Las Vegas Summer League’s NBA rookies to watch

The dog days of the NBA are here. As free agency starts to slow down, we’ll see fewer transactions and more Instagram workout pics. But luckily, for at least a few weeks, the NBA’s summer league is here to hold us over.

The summer league is the NBA in its purest, most innocent form. For lack of a better term, guys are just hooping. Our favorite role players get a chance to prove they belong in the NBA. It’s our one chance to root for the 15th man on the NBA bench, just waiting for a shot.

But really, what we’re all here for is our first glance at the league’s rookies. They get to flaunt their skills over the competition and prove they belong. If they play well? Great. They should. If they don’t? The questions begin flooding in.

This rookie class is one of the more exciting ones we’ve seen in years. Expectations will be high for them, even in summer league. But they’ll all play differently in their roles. Here’s what you can expect from them and some things to watch for.

Teams who offer restricted free agents contracts often do this so the same free agents can test the market without restrictions as soon as possible. If they’re good? They’re hitting their stride in their prime and will be available to poach again after three seasons. If they’re bad? It’s not your problem unless they sign with you. And even if they do, your team wasn’t good anyway. It’s a win-win situation.

Sure, the Jazz reaped the benefits of the bargain initially by not teetering toward the luxury tax. But another $17 million on that deal with an Cheap Ireland Rugby Jerseys extra year wouldn’t have done any harm for the Jazz and could have given them Cheap Ice Hockey Jerseys another two years with Hayward without a player option.

Anthony doesn’t consistently post anything on Instagram.

Well, you won’t see any photos of Anthony and Phil Jackson together. All jokes aside, though, Anthony probably won’t be a New York Knick next season. There are multiple reports going around saying the 10-time All-Star wants to get traded. He’ll have to wait and see what happens. But in the meantime, he will probably post cool pictures of himself and his family on Instagram.

Anthony doesn’t consistently post anything on Instagram. But this throwback picture of him has to be his best one. Do you all remember when he had hair?

This was Barrett’s debut appearance on Nike’s EYBL senior circuit, but the 16-year-old from Canada needed no introduction. He is the most decorated high school player in the world, cementing his spot as No. 1 in the class of 2019 by dominating older competition all over the globe for the last two years. For everyone else, summer basketball is an audition in front of scouts and college coaches. For Barrett, this was just another showcase.

The Southern Stampede was Barrett’s opposition on this day, and it had three players camped out in the paint as he approached the three-point line at full speed. He gathered the ball as he charged into the paint, exploded off his right foot, and hammered the ball through the rim with his left hand.

The gifts that made this type of coast-to-coast finish possible are the same ones that have made Barrett a household name as he finishes his sophomore year of high school. His list of accomplishments is just beginning and it’s already long and impressive. Most notably: Barrett was the youngest player at this year’s Nike Hoop Cheap Google Jerseys Summit in April and the MVP at Basketball Without Boarders during All-Star Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada Weekend in February.

Dwight Howard is spending his offseason continuing to change lives in Tanzania

Dwight Howard has been using his offseasons to promote numerous philanthropic works in Tanzania, but his latest effort is making a life-changing impact on young women.

The NBA Players Association detailed Howard’s work alongside Sustainable Philanthropy Partners in East Africa to ensure girls have the basic sanitary products they need, which has a domino effect on their education. Howard explained to the NBPA:

“For a lot of the girls in these schools, once they go through their cycles, [the situation] is shunned upon,” he told the NBPA. “And they’re afraid to go to school because they get talked about.”

It’s no surprise that Minnesota is now on the list of teams Irving hopes to play for.

Butler and Irving were both a member of the 2016 USA Olympic team that won gold in Brazil. The two are reportedly close and were recorded playing in a pickup game together earlier this weekend.

It is fair to wonder what the Bulls could have traded for Irving. Chicago’s recent draft picks have struggled to make an impact and the team’s strategy in free agency had them signing veterans like Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo instead of young players with upside and trade value.

