Month: July 2017

he doesn’t see any way Barkley can come back with an appeal.

Yu Darvish, Rangers. Here’s what he said at the All-Star Game: “Liking Texas and signing a deal are two different things. … It’s all business.” Translation: If the Rangers struggle at all over the next two weeks, the right-hander (6-8, 3.49 ERA) will be shopped before he becomes a free agent. (Oh, and Cole Hamels could be had, too.)

Lance Lynn, Cardinals. Rarely sellers, the Cardinals are trying to make that determination, and Lynn is in the big middle of it. After a self-described “dead arm” resulted in his ERA ballooning from 2.69 to 3.86, Lynn (8-6) has consecutive quality starts. “I said earlier this season that I would like to be here for a long time,” Lynn told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “That hasn’t changed. It’s a business. I know how it goes. We control what we control. If the other teams win it could change. I have control of what I do — where I throw the pitch.”

Marco Estrada, Blue Jays. Team president Mark Shapiro is taking calls after a bad first half (though he says he still thinks the Jays are talented enough to contend). Estrada’s 4-6 mark and 5.17 ERA would mean a team is taking a risk, but he might benefit from a change of scenery and then walk at season’s end.

“So when I heard that, I said, ‘Okay, kill him ‘Bron.’ I like that. I like to see somebody destroy Charles Barkley like that. Then I stepped back and I said, ‘Okay, that’s a little too far ‘Bron.’ Then I thought about it again and I was like, ‘Hmmm. That’s an accumulation of stuff.’ Hey, may the best man win, and I think ‘Bron won that one.”

Judge Green has slammed his gavel, and he doesn’t see any way Barkley can come back with an appeal.

“Listen, in the day and age we live in, if it was some real dirt, then we would already know about ‘Bron.”rangers_564-115x115

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It’s a pipe dream for the Kings

Perry had been the vice president of basketball operations for the Kings, but just for a short time. He was hired in April after he was fired from the Magic’s front office and was instrumental in selecting Kentucky point guard De’Aaron Fox as the Kings’ No. 5 overall pick and signing free agents Vince Carter, Zach Randolph and George Hill.
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He was also crucial in organizing a draft-day trade that gave the Kings two additional first-round picks. The team ended up selecting North Carolina’s Justin Jackson and Duke’s Harry Giles.

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Scott will immediately begin to put together a basketball operations department that is among the best in the league. We will all be united in implementing our strategy, which is to build our team by developing young players, emphasizing athleticism, length and defense, Mills said. We have several rising young stars in the organization and we expect to add more young talent to this core. Our message to our fans is clear: we will be disciplined in sticking to this strategy, hold our players and staff accountable to the high standards that we have set for ourselves, and deliver results.

Signing Hinkie would be a steal for Sacramento. Having someone like him at the helm of this sinking ship would be the only reason to keep the search parties out. But it would be a massive ask to have one person reverse years of wrongs, including some for which Hinkie was the catalyst.

It’s a pipe dream for the Kings, but at the very least they’re recognizing a need for change.

Trade to Trail Blazers has unleashed Jusuf Nurkic’s game, pushed Portland toward playoffs

The turning point for the Trail Blazers this season came when they traded Mason Plumlee to the Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic. Prior to the deal, they were struggling to keep themselves in the playoff race with a 23-32 record. Since then, however, they’ve gone 13-6 to push themselves one game ahead of the Nuggets for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.

An early injury to Jon Gray and recent setbacks sidelining Tyler Anderson and Chad Bettis (Bettis is recovering from testicular cancer and may return this month) necessitated the use of a lot of young pitchers over the season’s first half. Despite losing 15 of 20 games before Sunday’s win, that Colorado has a 57 percent chance to make the playoffs, according to FanGraphs, is remarkable.
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If you know how to pitch and do well, it doesn’t matter if you’re a rookie or a veteran, Rockies reliever Jake McGee said. If you get outs and get the job done, that’s kind of all that matters if it helps the team win.

The last week-plus has been an interesting one for Freeland. He took a no-hitter into the ninth inning against the White Sox on July 9 and was forced into a relief role in Saturday’s loss. Tyler Chatwood felt something in his right calf as he warmed up to start Saturday, but reportedly wanted to try to tough it out to save the bullpen some innings.

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The young guys have been given an opportunity, and they responded, for the most part, Black said. We’ll need those young guys to continue to produce here moving forward, because a lot is going to be put on their shoulders here in the next couple months.

76ers’ Joel Embiid to miss rest of season

The 76ers announced the results of Joel Embiid’s MRI on his left knee and the results are unfortunately all too familiar for the injury-prone big man.

