Derrick Rose to the Bucks only makes sense for one side

How Derrick Rose has fallen.

The latest update on Rose’s free agent market comes from ESPN’s Chris Haynes, who reported that Rose and the Milwaukee Bucks are “in discussions to schedule a meeting.” This comes after a number of teams have been floated as suitors for Rose, but none of those reports has materialized into anything.

Rose’s tepid future is partly due to the point guard market, which in June looked like it would be wide open and by July had tightened considerably. But even though Rose averaged 18 points on 47 percent shooting last year, his inability to hit threes and his struggles on defense make him a relatively unattractive basketball player in the modern NBA.

The Wizards had the right to match any offer for Bogdanovic as a restricted free agent, but he became an unrestricted free agent as soon as the Wizards pulled his qualifying offer off the table.

The Nets’ cap space is currently tied up with Porter’s offer sheet, but they now know Washington has intentions of matching the deal and can move on. That’s important, because now Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a free agent. After the Pistons traded for Avery Bradley earlier this morning, they renounced Caldwell-Pope’s rights as a restricted free agent.

During the regular season, Keith Smart of Real GM reported that the Nets would make Caldwell-Pope and Porter their top two targets in free agency.

The Nets have been notorious for tendering offer sheets to unrestricted free agents over the last few years, but haven’t had success in the past. Now, with Caldwell-Pope on the open Cheap NBA Jerseys market without any barriers in the way, the Nets can go after their guy.

The Nets could have a backcourt of D’Angelo Russell and Caldwell-Pope Cheap NFL Jerseys From China together, which is a much better spot than they were in just four or five months ago — let alone last year.

The Cavaliers watched Griffin leave town after owner Dan Gilbert lowballed him during negotiations on a new contract.

Gilbert pursued ESPN’s Chauncey Billups to be his new president of basketball operations, but Billups turned him down after reportedly being lowballed as well. Now, Cleveland’s watched the free agent market dry up and all desirable trade targets have been dealt, with the exception of Carmelo Anthony.

On top of it all, we don’t even know who’s calling the shots in the front office. It’s probably Koby Altman, who was promoted to assistant general manager in 2016 and is the highest front-office member left. But without an official voice and direction for the franchise moving forward, the Cavaliers can’t possibly advance.

NBA history is littered with examples of players who needed to leave one team to achieve stardom on another.

The most recent example is James Harden. It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when many weren’t sure if Harden was even deserving of a max contract. It Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale was hard for him to show how good he really was alongside both Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook in Oklahoma City.

As soon as Harden went to Houston, it became apparent he was one of the great players in the league and an MVP-caliber talent.

Again, what Noel does is valuable — skilled defense is perhaps still undervalued overall. But the concessions you make when you pay and play rigid archetypes are beginning to be better understood.

This isn’t to say that the best centers in the NBA are going Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale anywhere. They are the exceptions that prove the rule. Marc Gasol and DeMarcus Cousins are excellent passers and emerging shooters. Gasol’s a defensive ace; Cousins is a star scorer from every spot inside the arc. Joel Embiid is a throwback 20-10 pivot with excellent rim protection and more joie de vivre than a New Orleans second line.

What’s next after Gordon Hayward agrees?

The Boston Celtics got their man. Well…kind of. They have an agreement to sign Gordon Hayward. But getting there is going to be almost as interesting as the circus-like day leading up to Hayward agreeing to sign in Boston.

The Celtics, as currently constructed, do not have the cap space to sign Hayward to a maximum contract outright. Boston has several free agents who have cap holds that will need to be renounced in order to clear space for Hayward to sign. Chief among these is Kelly Olynyk, who as tendered a qualifying offer prior to free agency to make him a restricted free agent. Per several reports, the Celtics are rescinding Olynyk’s qualifying offer and will make him an unrestricted free agent. He’ll join Gerald Green, Jonas Jerebko, Amir Johnson (reportedly agreed to a deal with the 76ers) and James Young as unrestricted free agents.

