Gordon Hayward’s visit with Celtics included Fenway Park video featuring David Ortiz

Gordon Hayward met with the Boston Celtics for their scheduled free agency pitch on Sunday, and it was elaborate as hell.

Hayward already met with the Miami Heat on Saturday, and Cheap Jerseys And Hats he’ll travel to San Diego to meet Utah Jazz management. There’s also an emoji war happening for his allegiance on Twitter. But the Celtics are presumably the only team of the three that brought an iconic baseball stadium into the mix. That’s right — Hayward’s meeting with the Celtics started at Fenway Park.

Hayward is probably at least a day away from making any decision, so don’t hold your breath on something coming before the Fourth of July. But the Celtics certainly didn’t waste any measures when pursuing the most sought-after free agent left on the market.

The 3-Headed Monsters (4-1) beat 3’s Company (1-4), 51-32, in the second game of the week. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf led the 3-Headed Monsters’ offensive barrage with 19 points. Rashard Lewis added an extra 16 points, and Kwame Brown amassed 12 points and 11 rebounds. 3’s Company couldn’t rack up a lot of points, as Andre Owens led the team with 12 points. No one else on 3’s company scored more than 10 points.

Trilogy (5-0) defeated Tri State (1-4), 51-34. Trilogy’s Rashad McCants scored a game-high 27 points, while connecting on Cheap Jerseys Basketball more than half of his shot attempts. He also drained 42.8 percent of his three-point shots. James White added an extra 16 points and didn’t miss any of his shot attempts. Trilogy made 50 percent of its shots in this game. Tri State’s Mike Jones scored a team-high 22 points, but none of his teammates scored more than six points. The team shot an abysmal 28.6 percent from the field.

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Conversely, the Celtics monumentally improved by signing Hayward without giving anything in return.

Most of those sales early in the decade came at relatively low prices, with two exceptions. The Warriors sold in 2010 for a then-record $450 million — at the time a quite hopeful valuation that has since become an incredible bargain. The Kings sold in 2013 for a then-record $535 million amid a minor bidding war between Seattle interlocutors and Northern California buyers.

The other seven purchases were at non-notable or outright discount prices. Robert Pera, for example, bought the Grizzlies for $350 million, which isn’t much more than the Bobcats’ expansion fee a decade prior. Michael Jordan bought the Bobcats themselves — now the Hornets, of course — for a reported valuation of $275 million, including apparently just $25 million in cash. That’s just $1.5 million in cash more than what the Hornets will pay Dwight Howard this season, by the way.

They can throw different looks at James defensively, with both Crowder and Hayward as capable of defending LeBron as anyone else. Offensively, Hayward becomes an additional ball handler, capable of initiating the offense to create for himself or any one of his competent teammates.

Brad Stevens knows how to use Hayward on both ends of the floor: he did it at Butler when Hayward led the Bulldogs to their first-ever NCAA tournament championship game in 2010.

Hayward or not, the Celtics still need work before they can Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys assume power as Eastern Conference champs. That’s why there was a working assumption Boston would look to pull the trigger on a Paul George trade. Acquiring George and signing Hayward in free agency would immediately shift the Cheap Islanders Jerseys balance of power.

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The ZO2 was available for purchase then like it is now

Lavar Ball said the Ball brothers could wear whatever brand they choose in an interview with Complex’s Joe La Puma. We’ll see Lonzo Ball wearing another brand throughout certain points of the season, depending on what mood he’s in.

Ball didn’t wear the ZO2 at his first pre-draft workout with the Lakers, either. Instead, he suited up in the Harden Vol. 1 by Adidas — a shoe he wore all season at UCLA.

The ZO2 was available for purchase then like it is now, and we saw him wearing a pair in his first promotional photoshoot of the shoe with SLAM Magazine. But he still hadn’t played in them.

But now, he’s worn them twice on the court already in Cheap Hockey Jerseys For Sale summer league Cheap Green Bay Packers Jerseys and Big Baller Brand has also made four new colorways available for preorder since releasing the original. The brand is growing with Ball officially becoming a Laker.

