Gordon Hayward was leaning toward Jazz hours before decision, agent says

There apparently is a perfectly good explanation to why Gordon Hayward took so long to make his decision on where to play next season — he couldn’t make up his mind, even less than 24 hours before Tuesday’s announcement that he had signed with the Celtics.

According to Hayward’s agent, after meetings and visits with the Youth Cheap Jerseys Heat, Celtics and Jazz, the All-Star forward was still torn on Monday night after a meeting with newly acquired Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio.

“I think after the meeting, he thought, ‘My goodness, how can I leave this?'” Mark Bartelstein told The Vertical. “On Monday night he was very much leaning toward staying in Utah, but he had just been through this whirlwind tour in three days. He woke up on Tuesday, still not really sure what he wanted to do.”

The Clippers traded point guard Chris Paul to Houston earlier this week, but signing Griffin proves they aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet.

ESPN.com reported the Celtics are discussing trades involving forward Jae Crowder and guards Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley with multiple teams. Crowder is owed $21.9 million over the next three seasons, while Bradley ($8.8 million) and Smart ($4.5 million) each have one year remaining on their contracts.

Bouton is sort of in and out these days. One minute, he’ll seem lucid, the next, forgetful and illogical.

“The blessing is there’s no physical pain,” Kurman said. “The awful blow is the very thing which enabled him to write ‘Ball Four’ is mangled — something he prides himself on, and he’s not going to get back to that level again.”

Said Bouton, “I can’t write a simple sentence. … It’s garbled. It’s not interesting. I almost have to explain why it sounds so flat.”

Warriors, Timberwolves among teams interested in Nick Young

Nick Young has only been to the playoffs twice in his 10-year career. The Bean Burrito would like to take the Swaggy P train back to the postseason and is trying to find the right fit.

After opting out of his contract with the Lakers last month, Young has Cheap Cycling Jerseys said he wants to sign with a playoff contender. While several teams are reportedly interested in signing the 6-7 guard, who has averaged 12 points per game over his career, there are two clubs that seem to be the favorites in landing his services.

Stanton had the 20 hardest hit home runs in last year’s Home Run Derby, according to MLB.com.

One possible landing spot for those players: Memphis. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported the Celtics are eyeing Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, and SN’s Jordan Greer speculated whether Bradley, Smart, a forward and draft picks would be a enough of a return.

Free agent Danilo Gallinari could become a member of the Clippers via a three-way trade with the Hawks and Nuggets, according to ESPN. Gallinari’s deal with the Clippers would reportedly be a three-year, $65 million contract. The Hawks would reportedly receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a first-round pick from Nike NFL Jerseys L.A. Crawford doesn’t plan on staying in Atlanta if a trade is completed, according to USA Today.

The NFL’s Twitter account shared a clip from “All or Nothing: A Season with the Los Angeles Rams” that reveals the moment Fisher informed his staff of his own fate. Their reactions imply that they, too, immediately realized theirs.

“We are extremely proud of Mike for his election to the All-Star team,” general manager Billy Eppler said in a statement. “It is a great accomplishment and it reflects his exceptional performance and contribution not only to the Angels but the game of baseball.

Orioles’ Chris Davis likely out until after All-Star break with ‘uncomfortable’ injury

The Orioles are going to be without Chris Davis until likely after the All-Star break losing one home run for every 15 1/2 at-bats this season. However, they are also losing a strikeout every other at-bat so maybe his absence isn’t such a bad thing.

Maddon was still fuming afterwards because the umpires overturned Anthony Rizzo’s leadoff home run — ruling it foul without going to video review. Maddon and Rizzo were obviously not happy and protested the play to be reviewed in a harsh manner.

“You have basically neutered instant replay by the way it Cheap Jordan Jerseys For Sale was handled tonight,” Maddon told reporters after the Cubs’ victory on Friday. “If it had been confirmed foul, I’m fine. But the play stood. So in other words, if we had gone right to replay immediately after it was hit and they said it was foul, I would have been in the game for nine innings.”

