Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune farewell explains why he chose Celtics

Gordon Hayward’s Players’ Tribune announcement, titled “Thank You, Utah,” is more than 2,100 words long and doesn’t really talk about the Boston Celtics until the final few hundred words. In journalism, you call that “burying the lead.” In lengthy farewell stories, though, that’s actually pretty normal. (Reminder: 99 percent of Players’ Tribune stories are ghostwritten.)

Here are some facts about the Golden State Warriors.

The Warriors locked up Stephen Curry to a massive contract. Kevin Durant is next. The Warriors can expect an incredibly large tax bill just on account of the salaries owed to Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, and Klay Thompson. The Warriors just convinced Shaun Livingston to take a small, short deal to stay. The Warriors rightfully believe they can win more titles with just their superstar core and spare parts, that Iguodala isn’t absolutely necessary to rampage over the NBA.

Iguodala has been meeting with other NBA teams seemingly since midnight struck on the East Coast and the 2017 free agency period opened. Reports suggest Iguodala has no meeting scheduled with the Warriors, which is interesting.

What’s more interesting is who Iguodala is meeting with. The first squad Iguodala met with after midnight: the San Antonio Spurs, widely believed to be the Warriors’ top challenger in the West. On Philadelphia Eagles Cheap Jerseys Saturday, Iguodala is set to meet with the Houston Rockets, perhaps the next great Warriors Order Cheap Jerseys Online rival after acquiring Chris Paul.

Kevin Pelton suggests a win-win trade scenario with the Phoenix Suns

Irving has given Cleveland four preferred choices, per Windhorst: the Spurs, Knicks, Heat, and Timberwolves. But, while Irving is likely to be traded, he has no real leverage on where he’ll be traded because he’s under contract for two more seasons. San Antonio would not appear to have the pieces to make a move for Irving in a straight-up deal — Cleveland doesn’t need LaMarcus Aldridge.

Minnesota is too messy a trade partner at this point. Miami is flexible, and a New York trade would likely center on Carmelo Anthony.

Kevin Pelton suggests a win-win trade scenario with the Phoenix Suns, who would offer Irving the central role he desires while offering Cleveland a win-now piece in Eric Bledsoe (a friend of LeBron’s) and some youth.

There are a few personal wrinkles here, too: Bledsoe is a Klutch Sports client. Klutch is run by Rich Paul, LeBron’s close friend and agent. Also, the Suns this week hired James Jones as vice president of basketball operations. Jones is LeBron’s longtime teammate and friend. There are a lot of personal strings to pull on here for both sides.

Possibly. The Celtics added Gordon Hayward and Jayson Tatum while losing Avery Bradley. Toronto swapped out Cory Joseph and DeMarre Carroll for C.J. Miles. All of the other high-end Eastern Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys challengers stayed static or got worse. Odds are Cleveland will replace Irving with a major producer and Wholesale NHL Jerseys remain the best in the East, but Boston, Toronto, or Washington could pull off an upset.

Kyrie Irving reportedly requested a trade to the Bulls before the NBA Draft

Kyrie Irving is ready to move on from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The All-Star point guard reportedly requested a trade last week after deciding he no longer wanted to share the spotlight with LeBron James.

But Detroit became hard-capped after signing Langston Galloway and rookie Luke Kennard. The Pistons also finalized a trade that sent Marcus Morris to the Celtics for Avery Bradley, an established two-way shooting guard.

After that trade, the Pistons are only $16.5 million beneath the NBA’s hard cap, according to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, meaning they could not match any offers on Pope if they were more expensive than that number.

Pope is now the most coveted free agent on the market after players Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Danilo Gallinari made their decisions.

The Los Angeles Lakers have significant interest in offering Pope a one-year “balloon deal,” according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. There, he could join a young, budding core led by No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball.

Pope was expected to receive an offer sheet from the Brooklyn Nets, but their US Cheap Jerseys money is tied up after making an offer on Washington’s restricted free agent Otto Porter.

The New York Knicks are another team expected to have interest in Caldwell-Pope, but they offered restricted free agent Tim Hardaway Jr. a lucrative four-year, $71 million offer Wholesale NBA Jerseys sheet — one the Atlanta Hawks are not expected to match.

Kevin Durant taking a discount to help the Warriors is another form of player power

Kevin Durant took a sharper discount than expected upon agreeing to a new deal with the Golden State Warriors this week. Reports indicate he’ll sign for two years and $53 million, a good deal less than the $63 million over two years he was expected to take. Even that is a haircut on Durant’s natural max of two years and $72 million, which any team with cap space (which the Warriors do not have) could offer.

The Kings continue their quest to make Basketball Twitter swoon — sign Vince Carter to a one-year deal.

Speaking of former Grizzlies, the franchise’s front office wrote a beautiful letter about Zach Randolph in which they announced Memphis would retire his jersey.

Nathaniel Friedman on the ripple effect caused by the Warriors’ dominance.