Ball wearing another brand could mean a number of things. Maybe the shoe just isn’t that comfortable on him yet. Maybe wearing the Kobe’s helped alleviate the groin issue he had earlier in the week. Maybe he really did just want to switch it up.

The Knicks have mild interest in Rose because they’re thin at the point guard position, but they aren’t going to outbid themselves. To get the best deal he can, Rose needed another suitor. Enter the Bucks.

The Bucks are at $117 million in payroll when we include Tony Snell’s new four-year, $46 million deal. That puts them way above the salary cap and pushing the luxury tax. Acquiring the former MVP would require them to make moves to shed some of that salary through trade. A sign-and-trade deal is also an option here if there is mutual interest in getting a deal done and the Knicks don’t want to lose Rose for nothing.

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Carmelo Anthony, Thunder are ‘circling each other,’ per report

Carmelo Anthony is halfway out the door and ready to move on from the Knicks. The only question left to answer is where will it be. A dark horse destination for Anthony appears to be the Oklahoma City Thunder, according to a report from Bill Simmons.

Now Simmons doesn’t normally throw things out, but there’s a reason for that. As good as he is at what he does, he isn’t a reporter. So things like this have to be taken with a grain of salt.

But clearly, there’s some source out there that has led Simmons to believe this. And if true, Anthony could make a great addition to a Thunder team in need of scoring and versatility on the wing.

If he decamps for L.A. or San Antonio in a year, that is proved to be B.S. I don’t think it was B.S. I don’t think things in Cleveland are so bad that he’s willing to say goodbye to northeast Ohio again. In a way, and perhaps even more so after the championship, basketball is James’ job. His work is much more important.

This is why I greet every new rumor with skepticism. Has James’ real mission changed? Until it has, or until we find out he was full of it, he’s not leaving.

This Tim Cato deep dive is part two-way contract Cheap Football Practice Jerseys explainer and part argument against the best non-NBA players signing two-way contracts.

James Jones is done playing in the NBA, which means his streak of Cheap Giants Jerseys NBA Finals appearances will end at seven. But Jones isn’t going far: He’s the new vice president of basketball operations in Phoenix. In the same stroke, Suns GM Ryan McDonough had his contract extended through 2019-2020, which is a bit surprising given the way things have gone for the Suns lately.

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Wizards’ owner predicts that John Wall will sign $170-million designated player extension

John Wall has a massive $170 million designated player extension offer on the table from the Wizards, but has yet to commit to signing it. However, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis told reporters that despite Wall’s hesitation, he will ultimately choose to sign the offer.

The Wizards offered Wall the extension as soon as they were eligible to do so, but Wall said he would take his time to make a decision on any extension should it be offered.

Because Wall made third-team All-NBA this season, he is eligible to sign the extension. He averaged 23.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game this season while leading Washington to its third playoff berth in four seasons.

For Portland, you have almost an unlimited mix-and-match of players who could be included in this deal. It could be Evan Turner and Vonleh; or Crabbe and Al-Farouq Aminu; or Mo Harkless, Ed Davis, and Vonleh; or Meyers Leonard, Aminu, and Harkless; or virtually any other combination you could think of that doesn’t include Damian Lillard, C.J. McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, and newly drafted Zach Collins.

Why would the Blazers make this trade? For exactly the reasons above. They have several really bad contracts, enough that they’re basically interchangeable, and some other decent players Cheap NFL Jerseys China who are expendable. It’s not an ideal spot.

Still, while Love would probably make the Trail Blazers a little bit Cheap Authentic Jerseys From China better, he doesn’t solve their defensive issues at all. Can he make their offense better than he hurts their defense, considering their offense was already 11th-best in the league?

