4 winners and 3 losers from the day Gordon Hayward made us all wait

Another day of NBA Free Agency has passed us. Traditionally, that’s meant another day of overpaid contracts, superteams forming, and teams foolishly throwing money around to salvage what’s left of a competitive organization.

Not this time. This time, we have teams like Oklahoma City making legitimate power moves. We have Gordon Hayward becoming a heart-breaker as the biggest fish in a free agent pool. We have news reporters nearly facing G-League relegation after a near news mishap, only to be vindicated later.

Most of all, we have the scene shaping for yet another exciting season of NBA basketball. Independence Day came and went, and we’re still here. Here’s a few winners and losers of a festive day in free agency.

This approach has been endorsed by Ball’s father, even if it limits the visibility of the ZO2 Primes. Over the last month, LaVar Ball has maintained that his son could wear whatever shoe he wanted when he takes the court. He reiterated as much over the weekend in an interview with ESPN.

On the surface, that doesn’t make much sense. Why would Ball wear other signature sneakers when he has his own under his family’s independent brand? How can the Ball family possibly convince anyone to drop $495 on a shoe if its primary endorser won’t even wear it.

But there is some logic to the Ball family’s approach, especially if they’re playing the long game.

LaVar Ball has always said his son would be willing to sign with Cheap Ireland Jerseys a larger Cheap Houston Rockets Jerseys brand — if the price is right. Prior to the Lakers’ semifinal contest against the Mavericks, Lonzo Ball told ESPN’s Cassidy Hubbarth that he was looking to start a bidding war between different companies.

There isn’t concern that the Celtics won’t be able to find a deal.

All three of those players are valuable role players that are being offered up for an extremely cheap price. But Utah might be the surest bet to complete this transaction, because they’re extra motivated to do this deal.

The other factor is that Utah probably isn’t coming back to haunt Boston. They’re in the Western Conference and any hopes that they would grow into a championship team were just severely dashed by Hayward’s decision. They can do Utah a favor while still getting the guy they really wanted.

Mitchell played two seasons at Louisville before catching scouts’ and coaches’ eyes at the annual draft combine in Chicago in May. He also worked out in Los Angeles with NBA stars Chris Paul and Paul George in Los Angeles this spring, and felt that he kept up fine.
Mitchell said it was those workouts that gave him the confidence to enter the NBA Draft.

“When you have all-stars telling you that you could be really good in this league, I think that’s going to raise your level [of confidence],” Mitchell told Aschburner.

Will he really make Jazz fans forget about Hayward?

That’s admittedly a tall order. Mitchell is still a raw prospect, albeit one with tons of athleticism and loads of potential.

Yet he’s also opening eyes in a way few expected when the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Jazz traded up in the draft to nab him. Zach Guthrie, the Jazz’s summer league coach, told Aschburner that Mitchell has been able to show off more skill than he was able to at Louisville.

“We thought, if the floor opened up for him, his skills and his athleticism Cheap Golden State Warriors Jerseys would really shine, and he’s really showing a lot of things here,” Guthrie said.

the Heat will be paying $102 million to Waiters and Olynyk.

Olynyk signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the Miami Heat after having his rights renounced by the Celtics when Gordon Hayward announced he would be playing in Boston next season.

Olynyk isn’t a great player, but he was solid last season and is a stretchy big who can do some really nice things on both ends of the court. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs outside of Boston’s read-and-react system, but he’ll be paid nicely to do it.

Over the next four years, the Heat will be paying $102 million to Waiters and Olynyk. They missed out on Hayward and Blake Griffin this season, Kevin Durant last season and LeBron James left them two seasons before that.

The Heat are supposed to be a destination team, but they haven’t attracted any top end talent since Dwyane Wade orchestrated one of the biggest coups in league history by bringing Chris Bosh and James to Miami. Maybe Pat Riley isn’t as magical as we all think he is. His hair is still nice though.

The salary cap has been established as a tick under $99.1 million, and the Timberwolves currently have about $87 million committed in guaranteed salaries this season. That number hinges on a flat payout of $19 million a year over three years for Teague’s new $57 million contract.

But Minnesota could clear room for a Millsap deal in a Cheap Germany Soccer Jerseys heartbeat.

The Timberwolves are scheduled to pay Cole Aldrich $7.3 million this season, but his Cheap Football Jerseys contract is non-guaranteed for 2018-19. Minnesota could trade him as an expiring contract to a team with the space to absorb his salary whole, and attach Oklahoma City’s future first-round pick (via Utah: Ricky Rubio trade) as a sweetener for the deal.

Kyrie Irving trade sweepstakes has drawn 20 teams and 6 offers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have actively shopped All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving ever since he went to ownership requesting a trade. And according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, 20 teams have reached out to Cleveland to gauge interest in landing the 25-year-old guard.

Of those teams, six made trade offers, according to ESPN: the San Antonio Spurs, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks, and Miami Heat. The others either don’t have enough assets to make a legitimate offer or “loom in the shadows” throughout the deal-making process.

