They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016.


This trade currently fails, but if the Celtics renounce their free agents and don’t sign anyone into their cap space (so, Hayward), then they would have the cap space to take Love straight up. They could even throw a smaller asset or two (say, a late first rounder) towards New York and/or Cleveland to sweeten the deal.

However, there’s two clear reasons why Boston wouldn’t do this. First, they’re dealing directly with a competitor. Why allow Cleveland to make a move that the Cavaliers believe will make them better? Second, for all of the cap space and other assets that general manager Danny Ainge has acquired, it would be wild to cash them in on Kevin Love when the team wouldn’t do it on Paul George or Jimmy Butler.

What about Portland? They’re a team that barely snuck into the playoffs last season after earning the No. 5 seed in 2016. They’ve been rumored to be interested in acquire a star player, and Love is still incredibly good. Here’s one idea.

There’s no chance he’d score 18 a night as a Cav, or sniff an All-Star nod. But he’d be on screens across the world in May and June, and he just might get to hoist a trophy in front of the Q.

Perhaps more importantly, LeBron has the standing to help Rose reset his goals. No one in the league is more successful on and off the court than LeBron. He speaks with authority. Plus, when he’s on the court, Rose isn’t going to be able to take over the offense. LeBron doesn’t let that happen. (Ask Kyrie Irving or Dion Waiters.)

Is Rose ready to sacrifice his personal numbers and his narrow potential Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys for a return to stardom — potential he likely believes to be greater than what we believe it Cheap Liverpool Jerseys to be — to find a new brand of success? We’ll see.

The Lakers and Bulls are both reportedly knocking on Rose’s door. Neither will pay much either, making this largely a decision about role.

Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new.


Had the Cavaliers done that, they could have quelled Irving’s desires to move on from the organization or been proactive in finding him another home. Now, they’re stuck Cheap Jonathan Toews Jerseys looking for suitors for Irving and trying to find something close to an equal return.

Plus, Irving’s desire to move out from under James’ shadow isn’t new. He reportedly thought about requesting a trade after the Cavs won the NBA Finals last year. The Cavaliers failed to keep tabs on that situation, and they’re paying for it now.

Such are the perils of organizational dysfunction. The Cavaliers went into this offseason with no stability. They had no general manager during the NBA draft and the crucial parts of NBA free agency. Their best player remains coy on his commitment beyond next season and, now, their most explosive offensive weapon wants out. Now they’re scrambling to pick up the pieces.

Meanwhile, any Cavaliers trade probably needs to involve a third team or Kevin Love. In other words, this is going to be a wildly difficult quest in any case.

But the first step in finding a new home for Melo is getting Cheap Kids NHL Jerseys past the no-trade. So maybe there’s a chance.

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The Nuggets won the Paul Millsap sweepstakes, giving the big man three years and $90 million. That means that Danilo Gallinari is assuredly gone — the Clippers look like the best guess for him — and Kenneth Faried is likely trade bait. What about free agent Mason Plumlee, for whom Denver just gave up a first-round pick and Jusuf Nurkic? Good question!

Millsap to the Denver means that the Timberwolves’ hunt for a power forward went a different direction, and that direction is familiarity: Minnesota signed Taj Gibson to a lucrative two-year deal, reuniting him with Tom Thibodeau and Jimmy Butler.

The Knicks signed Tim Hardawaaaaait a minute, $71 MILLION?!


The Knicks drafted Tim Hardaway Jr. back in the first round in 2013. He was fine for a pick in the 20s as a single-minded wing scorer, with mixed results in his efficiency. Ultimately replaceable. So the Knicks used him in a draft-night trade in 2015 to get Jerian Grant, a point guard. A year later, the Knicks threw Grant into the pot for the Derrick Rose trade.

Hardaway’s a restricted free agent now, and New York decided to try to bring him back. That’s a little weird — you trade a player for low return (which you flip for a rental) and then chase the original player in free agency two years on? OK — but hey, circumstances change.

The Knicks offered Hardaway $71 million over four years.

Anthony is ready to move on and the Rockets are ready to take him. Daryl Morey is in the business of acquiring talent and figuring out how it fits later. If Anthony is on the market, he’ll be aggressive in his pursuit.

Plus, it seems Anthony is finally willing to move on. Whatever Cheap Jerseys Outlets went down between him and D’Antoni is under the bridge and down the river at this point. Things will work out. This trade appears to be happening, it’s just a question of when rather than if.

Noel is good and will make a pretty penny once Dallas gets around to signing him, or once Noel gets around to signing another team’s offer sheet. But he offers no lineup flexibility. That, and his restricted status, contribute to the slow burn of his free agency. If you’re signing Noel to a max deal (or anything close), you’d better be ready to give him 30 minutes a game. That’s 30 minutes without any scoring or shooting at one position, so you’d better have shooters elsewhere in your rotation or you are subjecting yourself Cheap Jerseys Sites to too limited an offense.