The Bulls are now squarely in rebuilding mode. Chicago will be expected to be one of the worst teams in the NBA this season and should be looking at a high lottery pick in the 2018 draft. Butler remains under contract for two more seasons in Minnesota.

The Irving trade rumors are just starting Cheap Game Jerseys to heat up. It Cheap Football Jerseys From China appears that the Bulls could have put themselves in that mix before deciding to trade their franchise player.

Klay Thompson is dancing, dunking, and arm-wrestling his way through China

The Warriors should start shopping for a new shooting guard in free agency because I’m not sure that Klay Thompson is ever coming back from his trip to China. He’s hit his peak there. He’s dancing, dunking, dancing some more, and losing arm-wrestling matches to children who tickle him.

On Friday, he re-upped his sneaker deal with Anta, who he is currently touring with, for 10 years worth as much as $80 million. He noted that he wanted to become the Michael Jordan of the company, according to Nice Kicks. He also said he knew he could be “really big in China,” and he absolutely has been this summer.

Reports of Irving’s trade request come on the heels of his public comments regarding Cleveland being in a “peculiar place” this offseason. The Cavaliers have yet to hire a new general manager after David Griffin’s departure, and owner Dan Gilbert reportedly lowballed Chauncey Billups with an offer well below market value to be the team’s president of basketball operations.

The Cavaliers have been to three consecutive NBA Finals, winning the franchise’s lone championship in 2016. But after losing decisively to the Warriors last season, Cleveland failed to meaningfully upgrade the roster.

The Cavaliers signed Jeff Green, Jose Calderon and Cheap NFL Jerseys Turkish forward Cedi Osman in free agency while re-signing Kyle Korver. Meanwhile, the Warriors re-signed each of their core players and added Nick Young and rookie Jordan Bell Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys this offseason. The Boston Celtics signed Gordon Hayward in free agency, and the Houston Rockets added Chris Paul, P.J. Tucker, Tarik Black and Luc Mbah a Moute.

Aaron Judge, Home Run Derby champ, was a star high school football tight end

Before Aaron Judge was hitting home runs for the New York Yankees — and before his Home Run Derby victory Monday night — he was a highly touted tight end recruit in high school. Judge, who graduated from Linden High School in California in 2010, played baseball, football, and basketball before heading to Fresno State to play baseball.

He’s now obviously doing quite well with his baseball career — just over the weekend, he blasted this 495-foot home run, the longest of the MLB season so far.

Not much! The Cardinals are playing under their record, and while you don’t want to necessarily chop their season up into little itty bits, between their expected records being good enough for hypothetical NL Central supremacy and their 47-42 showing following their poor 3-9 start, they should feel pretty good about next year. Lance Lynn will leave a hole in the rotation, but that’s not an impossible problem to solve, and the same goes for the open slot in their pen should they lose Oh.

The Cardinals probably shouldn’t give up on 2017 by selling off everything that isn’t nailed down, but moving Lance Lynn in the right deal would make a lot of sense — the right deal, in this writer’s opinion, would be one that helps set them up for 2018 with a trade return instead of making them jump through the new qualifying offer hoops that will be active this offseason.

The Cardinals don’t need to rebuild. Retooling now isn’t a bad plan, though, especially if they can do so without sacrificing much as far as their chances at the postseason in 2017 go. Moving Lynn would weaken the rotation, especially with Marco Gonzales recently dealt to the Mariners, but it’s also possible he brings Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys back a return that makes them a real threat in 2018 again, too. It’s at least Wholesale Jerseys All worth exploring.

MLB trade rumor grade: Yonder Alonso to the Yankees?

Have a seat, and participate in our new and ongoing series where we take a trade rumor and try to figure out just how likely and believable it is. You will be shocked, but not every rumor passes Cheap Basketball Jerseys UK the smell test, and many won’t happen even if they do seem like a real possibility. It’s our job to sort all of that out for you.

