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The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to shore up their bench for next season by targeting one of LeBron James’ old championship pals from Miami: Chris Andersen(Chris Andersen Jersey).

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue broke the news during an interview with NBA TV on a Las Vegas summer league broadcast Friday. A team source told ESPN the Cavs are “working on it” in regards to signing the 6-foot-10 big man, who turned 38 this week.

“Not done at all,” the source said.

Cleveland has part of the mini midlevel exception remaining to dangle Andersen’s way, after using the bulk of it to re-sign Richard Jefferson this week. It also can try to acquire Andersen by offering a veteran’s minimum contract because of the Cavs’ position as a tax-paying team.

Andersen averaged 4.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 20 appearances with Memphis last season.

He would give the Cavs an experienced center to back up Tristan Thompson in the wake of Timofey Mozgov signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent this week.

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CLEVELAND — Following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-96 win over the Indiana Pacers on Monday that snapped a two-game slide, guard Kyrie Irving(Kyrie Irving Jersey) responded to remarks by ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith that Irving was unhappy playing for the Cavs.

Earlier Monday, Smith, speaking on ESPN’s First Take, said the 23-year-old Irving would prefer to be out of Cleveland and suit up for another franchise.

“There’s nothing to really address,” Irving said after putting up 22 points, six assists and an 11-for-11 mark from the free throw line against the Pacers. “Obviously there’s going to be some misunderstandings; it’s part of being on a team. For me, as a maturing young player in this league, I know what we have and the opportunity we have in order to be something special. My communication is open with all of my teammates, just knowing what’s going on and how I feel about things.

“For me, all that other stuff, what everyone is going to say, they’re going to pick one player, it’s going to change every single week. When they think that we’re down and out, they’re going to choose one player, so, for me, it has no effect on my life or what’s going on. It’s all about winning and winning a championship for Cleveland.”

Smith’s comments came after the Cavs dropped three of their previous four games, with Irving recording only one assist in a loss to Toronto and then being outdueled by John Wall in a loss to Washington in which Cleveland came out flat as LeBron James rested.

James was back in the lineup against Indiana and dominated with a game-high 33 points to go with five rebounds, four assists and two steals. He said he was unaware of Smith’s remarks about Irving but said the fifth-year guard responded the best way anyone can to an outside distraction.

“You go out and win,” James said. “You go 11-for-11 from the free throw line like Kyrie did and you lead the team to a victory. Those are just talks and reports. … I’ve been around it so long, I don’t really get involved with it too much. We have a big point in our season right now. We need to continue to get better and get ready for the postseason. I don’t think it affected Kyrie or affected our team. I don’t think he [knew about it]. I didn’t know about it, so, I’m just now hearing about it.”

Cleveland, with its league-leading team salary well north of $100 million for this season and its position in the weaker of the NBA’s two conferences, has enormous expectations on it this season to break the 50-plus-year championship drought in the city.

With those expectations comes scrutiny — whether it be in the form of reports on a player’s role (Kevin Love has been the subject of those stories) or as a comparison of how the Cavs stack up against the Golden State Warriors, the team that not only beat them in last year’s Finals but is on pace to break the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins in a season.

James was guilty of making the comparison himself earlier in the season, chastising his team for not being as hungry as the Warriors even though the Cavs were the ones coming off a loss while Golden State is the defending champ. However, James changed his tune Monday.

“I don’t think we’re the group to be looking at other people for motivation,” he said. “I think we need to figure out and worry about what we got here [rather] than try to use other teams for motivation right now. It’s a fine line when you’re trying to look at other teams and use motivation from that. Us, we need to continue to work our habits on a daily basis and not worry about what [other teams are doing].

“I mean, we don’t play Golden State again [in the regular season]. And if we’re fortunate enough to win three rounds in the postseason, which is very hard to do, then it’s a possible chance we could see them. But we shouldn’t be thinking about Golden State right now. We don’t play them again. We may not even play them again this season, so that should not be our concern.”

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — New Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue says Kevin Love(Kevin Love Jersey)’s All-Star snub is unprecedented for a first-place team.

“I just thought, in this league it’s always been about winning and winning has always been rewarded,” Lue said before the Cavs’ shootaround Friday morning in preparation for their game against the Detroit Pistons. “Being No. 1 in the East and Kevin being one of four guys in the NBA to average a double-double on a winning team, I’ve just never seen being a first-place team and getting one guy in. I’ve never seen that before.”

Lue’s stat supporting Love was a little off. There are actually seven players on winning teams averaging a double-double this season — Love, Hassan Whiteside, DeAndre Jordan, Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol and Zaza Pachulia. Only one of them, Drummond, made the All-Star team, as a reserve, voted in by the coaches.

LeBron James was asked whether he thought coach David Blatt’s firing — a move that coaches universally panned throughout the league — could have affected their voting process when it came to Love’s candidacy.

“I haven’t seen any of the coaches speak out on it, so I really haven’t noticed it much,” James said. “But, we got to earn our respect, as a team and as a franchise we got to continue to earn our respect. It’s just another notion of that.”

Love is averaging 15.7 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.0 steals this season. His rebounds, assists and steals are all slightly up from a season ago, but his scoring has taken a dip, as have his shooting percentages (41.8 percent from the floor, 35.8 percent from 3).

“I think there’s a lot of good players in the East,” Love said when asked about being left off the team for the second straight year after making the February festivities three out of his final four seasons in Minnesota. “I’ve said that all along, especially at the forward position, too, with the starters. I think it’s a good team on both sides.”

Love finished eighth in voting among all frontcourt players in the East. Chris Bosh, playing for the seventh-place Heat; Paul Millsap, playing for the third-place Hawks; and Drummond, playing for the sixth-place Pistons, were selected as frontcourt reserves ahead of Love.

James, set to play in his 12th straight All-Star game, said the Cavs should feel misrepresented without Love and Kyrie Irving suiting up with the league’s best.

“It’s definitely a kick in the rear end for our team for sure, knowing all the work we put into it and knowing the two other guys,” James said. “You know, Kyrie’s games being limited like that, I figured the coaches wouldn’t give him the nod, but you know he’s an All-Star. And then with Kev, I think Kev has played great basketball for the first half of the season. He could’ve been awarded, but hopefully those guys use it as motivation for the rest of the season and the team will as well.”

Back in October, after the Cavs’ second game of the season, James declared of Love, “He’s going to have a hell of a season. He’s going to get back to that All-Star status.”

It looked that way for a while, with Love averaging 19.9 points on 47.1 percent shooting (41.2 percent from 3) and 11.8 rebounds in 14 games in November. But his season then went on the decline, averaging 12.7 points on 37.3 percent shooting (27.1 percent from 3) and 9.2 rebounds in 13 games in December and 13.4 points on 39.4 percent shooting (34.8 percent from 3) and 10.9 rebounds in 14 games in January so far.

Is Love disappointed, considering how promising of a start he got off to?

“Yeah,” Love said, “but you knew that everybody getting back there would be a couple things that changed. Now just finding a way to adapt to Coach Lue’s style and go from there.”

He was also asked whether the snub could be used as motivation for him and Irving, as James suggested.

“Uh, sure,” Loves said. “I don’t know if Kyrie or myself need more added motivation, but we’ll take anything we can get.”