long it will take for Gilbert to make a full recovery. The company he founded, Quicken Loans, released a statement Wednesday, saying Gilbert’s recovery will “take time.” He underwent a catheter-based procedure and then was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. According to cleveland.com, which cited unidentified sources, Gilbert “gave the front office the go-ahead to be aggressive” in making roster moves, even if it means taking on more salary. Cleveland.com notes the Cavaliers’ payroll was around $123 million this past season, and the franchise has committed about $134 for the upcoming season, which is expected to be one of the highest in the league.Gilbert also knows how Cleveland will approach making selections for its two first-round picks (No. 5 and No. 26) with the desire to purchase a second-rounder.  Related News NBA Draft 2019 rumors: Lakers ‘active in trade talks’ surrounding No. 4 pick Dan Gilbert wants his franchise to be aggressive in the NBA Draft at the end of this month, even in his absence. The Cavaliers owner suffered a stroke May 26 and remains hospitalized, but Cleveland’s front office intends to move forward with the offseason plan that Gilbert helped create before he was hospitalized. NBA Draft 2019: What will the Lakers do with the No. 4 pick? NBA Draft 2019: 76ers hoping to pick player at No. 24 who will ‘contribute right away’ “Dan’s recovery is a process that will take time — but we are all confident that he will meet this challenge head on as he always does,” Quicken Loans CEO Jay Farner wrote.Since Gilbert took over in March 2005, the Cavaliers have made five NBA Finals appearance and won the 2016 title.The 2019 NBA Draft will take place June 20 at the Barclays Center in New York.last_img read more

South, Charlestown consistent in ExxonMobil Girls’ tournament

first_imgThe under-14 girls who were afforded the opportunity of being a part of a new tournament continue to prove why girls should be more involved in the sport, as they concluded yet another exciting round of matches on Saturday.Although this round proved to be the most challenging one yet, the young ladies persisted on the muddy playing field and surprisingly produced three of their highest scoring encounters yet.Things got off to a thrilling start when Dolphin Secondary and South Ruimveldt Secondary met. Coming off of a win in the previous round, South Ruimveldt were quick to produce two goals within the first 20 minutes of the encounter. The half-time break seemed to be fruitful for the Dolphin ladies, as they found the back of the net twice in succession to level the score at 2 all.With defences tightened and strikers out for blood, it was the South Ruimveldt team which eventually got the upper hand with a surprising late goal to win the match up.On the other half of the playing field, New Campbellville Secondary was locked in a nil all encounter with Tucville Secondary for the entire first half. It was Alicia Maynard who ultimately netted the lone goal of the match to hand another win to the New Campbellville side.After suffering a loss to the dominant Charlestown team in the previous round, the East Ruimveldt girls were hungry for a win when they met with Vergenogen Secondary. East Ruimveldt showcased improved offensive and defensive tactics, hence it was not surprising when they cruised to a 2-0 win.Meanwhile, Charlestown Secondary administered a thrashing on an unstable Uitvlugt team. Yet to lose a match in the tournament, Charlestown seemingly had an easy time against this West Demerara side, all of their players pitching in to orchestrate a 4-0 victory against Uitvlugt.Goal ScorersDolphin SecondaryKezia ParkinsonNiomi WilliamsSouth Ruimveldt SecondaryLatesha Sutherland (2)Amanda McKenzieNew Campbellville SecondaryAlicia MaynardEast Ruimveldt SecondaryGilana KingTamara MendoncaCharlestown SecondaryTynesha Thorne 10Donna Lowe 19Annera Alim 24Akilah Koster 39last_img read more