The rumor getting this treatment today is courtesy MLB.com’s Jon Morosi, who reports that the Yankees and A’s are discussing a deal including recent first-time All-Star Yonder Alonso.

Well that’s an uncomfortable yet fitting segue into Albert Pujols’ contract. Pujols has actually been pretty good with the Angels — the thing about being the hitter of your generation is that your decline is still better than what a lot of people are doing at their peak. And Pujols, from age 32 through 36 with the Angels, hit 146 homers, posted a 123 OPS+, and produced an above-average three WAR per year.

The problem was more with the Angels, as they made the postseason just once in this stretch, and now Pujols is 37 and no longer any good. Also, Pujols is owed another $114 million from 2018 through 2021, and there have already been multiple occasions where, during his time with the team, the Angels were forced to trade away the Cheap Blue Jays Jerseys few prospects and young players they had to fill holes because they didn’t have anymore room on the payroll thanks to deals like the one they signed with Pujols.

And yet, like with Cano, we can’t simply erase what Pujols achieved during the early years of the deal. And that’s going to matter when we bring up the only other deal that rivals his as the worst in the game.

How Pablo Sandoval’s awful contract compares to MLB’s worst

The Boston Red Sox designated Pablo Sandoval for assignment. The Red Sox still owe Pablo Sandoval just shy of $50 million, which, according to Jon Morosi’s calculations, is the second-most dead money ever left on an MLB deal after Josh Hamilton’s Angels contract. It’s… well, it’s not a great contract. It’s not even a good contract. Is Sandoval’s deal the worst contract, though?

On the bright side, J.D. Martinez is once again crushing it and the Tigers probably can’t afford to re-sign him, so at least they won’t be able to overextend him, too. And hey, Justin Upton will probably opt-out, though that’s actually a shame since his contract ends at age-33, anyway.

And hey, with the number of strikeouts the Red Sox generate, what Devers needs to hit to justify the promotion might not be as high as you’d think.

There’s basically no way the Marlins will trade Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees. Unless … well, OK. Let’s let Grant Brisbee do the whole Rumor Grade thing to this tasty morsel.
Clayton Kershaw left Sunday’s start with lower back tightness and is expected to land on the disabled list. About the only bright spot from this is that the Dodgers have a massive lead in the NL West and can weather a Kershaw injury.

Kershaw wasn’t the only major starter to be lifted from their Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China game early, as Stephen Strasburg couldn’t get loose and was lifted as a precaution after two innings.
An MLB umpire told a 5-year-old fan to kick Dee Gordon.

I’d make fun of the part where they’re prospect-huggers, except you know that Cheap Barcelona Jerseys every team has been asking for Seager and Bellinger for the last three years, and they’re probably OK with the decision to hang on to them.

His experience could help steady a young rotation once he gets acquainted with everyone.

The jersey worn by the Yankees slugger during his MLB debut last August sold for an astounding $157,366 at an auction held by Steiner Sports on Sunday, denoting his rapid rise in popularity in the last year.

According to ESPN, the sale is the highest price paid for any jersey worn in four major U.S. sports over the last 15 years, beating out Warriors star Steph Curry after his jersey worn in Game 3 of the 2017 NBA Finals sold for $135,060 last month.

Other Judge memorabilia boasting big price tags include a signed rookie card, which sold on eBay earlier this month for more than $14,000, and the jersey worn when he hit his first career grand slam, which sold by Steiner last month for $45,578.

Judge, 25, has had a productive rookie campaign, batting .305 with an MLB-leading 33 home runs, 74 RBIs and an OPS of 1.066. And the Home Run Derby winner is just getting started.

But all joking aside, without Andre Dawson, seriously, I think there’s no telling what would have happened in my career. There was a point in my career that I felt like I needed someone to guide me in the right direction, and that guy was Andre Dawson.