FSU showed off how many errors it could pull off in one play


LSU and Florida State continue to impress in the College World Series with the most white-knuckle baseball one can imagine. We’ve already witnessed dugout sit-ups in celebration of the Tigers’ first run, and here in the top of the sixth, things are very much getting weird yet again.

LSU carried a 5-1 lead into the top of the frame, when third baseman Josh Smith slipped a weak grounder to first, where all hell broke loose.

That didn’t go as planned, or at least not as Smith would have planned.

Smith indeed puts the ball in play, singling into right center. That scores Deichmann from second, but Smith got greedy in his base running, unwisely trying to stretch the play into a double.

Thing is, though, that Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie appears not to make the tag before Smith reaches base here. Smith somehow avoids Guthrie’s glove in his face on the slide, only getting tagged after touching the base with his left hand.

Unfortunately for LSU, this sort of play is not reviewable, despite the Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale fact that college baseball needs to implement video assist review on a larger scale. That’s gotta NFL Jerseys Free Shipping sting for Tigers fans.

Florida maintains a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the ninth.

Florida shortstop achieves full flight on spectacular diving catch in foul territory


Florida shortstop Dalton Guthrie has already involved himself in the zaniness that is Game 1 of the College World Series finals in Omaha, getting gunned down on a close throwout at second base in the top of the first.

But it’s fair to say that he redeemed himself in the bottom of the third inning, when he sprinted to chase down a foul ball into the shallow third base foul territory and promptly took to the air to make the catch.

What industry and gumption to take off toward the dugout, maintain connection with the ball, then leap without regard for life and limb to haul in this ball. Never mind the face full of dirt and undoubtedly uncomfortable impact upon returning to Earth.

Florida grabbed a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Never stop trying.

He was OK with the White Sox, just fine, but after coming back to the Tigers this season, it’s clear that he fermented and chugged Joe Mauer’s MVP season.

Still, this season is an outlier. I’ll need more than a hot three months.

Salvador Perez is the steady veteran, the known quantity. He’s having his best season in years, if not ever, and he’s just seven home runs from setting a career high. His defense is stellar, and Cheap NFL Jerseys Usa he was voted “Most Likely To Mistake a Dove for a Baseball and Randy Johnson the Hell Out of It” by Jerseys From China his teammates. His free-swinging bat and Emanski-approved glove make for an eminently watchable player.

Capitals clinch Presidents’ Trophy again: ‘It’s always nice to win something’


The Capitals are nothing if not consistent, and they’ll take it.

For a second consecutive season, the NHL’s regular season champion resides in Washington, D.C., as the Capitals clinched another Presidents’ Trophy with Wednesday’s 2-0 win over the Rangers. It’s the franchise’s third in the past eight seasons and, most importantly, ensures home-ice advantage through the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Crosby, a two-time Art Ross Trophy and two-time Hart Trophy winner, trails only Oilers sensation Connor McDavid in the NHL scoring race. He now boasts 64 points in 50 games this season (31 goals, 33 assists) compared to McDavid’s 66 in 58 (19 goals, 47 assists).

“I have worked for every owner the Kings have ever had and I appreciate that opportunity and their support as well as the support from AEG, FOX Sports West, Kings coaches and players, my broadcast partners, newspaper reporters, radio-TV announcers, the Kings fans and my family.

“I plan to broadcast two more games and then I hope to have some quality years and enjoyment in retirement.”

Miller, 78, began his broadcasting career at the University of Wisconsin after graduating from Iowa in 1960. After calling Badgers football and hockey games, he was hired by then team owner Jack Kent Cooke in 1973.

Miller’s last two games will be the final two regular-season games of the season, the home finale April 8 against the Blackhawks, which has been designated Bob Miller Appreciation Day Cheap Jerseys Paypal at Staples Center, and April 9 in Anaheim against the Ducks.

Former Stars announcer Ralph Strangis has been filling in for Nike NFL Jerseys China Miller and will continue to work alongside Miller’s longtime broadcast partner Jim Fox.

It’s tough to comprehend when you see the alumni roster that took center stage over the weekend.


Yes, at some point in their careers, even if it was for seven games only (Brodeur), all those names wore the Blues note on their jersey.

Seeing the alumni was a nice nostalgic consolation prize, yes, but it also speaks to what could have been for Blues fans.

This is a franchise that some might describe as snake-bitten in the postseason. After reaching the Stanley Cup Finals in the team’s first three years in existence, the franchise has yet to return, still in search of the oldest trophy in organized North American sports.

It’s also quite amazing when you consider the following head coaches have been on the Blues bench as head coach at some point in the last 50 years:

“It hasn’t been easy for them to come here (in the past), and this certainly doesn’t make it easier, or even possible at this point,” he told the New York Daily News on Monday. “It’s hard to kind of comment on. I don’t want to get in too deep, but it seems like it’s very straightforward and they have very straight lines of what the deal is, but I find still they’re confused about it, still a lot of confusion about what’s wrong and what’s not.

