Raptors trade DeMarre Carroll to Nets to clear cap space

The Toronto Raptors have traded forward DeMarre Carroll, a 2018 first- and second-round pick to the Brooklyn Nets, in a move that saves ownership from a hefty luxury tax bill, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. In return, the Raptors receive forward Justin Hamilton.

Carroll averaged nine points per game on forgettable shooting percentages for the Raptors, who battled through a grueling first-round playoff series against the Bucks before getting swept out of the second round by the Cavaliers. He was scheduled to make $14.8 million this season and $15.4 million in the 2018-19 season.

KCP averaged 13.8 points per game last year, while also shooting 35 percent from the three-point line. He’s only 24-years-old, standing tall at 6’5, with the ability to knock down shots from behind the arc, as well as defend. This is largely the reason he remained a starter for the Pistons for the last three seasons.

This is a great signing for the Lakers as he comes in on a one-year deal, allowing LA to keep their options open for the summer of 2018. It also adds much needed defense to the roster. If the Lakers are to insert KCP into the starting lineup alongside Lonzo Ball, it would be a certain improvement on the roster they’ve had the past several years.

While this is a one-year deal now, he’s potentially a long-term addition for the Lakers. Next summer will surely be spent on the biggest free agent names possible, like LeBron James and Paul George, but that doesn’t mean KCP isn’t a piece of that puzzle. Caldwell-Pope is represented by Klutch Sports, which also represents LeBron James. KCP is also just the kind of two-way player LeBron James likes Cheap Lions Jerseys to play with. The LeBron James to Laker land dream may be far fetched, but the Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys Lakers are certainly putting themselves in position to have a chance.

I told him it reminded me a little bit of Tim Duncan and his time with the Spurs.

He made max money and then at key times in his career he took a little less so they could add a player here and there.

And then I got my pizza. Here it is! I’m not a real-life food critic, so I just want to tell you my pizza was absolutely delicious. The amount of sauce used was perfect. It’s fast-fired but the crust was still crispy. And there was the perfect amount of every topping spread throughout each slice. You know how sometimes when you go to a name brand “build your own burrito” establishment and they skimp on the toppings? Not at Blaze, my friends.

Also, back to this drink I was making. From the door cling, it was labeled a “Delightful Duo” so I made up in my head that I was getting a drink that was mango and strawberry mixed. That wasn’t an option. So I just made my own anyway and, oh my goodness, it was fantastic. They should just start making this on it’s own and avoid the part of lunch where I pretended to be a fancy bartender.

The Nets were expected to throw max offer sheets at one of either Pope or Porter this summer. They were unable to make an offer on Pope earlier, though, because their money was tied up with the max offer to Porter. Now that Washington has matched, the coast is clear for Brooklyn to throw a huge offer at Pope to continue their youth movement.

The Nets were forced to swap picks with the Boston Celtics, so they didn’t have the No. 1 pick their league-worst record warranted. But they scored a lottery pick by trading Brook Lopez for D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov before the NBA Draft.

Now, even though it struck out on Porter, Brooklyn Cheap Kids NFL Jerseys has an Cheap Jerseys Hot opportunity to add another young perimeter scorer to help jumpstart its rebuilding process.

Pau Gasol deserved a better birthday cake than this foam tower covered in candy and fruit

Pau Gasol turned 37 on Thursday and was surprised with a giant birthday “cake” during his basketball camp in Spain.

The word cake must be in quotation marks here, because this is not a cake at all. Rather it’s a giant foam tower with chocolate-dipped treats adorning it.

I hate it.

Look, I understand the structural and logistical problems of making a giant birthday cake for a very tall athlete, but I really hope a smaller, edible cake pops out of this to surprise Pau so he can have a happy birthday. Look at this man’s face. Stare into those eyes.