The Wizards and Nets are getting rather petty over Otto Porter’s offer sheet. Washington will end up matching, but now his contract is going to be way messier than it needed to be. Just pay your very good restricted free agents, people!

The most exciting news of the day? Lob City is back, and it doesn’t need Chris Paul. The Clippers won the Milos Teodosic sweepstakes, bringing the Serbian highlight machine over on a two-year Super Cheap Jerseys Fans deal. He’s instantly the flashiest passer in the NBA and maybe one of the five best. The downside: You Wholesale Jerseys China and I both know he’s going to come off the bench behind Austin Rivers.

Justin Turner, Mike Moustakas win 2017 MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

The results of the Final Vote are in, and a pair of third baseman earned a trip to Miami for the MLB All-Star Game, to be played next Tuesday at Marlins Park. Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Moustakas of the Kansas City Royals won the vote for the 32nd and final All-Star roster spots for the National League and American League, respectively.

Turner is hitting .384/.473/.571 with 17 doubles and eight home runs in 61 games this season, leading the National League in batting average and on-base percentage. This is the first All-Star appearance for the 32-year-old Turner.

Colon, 44, was designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Braves last week after posting a 2-8 record and 8.14 ERA in 13 starts. He signed a one-year, $12.5 million deal with Atlanta last winter, so the Braves will be on the hook for the rest of his salary while the Twins pay a prorated portion of the major-league minimum if Colon reaches the majors.

There was widespread speculation that Colon would re-join the Mets in free agency, with New York expressing interest following his release from Atlanta. That situation obviously failed to materialize, allowing Colon the opportunity to provide depth for Minnesota.

The Twins currently have lefty Hector Santiago on the disabled list due to back trouble and are working with a rotation of Ervin Santana, Jose Berrios, Kyle Gibson, Adalberto Mejia and Felix Jorge at the major-league level. Colon should be expected to join the big club soon, similarly to how minor-league signee Dillon Gee was called up within days of signing with the club.

Colon owns a career 235-170 record and a 4.02 ERA in 20 Cheap Volleyball Jerseys major-league Cheap Wholesale NBA Jerseys seasons with nine different clubs. He has never spent any time in the Twins organization.

Bryce Harper wore these amazing cleats to honor Jose Fernandez at the All-Star Game

Bryce Harper is playing in the MLB All-Star Game in Miami on Tuesday night — and he’s decided to wear these amazing custom cleats to honor someone who won’t be there for the game: Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died in September.

The ace pitcher Fernandez was an All-Star last year, and many players have remembered him during this year’s All-Star Week. Players will be using the the Marlins’ locker room, where Fernandez’s locker still serves as a tribute:

So as the All-Stars play in Marlins Stadium, fans will definitely be remembering Fernandez, beloved as a person and player — and Harper’s cleats are a great way to pay tribute to him.

Timeout two came with four homers and 1:25 to go on the clock, and Sano is looking like he is tired of swinging his large bat at baseballs after a couple of hours of doing so. He had only swung 10 times to this point (per Mendoza), as he’s waiting for the perfect pitch and really not getting it often enough.

Sano picked up the pace as time started to run out, including a shot that was basically a golf swing, and he ended up with 10 before time expired — the last of those was over 440 feet, too, getting him 30 seconds of bonus time.

Bonus time ended up being a disappointment, with the only ball Cheap USA Hockey Jerseys that got to the stands ending up there because someone threw a ball to a fan. Ten is the number Cheap Vintage Baseball Jerseys to beat, Aaron Judge.

George Springer leaves game against Phillies with left quad discomfort

Turner ranks second in fWAR this season, and he’s in the Final Vote, along with fellow third baseman Anthony Rendon (fourth in fWAR) and reigning MVP Kris Bryant (10th). The starter at the position — Nolan Arenado — ranks ninth in the NL in fWAR. That’s rough.

If the top 18 players in the National League according to FanGraphs, five of them are third basemen. I’ve pointed out that this is a golden age of third basemen before, and it doesn’t seem like it’s slowing down. Except that leads me to two questions:

Astros center fielder George Springer has left Houston’s game against the Phillies with left quad discomfort. Springer slipped on a play in the field during the second inning which seemed to cause the discomfort, but that is all the team is saying about the injury as of now.

Josh Reddick shifted from right field to center to replace Springer, with Nori Aoki subbing in at right for the time being.

Springer has been on a bit of a tear lately, batting .400 over the last week and driving in four runs in the process. He’s batting .310 on the season with an OPS of .973 along with 27 home runs and 66 RBI.

Oh, heck yes. I was worried that my search would be unfairly biased toward the modern player and that one of these years wouldn’t show up. Instead, welcome to 113 years ago, when shortstops were in their prime.

