Ty Lawson to Kings: Latest Contract Details, Comments and Reaction

August 28th, 2016 by Tyler Conway No comments »
A miserable 2015-16 season sent Ty Lawson out on the open market looking for a chance to rejuvenate his career. The Sacramento Kings reportedly offered that salvation Sunday, signing the veteran point guard to a new deal. Citing league sources, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Lawson and the Kings agreed to a one-year deal. Wojnarowski noted the New Orleans Pelicans were also interested in the guard, but he met with the Kings on Saturday and chose Sacramento. Lawson, 28, split last season between the Houston Rockets and Indiana Pacers. He finished with averages of 5.7 points and 3.6 assists per game, setting career lows in nearly every major category. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk provided his initial take on how Lawson will fit on the Kings roster: The Kings will start Darren Collison at the point, but Lawson should get a decent run as a backup. Lawson is a solid playmaker and ...

The 2017 NBA Draft’s Biggest Sleeper at Each Position

August 28th, 2016 by Jonathan Wasserman No comments »
NBA scouts should already have a good sense of the premier prospects at each position. But it's inevitable: We're going to see under-the-radar players at basically every spot rise up the ranks during the year. Based on each player's summer and previous season, I pegged five sleepers who are expected to creep quietly up boards and emerge as quality options at their respective positions. Three of the following could surprise by launching themselves into the lottery. Two won't play college basketball in 2016-17.  These aren't the headliners of the current draft discussion, but NBA teams will regard them as desirable options come June.       Center: Chimezie Metu (USC, 6'11", Sophomore) Draft Ceiling: Late first round Outside of Jarrett Allen and Marques Bolden, there aren't many obvious pros at center in college basketball right now. But Chimezie Metu is a breakout 5-man to watch. He's a project with enough upside to surge past Thomas Bryant and Omer ...

Mo Williams Retirement Rumors: Latest News, Speculation on Cavs G’s Future

August 27th, 2016 by Adam Wells No comments »
Mo Williams has been a part of many highs and lows during his 13-year NBA career, but the veteran guard's time in the league could be coming to an end.   Continue for updates.  Report: Williams Considering Retirement Saturday, Aug. 27 According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, Williams is considering retirement at the age of 33.  Williams came back to Cleveland last summer, signing a two-year deal with the Cavaliers in July. He appeared in 41 games with the team during the 2015-16 season and played just under five minutes in the decisive Game 7 of the NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors.  In June, Williams exercised the $2.2 million player option in his contract for next season.  However, Vardon did note a potential loophole the Cavaliers can work around with Williams' salary. The NBA's stretch deadline is on August 31, meaning if a player is waived before that date, a team can spread out the money he is ...

NHL Teams Most in Need of Late Improvements Before the 2016-17 Season

August 27th, 2016 by Lyle Richardson No comments »
NHL teams attempt to address their roster weaknesses in the offseason. With training camps opening in mid-September, most have made moves to bolster their lineups. Several clubs, such as the Detroit Red Wings, still need some late improvements. Many of the clubs on his list, including the Wings, require an upgrade at a specific position. Some, such as the Vancouver Canucks, have more than one issue that needs attention.  How these teams address these roster problems could determine the outcome of their respective seasons. Some could look toward trades or free agency. Others could draw upon their depth in promising young talent.  Here's a look at the NHL teams most in need of late offseason improvements before the start of the 2015-16 season. We'll examine their specific weaknesses and what they could do to fix them. You can voice your views on this topic in the comments section below.Begin Slideshow

Ranking the 10 Best 2-Way Defensemen in the NHL for 2016-17 Season

August 27th, 2016 by Steve Macfarlane No comments »
Ranking the top two-way NHL defensemen is a difficult challenge to take on. It's extremely hard to give value to all the statistics available when judging the defensive component of a blueliner's game. The offense is easy, and plenty of the league's top scorers make this list. In order to be considered a two-way player, though, there needs to be more than just 50-point potential. We've come to realize shot blocks and plus-minus are all relative. Blocking pucks means you don't have it in your possession, and keeping it away from an opponent is a critical part of playing good defense in today's NHL.Being a strong possession player who can skate quickly enough to recover from rushes or mistakes is a trait you'll notice for many of the following players. They are also intelligent students of the game who are constantly learning. Their bodies and stick positioning make them difficult to ...