According to Woj, team executives are looking into Irving’s character and work habits, his leadership qualities and penchant for late nights. Everyone Irving has been in touch with on a professional level — including ex-teammates, former Cavs executives, Team USA basketball officials and players, and his Nike Kyrie shoe representatives — have received calls.

If the Ball family is willing to come down from that demand, they could negotiate a more lucrative endorsement deal with one of the companies. As he continues to work his way up the ladder, more opportunities for player exclusives and signature shoes will arise. Big Baller Brand could build up more slowly and perhaps even get Ball back down the road.

Or, they can continue to have Ball sampling different shoes while selling his $495 signature line on the side. Ball is the most popular rookie in the league right now, so they’re doing something right.

Regardless, there’s a method to the family’s madness Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys that we shouldn’t Buy Cheap Jerseys Online underestimate. We’ll see it it actually works.

Bartolo Colon is with the Twins and the Mets aren’t happy at all

Listen, we know it’s tough to catch up on everything happening in the baseball world each morning. There are all kinds of stories, rumors, game coverage, and Vines of dudes getting hit in the beans every day. Trying to find all of it while on your way to work or sitting at your desk just isn’t easy. It’s OK, though. We’re going to do the heavy lifting for you each morning and find the things you need to see from within the SB Nation baseball network, as well as from elsewhere.

Kansas City needs starting pitching, and Toronto might just have a solution for them in Marco Estrada. Estrada hasn’t had a lights-out 2017, and thus the Royals probably won’t need to send back a pile of gold, or prospects worth as much, to get some help on the mound.

The Tigers aren’t stopping their selling with the J.D. Martinez trade. It looks like Justin Wilson is also on the trade block and has up to a dozen teams interested in his services. With that many teams asking about him, this might be one of the most sure-thing trades to expect over the next few weeks. Unless it doesn’t happen, of course.

Mets outfielders will be rotating for playing time until either Jay Bruce or Curtis Granderson are traded. To accommodate everyone involved, New York is hoping a trade happens as soon as possible and believes that Martinez finally being moved will help its case as far as interest goes.

Pablo Sandoval’s time with Boston officially ended on Wednesday, and Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys his future is slightly uncertain Wholesale Jerseys as things stand in the league. However, San Francisco could be interested in welcoming him home for another stint by the Bay. Yes, really.

Rob Manfred won’t expand MLB while it needs new cities as stadium leverage

Rob Manfred would love to expand Major League Baseball. He brings it up all the time, and he even has three cities in mind that he once again mentioned while taking questions before Monday’s Home Run Derby: an MLB return to Montreal, an MLB club in Mexico City (or somewhere else in Mexico), and the rare mention of a United States city without a team, Charlotte, North Carolina.

Expansion would be exciting, it would make baseball money, it would create more jobs both on and off the field, and that’s before even getting into how many more minor league players would exist because of the addition of another couple of clubs. However, MLB is not going to expand just yet, not until it gets a few things off its plate, as Manfred himself explained:

Gray will be expensive. The A’s are counting on it. And they’re feeling lucky that they’re back to where they started.

What the Astros would gain by trading for Sonny Gray
The Astros are something of a superbeast, and it’s hard to explain just how terrifying they are. They have a super-young core that rivals any in baseball. They’re conservative with their money, at least for now (18th in overall payroll), but they play in one of the biggest markets in baseball. They have a divine farm system, even after making all sorts of trades to their roster.

Adding a low-cost, under-contract pitcher would allow them to use even more of those assets. Gray would allow them to spend more on the free-agent market. He would allow them to deal some of their pitching prospects. And, most importantly, he would make them better in 2017, even though they’re pretty freaking good already.

In the postseason, with a lineup that will melt Cheap Blank Hockey Jerseys your face Cheap Basketball Jerseys off, the Astros would be able to send out …

MLB trade rumor grade: Lance Lynn to the Royals?

Hello, and welcome to a new series in which we grade trade rumors from around Major League Baseball. The goal isn’t to start ranking the rumormongers by their hits and misses, but to figure out if a rumor makes sense for both teams involved. The more likely a rumor is to make you turn your head like a confused labrador retriever, the more likely it is to deserve a letter grade.

First up, we have a curious one from Bob Nightengale, who comes out of nowhere from the top rope with this one:

There were no rounds, either, no tournament format. Each batter got two chances to hit as many home runs before making five “outs.” That means there were 45 swings in the entire Derby, with five of them leaving the ballpark. Giancarlo Stanton hit 61 home runs in last year’s Derby.

So while there’s a little something missing from this year’s field, it’s still going to be a much, much better Derby than the ones from the past that were besotted with Hall of Famers and members of the 500-homer club. And if this is the trend, I’m all for it. Give me the youngsters who are too young and dumb to know they should be tired. Give me stamina and adrenaline.

Give me large homer fellas with their comically disfigured home runs and general hatred of baseballs.