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The Nationals finally traded for bullpen help

David Robertson coming to the rescue of the Nationals bullpen has felt inevitable for months now. You knew that Mike Rizzo wouldn’t (read: couldn’t) leave the Nats pen as is, as it was an invitation to an(other) NLDS exit no matter how good the lineup or rotation were. They didn’t end up getting Robertson despite rumor after rumor suggesting that was the end point of all this. But that’s also fine because the Nats decided to get two relievers in one deal instead.

Should we cut Heyward some slack because the Cubs did manage to win a World Series with him around? Maybe a little, but again, they won in spite of him, and on Thursday they traded their top prospect (an outfielder) for Jose Quintana because the team as a whole just isn’t doing enough to keep up in the NL Central. To contradict the contradiction before concluding this paragraph, it’s still one more World Series than the Twins or Mariners or Cheap Custom Hockey Jerseys Angels have won with the players who got them on this list, sooooo… yeah. There’s room for debate.

Jason Heyward’s deal should have been good. It actually seemed relatively reasonable at the time, with Heyward supposedly not even taking the highest offer because he believed in playing with and for the Cubs in their quest for a World Series. He was right on that last part, but Chicago won in spite of Heyward, not because of him: the Cubs actually did their best to keep him from contributing in the World Series at all by not playing him, as Heyward Wholesale Jerseys Cheap batted .230/.306/.325 in the regular season, “good” for an OPS+ of 70.

There was a lot of talk this spring about Heyward having a new swing that should heal what ailed him, and it did, sort of: now he has just an 84 OPS+ instead of being even worse, but that’s still a below-replacement bat that even his defense can’t save, especially not at $28 million.

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The 2017 MLB postseason race is the most crowded in history

Baseball is about to be swirling with chaos. Dripping with it. There will be confusion and rage, tears and disbelief, disappointment and desolation. Nothing will make sense, no matter how long you stare.

Look, too, at what the players who have done this during the more modern era of MLB have gone on to do in their careers. Miguel Cabrera is just 34, but he’d be a Hall of Famer if he retired today given his 15 years of dominance. Alex Rodriguez might irk you, but he’s also an inner-circle talent who stuck around for 22 years and finished just shy of being only the fourth player ever with at least 700 homers. Ken Griffey Jr., Roberto Alomar, and Robin Yount are all Hall of Famers.

Edgar Renteria is the only oddity in this time frame, but he also started when he was 19 and reached 1,000 hits about the same time he was any good — no one was confusing him for the rest of this bunch even as he neared 1,000 hits.

This is probably also a good time to point out that while Trout’s achievement has been more of a rarity in modern baseball — the ‘50s alone had five guys debut who would manage 1,000 hits before their age-25 season ended — Bryce Harper is right there nearing the same threshold. Given Harper’s missed time in 2014 and a down 2016, he’ll be hard-pressed to get there, as he sits at 779 hits. A strong finish to 2017, though, and a 2018 a lot Cheap Blackhawks Jerseys like it, and we might be looking at 24 players on this exclusive list.

Gio Gonzalez has been eerily effective. Stephen Strasburg has been fine. They’ve Cheap Bruins Jerseys had injuries and inconsistency at the back end, but the starting pitching has been an overall strength.

Is Daniel Murphy still doing a Rod Carew impersonation?

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New York upgraded at third base by dealing for Todd Frazier

The Yankees are 3.5 games back in the AL East, but they also had the kinds of problems that can wear on a team over the course of a long season and sink them in a hurry. We had already seen evidence of this basically once summer began, as New York is just 9-21 since winning six in a row in early June, dropping 7.5 games in the standings in that time. On Tuesday night, the Yankees made a trade that should plug a few holes and help stop all that bleeding.

New York upgraded at third base by dealing for Todd Frazier, but he didn’t come alone, as relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle came with the White Sox’s third baseman. While Frazier isn’t a star, he’s a capable bat with a 105 OPS+ in 2017, whereas Headley’s is 20 points below that, well below average both for the league as a whole and, more specifically, the hot corner.

