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IT’S every hardcore NBA fans favourite time of year, with new trade rumours mentioned every 30 seconds! One trade that isn’t a rumour is a pick swap between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers. The trade will see the Sixers obtain the 1st overall pick in Thursday’s draft, while the Celtics move back to 3rd and gain either the Lakers 2018 1st rounder (if it fall between No. 2 and No. 5) or the Kings 2019 1st rounder.
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THE Celtics and 76ers aren’t the only teams making trades. News broke today that the Lakers are shipping D’Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov off to the Brooklyn Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
LITERALLY as I’m typing this article another trade went through between the Hornets and Hawks. Charlotte will be receiving the former 3x Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard and the 31st pick, while Atlanta gets Marco Belinelli, Miles Plumlee and the 41st pick.
- AS the NBA Draft nears the rumour mill has well and truly kicked into overdrive. Paul George and Jimmy Butler are the most popular names being floated around as stars switching homes. Watch this space.
- AFTER three seasons with the team the Cavaliers and GM David Griffin have parted ways, with Chauncey Billups’ name being mentioned as a potential replacement.
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ERIC Decker is Tennessee bound after signing a year long deal with the Titans. It now gives the Titans one of the most interesting and dynamic receiving groups in the league, with a real chance to claim the AFC South title.
OFFSEASON player movement continued with the now Los Angeles Rams officially parting ways with former first round pick Greg Robinson. They traded him to the Detroit Lions for a 2018 sixth round pick after originally drafting the offensive lineman 2nd overall in 2014.
AS OTA’s wind down there is plenty of discussion about position battles and which players can make some noise come training camp. As usual quarterbacks dominate the discussions, but there are plenty of other battles to sit atop the depth chart going on. The most interesting ones were broken down in my article earlier last week, so be sure to check it out!
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- RICHARD Sherman addressed his relationship with his QB Russell Wilson and dismissed trade rumours earlier in the week. He says he has a fantastic relationship with Wilson and never requested a trade, rather was open to listening to options, but preferred to stay with the team.
- PLAYERS 20-11 in the NFL’s annual Top 100 list were revealed with David Johnson (12th) and Dak Prescott (14th) making their debut on the list, while Derek Carr shot up 89 spots to 11th overall.
OWNER of the lowest WHIP and ERA in the majors Max Scherzer may be in career best form. That’s saying something for the 2x Cy Young winner and current majors leader in strikeouts as he and the Nationals continue to tear through the league. Scherzer has an opportunity to post his sixth straight game with at least 10 strikeouts against Miami on Wednesday as well. Simply put, holy shit he’s on fire.
NOLAN Arenado continues to surge up the MVP rankings, this time by clubbing a walk-off home run to complete his first career cycle. Arenado became the fifth player in history to complete the cycle by hitting a walk-off homer as the Rockies won their 46th game of the season. Expect the Rockies third basemen to feature highly in the votes for the National Leagues best player at seasons end.
WE may see Aaron Judge claim AL Rookie of the Year and MVP honours and if Cody Bellinger keeps starring for the Dodgers he may pull off the same feat. With 10 home runs in his last 10 games (the 1st player to do that since 2010) Bellinger is quickly garnering attention across the league as he leads the NL in home runs. In the month of June Bellinger has an OPS of 1.203 and while he is only mashing homers right now, he could quickly garner more attention should he keep his strikeouts low and contribute across the board.
- GOOD news for Angels fans, Mike Trout is back traveling with the team. The former MVP is rehabbing from a thumb injury and has recently started swinging practice.
- THE latest All-Star voting results have been released with Bryce Harper holding his lead over the rest of the National League. He is followed by Charlie Blackmon and Daniel Murphy while Aaron Judge and José Altuve lead the American League.
The Best Of The Rest
SPECULATE no more boxing fans, Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor is really going to happen. The two have agreed to a deal that will see a boxing match take place on August 26th in Las Vegas. Clearly Mayweather is the favourite entering the bout, but don’t rule out the potential of McGregor shocking the world.
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HEADING into the final day at the US Open in Wisconsin there were a few PGA tour players in contention for their 1st ever major title. Brook Koepka came out on top of the bunch ahead of a fast finishing Hideki Matsuyama and Brian Harman.
IN the AFL Sydney once again claimed a crucial victory for their finals chances as Richmond failed to hold onto a lead AGAIN. Bryce Gibbs had arguably the best performance of his career with a 43 disposal game in a 10 point W against Gold Coast, while Melbourne moved up to 5th on the ladder after flogging the reigning premier Bulldogs by 57 points. For the rest of the wrap up from last week be sure to check the Round 13 Wrap Up.
DIANA Taurasi made WNBA history on Sunday, becoming the all-time leading scorer. She passed Tina Thompson in the 1st half with her 7,489th point and continues to build her lead on the rest of the field.
AND finally Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals are in trouble and risk losing their 2013 NCAA title. Amid recent scandal speculation the head coach of Louisville’s mens basketball team will be suspended for five games and possibly stripped of their title after reports that an assistant with the team payed for escorts and prostitutes to entertain recruits during a visit to the school during the 2010-2014 period.