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    Getty Mike Conley defends Kyle Lowry during a game between the Utah Jazz and the Miami Heat. Entering an offseason during which they need desperately to address their point guard situation, the New York Knicks look to have a number of options on the table. The team could look internally and give Immanuel Quickley a legitimate shot to run the show. Down the stretch of 2021-22, he was arguably its best player, logging a 16-5-5 line over the final quarter of the campaign. There are also potential trade and free-agent options in Donovan Mitchell, Jalen Brunson, Tyus Jones and more. If team president Leon Rose looks to swing a deal with another team, one league insider believes that Mitchell’s Jazz could make for good trade partners. However, the reporter isn’t pitching a move to acquire Mitchell himself. Rather, it was Mike Conley’s name that came up as part of a hypothetical trade with the Knicks.Fischer: Mike Conley Could Become Available Play VideoVideo related to insider suggests swap of knicks sharpshooter for former all-star pg2022-05-13T13:45:12-04:00 In his latest round-up...
    Getty Lakers guard Russell Westbrook Russell Westbrook was a bad fit next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis, so much so that the Los Angeles Lakers are widely expected to try to trade the one-time MVP this offseason. Westbrook was second in the NBA in turnovers this season and his effective field goal percentage of 47.6% was sixth-worst in the league. A nine-time All-Star, Westbrook has a player option worth $47,063,478 for next season. If he picks it up, the Lakers can trade him and one trade idea involving the Philadelphia 76ers is intriguing. Per CBA rules, the Lakers could trade Westbrook and two future first-round picks to the Sixers for James Harden, who also has a player option for the 2022-23 season. Harden’s player option is worth $47,366,760. The Sixers traded Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and draft picks to the Brooklyn Nets for Harden. However, the trade didn’t result in a championship. Philadelphia lost to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs in six games and Harden was a ghost in the second...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers big man Anthony Davis. From a roster standpoint, it doesn’t appear that the Los Angeles Lakers have grand plans to trade away any of their superstar players. Even Russell Westbrook’s chances of sticking around are starting to increase. However, any and everything should on the table for the team after a disastrous season. After the Lakers won a title in 2020, the hope was that Anthony Davis would take the reigns from LeBron James as the team’s best player. Instead, he’s missed a lot of games due to injury and hasn’t looked like his usual dominant self when he’s on the court. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith recently reported that Davis’ value around the NBA has plummeted and the Lakers would be hard-pressed to find a trade suitor. That might not actually be the case. Heavy.com’s Sean Deveney spoke to an Eastern Conference executive who still believes that Davis has a ton of value. He even said that “a team like Chicago, where he is from, they would bend over backwards to get him.” The...
    Getty Gordon Hayward, Los Angeles Lakers It’s clear that the Los Angeles Lakers need to rebuild their roster, from star talent to end of bench role players; every area of the team needs an injection of fresh blood. Unfortunately, the Lakers are lacking in tradeable assets, so they will need to get creative if they want to strike a significant deal. Of course, Russell Westbrook’s future will also play a role in how the purple and gold approach their team building because if they can find a willing trade partner, that could be the first domino to fall. The issue with trading Westbrook is that no team has the cap space to absorb his $47 million contract, so the Lakers will need to take salary back to make any deal work. As such, the scope of deals that would interest the Los Angeles front office is minimal; however, there is some high-level talent the team could acquire if they choose to part ways with their superstar guard. Bleacher Report’s top trade targets for the Lakers: Malcolm Brogdon...
    Getty Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles Lakers Purgatory, that’s where the Los Angeles Lakers currently find themselves, and they will remain there until they’ve hired a new head coach. For all the rhetoric surrounding Russell Westbrook and potential roster upgrades, it’s unlikely any moves will be made until a new coach is instilled and their input on the current roster has been received. However, there’s just as much speculation relating to potential coaching candidates as there is about landing spots for Westbrook. Former Lakers champion Shaquille O’Neal has decided to add to the discussion and recently threw his support behind former Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson in a recent interview with Reuters. “Mark Jackson helped build Golden State before Steve Kerr took it to the next level. He made it a very sexy brand to watch, so I’m sure he can do that with LeBron and Russ,” O’Neal said when discussing potential coaching candidates during the interview. Mark Jackson to the #Lakers — JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) April 25, 2022 Interestingly, O’Neal isn’t the only former Laker to...
