Derrick Rose thought he’d get a max contract. He just signed for $2.1 million

Midway through last season, Derrick Rose was looking to get paid. He was going to enter the first unrestricted free agency of his career Cheap NBA Jerseys hoping for a $150 million max contract, according to ESPN’s Ian Begley, comparable to the deal Mike Conley signed with the Grizzlies two summers ago.

Several news sites aggregated that quote, because it’s salacious Cheap NFL Jerseys From China as hell and Smith is … well, his reports aren’t always wrong, although that’s not exactly the reliability you’d desire from someone in the media. James saw one of those aggregators and responded with this.

1. This is such a James tweet, with multiple hashtags and several emojis sprinkled throughout. At another time, we’re going to talk about how James’ social media presence is stuck in 2011.

2. To be clear, James can deny Smith’s report — or “report” — and it still be correct. There’s no way to prove this right or wrong. If a more reliable reporter said this, then maybe there would be some actual substance to it. But while Smith clearly talks to and has contacts with people in the league, his track record is poor. I’m sure someone told him that quote — he’s not just flat-out making it up. But that person may be prone to exaggeration, or might be too far out of James’ circle to really have any clue, or maybe isn’t in James’ circle at all and has an ax to grind.

3. This is why most reporters don’t report on things like this — salacious but unverifiable reporting that doesn’t add much of anything. Unless James has taped a photo of Irving’s face to a punching bag and is spending several hours every morning working on his kickboxing, then let’s just let this slide. James may be upset at Irving, and he has legitimate reasons to be upset, or disappointed, or even angry. But he’s probably not going to “kick his ass.”

We need a quick sidebar about the Thunder’s pick.

“They say they’re going to try something different, I would love to see it (work). It’s always good to do it,” he said, adding he believes they will start the season trying to stick to the new plan.

“But once adversity hits and stuff starts going wrong, guys are going to go back to ISO basketball, that’s how it is. You’ve got to trust it. It’s one of those things you’ve got to build, you’ve just got to trust each other. This year, I feel like a lot of guys didn’t trust each other and a lot of guys, they didn’t feel like other guys could produce or (be) given the opportunity, so there was a lot of lack of trust on our team, so that’s what hindered us from going (as far as they wanted to go).”
Those comments sparked harsh criticism from former NBA champion Stephen Jackson, who said on ESPN’s The Jump with Rachel Nichols that Carroll “wasn’t good enough to have an opinion.”

“DeMarre Carroll, why are you even talking? If anybody passes you the ball, you should be happy. Play defense. You’re Bruce Bowen. Just go in the corner, shoot 3s and be happy. You shouldn’t even have an input, you’re not good. You can shoot 3s in the corner and you can [play defense].”

Still, the biggest flaw seems clear: the Pacers didn’t have to cash in on this offer from the Thunder yet. Oklahoma City might have bluffed, but George is the best player they could have acquired this summer. The Oladipo and Sabonis offer would have stayed on the table, and maybe Indiana could have squeezed a protected pick out of it if the Thunder started squirming on, say, July 3.

(We need a quick sidebar about the Thunder’s pick. Yes, their Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Kids 2018 and 2020 picks were spoken for, so they couldn’t have traded one of their own picks. But they do have an unprotected second rounder from Chicago Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale through the Taj Gibson trade, which should end up in the top-35 next year.

Andre Iguodala worked free agency to perfection to get what he wanted from Warriors

Andre Iguodala drew out his free agency to perfection, adding as much as $24 million in guaranteed pay to his deal. Golden State came into free agency set to offer him a deal worth somewhere between $12 to $14 million annually with no guaranteed third year, a source confirmed to SB Nation.

Simmons will share the spotlight with Fultz, who is being billed as one of the most NBA-ready prospects to enter the draft in years. The 76ers traded up from the third overall spot to select Fultz first, adding a potentially elite point guard to compliment their talented young front court. Despite playing for a terrible Washington Huskies team last season, Fultz averaged 23.2 points per game and did nothing to deter scouts from putting him at the top of their boards.