Cleveland’s only offseason moves were to sign Jose Calderon and Jeff Green to minimum contracts, and bring over 2015 second-round pick Cedi Osman from Turkey.

James was fourth in this year’s MVP voting after averaging 26.4 points along with career highs in 8.7 assists and 8.6 rebounds per game. With an option in his contract for the 2018-19 season, the four-time MVP could be a free agent as early as next offseason.

Should the Cavaliers be concerned about James leaving next season?
At this point, they have to be. Cleveland is a good situation with talented pieces, but the team had to improve to compete with the Golden State Warriors. They have not improved at all this summer.

The Cavaliers were in the midst of trade talks with the Cheap Kids Jerseys NHL Indiana Pacers Cheap Jerseys Youth and the Chicago Bulls in an effort to acquire either Paul George or Butler, but Griffin was let go of while negotiations were ongoing. They ended shortly after.

both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons.

The details are still being worked out, but the trade should happen, according to Wojnarowski. Miles will sign a three-year deal for around $25 million with a player option for the third year, according to Wojnarowski.

Miles will likely replace the departed DeMarre Carroll in the starting lineup, while Joseph will compete with new Pacers signee Darren Collison for the starting point guard gig.

Miles, a 12-year veteran who can play both wing positions, averaged nearly 11 points per game last year while shooting 41 percent from 3-point range. He will share minutes on the wing with emerging third-year player Norman Powell.

But what Durant did represents much more than that. The Warriors’ live and die by their “Strength in Numbers” motto. Nothing epitomizes that culture more than the sacrifice Durant made.

And, if Kerr is being truthful here, it was a voluntary sacrifice Durant made without the Warriors requesting he take such a cut. We also saw a similar sacrifice, though, not on the same pay scale, with Shaun Livingston’s three-year, $24 million deal.

On the open market, both of those players are worth far more than they’ll be making over the next few seasons. But, as Livingston told NBC Bay Area, “You can’t put a price on happiness.”

Winning matters to these guys more than money, and that’s fine. It would be fine the other way around, too.

Sure, Durant took a deal for less than his market value as a superstar. He isn’t the first star to do this and he won’t be the last one.

As Kerr said, it’s up to star players whether they want to take a bit less money to keep the squad in tact. But that’s the thing — it’s a choice. Yes, Durant made less money than he Cheap Jerseys Online China could have. And maybe that does put more of an expectation on other star players to do Cheap Jerseys Stitched the same.

Brian Cashman swung a blockbuster late on Tuesday night, and Pinstripe Alley has thoughts.

Other teams had been chasing Frazier doggedly over the last few days, most notably the Red Sox, who still desperately need a third baseman. The first major hint that something was going down appeared when Frazier was seen hugging his teammates and shaking hands in the dugout just as the Find Cheap Jerseys Online White Sox were wrapping up batting practice before Tuesday’s game.

New York will be happy to get some relief help, and while Frazier doesn’t perfectly fit its hole at first base, it doesn’t hurt to have him at third where he can trade off with Chase Headley for the time being before the latter (possibly) moves across the diamond.

Of course, besides picking up this quartet of players, the trade has the additional benefit of taking Todd Frazier away from a division rival. That might not have been the primary motivation for the deal, but in the AL East that rivalry is usually on the top of fans’ minds, especially with the Yankees only 3.5 games back from Boston for the division lead.

However, Aaron Judge was also on that top 10, and his 2017 has him dominating the AL. Clint Frazier was ranked second, and not only is he still around, but he could push Jacoby Ellsbury out of a job. Gleyber Torres will miss the rest of 2017 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but the young shortstop was tearing things up at the plate before then, and the long-term concerns are much different for a position player than a pitcher.

They would have had prospects, they would have been facing the same confusing offseason, and they still would have lost just as many games. There was no way to justify it back then, but we’re here, and even with the Royals just a game behind the Mariners for the second wild card, I would be ready to pull the Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys emergency chute.