Analysis (Gatto): What a difference a year makes. At this time in 2016, Lucroy — then with the Brewers — was a big deadline prize. He ultimately fetched three of Texas’ top prospects, led by outfielder Lewis Brinson, for Milwaukee. In 2017, he’s fetching . . . well, we don’t know yet. It will likely be a prospect.

Lucroy’s offense fell off a cliff (four home runs, .635 OPS) this Hot Cheap Jerseys year even as he played in a notorious hitter’s park. It’s looking Jerseys For Cheap more and more as though last season’s production (a career-high 24 homers) was an outlier.

One positive for the Rockies: He’ll have to do that on the fly.

The Dodgers’ win moved them to 77-32 this season, and they are 42-7 in their last 49 games

She said it was a smarmy PR move designed to assuage the franchise’s guilt over making Bartman a scapegoat for the club’s century of failures before finally winning it all last season. Bartman, who avoided the limelight after the incident, was just one of many fans reaching for the foul ball that night, Cohn noted.

The ring is a “peace offering that doesn’t erase 14 years of hell for this guy who had one moment where his brain didn’t work, he did the wrong thing,” Cohn said. “Moises Alou would say later he wasn’t able to catch the ball anyway. This is about Cubs fans’ guilt, giving him this ring. This is for you, Cubs fans. It’s not to help Steve Bartman. He doesn’t get those 14 years back. I thought it was a stupid move.”

You know what? I enjoyed Cohn’s rant. It was honest and authentic. In fact, I’d like to see more “SportsCenter” anchors call BS when they feel as strongly about a story as Cohn did about Bartman’s bogus ring.

During the network’s recent layoffs of 100 on-air personnel, she told Justin Terranova of the New York Post she’s unsure of her future at the Worldwide Leader. She has just one year left on her contract.

The Dodgers’ win moved them to 77-32 this season, and they are 42-7 in their last 49 games. Barring injury, they are in great shape to make the World Series run they crave.

The Astros beat the Blue Jays 16-7, setting a franchise record by scoring 15-plus runs for the fifth time this season. Houston accomplished the feat without George Springer, Jose Altuve or Carlos Correa in the lineup. It’s the first time since 2014 the Astros played a game without at least one of them in the lineup.

Tyler White led the Astros with four hits, three NFL Jerseys Cheap runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs. Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick added Lsu Cheap Jerseys three hits apiece.

Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher should return by end of season

Willson Contreras should be back in time to help the Cubs in the playoffs, but they’ll have to get most of the way there without him.

The team told reporters Friday (via the Chicago Tribune) that Contreras has been diagnosed with a moderate right hamstring strain, which typically sidelines a player for four to six weeks. They hope the catcher is pain-free within two weeks and will evaluate him from there.

“If Eck was around, he’d know who we are,” Price told reporters (via the Boston Herald). “He’s never in the clubhouse. Mr. [Jerry] Remy is always in here. [Play-by-play announcer] Dave O’Brien is always around. Mr. [Mike] Timlin, on the road trip, was always in the clubhouse. (Eckersley is) the one guy I’ve seen in my career that doesn’t ever show his face in the clubhouse. There’s a reason behind that.”

Several of Price’s teammates reportedly stood and applauded on the plane after Price’s outburst.

“I’m standing up for my teammates. That’s it,” Price said. “That’s who I am. That’s who I always have been, and that’s who I will continue to be.”

Price conceded that he could have handled the situation better.

“I could have handled it probably a different way, but ever since that happened, he’s been really good,” Price said. “Said a lot of positive stuff MLB Cheap Jerseys From China about everybody in this clubhouse and this is one band, one sound. Gotta NBA Jerseys For Sale have everybody on board. That’s that.”

Price said he plans to speak with Eckersley, but when asked if that would involve an apology, he said, “When he’s around, we’ll speak face to face. I’m sure you’ll all hear what’s said. That’s the way it goes.”