    Getty Former Los Angeles Lakers guard JR Smith. The Los Angeles Lakers are in need of a new head coach after firing Frank Vogel just two seasons removed from winning a championship. While the job isn’t as appealing as it once was, there should still be plenty of candidates interested in it. One popular name linked to the job in recent weeks has been Mark Jackson. As a player, Jackson was an All-Star with the New York Knicks. As a coach, he had limited success developing the Golden State Warriors before Steve Kerr turned them into a dynasty. In three seasons, he led the team to the playoff twice. Prior to Jackson getting hired, the team had made the playoffs just once in 17 seasons. Despite that, the Warriors moved on in favor of Kerr and took off. Jackson hasn’t gotten another chance to coach since Golden State let him go but that could change this offseason. There’s been momentum building for him getting a chance at the Lakers job. Former Lakers guard JR Smith made it known...
    Getty Ben Simmons, now of the Brooklyn Nets, and Marcus Smart and Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics. The Boston Celtics still do not know who they will be playing in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Based on Sunday’s results, they could finish anywhere from second to fourth in the standings. And in turn, they could play any one of six teams, when you consider the Play-In Tournament has yet to be set. Those six teams are the Chicago Bulls, Toronto Raptors, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Brooklyn Nets. But if the Celtics were to climb up to the second seed, a matchup with the Nets is feared the most. Brooklyn eliminated the Celtics from the playoffs last season, and with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving on the roster, they have the star power to compete with anyone. However, a recent report just made a potential matchup with Brooklyn even more daunting. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, there is growing optimism that former All-Star Ben Simmons could make his return in the...
    Just one year after acquiring former NBA MVP James Harden in a trade, the struggling Brooklyn Nets are trading the reportedly disgruntled star to the Philadelphia 76ers for another discontented guard, former All-Star Ben Simmons.  The trade, first reported by ESPN, will see Harden and veteran forward Paul Millsap going to the Sixers in exchange for Simmons, center Andre Drummond, Seth Curry, and two future first-round picks.  A Brooklyn Nets spokesperson did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for confirmation.   Although Nets head coach Steve Nash earlier denied reports earlier that Harden could be traded, the star guard has become increasingly disgruntled in Brooklyn. Harden will be a free agent after the 2021-22 season. The Nets were expected to compete for the NBA title behind Harden and fellow stars Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. But Durant is injured and Irving is a part-time player because of his refusal to get vaccinated against COVID-19, and the Nets have dropped nine straight games to fall to eighth place and the play-in position in the NBA's Eastern Conference. Simmons, meanwhile, has not played...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As a leader on and off the court, former Miami Heat player Shane Battier firmly believes that the future of our youth rests in higher education. The Battier ‘Take Charge’ Foundation, established by Shane and his wife Heidi, is dedicated to providing resources for the development and education of underserved kids and teens. READ MORE: Family Dollar Recalls Beach Loungers Which Can Collapse Suddenly Causing Potential InjuryCBS 4 Sports anchor Jim Berry spoke with Battier about his efforts to help shape young minds. Shane Battier carved out a very nice 13-year NBA career one that included two championships with the Miami Heat. But all during that time, the kid from suburban Detroit was always mindful of one thing. “It was never lost on me that if I didn’t have basketball, my opportunities would have been very limited,” said Battier. So eleven years ago, during the height of his NBA playing days, Battier launched the Take Charge Foundation and hosted a clever karaoke fundraising event. Battioke brought out the ham in the Heat. The notes may have...
    Getty Images John Wall of the Houston Rockets. If John Wall agrees to a buyout with the Houston Rockets and becomes a free agent, expect the Miami Heat to be a major player for his services. Wall has been pitched as a possible option for the Heat previously but a new report from veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein identified Miami as one of two teams with significant interest. The L.A. Clippers and the Miami Heat are among the teams known to have interest in Wall should he become a free agent, but Wall and the Rockets have conceded that buyout talks, to this point, are unrealistic with so much money left on Wall’s contract. He is earning $44.3 million this season and holds a player option for next season worth $47.4 million … figures almost identical to [Russell] Westbrook’s contract.” Wall has not played this season for the Rockets, with the team choosing instead to play its younger talent. Wall met with the Houston leadership earlier this season in an attempt to get on the court, although nothing...