I ranked potential expansion cities earlier this year, and Seattle Cheap Jerseys Soccer was No. 1 with a bullet. The only real questions are what the expansion fee would be and whether the NBA would add a second team simultaneously to keep the conference numbers even. I should also note I’ve heard some skepticism about Mexico City since then, which might be good news for a Southern or Midwestern city with an arena in place — like Cheap Jerseys Outlet Shop Louisville or Kansas City.

Meanwhile, here’s what’s happening on the arena front in Seattle this year. And here’s what I think it would take for the NBA Board of Governors to actually approve expansion.

You have a new favorite basketball prospect. His name is Tryggvi Hlinason. He’s a 7’0 farmboy from rural Iceland. He just watched his first basketball game like three years ago. He’s going to be amazing.

LaMelo Ball and Zion Williamson were set to face off in an Adidas AAU event in Vegas on Wednesday night. The gym was such a madhouse it drew cops, top college coaches, NBA stars, and way too many fans. Tens of thousands of people streamed it online. And the game lived up to the billing.

U.S. women’s hockey team beats Canada in OT to win gold at world championship

The U.S. women’s hockey team beat Canada 3-2 in overtime in the gold medal game of the women’s world championship Friday night in Plymouth, Mich., capping a tumultuous few weeks NFL Jerseys Wholesale in which the American players threatened to boycott the tournament as they negotiated a new contract with USA Hockey.

Hilary Knight was again the star of the show, scoring the game-winning goal 10:17 into OT. Per the Associated Press (via the Detroit Free Press), Knight also made a no-look, between-the leg pass to set up a goal by Kacey Bellamy that put the U.S. up 2-1 early in the second period. Bellamy scored the USA’s first goal, too.

Knight also scored the winning goal for the U.S. in the gold medal game at the 2011 world championship.

Stamkos suffered a torn lateral meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 15 and underwent surgery with the expectation he would likely miss most of what remained of the regular season. He was given an initial timetable of four to six months for recovery, though he passed the four-month mark earlier this month.

“Until I feel where I have no restrictions on the ice, I won’t be able to put myself in a position to be the player I know I can be to help my team to the best of my abilities,” Stamkos said. “As of this moment, as of coming off the ice right now, I still don’t feel that way.

“I don’t foresee a thing where I’m going to wake up tomorrow and it’s going to feel great all of a sudden. It’s a process. It’s frustrating at times. It’s exciting at times when you see how much progress is made in a short period of time, but it’s a long rehab progression.”

In Stamkos’ absence, the Lightning are looking more and more unlikely to clinch a Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping postseason berth. The team sits five points behind the Bruins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference after dropping its last three games. Boston, also on a three-game losing streak, is slated to host Tampa Bay on Thursday.

Florida baserunner tagged out on extremely close call at second

Florida and LSU are battling in the College World Series final best-of-three series, and Monday night’s Game 1 features two of the best arms in the college game. The Tigers’ Russell Reynolds is pitching opposite the Gators’ Brady Singer, and runs will undoubtedly be at a premium with such hurlers on the bump.

In the top of the first, Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie managed to push a single through the right side, and he was followed by JJ Schwarz, who’s been streaky during the NCAA baseball tournament, despite wielding one of Florida’s biggest bats in the lineup.

Catcher Michael Paperski homered twice and drove in four for LSU in the win, and designated hitter Beau Jordan added two hits plus a home run of his own.

It was a tough elimination for Oregon State, who won 23 straight games before Friday’s 3-1 loss to LSU, which forced Saturday’s elimination game.

LSU beginning Monday night will try for its seventh championship, and its first since 2009.

In the nightcap, Florida right-hander Alex Faedo was too much for TCU, striking Wholesale Jerseys NFL out 11 in the Gators’ 3-0 win. Faedo pitched scoreless ball into the eighth for the win.

Ryan Larson knocked in the series-sealing grounder to advance Florida to Cheap NFL Jerseys From China Omaha for the College World Series, and he immediately tore ass off into center field, fueled by pure ebullience.