Dwyane Wade Comments on Death of Cousin in Chicago Shooting

August 26th, 2016 by Alec Nathan No comments »
Nykea Aldridge, the first cousin of Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade, was shot and killed on the South Side of Chicago on Friday afternoon, according to WGN-TV. She was 32 years old.  Citing police, NBC 5 Chicago reported Aldridge was "apparently the unintended victim of a gang shooting."  "She wasn't bothering anybody, just going to register her kids in school—and bullets that fly around have no name decided to find its way to her head," said pastor Jolinda Wade, Dwyane's mother. CNN's Ralph Ellis, Vivian Kuo and Steve Almasy reported on Sunday that police arrested two men in connection to the shooting. Brothers Darwin Sorrells Jr., 26, and Derren Sorrells, 22, have each been charged with first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder, police said Sunday. Darwin Sorrells has also been charged with a count of criminal trespass, a misdemeanor. Aldridge was pushing her infant child in a stroller near the Dulles School of Excellence on the South Side when ...

Kobe Bryant Comments on Kevin Durant Signing with Warriors, More

August 26th, 2016 by Joe Pantorno No comments »
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant doesn't have any qualms about Kevin Durant leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors during the offseason. Durant's arrival in Golden State has formed the latest superteam in the NBA, as he joined the likes of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on a two-year, $54.2 million contract, per Spotrac. The newly retired Bryant spent each of his 20 seasons in the NBA with the Lakers, but loyalty never came up when he spoke about Durant on The Jim Rome Show on Thursday (via Andre Vergara of Fox Sports). Rather, he spoke about how he would've reacted as a competitor. "I would have thought less about myself if I looked at that move and said, 'That's unfair,'" he said. "If you're a real competitor, you look at that and say, 'OK, lace 'em up. Let's go. I don't care how many players you ...

The Most Intriguing Training Camp Battle to Watch for Every NHL Team in 2016-17

August 26th, 2016 by Allan Mitchell No comments »
NHL training camps will soon be opening up, and every team will have at least one battle for a feature role. General managers have addressed needs via trades, free agency and the draft, but the solutions of summer don't always deliver as expected when the season begins. Every team ended the season with a list of things to improve, and those areas will be front and center for management and coaching staff throughout training camp—not to mention fans and media. Here are the most fascinating potential battles as NHL teams prepare for training camp ahead of the 2016-17 season. Begin Slideshow

Phil Jackson Says Biggest Mistake as Knicks President Is Not Landing Jae Crowder

August 26th, 2016 by Mike Chiari No comments »
Successes have been few and far between for Phil Jackson during his tenure as president of the New York Knicks, but there is one move in particular that he regrets not making. According to Charley Rosen of TodaysFastbreak.com, the Zen Master admitted that turning down the option to have Jae Crowder involved in a trade that sent Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks was his biggest mistake at the helm for the Knicks thus far: I think the biggest mistake I made was actually this...One of the first deals I engineered when I came back to New York was to trade [Chandler] and Raymond [Felton] to Dallas for Shane Larkin, Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Samuel Dalembert, plus a second-round pick that the Mavs owed to the [Boston] Celtics. In talking with Boston, I was given the option of taking that pick or else taking [Crowder]. I liked Crowder but ...

‘And Now for Something Different’ Awards: 2016 NBA Offseason Edition

August 26th, 2016 by Grant Hughes No comments »
A little distance from June's NBA draft hoopla and July's frenzied free-agent activity helps put the offseason in perspective. We've had time to digest everything, and we've probably already handed out mental (or otherwise) winners, losers, letter grades and all the usual awards. So why not distribute some different hardware while highlighting some of the best, worst, weirdest and most landscape-altering changes? This edition of NBA offseason awards will force you to wrestle with the laws of physics, the Sacramento Kings potentially being one step ahead of everyone and, most importantly, face-melting. Try to find all that anywhere else this summer.Begin Slideshow