That’s not really true. When the 1904 season was playing, the average height of a baseball player was 5’3” and every single one of them had rickets. Stuff them into a time Cheap Soccer Jerseys Free Shipping machine, and they wouldn’t make a D-II roster. But for their time, compared to their peers, it was hard to beat these guys:

With their other offensive might Carlos Correa on the disabled list until at least early September, Houston is surely hoping Springer’s injury is indeed only discomfort and that Cheap Reversible Jerseys For Basketball he’ll be back in the lineup soon.

Kris Bryant exits Cubs game after injuring hand on slide

Kris Bryant is a player the Cubs can’t afford to lose for very long while they’re chasing the Brewers in the National League Central, but they’ll be without their third baseman for at least Wednesday’s game. Bryant slid head-first into third base in the first inning of the series finale against the Braves, and injured what appears to be a finger in the process.

You can see Bryant’s hand connect with Braves’ third baseman Johan Camargo right in the cleat during an attempted steal of third base:

Bryant immediately reacted to the contact, and was removed from the game with Tommy La Stella taking over at third to begin the second half of the first inning.

Kris Bryant received x-rays on his hand, and the result was the discovery of a sprained pinky finger. The good news for both Bryant and the Cubs is that nothing is broken, and their star is day-to-day.

Good thing he can’t really fix that, as it’s incredible to watch every single time he pulls it off.

Trying to figure out how he is able to generate that type of power from one knee, and the quickness with which he pivots to the ground, is remarkable to say the least.

Beltre was the weirdo prospect who was actually younger than his listed age:

Boras eventually got Major League Baseball to review the case and after a lengthy Cheap Queensland Jerseys investigation, they determined that the Dodgers in fact had signed Beltre when he Cheap Replica Soccer Jerseys was 15. The signing age for international amateurs is 16.

The Dodgers fudged his age in reverse, and they got slapped with a bunch of penalties for it. Only Beltre can show up to his major league debut and “well-actually” Scott Boras about his age.

Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia collided in a brutal outfield play

Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia of the White Sox collided in what looked like a brutal outfield play during Monday night’s game against the Blue Jays. In the immediate aftermath, trainers attended to both players.

Garcia got up of his own accord after some time, but according to CSN’s Dan Hayes, a cart was brought out for Moncada, who wasn’t putting weight on his knee. Both players have now left the game.

The Diamondbacks have been looking for help in their outfield, and Martinez is just the trick in the short term. He fills a need against left-handed pitchers, which his new team has struggled with this year. Other teams had also expressed interest in Martinez, including the Rockies, Dodgers, Red Sox, Royals, and Cardinals.

Arizona will absorb the entire balance of Martinez’s $11.75 million salary on the season, which amounts to about $5 million at the moment.

Martinez is currently hitting .305/.388/.630 in 232 plate appearances this season, and boasts an OPS+ of 167, with 16 home runs and 39 RBI. As far as rentals go, Arizona almost certainly came out on top here as they secure one of the best hitters on the market right now for a veritable pittance.

A public display of friendship between two players doesn’t usually pause a game completely, but in this case it was warranted.

Possibly the best part of the clip is the ump who at first is not having it but then relents when he realizes what is going on. Again, if there is one hug that should be allowed Cheap Paintball Jerseys And Pants to happen between two players in the middle of an inning, this is probably it.

After the hug, Beltre immediately got back to business with hit 3,001 off Cheap Pittsburgh Penguins Jerseys his old friend.

Terrell Davis talks of overcoming adversity in gratitude-filled speech

Adversity never stopped Terrell Davis.

The former Broncos running back faced a lot over his life, but Saturday he was able to celebrate his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

When the Raiders acquired Lynch from the Seahawks in April, it came on the heels of Oakland deciding not to re-sign Latavius Murray. Lynch is a direct replacement, and that’s a great place to start to figure out where he’ll finish in 2017.

Murray had 228 total touches in 14 games last season, or 51 percent of the touches vs. similar, speedy, change-of-pace rookies Jalen Richard (112) and DeAndre Washington (109). After that trio, no one else on the roster saw notable backfield work in 2016. When breaking it down to just carries, Murray had 195 vs. 170 combined for Richard (83) and Washington (87), or 53 percent.

Jones used first-round picks in 1991 and 1992 on Super Bowl starters Russell Maryland and Robert Jones, respectively. A second-round pick in the 1994 draft was used on future Hall of Fame guard Larry Allen. He also signed future Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders to a five-year contract in 1995 and the Cowboys won their third Super Bowl in four seasons.

Jones made the unpopular decision of replacing Landry with former college teammate Jimmy Johnson, who had won a national championship at the University of Miami.

His first big move was selecting quarterback Troy Aikman with the No. 1 overall Raiders Cheap Jerseys pick of the 1989 NFL Draft. He then fleeced the Vikings by sending running back Herschel Walker to Really Cheap Jerseys Minnesota in exchange for a wealth of draft picks that resulted in the selections of running back Emmitt Smith, wide receiver Alvin Harper and safety Darren Woodson, among others.