“I guess when a change like this comes very, not from nowhere, but when it comes down like it did, I feel like there was maybe not a whole lot of thought about how to work it out. It seems very straightforward but very confusing about how they deal with it.”

Zibanejad, 23, was born in Huddinge, Sweden, and played professionally Wholesale Jerseys From China in the country until 2012. He then spent time in the AHL in Binghamton, N.Y., before joining Cheap MLB Baseball Jerseys the Senators full time in the 2013-14 season. The Rangers traded for Zibanejad this past summer.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1.


That’s right: The four winningest head coaches in NHL history all coached the St. Louis Blues at one time. None won the cup in St. Louis, but combined the group has won 17 titles.

For one day in January, all that was forgotten.

The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1. It couldn’t have been scripted much better for the franchise or the league. Both overcame and outlasted Mother Nature, both put on a show for a packed house at an iconic baseball stadium and one of the game’s brightest stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, starred in the third period.

Tarasenko missed on a breakaway then ripped the post several minutes later in the third before capping off the weekend in style with two goals and a selfie with crazed Blues fans on what normally would be the home team’s dugout.

Foley made history in June when the NHL approved his bid to bring a franchise to Las Vegas, which to date had not permanently hosted a pro sports team.

The Golden Knights will begin play this fall in the privately-financed T-Mobile Arena, a $375 million facility fitted to host shows and concerts in addition to hockey year-round near the future site that will host the Raiders beginning in 2020. Though maybe not the driving force, the NFL’s interest in Las Vegas was sweetened by the city’s multimillion dollar contribution to build the stadium, taken from tourists in the form of hotel room taxes.

Foley, a billionaire businessman, said he was never approached by the Raiders or the NFL to join negotiations for relocation.

He welcomed and congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the bid’s approval, adding, “It Nike NFL Jerseys truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.”

James Conner hurts shoulder as injuries mount for Steelers rookies


For the third time in as many days a Steelers rookie was injured during training camp.

Running back James Conner left Sunday’s padded practice with an injured left shoulder after what had been an impressive performance. Conner was one of seven Steelers players mentioned by head coach Mike Tomlin in his post-practice injury report.

Tomlin also mentioned linebacker Vince Williams, safety Mike Mitchell, cornerback Senquez Golson, tight ends Scott Orndoff and Xavier Grimble, and rookie linebacker Keion Adams. Tomlin said Orndoff was dehydrated and Grimble and Adams also had heat-related issues.

“I really feel this way especially in the last couple weeks, month, wow, I see the light at the end of the tunnel if you will,” Luck told reporters Friday. “And I truly feel in my mind, in my heart that I know I’m going to be better.”

Now, whether that means Luck is going to be ready for Week 1 Cheap Jerseys And Hats From China when the Colts play the Rams Sept. 10 remains to be seen.

The typical recovery time after labrum surgery can range anywhere from six to nine months. Luck had surgery in mid-January so he is approaching the timetable to be back, but with any injury and surgery like this, not to mention the value of Luck to the team, it may be prudent to let him come back later rather than sooner to extend his NFL career.

For now Luck will try to progress to working through a throwing motion, to throwing a tennis ball and eventually throwing a football. It’s a long process, but one that is infinitely worth it for the Colts’ franchise player.

Tom Brady at 40 by the numbers


Tom Brady, one of the most successful and enduring players in NFL history, turns 40 on Thursday.

A man synonymous with the New England Patriots, Brady has starred for the franchise since 2000, winning the Super Bowl on five occasions and being named Super Bowl MVP four times.

Here, we examine Brady’s storied career in Opta numbers as he reaches a major personal milestone.

7 – When he first plays this season, Tom Brady will become the seventh different quarterback age 40 or older to start at least one NFL game since the start of the 2000 season, and the first Patriot ever to do so.

4 – Brady has been named Super Bowl MVP on four occasions (2002, 2004, 2015, 2017), more often than any other player in NFL history. In fact, he’s one of just five players to be MVP more than once.

2 – He is one of just two people to win five or more Super Bowl rings as a player, along with Charles Haley, and the only player to win five playing for the same team.

“You’re not blind to it as a player,” Brady said. “It’s a contact sport and I think we all understand that. And there’s a lot of great benefits that football brings you. You certainly can be put in harm’s way.”

Deflecting the question was an obvious route for Brady to take due to the fallout that would occur if he told the truth. But his non-denial is just as bad, and he made it worse by saying it’s nobody’s business. Legally, it’s the NFL’s business because injuries must be reported.

His concussions are also the interest of other players looking to play in the NFL. Having someone with the prominence of Brady would have a huge impact in the way concussions Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys are viewed in football. A season two viewing of Netflix’s “Last Chance U” proves there’s a lot of progress to be made regarding concussions in this sport.

Brady calling his concussions a personal issue is a weak response to a Cheap Ireland Soccer Jerseys serious topic. The league won’t make progress on this issue until players acknowledge the severity of brain injuries.