While Simmons and Fultz will run the risk of potentially splitting Rookie of the Year votes in Philadelphia, point guards Lonzo Ball (+250 to win Rookie of the Year) and Dennis Smith (+700) should both have the opportunity to be the stars of their new teams.

Team President Magic Johnson has anointed Ball the new face of the franchise for the Los Angeles Lakers, and backed that up with action in trading away DeAngelo Russell. Ball is an outstanding distributor that averaged 7.6 assists per game at UCLA last season, and he should flourish in the Lakers’ fast-paced offense as Luke Walton hopes to emulate his mentor Steve Kerr’s attack at Golden State.

Dennis Smith averaged 18.1 points per game and 6.2 assists per game for North Carolina State last year and has the potential to be the clear focal Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA point of a fairly weak Mavericks roster. Other Rookie of the Year contenders Cheap Jerseys Youth include De’Aaron Fox (+700), Malik Monk (+900), Josh Jackson (+1200) and Jayson Tatum (+1600).

Russell’s pre-draft passing highlights haven’t translated to him becoming a real life floor general.

He’s a fine passer, averaging 4.8 assists per game last season in 29 minutes per game. But increasingly, he looks like a scorer in the lead ball handler spot. (And a scorer who shot 40.5 percent from the floor last year, mind you.) His assist-to-pass percentage, per NBA.com’s SportsVU data, was 9.5 percent. That’s more in line with players like Goran Dragic (9.7) and Victor Oladipo (9.2), rather than Kyle Lowry (11.5) or Jrue Holiday (12.0). Chris Paul, a solid gold standard, recorded 14.4 percent last year.

The Lakers also clearly had some sort of problem Russell’s off-court demeanor, or attitude, or whichever word you feel fits best in that situation. What happened with the Snapchat incident two years ago, if isolated to that alone, was blown up. But there have long been rumors that it was more than that — not another specific incident, but a consistent pattern of immaturity.

If true, it makes even more sense how little in return the Lakers were willing to take in exchange for shipping him away.

The Suns are presumably set on retaining their restricted Cheap Jerseys Sunglasses free-agent center, especially given the only other two on the roster are 34-year-old Tyson Chandler and 6’7 Alan Williams (if you can even call him that). Marquese Chriss Cheap Jerseys Online China could (and probably should) slide up there at some point, too, since his outside game doesn’t appear to be developing.

The Warriors are the only team that accentuates McGee’s strengths enough that his weaknesses don’t overtly shine through. (To be fair, McGee also played one of his best years of basketball.) Since he didn’t get a huge offer on the open market, there’s a good chance he returns somewhat cheap to Golden State.

Tampa Bay Rays trade for Lucas Duda and maybe an Instagram account

Cash slotted Duda in the DH role for Friday’s game, where he went 1-for-3 with a home run and a strikeout, which is just about as Duda as it gets. The Rays fell to the New York Yankees anyway, setting back the Rays to three and a half games behind the Yankees in the AL East.

Even with the Mets steamrolling through pitchers at an alarming rate, Smith seems like a small price to pay for Duda’s bat. Smith is a right handed reliever who ranked as the Tigers’ 24th overall prospect in 2016 and has a 1.60 ERA, no earned runs in his last three starts and no more than one walk per appearance all season. But he only just recently made the move from high-A to A to AA. Granted, Duda’s defense should relegate him to the first base/DH-only role. But the best part of this deal is the social media.

Esteury Ruiz is only 18 and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Padres scouts were high on the infield prospect after watching him play in the Arizona League, where he was hitting .419 with an OPS of 1.219 as well as a .976 fielding percentage in 2016.

30-year old Travis Wood isn’t having as much success of late, but a change of scenery may be able to knock his 6.91 ERA down a bit. With the Royals paying $7.5 million of his $12 million salary, and with a mutual option for 2019 in his contract, the Padres could luck out if Wood somehow turns things around Cheap Youth NBA Jerseys without taking as much of the financial risk.