LSU batter flings bat into photographers gallery in College World Series

LSU and Florida have already paired up for one of the wilder College World Series games so far this tournament, offering up close plays at second, bizarre errors at shortstop, amazing catches beyond the third base line, and amazing catches at shortstop. The athleticism on display — and indeed, lack thereof at times — is nothing short of breathtaking and stupefying, all at once.

But for another tally in the lowlight reel, let’s turn to LSU’s right fielder, Greg Deichmann, an otherwise dominant hitter who’s fueled a large share of the Tigers’ offense this season. In the bottom of the sixth on Monday, with one out and LSU down 3-1, Deichmann took a big boy swing that ended with his bat sailing into first base foul territory and eventually landing in the photographers’ den.

When ranking the important things in life, you should always put your baby above a foul ball — it’s just common sense. But that’s not what this Mets fan did during Thursday’s Mets-Dodgers game, as he reached for the free ball while his baby sat perilously in his other arm. For a second, it looked like the whole thing was gonna go wrong — that he might simultaneously drop the baby AND not catch the ball.

In the end, he ended up with both — but the baby’s mom was not happy. And who can blame her? She’s trying to enjoy a baseball game, trusting dad with the baby, and all of a sudden there’s a speeding object headed their way. And does the dad try to get out of the way? No! He heads toward the ball to catch Cheap Jerseys Wholesale it!

At least it all worked out, but it seems like it’ll be a long time before Cheap NFL Jerseys Paypal the whole family takes another trip to the ballpark.

Blue Jackets revel in franchise’s first 100-point season: ‘We’re just getting started’

Since the turn of the century, when the Blue Jackets first came to exist, they’d failed in 15 mostly futile seasons to sniff the top of the NHL food chain.

This 2016-17 campaign has been an entirely different animal.

A characteristically thorough 4-1 victory over the Devils on Sunday put Columbus over the 100-point plateau for the first time in franchise history, which has included but two playoff berths. Now it includes a third, officially, and the win moved the Blue Jackets into a tie with the Capitals for best record in the NHL at the close of business hours.

“It’s a great feeling, and it’s well-deserved” forward Matt Calvert said, via the Columbus Dispatch. “Guys have worked hard for this, but we’re just getting started.

Expect a role reprisal in Minnesota. Cullen chipped in 13 goals with 18 assists in his limited minutes last season, adding another nine points in the playoffs. He’ll slot in on the fourth line and penalty kill unit with an ability to play up, filling in for injuries. He can earn an additional $700,000 if he hits performance bonuses.

In terms of 40-year-old free agents — a who’s who list of Jaromir Jagr, Jarome Iginla and Shane Doan are still looking for twork — Cullen’s as good as most other depth options available in August.

In 13 seasons as an NHL coach, 11 with the Bruins and two as the Capitals’ Cheap Jerseys Usa bench boss, he didn’t find the same success. He took the Bruins to the playoffs just four Cheap MLB Authentic Jerseys times — in his first five seasons on the bench — and lost in the Finals twice. After helping the Bruins win the Stanley Cup as a general manager in 1972, Schmidt was the first general manager of the new Capitals franchise in 1974.

MacKinnon rebounded in the final year of his entry-level contract with 52 points

Zach Parise is a six-time 30-goal scorer, who has 318 goals and 661 points in 830 career games. He and the Devils reached the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, but lost to the Kings.

Joe Pavelski, the captain of the Sharks, has similar career numbers to Zach Parise — 631 points in 806 games — and is also without a ring, losing in his lone Final appearance in 2016 against the Penguins.

New contracts, greater expectations and pressure to repeat rookie successes in the hockey-crazed Toronto market are major things these youngsters have to deal with this season. Whether it is to get in a better position to earn a massive payday or just the desire to win the ultimate prize, a step back can be costly in both pursuits.

On the financial front, take the cases of Nathan MacKinnon and Aaron Ekblad, who each recently won the Calder after being selected first overall. MacKinnon’s production dropped from 63 points to 38 in his second year, while Ekblad’s performance remained steady in his sophomore campaign.