    To no one’s surprise, Curt Schilling did not make the Hall-of-Fame this year, his tenth and final appearance on the ballot. But he did have an unlikely supporter in Bomani Jones. While Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have been punished for their use of performance enhancing drugs, Schilling’s career as a Major League Baseball player is widely viewed to be clean. But it’s his post-playing career, crusading against sportswriters and aligning with far-right politics that kept him out of Cooperstown. During a recent segment for HBO’s On the Record with Bob Costas, Jones pushed for Schilling to make the Hall. The surprising pitch from Jones came years after Schilling labeled him a “racist.” “Schilling is a Hall-of-Famer. What can I say, I’ve made peace with this reality,” Jones said. “Sometimes bad people are good at stuff.” Schilling has all the statistics worthy of a Hall-of-Fame bust and you certainly can’t write the history of baseball without featuring the ace who helped break the Curse of Bambino, leading the Red Sox to their first World Series in 86 years while standing...
    Getty Nico Harrison (right) and Jason Kidd of the Dallas Mavericks He is 32 and has played a grand total of 65 games for five NBA teams in the last three seasons, but give credit to guard Isaiah Thomas—he keeps trying to go out with a bang here in the NBA. Unfortunately for him, his time is set to run up again, as the Dallas Mavericks will not bring him back after having signed him to a 10-day contract (which expires Sunday) on December 29. Thomas only got to make one appearance with the Mavs, scoring six points with four assists in a loss in Sacramento. Thereafter he was placed on the COVID-19 health and safety protocols list and was not eligible to play again. With his 10-day deal expiring, Thomas will return to free agency. Isaiah Thomas 10-day contract with Dallas expires before the Mavericks next game Sunday and Thomas brief Mavs stint will then come to an end, league sources say. Thomas could only play in one game as a Maverick before he had to...
    "This is the best thing I’ve seen on social media YET!" yet another user celebrated, while another wrote, "Happy New Year to a badass loving American Patriot couple along with the man, the myth, the Legend!!" Another wrote, "Finally! A celebrity with some common sense[.]" Anything else?A report from the Daily Mail noted that Trump introduced Aldean to the Mar-a-Lago crowd as "the number one singer in the world" on New Year's Eve, adding, "'Ladies and gentlemen, number one in the world. Number one in our country. Mr. Jason Aldean. ... We love you, man." Aldean, 44, then walked onto the stage and performed for Trump and his guests at the lavish party to usher in 2022 after telling the crowd, "Well, that's probably the best introduction I've ever had." "We actually played golf yesterday," he continued. "I didn't think he'd let me in after our round yesterday, but thank you!" Elsewhere in his post, Aldean shared a brief video of the two playing golf. "Perfect, you're so good," Trump can be heard saying as...
    By Colin Ward-Henninger (CBS SPORTS) – It’s hard to believe, but it was less than five years ago that Isaiah Thomas was named to the All-NBA second team as a member of the Boston Celtics. His path since then has been notably rocky, having played in just 87 total games over the past four seasons, including just three last year with the New Orleans Pelicans, largely due to a lingering hip injury that eventually required surgery. Isaiah Thomas of the Denver Nuggets during the Denver Nuggets 2018 Media Day. (credit: Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) Thomas has not given up, however, and appears resolute in his quest to get back to the NBA. He took the next step in his journey on Wednesday night, suiting up for the Grand Rapids Gold — the Denver Nuggets’ affiliate — for his G League debut. Safe to say that Thomas made a favorable first impression. The 5-foot-9, 32-year-old guard went off for 42 points, eight assists, six rebounds and five 3-pointers in the Gold’s 131-127 loss to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Thomas showed off...
    ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves bolstered their World Series-winning bullpen Monday by signing right-hander Kirby Yates to a two-year, $8.25 million deal. Yates led the majors with 41 saves for the San Diego Padres in 2019. He didn’t pitch this past season for the Toronto Blue Jays because of undergoing his second Tommy John surgery of his career on March 24. Yates will make $1 million next season, and his salary bumps to $6 million in 2023. The deal also includes a $5.75 million club option for 2024 that comes with a $1.25 million buyout. The 34-year-old Yates was an All-Star and finished ninth in the NL Cy Young voting in 2019, when he posted a 1.19 ERA with 101 strikeouts in 60 games. He pitched only six games during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, posting a 12.46 ERA before being shelved with an ailing arm. He signed with the Blue Jays but never pitched for Toronto because of the elbow procedure. Yates has also pitched with Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and the Los Angeles...
    Getty DeMarcus Cousins The Chicago Bulls have a serious dilemma on their hands. The team learned on Thursday, November 11 starting center Nikola Vucevic tested positive for COVID-19. Vucevic, who is believed to be full vaccinated, is still expected to mss multiple games. There is obvious concern and hope that Vucevic gets through this without serious health complications while he goes through the NBA’s health and safety protocols. From a basketball standpoint, the Bulls who are already thin in the frontcourt have to consider making a move as they head out west on an important and tough road trip. Chicago already called up rookie center Marko Simonovic, but most don’t believe he’s ready to contribute on an NBA level just yet. Chicago is expected to start young veteran Tony Bradley and they also have the smallish, but active Alize Johnson. Beyond that, the Bulls have Simonovic who doesn’t appear to be an option they’d be in a hurry to tap into. Chicago Bulls Talk had a suggestion that might actually add the sort of depth...
    Courtney Williams was the Atlanta Dream’s lone All-Star this season, but the WNBA team has no interest in brining the 27-year-old guard back after she recently flaunted her involvement in a public fight. A violent brawl broke out featuring several WNBA players from the Dream while they were standing outside of a Tenders & Bites food truck earlier this year. Williams posted video of the melee on YouTube this week and made jokes about the incident, before quickly deciding to take it down. In the video, the 5-foot-8 Williams is seen throwing multiple fists during the fight as she was supported by two former Dream teammates. According to Insider, Williams was allegedly retaliating after offensive comments were directed at her girlfriend. Reports also state no one was injured and the police were not called during the May melee. THIS SHIT AINT CUTE, AS THEY THINK IT IS.#FREECHENNEDY pic.twitter.com/vOiSzn9OPN — Chennedy Carter’s Leg Sleeve (@TweenTween3) October 3, 2021 Williams’ Dream teammate Crystal Bradford was also involved in the scuffle, while their former 6-foot-7 center Kalani Brown can be seen...
    Getty Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka. The Los Angeles Lakers have become the subject of many jokes since adding so many veterans this offseason. Even those inside NBA front offices cannot resist taking a jab at the Lakers’ older roster. The Lakers have been linked to Nets center DeAndre Jordan if the big man receives a buyout from Brooklyn. HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto relayed an Eastern Conference executive’s comments throwing shade in the direction of the Lakers “AARP squad.” “I hope the Nets buy him out so he can join the Lakers’ AARP squad,” the front office member noted. “Better yet, the LAARP. I’ve never seen a roster like this.”Jordan Is ‘Increasingly Unlikely’ to be on the Nets for the 2021-22 Season: ReportAccording to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Nets are working on reaching a buyout agreement with Jordan. The NBA insider labeled Jordan’s chances of being on the Nets 2021-22 roster “increasingly unlikely.” “Center DeAndre Jordan and the Nets are working toward parting ways via contract buyout, sources tell me and our Nets reporter Alex...
    Former MLB pitcher Felipe Vazquez was sentenced to two to four years in prison Tuesday after being found guilty of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl, according to reports. A Westmoreland County, Pa., jury in May convicted the 29-year-old, two-time Pirates All-Star on 15 counts, including statutory sexual assault, sexual abuse of children, child pornography and corruption of minors. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The sentencing includes an additional two years of probation, according to TMZ. Vazquez was arrested in September 2019, telling police at the time that he had "sex but not really" with the girl in 2017, according to a Pennsylvania criminal complaint. The girl testified they had sex in his car outside her home hours before a Pirates game. They struck up a relationship on social media and Vazquez’s defense had argued that the girl misled him about her age. "The jury believed he used his position as a professional athlete to prey upon a young girl," Assistant District Attorney Jim Lazar said in May. Vazquez was found not guilty of 10 other counts of...
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