Embiid, who missed his first two NBA seasons due to foot injuries, will miss the rest of this season as a previously identified meniscus tear appeared more pronounced, the team announced Wednesday.

His fearlessness, focus and ferociousness often extend into his interview sessions (Who is Steph Curry to him?) and sometimes makes it hard to see he’s also a fun-loving guy, having the time of his life playing the game he loves at the highest level.

Then, every now and then, he supplies us with a candid moment such as the one he provided Saturday night, when he was caught rocking out to Lil Uzi Vert’s Do What I Want on the bench. It was a full-on interpretative dance as he recited the lyrics and acted them out.

The song is one of Westbrook’s faves. He set a Jordan Brand commercial to it prior to the start of the season and posted a video of himself jamming to it on Snapchat.
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Game Youth Brice Butler Jersey The Sixers are trading Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks in exchange for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson and a first-round pick, as first reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. That’s another center for the Sixers, but Bogut shouldn’t be in Philly very long. As ESPN’s Brian Windhorst points out, Bogut is a likely buyout candidate. Dallas will try to sign Noel to a long-term deal before he becomes a restricted free agent after this season.

Jamal Crawford celebrates Blake Griffin’s dunk with hilarious mimick

Jamal Crawford is a big fan of Blake Griffin’s dunks.

As Griffin was going up for a massive slam during the Clippers’ 116-102 win over the Celtics on Monday night, Crawford was right behind him.

With a big smile on his face, Crawford hilariously mimicked his dunking teammate:

He’s averaging 20.1 points per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 44 percent from 3 and 85 percent from the line. From 1993 onward, the only high-major players to accomplish that in a season are Fred Hoiberg, Doug McDermott and Buddy Hield. Simply put, he’s the most efficient high-volume scorer in all of college basketball. And at 6-foot-5 while paired with terrific off-ball movement and passing ability, that’s worthy of a top-20 pick.

Hartenstein was a member of the 2016 U18 championship all-tournament team in December, averaging 15 points, nearly 10 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He’s a mobile, fluid big man that has great feet, as well as a creative mindset that he utilizes well when passing.

He’s something of a mismatch waiting to happen due to his size and skill. If he decides to declare, he’ll absolutely go in the first round and would have a reasonable chance at the late lottery.

Ahead of Wednesday’s action, the Raptors were tied with the Wizards for third place in the Eastern Conference, both with records of 47-31.

Lowry went for 27 points (9 of 16 shooting), 10 assists and five rebounds in Toronto’s 105-102 win at Detroit.saints_017-223x223

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MLB trade rumors: Justin Verlander could still be option for contenders such as Astros, Yankees

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Acquiring the Tigers’ Justin Verlander at the trade deadline isn’t going to be easy for a couple of reasons. For one, the Tigers aren’t itching to trade their ace, and also the Tigers want a big return for a player that hasn’t been at his best and has a big contract to be paid out in coming seasons.

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Right now the consensus is Verlander will not move, but several pitching-hungry teams, including the Yankees, Astros, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Dodgers and Nationals, are looking for help on the mound. And the Tigers know that. That’s why they reportedly have not shut down discussions on their ace, according to MLB.com.

Now we can’t look at every single pitch Judge has seen this year in one day, so it’s hard to come up with a complete consensus on how teams are pitching to the MVP candidate, but we can look at all of his home runs to see the types of pitches he is hitting particularly hard. So that’s what we did and this is what we came up with.

Judge has hit home runs on 11 off-speed pitches this season. And on review of those 11 home runs, six came on a hanger or spinner, while four came when a pitcher missed a spot.

NBA free agency: For Sixers, J.J. Redick is worth every cent of $23 million contract

The 76ers gave themselves over $40 million in cap space to work with this offseason when they parted ways with Gerald Henderson and his $9 million option for next season. However, with their core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz still being on team-friendly contracts, they aren’t feeling the same pressure as many other NBA teams this summer to make significant upgrades across the board.

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While we wait for the dingers to commence, did you know that the Home Run Derby could’ve been associated with TBS all these years and not ESPN? Back in 1988, TBS was set to broadcast the show from Cincinnati, but rain canceled the whole thing. Before that, the Derby had not been televised. TBS never got another chance and ESPN took over. Read more about that wacky situation here。

Perhaps the most anticipated Home Run Derby in history gets underway in about 10 minutes, with Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins looking to defend his crown against a powerful slate of challengers — most notably the mighty 16-foot-tall Aaron Judge of the Yankees.

