The Timberwolves are not willing to send Andrew Wiggins back to Cleveland.
According to Minnesota’s KSTP-TV, Wiggins has not been involved in trade talks with the Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving, but even if he was, it would take more than just Wiggins to facilitate a deal.
That information comes from someone named Mal, who said Harden had his jersey retired at one of the more popular clubs because of the amount of money he spent there.
With that kind of money, the club may eventually have to line the walls with Harden jerseys.
The former Kentucky star had a breakout season in 2016-17, increasing his scoring by nearly 10 points per game (13.8 to 22.1) and seeing a major spike in usage (23.0 to 28.6 usage percentage) from his rookie season. Irving would swallow up many of those possessions, especially considering he becomes a better scorer the more he dribbles. As noted in Sporting News’ evaluation of Irving’s fit with the Timberwolves, he’s not known as a creator for others. This could stunt Booker’s natural growth as a player.
And when you look at the Suns’ roster, it’s clear Irving would be tempted to take more shots than ever before. Bledsoe (21.1 ppg), T.J. Warren (14.4 ppg) and Brandon Knight (11.0 ppg) were the three players other than Booker to hit double-figures on a per-game basis. Bledsoe would be gone in that trade, and Knight is expected to miss the entire 2017-18 season with a torn ACL.
The role players aren’t providing space for Irving to operate, either. The Suns shot 33.2 percent from 3-point range as team, the fourth-worst mark in the league, and 36.7 percent on spot-up opportunities, third-worst in the league. They also had the third-worst defensive rating last season, and Irving is certainly not helping on that end.
If he wants to be The Man, this would be an opportunity for Irving, but he’d take a ton of L’s in the process. To point out the obvious, Marquese Chriss is not LeBron James.
Brandon Jennings began his career with a bang, but quickly faded into obscurity as he’s averaged single-digit points for two straight seasons. He’s now gone even lower, heading to play in China where he’ll make less (1-year, $1.5 million) than the NBA minimum salary.
The point guard, who played for the Knicks and Wizards last season, caught some headlines earlier this year when he decided to bash Paul Pierce. The veteran announced his retirement before the season and during his final game Jennings tweeted, 1 ring don’t mean you get a farewell tour.
Harden finished with 27 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and two steals, while Paul finished with 13 points, 10 assists and this highlight 3-pointer.
It was a capacity crowd in the Los Angeles gym as NBA players DeMar DeRozan, Nick Young and Julius Randle played earlier in the day.
There were hundreds of people outside waiting, coming and going because they couldn’t get in, Drew League commissioner Chaniel Smiley told ESPN.com. Today’s crowd had to be on my top-two list.
Paul is now eligible to play with LAUNFD in the Drew League playoffs. The team also features Rockets guard Bobby Brown, former NBA player Pooh Jeter and the top high school player in the class of 2018, Marvin Bagley III.
And there’s the system. Anthony played in Mike D’Antoni’s offense before, of course, for parts of two seasons in 2011 and 2012 with the Knicks, and his unwillingness to embrace the ball-sharing flow of D’Antoni-ball was a major factor in D’Antoni’s ultimate ouster from New York.
The NBA season ended nearly two months ago, so it’s been a while since basketball fans have heard from Charles Barkley. But rest assured, Sir Charles has something to say about Kyrie Irving’s trade request.
During an interview on NBA TV, Barkley described Irving’s desire to be the man as stupid. Irving reportedly told Cavs owner Dan Gilbert he wants to be the focal point of a team and no longer wants to play alongside LeBron James. That confused Barkley, to say the least.
So, what’s the problem here? Should players avoid the gravy train and find their own way to a title without joining super teams? Or are players silly not to consider joining star-studded rosters?
Griffin’s extensive injury history including offseason foot surgery that might force him to miss the start of training camp this fall didn’t stop the Clippers from doing what they had to do and committing to their All-Star power forward. That commitment, in turn, made Griffin’s decision to stay really easy.
In the end, I realized this was a no-brainer for me, Griffin told reporters, per the Los Angeles Daily News. This was the best place for me.
The money is great, but there are other reasons Griffin should like his situation. The biggest: He’s poised to reach his apex on the court in his new role as LA’s point-forward. The role suits him; he’s one of the best-passing big men in the NBA and he still has freakish athletic ability at 28.
With Griffin taking over a lot of the ballhandling from Paul, the Clippers will gain something important, coach and team president Doc Rivers told reporters.
Some might view that as a shot at Paul, but it wasn’t. Rivers was simply being honest. Paul needed the ball in his hands.
Now it will be Griffin distributing to DeAndre Jordan, Paul’s replacement Patrick Beverley, and everyone else who will be playing alongside him.
A Cardinals ball boy made the biggest faux pas of his job on Wednesday and played it off like a pro.
Poor kid was so amped to do his job that he picked up a fair ball and realized what he did when an entire stadium was staring at him. Everyone has had a moment like this and while we’re laughing at this total brain fart, let’s also appreciate what a bad ass this kid was in the first inning earlier in the game.