This trade also proves what many were wondering as far as whether the Royals Find Cheap Jerseys would be buyers or sellers at this trade deadline. While Kansas City will definitely be saying goodbye to some of its veterans during the offseason, it’s now clear those farewells will be in the offseason and that everyone is sticking together for one last shot at another World Series.

Pirates fan catches Cardinals homer, tosses it into river instead of giving it to kids

During the Cardinals-Pirates game Friday night, Jedd Gyorko hit a home run to center that put the Cards up 2-0 in the first inning. Andrew McCutchen made an attempt at the wall to prevent the homer but it was far out of his reach, so he could only look on as a fan caught the ball. Which is usually a nice ending, seeing a fan catch a ball and smiling or realizing they have a cool keepsake.

Despite ranking third in the National League in home runs, Thames won’t be participating in the Home Run Derby during next week’s All-Star festivities in Miami. While he wasn’t named to the All-Star team, that doesn’t preclude a player from participating in the derby — this year, Marlins first baseman Justin Bour was announced as one of the participants even though he isn’t on the main All-Star roster (although he is a Final Vote candidate).

Considering Thames was one of baseball’s biggest stories in April and he’s stayed one of the league leaders in home runs despite a slump in May and June, it seems odd that he’s not being given the chance to flash his power in front of a national audience. You would think Major League Baseball would want the chance to give a newer star a chance to shine on that stage, especially one with a massive following in the growing Asian market of South Korea.

Of course, it was always possible Thames was asked and turned down the opportunity. Maybe MLB Authentic Jerseys he wanted to rest the legs that have been bothering him for a good part of the season.

A likely explanation for Hernandez’ appointment is a continuation NBA Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping of Major League Baseball’s pattern of assigning All-Star Games to umpires with ties to the host city.

Should the Angels buy, sell, or stay at the MLB trade deadline?

The Los Angeles Angels are 2? games behind the second wild card. No, I’m not sure how that happened, either. They have Mike Trout back. They have Andrelton Simmons, who’s enjoying the best offensive season of his career. They have a strong bullpen, led by Bud Norris. They have …

My stars, I do believe that’s it. That’s everything going right for the Angels. Here, you look. It’s Trout, Simmons, and the bullpen, and I keep looking at their Baseball-Reference and FanGraphs page to see what I’ve missed. The Angels have broken me.

The Royals are making progress on a deal for Francisco Liriano. Not everyone in Kansas City will be happy to hear that, and at this point a trade isn’t imminent, but the conversations are moving forward between the two teams. Meanwhile, KC’s front office is also one of the teams interested in the Marlins’ Dan Straily — along with eight other clubs.

The Dodgers are supposedly very confident that they will land at least one of Yu Darvish, Sonny Gray, or Justin Verlander before the bell tolls on the trade deadline.

In addition to maybe or maybe not trading Yu Darvish, the Rangers are also shopping reliever Jeremy Jeffress. Since they acquired him from the Brewers last summer, Jeffress hasn’t panned out in quite the way that the Rangers hoped he would.

Colorado picked up Pat Neshek from the Phillies on Wednesday, but it’s not done. The Rockies Wholesale Jerseys Usa are also now taking a look at A.J. Ramos in Miami and Alex Avila in Detroit. One Reebok Cheap Jerseys source says of Avila, “If they really want him, he’s theirs.”

The Dodgers aren’t the only winning NL West team

The Dodgers are crushing everyone in their path and aren’t that far off the pace from setting a new record for wins in the regular season. All of that has made it real easy to miss what else is going on in the National League West: Both NL wild card teams are from that division, and they aren’t just barely clinging to life over .500 like some of their American League cousins in the race are.

The Rockies are on pace for 92 wins. The Diamondbacks are also on pace for 92 wins. It’s maybe not quite the 2015 NL Central, where the 97-win Cubs finished in third place, but it’s probably as close as the West can get when you’re in a division with this version of Los Angeles.