Last fall, he set Linden High football records for single-season receiving yards (969), single-season touchdown receptions (17 on 54 catches) and career touchdown catches (21).
Over two seasons per MaxPreps, Judge accounted for 1,405 yards and 22 touchdowns.

His Linden High quarterback would simply lob a pass into the end zone, where his 6-foot-7, 240-pound wide receiver, a kid named Aaron Judge, would inevitably rise above the masses and catch it.

“Nobody,” said Huber, who coached Judge for three years at the high school outside of Stockton, Calif., “could stop him.”

There is little doubt in the minds of anyone who saw him play football that Judge could have had a career in the NFL, if he had wanted one. He was athletic enough that Huber considered making him a quarterback at Cheap Baseball Jerseys China first, before deciding his size and speed would be better utilized at wide receiver, and Judge went Cheap Authentic MLB Jerseys on to break the school records in touchdown receptions and receiving yards.

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Owner Jim Crane certainly wasn’t happy about deals not getting done and one in particular that got nixed.

“We had a couple of other deals on the plate,” he told ESPN 97.5 Radio in Houston. “They were agreed on in principle. Then medicals were exchanged and they got vetoed at the top.”

The problem, though, is that multiple sources have said the deal for Britton with the Orioles never got to the top. This could have been in reference to another trade. So why again would Houston, knowing the Orioles were willing to trade Britton, not offer a good enough deal to get it brought to the owner of the team? If this was another deal why wouldn’t they go all-in on a trade that could help them win a World Series?

The Astros didn’t get help at the deadline beyond Liriano (who tossed 1/3 of an inning allowing a hit, a walk and a run in his debut Thursday), and it looks like they were trying a lot harder to outsmart teams than boost their World Series prospects.

Dallas Keuchel said to call the trade deadline a ‘disappointment’ was an understatement. After the reported details how the Astros approached the deadline, it’s hard to argue with him.

Gonzalez then warmed up in the bullpen with a ball that had Fernandez’s initials and number written on it. Another 16 inside a circle, if you will.

If that weren’t enough, Gonzalez’s wife is about to deliver the couple’s second child.

Good luck trying to process all that and then going out and pitching a ballgame.

“I tried to tone it down,” Gonzalez told reporters, per MLB.com. “Don’t let Houston Texans Cheap Jerseys this be too much overpowering the game and what you’re doing.”

In that, Gonzalez succeeded. Until Gordon stepped in to lead off the ninth Jerseys Supply inning.

Gordon’s connection to Fernandez is deep, as well. He witnessed Fernandez’s brilliance from his spot at second base. He absorbed Fernandez’s energy every day.

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it’s almost an afterthought, and that’s a damn shame.

The Induction Ceremony is scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. ET, and it will be broadcast live on MLB Network. These things typically last about three hours.

You know what else was happening on Sunday afternoon? Not only is the crazy-intense July 31 non-waiver trade deadline one day away, but 10 baseball games were scheduled to start between 1:05 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

On an afternoon when three of the best players in baseball history — along with longtime Atlanta executive John Schuerholz and former commissioner Bud Selig — were being honored, baseball went on as if it was any other Sunday.

Look, I’m a huge fan of the everyday nature of baseball’s 162-game schedule. It’s one of the many things that makes it my favorite of the professional sports. It’s unrelenting, in a good way.

The 33-year-old Headley moved over to first base to platoon with rookie Garrett Cooper, who New York had acquired right after the All-Star break from the Brewers. Headley would hit against right-handed pitching, as he had struggled all season hitting from the right side of the plate.

Headley and Cooper were supposed to be split time at first base until the Yankees ultimately found a replacement — either via trade or a player returning from injury. However, the acquisition Kids Basketball Jerseys Cheap of Frazier seemingly lit a fire under Headley.

The Yankees were considering trading for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda, who Make Cheap Jerseys was traded to division rival Rays; and Athletics first baseman Yonder Alonso, who wasn’t moved before the deadline. The Yankees decided that employing Headley at first base has benefited the team both offensively and defensively, preventing them from going out and acquiring another first baseman.

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