Maybe that’s too much for you, and I understand that. I’ve generally felt that right now isn’t the time to be heavily investing in the present, but at the least I wouldn’t criticize the Cardinals for making either of the above deals, which seem fair without sacrificing all that much future value.
Maybe you think the price might be higher than that. That could easily be the case. These valuations are based on the best public estimates and aggregations, but all that really matters is the opinions of the organizations involved. This is intended to be a good over/under.
Maybe you think the Cardinals should go over and above that price to finally get a superstar. If the Cardinals happen to be in a position at the deadline where they could realistically win the division, I’d probably agree. If it means mostly just increasing their chances of gaining entry to the Wild Card game, it’s a little less worthwhile in my opinion. Either way, I think the math here gets us pretty close to the potential price of acquiring Josh Donaldson. At this point, let’s just hope the Cards have a good enough record to buy at the deadline.
The saga involving a female referee and LaVar Ball continues.
Adidas, which replaced the woman after she issued Ball a technical during an AAU tournament game, said it made the wrong decision and apologized to the referee.
The referee substitutions made during our tournament last week are not in line with our company values, Adidas said in a statement Monday, via ESPN. It was the wrong decision. We regret the situation and are looking into the matter to make sure our standards for sportsmanship, equality and fair play are met in the future.
The ratings for these three players, who are aligned with the company for the marketing campaign, have also been unveiled. George is a 91 Overall (no change from 2K17), DeRozan is an 89 (no change) and Thomas is an 89 (down from 90).
Interestingly, this is also the first look at the NBA’s new Nike jerseys along with the debut of advertisements, which many teams will have in this first year. The league recently described how every team will have four different themed uniforms and showed off one of the options for the Warriors. The screenshots feature the Association Edition jersey for the Thunder, Celtics and Raptors.
Those with NBA 2K17 don’t have to wait until 2K18 to play with rookies and all the offseason transactions. Here’s how to utilize user-created files which feature up-to-the-minute rosters.
NBA 2K18 will release on Sept. 15 to those who pre-order. Shaquille O’Neal is featured on the two pricey special editions of the game, which will be sold for $150 and $100, and Kyrie Irving is on the cover of the standard edition. No features or improvements have been revealed, but the extensive soundtrack was recently detailed.
Branden Albert was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars by the Miami Dolphins in March. On Monday, the Jaguars’ fourth day of training camp, Albert announced his retirement from the NFL.
After nine seasons playing in the National Football League, I have decided to retire from the game that has given me so much, Albert said via a statement released by the team.
Albert skipped voluntary offseason workouts to try to get a new deal from Jacksonville, but he did report for mandatory minicamp and training camp. Retiring could also cost Albert:
Belichick makes some great points. To attempt to make a true evaluation off of a player with little to no contact is nonsensical:
So I know everybody’s all excited when a guy catches a pass, but when the defense doesn’t jam him or they’re not allowed to really, because we don’t have heavy contact out there, aren’t competing for contact at the end of the play then it’s not quite the same as when all of that’s going on.
In other words, even the average Joe walking down the street has an opportunity to complete such plays. You can’t evaluate some of the best athletes in the world on less than half speed plays.
As Belichick so eloquently put it, It’s hard to evaluate how they’re doing competitively against somebody else when it’s really not a competitive situation.
This is essentially what Belichick was getting at:
The Patriots have been the most consistent team in the NFL during the Belichick era. They’ve made the postseason 14 out of 17 of his seasons �� one of them they were left out with an 11-5 record. Sprinkle in five Super Bowls, and the Patriots have been the NFL’s best franchise for the past 16 seasons.
It’s fine to enjoy training camp (and if you’re a Patriots fan looking for coverage, hit up Pats Pulpit), but don’t give it more meaning than it deserves. Real football will be here soon enough.
The Hall of Fame Game is here, kicking off the 2017 NFL preseason. This year, the game features the Dallas Cowboys going head to head with the Arizona Cardinals at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio.
Prescott never looked back, throwing for 3,667 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He also finished with the third-best passer rating in the league (104.9). The other big story surrounding this team last year was Elliott asserting himself as the top dog on offense. He ran for a league-best 1,631 yards and 15 scores, which was the third-highest in the NFL.
Dallas also bolstered its defense over the offseason, using its first three draft picks on defensive end Taco Charlton and cornerbacks Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis. This preseason game is the first step in Dallas’ quest to return to the playoffs.
Arizona, on the other hand, finished with a 7-8-1 record, the franchise’s worst finish under head coach Bruce Arians. The Cardinals had the second-best overall defense in 2016. This defensive unit ranked ninth against the run and fourth against the pass. However, Arizona’s defense lost a few big names, including safety Tony Jefferson and defensive tackle Calais Campbell in free agency. The Cardinals then used their first two draft sections on linebacker Haason Reddick and safety Budda Baker.