Maddon was also upset because later in the game the umpires Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys reviewed a home run by Gregory Polanco on a very similar situation. That only fueled Maddon and Rizzo’s fire.

“I wish the call was confirmed,” Rizzo said. “The guy made the call, then they’re going to gather? Then they don’t gather for Polanco’s? That’s kind of bulls—, in my opinion.”

The Cowboys finished 13-3 last season on the strength of the performances of Elliott, who led the league in rushing, and Prescott, who was named Offensive Rookie of the Year. If either, or both, of those players take a significant step back this season, Dallas could be in trouble.

Elliott is taking measures to ensure that doesn’t happen.

“Well, now, being more comfortable in this offense and not really worrying about having to learn what I have to do, I want to grow more as an overall player,” Elliott said on the Doomsday Podcast with Matt Mosley and Ed Werder.

NBA trade rumors: Trail Blazers open to dealing draft picks, SN sources say

If you’re a team looking to add first-round picks in this year’s NBA Draft, the team to see may be the Trail Blazers, who own three first-rounders.

Love now owns averages of 18.5 points and 11.5 rebounds as part of Cheap Jerseys UK a quietly effective performance that has gone unnoticed with the multiple storylines unfolding around these NBA Finals as the series heads back to Oakland. How Love fits into Cleveland’s plan always seems like a question.

At least on this night, he had a good answer — as did the rest of his team.

“We have been in this situation before,” Love said. “We know that, listen, every Cheap Jerseys Wholesale China year’s different, every playoff series, every game, but we just are a team that never …”

Love stopped before finishing a thought that should resonate for a few more days.

“We never count ourselves out,” he said.

As ESPN’s Zach Lowe recently explained, though, the Warriors haven’t relied on Curry-Durant pick-and-rolls much this season. Some believe the Warriors are saving it for when it matters most — such as the upcoming NBA Finals when they face the Cavaliers for the third consecutive season — because their normal offense is good enough against everyone else. Plus, although the Warriors don’t rely on pick-and-rolls as much as other teams, they used pick-and-rolls involving Curry and Green frequently down the stretch of games last season.

Once Gregg Popovich and the Spurs unleashed their switching scheme on the Warriors during a regular-season victory, it gave other teams insight into how they could possibly slow it down. Not giving teams the ability to scout the Curry-Durant pick-and-rolls as much as Curry-Green pick-and-rolls might give the Warriors the edge they need in what should be another hard-fought series.

Durant is one step closer to delivering that ring

Danny Green makes it a 10-point game with his second 3-pointer of the game (he’s 2 for 4 fromthe field from 3-point range).

After one quarter, Golden State leads 31-19. Stephen Curry Cheap Jerseys Promo Code leads the game with 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Manu Ginobili and Kyle Anderson lead the Spurs with 4 points apiece. As a whole, the Warriors are shooting 50 percent from the field (13 of 26) while the Spurs are shooting 29 percent (9 of 31). Also…

And none were bigger than Durant’s clutch 3-pointer with 45 seconds left. Durant took the ball down the court and nailed the shot as James arrived too late to interrupt Durant’s rhythm.

“You can tell he knows this is his moment,” Kerr said. “He knows this is his moment. He’s been an amazing player in this league for a long time, and I think he senses this is his time, his moment, his team.”

Durant is one step closer to delivering that ring, that championship, that place reserved for Cheap Jerseys Soccer China those who make the biggest plays in the NBA Finals. Durant’s shot figures to be one of those impressions we could see for years to come, but the Warriors have to drain a few more 3-pointers in Game 4 for that to happen.

“I’ve never been in this position before,” Durant said. “I don’t want to relax. It’s not over. It’s a crazy game, and anything can happen … I’m just trying to enjoy this moment and not try to look into the future or the past.”

There have been other players on a lesser extent to make similar decisions. David West, for example, is a solid veteran bench player who played for the Spurs last season before signing with the Warriors this year. While he’s not making the sort of impact Durant is, he still joined one of the NBA’s elite teams and made them that much stronger. Then there’s Deron Williams, a potential starting point guard elsewhere, who joined the Cavs this year in a reserve role to win a title.