Reds’ Zack Cozart is getting a donkey, but what should he name it?

The fact that Reds shortstop Zack Cozart is actually getting a donkey as a congratulatory gift from teammate Joey Votto, a promise made earlier in the season should Cozart make the All-Star Game, is amazing. While it seems a bit of a strange gift from one teammate to another, Votto is following through.

But Votto organizing a small crew of donkeys to stop by the field over the weekend is next level, and makes the entire situation that much better. The donkey that Cozart is eventually taking home himself is five months old and still on a farm in Kentucky being trained to become a shortstop’s best friend.

However, despite all the preparation for Cozart’s donkey to go live with him, he still doesn’t have a name picked out. The Reds are encouraging fans to email their choices to [email protected] before July 31 so that Cozart can get some inspiration for his unique buddy.

Despite all these things in his favor, the man is also astonishingly bad at eating corndogs.

In a wide-ranging conversation with the Cleveland Scene, Kipnis talked through how he wrote his recent Players Tribune piece, last year’s low attendance problems in Cleveland, and even reminisced about his ugly ankle injury just before the World Series got going.

But lost in all of those very worthy topics is a reveal that should shake anyone to their core: Kipnis eats a corndog with a knife and fork. The article casually tosses off this detail while discussing Kipnis’ close friendship with teammate Lonnie Chisenhall and what he does in his off days. Which apparently includes consuming one of the best fried foods this country has to offer with utensils MLB Jerseys China like NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping a mad man.

Candelario and Paredes will both shoot toward the top of the Tigers’ farm system

Candelario has hit .266/.361/.507 with 12 homers in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa this season. Though he is ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in the Cubs’ system (with Jimenez and Cease gone) and the no. 92 prospect in all of baseball, Baseball America is a bit less impressed, ranking him ninth among Chicago’s prospects.

Paredes, an 18-year-old shortstop, was signed out of Mexico for $800k by the Cubs in 2015. He has hit .261/.341/.399 with seven homers in 91 games for Single-A South Bend so far this year, coming in as BA’s no. 5 prospect in the system and tenth according to MLB.com.

Candelario and Paredes will both shoot toward the top of the Tigers’ farm system, joining no. 12 prospect Dawel Lugo and no. 21 prospect Sergio Alcantara, who were sent over in the J.D. Martinez deal with Arizona. Detroit may have more moves in store, with Justin Verlander, Ian Kinsler and Jose Iglesias all on the rumor mill with 16 hours before the deadline.

For a look at every deal completed this July, be sure to check out our 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker.

Gary Sanchez just killed it! Stanton is out! I am so proud of Judge, my large adult son! Every dinger is a present! Every song is a new jam! I am so jazzed I could go kick down a door!

I mean, I’m absolutely crestfallen that Stanton was eliminated in the first round, but it’s not like Sanchez isn’t a spectacular dinger lad himself. I can’t stress enough how much the new format Reebok Cheap Jerseys helps. I was skeptical. I used to spend my time thinking of ways to make the Derby better. I think Wholesale Jerseys Paypal that genre is dead, save for a couple little tweaks here and there.

Here is a conversation between Charlotte Wilder and Grant Brisbee as they sat at the Home Run Derby and marveled at the dingers.

During the All-Star Game on Tuesday night, as the game dragged on without much fanfare, a scene was unfolding in the good seats as the team’s current owner Jeffrey Loria seemingly passed the torch to potential future owner Jorge Mas. Mas, founder of Florida-based engineering company MasTec, reportedly Vip Cheap Jerseys bid $1.17 billion for the team and Loria agreed to that price despite it being a few hundred million below his original asking price of $1.3 billion.

While a two-thirds majority of MLB owners still has to approve Cheap Youth NHL Jerseysvthe sale, the two men chatting and laughing during the game certainly seems to confirm that this bid is the winning offer and the other hopeful groups came up short in their attempts.