Offensively, Arizona finished with a top 10 offense. Quarterback Carson Palmer had an off year in 2016 but still racked up solid numbers, throwing for 4,233 passing yards to go along with 26 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. We’ll have to wait to see whether Palmer can shake off last season. The 37-year-old, along with the rest of the Cardinals’ starting players, will not play in the Hall of Fame Game.
The 49ers will have their fourth head coach in four years and are starting fresh with a new general manager, too. While the team added a lot of players in the offseason and double-dipped in the first round of the draft with Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster, it’s still a roster that’s far from being a winner.
Unlike the two seasons prior, the 49ers aren’t looking for a quick fix in 2017 they’re going to patiently rebuild. And that means wins may be few and far between.
Even Colin Kaepernick’s 90.7 passer rating in 2016 was only enough for one win in his 11 starts, and Brian Hoyer isn’t going to have much to work with when he steps into Kaepernick’s shoes. Kirk Cousins may be a possibility in 2018, but the chance to take Darnold could provide an alternate (and much cheaper) route.
New Orleans began last season with a 35-34 loss to Oakland. Its first victory was 35-34 over San Diego in Week 4. In losses to NFC South rival Atlanta, the Saints allowed 45 and 38 points.
This defense finished 27th overall last season. It was last in the league vs. the pass (273.8 yards allowed per game). It was next-to-last in points allowed (454). It was 27th in fewest sacks gained (30). It also trudged through a barrage of injuries.
Dennis Allen returns as the defensive coordinator. Veteran NFL coach Mike Nolan joins as linebacker coach.
Payton was asked if the defense will be better in 2017.
It has to be, he answered. I think it will be.
But the question is not if but how? Are we going to be better in takeaways? Pass defense? What can we do on offense to complement it? I think we just have to understand what it is we must do to get the best each week. In this league, you have to have an evolving, game-specific plan. I just know that we’ve had our share of 48-40 games, and that is something we have to change.
The game is now going to be the most anticipated matchup of the NFL season. The Patriots and Falcons are believed to have two of the best rosters in the NFL. I am here for the Falcons revenge game that like many other things in the history of the franchise will probably not go the way they want. Harry Lyles Jr.
At first glance, this sounds like a pretty bah humbug way to spend Christmas Eve. Both teams were The Emoji Movie levels of unwatchable last season, and even if the Browns are projected to at least quadruple their win total, the Bears will likely be courting perhaps even engaged to by then the No. 1 pick in the draft.
With two weeks left in the season, any number of teams will be fighting for playoff spots. But not these two. There won’t be much on the line at all, really. And that’s why this game is my pick. I mean, who wants to add to their stress during the holiday season?
RB James White (fourth round): You might remember him for scoring the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl 51.
DE IK Enemkpali (sixth round): You might remember him as the guy who broke Geno Smith’s jaw.
There were a handful of productive UDFAs to come out of this year. Isaiah Crowell was one of the Browns’ few bright spots last year, while Willie Snead and Allen Hurns became quality starters for the Saints and Jaguars, respectively. And of course, there’s cornerback Malcolm Butler, who did a thing in Super Bowl 49 and instantly became a household name.
Raiders: Oakland got its franchise quarterback and the draft’s best defensive player in the first two rounds. Not too shabby. The Raiders also picked up guard Gabe Jackson in the third round, and he’s been a solid presence on one of the league’s best offensive lines. This Raiders draft was a home run, landing the critical pieces that got them back to the playoffs in 2016.
Andrew Luck is ready to put two mediocre seasons for the Indianapolis Colts in his rear view. His surgically repaired shoulder, however, isn’t quite there yet.
Luck is still recovering from offseason surgery to repair nagging pain in his throwing shoulder, and will be placed on the team’s physically unable to perform (PUP) list. After originally suffering the injury in Week 3 of the 2015 season, he played through the condition for nearly two years before opting to have doctors open him up in 2017.
The designation is known as the Active/PUP list during the preseason, and players can return from it at any time before the regular season begins. At the end of training camp, the Colts will have the option to activate Luck or transfer him to the Reserve/PUP list to start the regular season. Players falling under that designation are not eligible to return to the active roster until Week 7.
But with Alex Smith ready to start in 2017 and the Chiefs grooming first-round rookie Patrick Mahomes II to be the eventual starter, there isn’t much of a need at quarterback. The Ravens can’t say the same.
In March, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked about Kaepernick and told Pro Football Weekly that he doesn’t believe the quarterback would be a distraction.
It wouldn’t be a problem for us in our organization, Harbaugh said. We’ve been very clear over the years. Guys speak their minds in Baltimore.
I think the players understand and everybody respects everybody else’s opinion on politics. It’s not going to impact how somebody plays. I’m not going to play better or worse because this person believes this or that.
The question now is whether ownership in Baltimore would endorse the signing of Kaepernick.