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While it’s great that Syndergaard has learned from his mistakes and altered his training regimen accordingly, it also doesn’t seem like the Mets are contributing to these lessons learned at all or steering him in a better direction.

It may be great that no one is “putting a gun to your head” as Bruce put it, but team medical staffers and conditioning coaches should also be able to right wrongs in player workouts far before they are forced into Wholesale NFL Jerseys Nike doing it themselves due to pain or injury.

Syndergaard admits he “know[s] what my weaknesses are” and “know[s] how to address Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap them” but that should also be the Mets’ responsibility on some level, preventing these trips to the DL without outside professionals imparting all these lessons for them.

Sean Rodriguez’s triumphant Pirates return means more than a win

The sound was all you needed. Sean Rodriguez had just barreled up a pitch, and the “crack” vibrated through the field microphone at PNC Park. The ball was on its way to the left-field bleachers. Gone. Walkoff.

Rodriguez initially wasn’t expected play baseball this year, let alone win a game in extra innings for the Pirates, after he, his wife and two of his children were injured in a January auto accident. But there he was Sunday, about three weeks after coming off the disabled list and about 24 hours after being reunited with the club in a waiver trade with the Braves. He got two at-bats in his return — one in the ninth inning, one in the 12th.

The at-bat in the 12th will be replayed in the Steel City for a long time.

Gonzalez was trying to toss a complete game for the first time in 2013 and finish what would have been the first no-hitter of his 10-year career.

The Nationals and Expos have a combined seven no-hitters in franchise history. The last one came when Max Scherzer did not allow a hit on Oct. 3, 2015 against the Mets. The last 1-0 no-hitter thrown was in a familiar place when Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann tossed a no-no at Marlins Park on Sept. 28, 2014.

The last MLB no-hitter, and only one this season, was also at Marlins Park when Miami’s Edinson Volquez kept the Diamondbacks hitless on June 3.

Volquez dedicated his no-hitter to former Royals teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a January car accident, and tossed the no-no on what would have been Ventura’s 26th birthday.

Before the game, Rodriguez acknowledged the support Pittsburgh fans gave him as he rehabbed his banged-up shoulder. During the game, he received an Lebron Cheap Jerseys ovation as he entered the lineup in a double-switch. After the game, he Minnesota Vikings Cheap Jerseys returned the favor.

Cubs beat Nationals, questions still need answering

The Cubs retained a half-game lead over the Brewers in the National League Central Saturday with a 7-4 win over the Nationals to snap a three-game losing streak.

The Dodgers improved to 38-6 in their last 44 games with a 2-1 win against the Giants, thanks to young studs Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger. Seager went 3 for 4 with two runs scored, while Bellinger went 2 for 4 with two RBIs.

Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias has been the subject of a few trade rumors recently, but he didn’t let that distract him while leading the Tigers to a comeback 5-3 win over the Astros. Iglesias went 2 for 3 — both hits were doubles — with a run scored and two RBIs.

Bryce Harper is in the midst of another MVP-caliber season, but he did not showcase that form Saturday in a 4-2 loss against the Rockies. Harper went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts to end his 19-game hit streak. He is still hitting .334 this season.

Astros star Jose Altuve, another MVP candidate, also went 0 for 4, snapping his career-long 19-game hit streak.

In addition to the home runs, Nunez also hit a walk-off ground out in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Red Sox to a 9-8 win over the Royals.

Diamondbacks (60-44) at Cardinals (51-53) 2:15 p.m. ET — Zack Greinke was on point Saturday, leading the Diamondbacks to a 7-1 win. Arizona will look to NBA Cheap Jerseys China continue its momentum by sending Taijuan Walker (6-4, 3.47 ERA) to the mound to face off against Lance Lynn (8-6, 3.21 ERA). Lynn has been involved with New York Yankees Cheap Jerseys trade rumors, but it appears he will pitch Sunday.