As recently as Monday, a group that involved both Derek Jeter and Michael Jordan bid as much as $1.2 billion for the team and reports had them extremely close to sealing things that night. However the situation was also deemed “fluid” in those reports and, in this case, it seems “fluid” means lol sorry guys you are definitely not getting this team even though you bid more and are famous. This latest development also rules out the bid from a group involving Pitbull winning the day either, which thankfully also means that Tagg Romney won’t own a baseball team … yet.

Here is a conversation between Charlotte Wilder and Grant Brisbee as they sat at the Home Run Derby and marveled at the dingers. Both of them came to the same realization that this Cheap Zetterberg Jerseys event is truly marvelous at the same time, and rather than write two articles, figured they’d work through their excitement and thoughts together.

Cubs offer closure with World Series ring for Steve Bartman

And thus the jinx is truly buried.

The Chicago Cubs, who snapped 108 years of futility with a World Series victory last fall, presented infamous fan Steve Bartman with a 2016 championship ring Monday as a special gift from team ownership, the Ricketts family, and the Cubs organization.

Bartman has remained out of the media spotlight since he was vilified by Cubs fans for tipping a foul ball that left fielder Moises Alou was trying to glove near the stands during Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS that Chicago lost en route to blowing a 3-2 series lead to the Florida Marlins.

Miami has been widely seen as a seller this season as they have reportedly been selling on Dee Gordon, Justin Bour and even taken some phone calls on Giancarlo Stanton though he’s unlikely to be sold with the contract he has hanging over his head. And by trading Ramos they get back prospects Merandy Gonzalez, a pitcher, and outfielder Ricardo Cespedes. Both players have never played above A ball, but are currently ranked among the Mets’ top 22 prospects.

Why would the Mets trade for Ramos, though? They look to be out of the race and have little chance at making the postseason. Well, for one, Ramos can be locked up for cheap in arbitration this offseason so the Mets can get an affordable closer for next season if they get healthy and make a run then, and secondly, with teams making inquiries on Reed, the Mets could simply want insurance in case they sell their closer this season.

Who knows? We’ve seen some weird trade rumors this offseason as the Twins are reportedly already selling on Jaime Garcia, who they acquired barely more than a week ago, so maybe the Mets are trying Lebron Cheap Jerseys to package Ramos in a trade with a better-known player to get prospects back in a Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys blockbuster trade.

Rockies catchers have three home runs in 415 plate appearances this year.

Why are the Rockies willing to take the chance on Lucroy bouncing back? Start with this: Lucroy has long been one of the better defensive catchers in baseball, and his track record of pitch framing is exceptional. And there’s this: Colorado hasn’t got much, at all, offensively from its catchers.

Tony Wolters is the primary catcher, and he had exactly zero home runs in 234 plate appearances. As a group, Rockies catchers have three home runs in 415 plate appearances this year.

That’s the lowest total in the majors, not surprisingly. Think about this: Giants ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner missed nearly three months after he injured his shoulder in a dirt-bike accident on an off-day in Colorado. He has 18 plate appearances this season, and he’s hit two home runs. Yeah.

Maybe Lucroy just needs a change of scenery. Maybe he has been pressing with free agency on the horizon and his trade to a playoff-bound Rockies team is the perfect catalyst for an awakening. Who knows?

The Rockies are willing to bet he finds his swing again. It’s certainly worth the limited risk.

In 12 games since the deal with the move over to first base, Headley has managed to post an impressive slash line of .395/.477/.579 (15 for 38) over 44 plate appearances, along with five extra-base hits and five RBI. He finished the month of July slashing .333/.388/.467 (30 for 90), a return to form that he opened up the 2017 campaign in.

“He’s been great,” manager Joe Girardi told Newsday. “He’s swung NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping the bat great. It even started a little bit before the All-Star break, for me. He went through the tough period (in May), but golly, he’s swinging the bat really well, and he’s adapted to NFL 21 Cheap Jerseys first base really well.”