Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Raven Report 7.23.14: Carlos Santana & Cavs Making Moves

-The Cavs created some financial flexibility Tuesday by trading Carrick Felix, a second round pick and $1 million in cash to the Utah Jazz for John Lucas III, Malcolm Thomas and Erik Murphy. Those three players gives Cleveland about $3.3 million in non-guaranteed money that can be used to help match the salary in the a trade for Minnesota forward Kevin Love.

Minnesota is looking for a team or teams to unload the contracts of point guard JJ Barea and shooting guard Kevin Martin. Barea has 1 year, $4.5 million left on his contract while Martin has 3 years and $21 million remaining. It is rumored that Cleveland and Minnesota are going to work on the framework of a trade involving Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins in the 30 day holding period after Wiggins signs his rookie contract.

If not Cleveland, the Chicago Bulls could swoop in for Love with a package including Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler and others. Golden State and Denver are also interested in Kevin Love.

-Cavs guard Dion Waiters has been added to the U.S. Select Team that will train with Team USA next week in Las Vegas, to prepare for the FIBA World Cup. Along with Waiters, the Select Team features Harrison Barnes, Trey Burke, Jimmy Butler, Victor Oladipo, Draymond Green, Tim Hardaway Jr., Tobias Harris, Doug McDermott, Marcus Smart, Cody Zeller, Mason Plumlee and Miles Plumlee.

-New Dallas Maverick Rashard Lewis will undergo knee surgery. Lewis, 34, signed a 1 year, veteran's minimum deal last week.

-Welcome to the Carlos Santana show! 'Los went deep for his 15th home run, hit a single and two doubles at the Indians beat the Twins, 8-2. Danny Salazar, fresh off his call up from the minors, got the start. Salazar went 5 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 earned run and 3 walks while recording 6 strikeouts. Santana finished going 4 for 5, raising his average to .214. Nick Swisher went 3 for 4, also raising his season average to .215. Could last night's game be the one to turn things around for some Tribe hitters? Things are looking up. The series finale with the Twins is at 1 PM today.

-"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" continued its box office reign this past weekend, raking in $36 million. "The Purge: Anarchy" came in second with $28.3 million. "Planes: Fire & Rescue" was third with $18 million. "Sex Tape" was fourth with just $15 million and "Transformers: Age of Extinction" rounds out the top 5 with $10 million, adding to its HUGE $886 million worldwide number.

This weekend will be interesting to see if "Apes" can get on top for a 3rd straight week with Scarlett Johansson's action movie "Lucy" releasing on Friday.

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