MacKinnon rebounded in the final year of his entry-level contract with 52 points, but his new deal is a team-friendly $6.3 million per season for seven years. Ekblad, though, signed an eight-year max contract ($7.5 million AAV) with time still remaining on his entry-level deal.

Pastrnak, a restricted free agent, is coming off an age-20 season in which he scored 34 goals, tied for 10th most in the NHL, with 70 points. Earlier this summer, the sides were said to be closing on a six-year deal similar in average annual value to Brad Marchand (eight years, $49 million), but that was before the likes of Connor McDavid and Evgeny Kuznetsov inflated the market for high-end young Cheap NFL Jerseys talent.

Pastrnak and the Oilers’ Leon Draisaitl remain the biggest RFA cases Cheap Long Sleeve Soccer Jerseys left unresolved with training camps less than a month away.

Von Miller, Luke Kuechly are best LBs in ‘Madden NFL 18’ — by a lot

Von Miller is one of just three players in the NFL to receive a 99 Overall rating for “Madden NFL 18.” The Super Bowl 50 MVP presents an incredible challenge for offensive lines with his 97 in Finesse Moves and 95 Block Shedding.

After numerous injuries and surgeries, the Patriots tight end is attempting to extend his NFL career by making healthier choices. And who better to idolize than teammate Tom Brady.

“Just looking at Tom, seeing what he does every day, what he eats, talking to him, personally one-on-one, just learning about the body with him, just seeing how flexible he is, how pliable he is, how loose he is all the time, every day and ready to go, I just felt like it was the time in my career where I needed to devote myself at all levels,” Gronkowski told the Boston Herald on Friday.

Brady, who turns 40 on Thursday, credits TB12 Sports Therapy Center leader Alex Guerrero for his healthy lifestyle that has led to success both on and off the field despite his advanced age.

Meanwhile, Gronkowski, 28, has a reputation for embracing the party lifestyle in which burgers are washed down with shotgunned beers. But the four-time All-Pro is willing to make sacrifices in order to avoid missing games and prolong his career. Even if it means taking on rigorous workouts at the TB12 Cheap Jerseys And Hats facility and restrictive diets that are primarily plant-based.

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Noted ‘Concussion’ doctor sends dire warning to all football players

Bennet Omalu, the doctor who inspired the movie “Concussion” after discovering CTE, warns against focusing too much on chronic traumatic encephalopathy when it comes to brain damage from playing football.

“There has been so much fascination with CTE that we are going the wrong way,” Omalu said Friday (via ESPN). “CTE is just one disease in a spectrum of many diseases caused by brain trauma. If he doesn’t have CTE, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have brain damage. бн I’ve always said that every child who plays football has a 100 percent risk of exposure to brain damage. And I’ve always said that at a professional level, 100 percent would have brain damage of some kind to some degree. That’s whether or not their brains are found to have CTE.”

“If anybody should be a judge of quarterbacks, I’ve played with the most quarterbacks in NFL history throughout my first four years,” DeAndre Hopkins said after practice Friday, via ESPN. “So I put the stamp on (Tom) Savage, and I think that’s all that needs to be said about that.”

Savage was drafted by the O’Brien regime, he has a few starts under his belt with the Texans and has been working with Hopkins for the longest of any quarterback currently on the Texans’ roster.

While Watson is likely to be the quarterback of the future for Houston, Hopkins is thinking about the present. And at present, he sees Savage giving his team the best chance to win.

“I know he can help us win what we want to win. He does everything well,” Hopkins said. “He’s a student of the game, from just being on the bench, watching and learning from other people’s mistakes, seeing what they’ve done wrong. He can put the ball in any place. He has a strong arm. He has a knowledge of this offense. He’s been in this offense his whole career.”

Hopkins is entering the final year of his contract Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys for the Texans this season and can become a free agent after the year. If he decides he doesn’t like the quarterback situation for the Texans this season, it Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys could be the end of Nuke in Houston.