This field has all that, and the format will make sure they’ll get to show off a lot more than they used to. I’m in. There might not be Cheap Authentic Jerseys a Hall of Famer in the bunch when it’s all said and done, but they’re some of the brightest home run monsters in today’s game.

Ryan Zimmerman is reborn, and his OPS is pushing 1000. Anthony Rendon might be the best hitter on the team. Even Jayson Werth and Michael Taylor Cheap Barcelona Jerseys are hitting a little bit.

Former MLB player, manager Don Baylor dead at 68

Former MLB player and manager Don Baylor — a strong clubhouse leader in the game, a pioneer outside it and gentleman in both — died early Monday morning after a long battle with multiple myeloma, his son confirmed to the Austin American-Statesman. He was 68.

Baylor, a native of Austin, was one of the first African Americans to attend Stephen F. Austin High School and the first to play baseball and football at the school. He could have become the first black player in University of Texas football history, the American-Statesman noted, had he not turned down legendary coach Darrell Royal’s scholarship offer to pursue a career in baseball.

Avila is enjoying a breakout season with the Tigers, slashing .274/.394/.475 despite a recent July slump. He’ll slide into a backup slot behind Cubs catcher Willson Contreras, a role once occupied by Miguel Montero before he was cut in June for criticizing Jake Arrieta.

Wilson will play a larger role for the Cubs, who may turn the left-hander into their closer if they fail to re-sign Wade Davis next season. Unlike Avila, Wilson is under control (arbitration eligible) for 2018 before turning into a free agent in 2019.

The Dodgers, Astros and Nationals were also in the mix for Wilson, who Hockey Jerseys Cheap owns a 2.68 ERA and 55:16 K:BB ratio with 13 saves and eight holds this season.

Candelario, the Cubs’ No. 1 prospect, according to MLB.com , is batting .266/.361/.507 with 12 homers and 52 RBIs in 81 games with Triple-A Iowa. Paredes, an 18-year-old shortstop and the club’s No. 10 ranked prospect, is batting .264/.343/.401 with Single-A South Bend.

The Tigers recalled reliever Joe Jimenez and catcher John Hicks from Triple-A to fill Jerseys China their two open roster spots, while the Cubs designated Dylan Floro for assignment to open a 40-man roster spot.

Details have emerged on the failed deals and the consensus is pretty simple among insiders: the Astros got too attached to their prospects.

“The explanation for the Astros coming up empty is more about their longstanding stance on their top prospects, others insist,” Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported. “They just weren’t willing to surrender their top prospects in some cases, rival execs said. ‘The Astros had the (young) players to make a deal,’ said one other rival GM. ‘They have a good farm system.'”

Ken Rosenthal suggested the same thing: “The Astros’ failures at the deadline were not for lack of effort. But they made six to seven prospects off-limits in discussions for Britton and Padres left-hander Brad Hand, sources said.”

So when the Astros thought they had a deal for Britton only to get it nixed after medicals were exchanged it begs the questions: If the Astros were trying to deal players with medical questions were they simply trying to pawn off players in an effort to outsmart their trade partners? Does that really qualify as trying to get a deal done?

Disney is banking on the ESPN stream attracting cord-cutters who have turned away from cable. Live sports that aren’t being shown on ESPN’s cable properties will be the most attractive lure (NHL, Major League Soccer and college games will also be available, part NFL Jerseys Authentic of the approximately 10,000 events total that will be offered, Disney says).

“We hope this provides closure on an unfortunate chapter of the story that has perpetuated throughout our quest to win a long-awaited World Series,” Ricketts said, in part, in a Liverpool Cheap Jerseys statement. “While no gesture can fully lift the public burden he has endured for more than a decade, we felt it was important Steve knows he has been and continues to be fully embraced by this organization.”

Baseball Hall of Fame induction: Jeff Bagwell thanks Craig Biggio, Astros fans

Jeff Bagwell thanked plenty of people Sunday during his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, from his family to former coaches.

Oakland was reportedly playing hardball early in the process, demanding both Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres from the Yankees. But the A’s stance softened, which allowed a deal to get done before the deadline.

The Mets were also ready to trade sluggers Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson but the trade market was more focused on pitchers, leading Alderson to hold pat.

Analysis: The Dodgers added another bullpen arm at the deadline in a trade with Cincinnati for Cingrani.

Cingrani has struggled this season, posting a 5.40 ERA and recording no saves. He had 17 saves to go with a 4.14 ERA last season in Cincinnati.

The Reds gain a right-handed power-hitting corner MLB Cheap Jerseys outfield/first base option in Van Slyke, as well as a catching prospect in Clementina.

“What amazed me is that they would forfeit the game without NBA Jerseys Cheap having any announcement made,” team executive vice president Fred Claire said. “I don’t know how you can do that without giving a warning over the PA.”

Daulton was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013 and had surgery to remove a pair of tumors related to glioblastoma. He was declared cancer-free in 2015, but the cancer returned earlier this summer.