Jul 02, 2022
Tyler Reddick Provides Major Update About Contract Status
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Getty Tyler Reddick has provided a major update about the 2023 season.
The driver of the No. 8 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Camaro just provided an important answer. Tyler Reddick confirmed that he will be back with the organization for the 2023 Cup Series season.
Reddick made the comments prior to the Kwik Trip 250 at Road America.He explained that the 2023 season “is all taken care of” and that he will be back in the No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro for his fourth consecutive full-time season. These comments follow some by team owner Richard Childress, who said on March 15 that he would have Reddick back for the 2023 season.
The expectation all along has been that Reddick would return to RCR for another Cup Series season, especially with the team holding an option on his contract. However, the organization had not made a formal announcement prior to the race weekend at Road America, which created questions about other teams potentially trying to woo the California native away.
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GettyTyler Reddick will require a deal for the 2024 season.
Reddick provided confirmation about the 2023 season, but he also addressed some other uncertainties. The driver of the No. 8 clarified that he does not have a deal for 2024, which is a point of concern midway through his third full-time season.
“Well, it’s a tough thing,” Reddick said, transcript courtesy of NASCAR Media. “It is far down the line, but you have to be thinking. You gotta give as much as you can in the present and the now, but some of what happens in the present now is set up by what you do in the future. So, certainly thinking about that. And we’ll see. I got a little bit of time, I guess.”
Reddick has turned in some strong finishes during his third season at RCR. He has posted four top-five finishes, which is a new career-high, and he finished second overall at both Bristol Motor Speedway (dirt) and Darlington Raceway. However, he has encountered issues in recent weeks, which have dropped him below the playoff cutline.
Reddick has the goal of solidifying his position with RCR, and he remains in pursuit of his first career Cup Series win. Achieving the latter will take care of the former and erase a considerable amount of stress heading into a contract year.Reddick Will Reach a Career Milestone in 2022
While Reddick continues to pursue his first career Cup Series win, as well as a new contract, he will prepare to hit a career milestone. He will make his 100th start at NASCAR’s top level after making his debut with two starts in 2019.
Reddick has not reached Victory Lane in his first 91 starts, and he has the goal of winning before hitting 100. failing to achieve this goal would not be the proverbial end of the world. There are numerous drivers that made well over 100 starts before securing their first win.
Ricky Craven, for example, made 174 Cup Series starts before winning his first race. He held off Dale Jarrett at Martinsville Speedway on October 15, 2001. It was his first of two career trips to Victory Lane.
Other examples of drivers to make more than 100 starts without winning are Ross Chastain (120), Joe Nemechek (180), James Hylton (187), AJ Allmendinger (213), Buddy Baker (216), Johnny Benson Jr. (226), Dave Marcis (227), Sterling Marlin (279), and Michael McDowell (358). Michael Waltrip made the most starts (463) before winning his first career race, the 2001 Daytona 500.
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LeBron James Finalizing Major Move for Lakers: Report
Getty Lakers star LeBron James
LeBron James is reportedly “finalizing” a major move for the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to an August 9 report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual minicamp prior to training camp. The four-time MVP wants to build a better rapport with his teammates before the start of next season.
“James is finalizing a destination to host the team’s annual minicamp prior to training camp, with San Diego being the likely landing space over Las Vegas, sources said,” Haynes reported. “He’s hoping to build a better rapport with teammates before entering the 2022-23 season.”
Unless the Lakers make a trade, their roster heading into training camp will consist of James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Talen Horton-Tucker, Lonnie Walker IV, Kendrick Nunn, Stanley Johnson, Damian Jones, Wenyen Gabriel, Thomas Bryant, Troy Brown Jr., Juan Toscano-Anderson, Austin Reaves and Max Christie.James Had ‘Productive’ & ‘Informative’ Meeting with Lakers
According to Haynes, James had a “productive and informative” meeting with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka and head coach Darvin Ham last week. The four-time Finals MVP is eligible to sign a two-year, $97.1 million extension. The final day James can sign his extension is June 30, 2023.
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“And while contract dialogue was broached, the majority of the hour-long meeting was about expressing concerns, and hearing out strategies and opinions to assure there wouldn’t be a repeat of last season’s epic failure, league sources told Yahoo Sports,” Haynes reported. “James, sources said, drilled home the importance of consistent competitiveness and cohesion, noting that last season’s team didn’t give themselves a chance on many nights. The focus for the future Hall of Famer is competing every night in order to give themselves a chance to compete for a championship.
“Ham agreed with James and reiterated that his main objectives are to hold everyone accountable and foster an atmosphere of selflessness, sources said. He voiced that defensive tenacity needs to be picked up all across the roster and also forewarned that players would have to play new roles and if he sensed reluctance, he wouldn’t hesitate to remove them from the game, sources said.”
James averaged 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists while shooting 52.4% from the field, 35.9% from beyond the arc and 75.6% from the free-throw line last season. However, the Lakers went only 33-49 and didn’t even qualify for the play-in tournament despite having James, Davis and Westbrook.James Is Extremely Happy in Los Angeles
Despite the Lakers’ catastrophic 2021-22 season, James is “extremely happy” in Los Angeles, according to a July 29 report from NBA insider Marc Stein. Both of James’ sons play basketball at Sierra Canyon School and his wife and daughter enjoy living in LA.
“Sources briefed on the matter stress that James is extremely happy in Los Angeles despite the Lakers’ back-to-back rocky seasons,” Stein reported. “He and his family, by all accounts, have grown increasingly entrenched in Southern California since James signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2018.”
James has three options with the Lakers’ extension offer. He can decline it and become an unrestricted free agent in 2023, sign a two-year extension or agree to a 1+1 deal. James, who will turn 38 in December, will make $44.5 million next season.
According to an August 4 report from Kurt Helin of NBC Sports, James is expected to sign a 1+1 deal with the Lakers.