I’ll keep you updated throughout the night on the happenings in Miami, offering observations, commentary, trivia and whatever else comes to mind. I wrote earlier today about how the Home Run Derby usually fails to hold my interest. We’ll see whether tonight provides a different story.

Chris Bosh thanks Miami in goodbye letter after being waived by Heat

Chris Bosh is bidding his final farewell to Miami.
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In a goodbye letter to the city posted on his website Sunday, the free-agent forward thanked fans for years of loyalty. Bosh was waived by the Heat on Tuesday.

Wow, what a ride! I’ve been reflecting on my time in this great city and want to thank you for being a constant during a period of change in my life, Bosh wrote. I’ve experienced a few finals appearances, a couple of championships, several weddings (including my own), the birth of four kids, bonding with an entire community and a ton of ups and downs along the way.
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The Nets will also receive a lottery-protected 2018 first-round draft pick and a second-round pick in exchange for taking on the remainder of Carroll’s deal. Additionally, center Justin Hamilton goes from Brooklyn to Toronto.

The Nets, evidently, are willing to take on large contracts as they look to bolster their roster. Earlier this offseason, Brooklyn accepted center Timofey Mozgov’s $46 million burden from the Lakers in a deal that also netted them second-year guard D’Angelo Russell. Since the Celtics own the rights to Brooklyn’s first-round pick next season, finishing at the bottom of the standings again does nothing to incentivize the Nets.

The Carroll-to-Brooklyn deal will not be finalized until the Wizards officially match the Nets’ $106 million offer sheet for Otto Porter, as the Nets don’t yet have the salary-cap space to fit Carroll, ESPN reports. The Wizards, according to the report, plan to slow play the results of Porter’s physical to hold up free-agency maneuvering by the Nets and Raptors, two of their Eastern Conference rivals.

Cleveland looks like a team that is ripe for the plucking

If a team can beat the Cavs in the East, it’s the Raptors. They have the size, the strategy, the experience and the ability to create mismatches that other teams in the conference can’t duplicate. Cleveland looks like a team that is ripe for the plucking, but the Cavaliers still have James, and when it comes to taking him out, Toronto is not quite up to that job. Cavaliers in 6.

But the Raptors struggled against the Bucks’ long-limbed, pack-the-paint defense, which was effective at neutralizing the play. DeRozan averaged 10.7 points per game out of the pick-and-roll during the season, but that dropped by about three points per game against Milwaukee. Lowry, who averaged 8.5 points in the regular season, saw a comparable drop. For them, facing a Cleveland defense that has shown no progress in stopping the play will be a godsend.

For Green, checking Harden won’t be easy. Harden scored 33.2 points per game against OKC, and attacked the rim relentlessly, averaging 14.6 free throws per game. He’ll surely force Green and perhaps other Spurs into foul trouble. But, though Green will get the bulk of the minutes on Harden, he will only have to guard him in spurts, and when crunch time comes, it’s a safe bet that Leonard will wave Green off and take Harden himself. Expect the Spurs to trap Harden and get the ball out of his hands. They typically do a nice job of forcing the ball out of Harden’s hands and putting the onus on his teammates to make shots.

50.0. That’s the scoring the Rockets got off their bench in the series against the Thunder, and their ability to keep that level of work going against the Spurs will be critical to any hopes of an upset. Houston had one of the most productive benches in the league during the regular season, averaging 39.5 points from their reserves (fifth in the league). But San Antonio was right behind, ranking sixth with 38.7 points. As good as these teams’ stars are, the bench units could decide this series.
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She has her opinion of what went wrong in New York.

Somebody that decided to start a podcast after we did wanted to comment on the quality of teams that we’re playing. Which I think is just not very nice because obviously we know what Portland and Utah have accomplished this year, or just in general. I can imagine with [Jusuf] Nurkic being out obviously Portland was at full strength. With George Hill being out, obviously Utah was at full strength. Mike Conley being out a couple years ago: full strength. Cavs not having Kevin [Love] or Kyrie [Irving] at full strength.
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So at the end of the day to criticize what other people are doing I think it’s just best that you take care of whatever’s in front of you. But you should never criticize what other people are doing.

Laurel keeps shaking her head. She has her opinion of what went wrong in New York. And Denver. And Phoenix. And Los Angeles. And if it doesn’t work here, I’ll just walk away, Mike jokes. That’s what I always do. Laurel doesn’t like this answer, even if it’s clearly meant to agitate her.

I’ve got a motto, he says. When the posse’s chasing you out of town, you just act like you’re the head of a parade.
This information had been speculated about, but never really confirmed by anyone involved. Most assumed it was the case, as it fits with Anthony’s perceived personality.

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