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    Getty Nikola Vucevic and DeMar DeRozan of the Chicago Bulls. The Chicago Bulls haven’t made too many big-time moves this summer, but they have made some necessary ones. They re-signed Zach LaVine to a massive contract extension, brought back Derrick Jones Jr., and then added both Andre Drummond and Goran Dragic via free agency. However, as next season draws closer, it’s looking like the Bulls won’t be one of the top teams in the East. With squads like the Boston Celtics, Milwaukee Bucks, and Philadelphia 76ers topping the East, Chicago could be a couple of key moves away from truly contending. That being said, improving their roster without gutting their core players could be difficult. But according to a Western Conference executive who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, the Bulls have listened to offers for star big man Nikola Vucevic. “Yeah, they are open to it [a Vucevic trade]. I would not say they have shopped him, but teams have asked, and they listen. He had a bad year last year, but he is in the last...
    After year of flirting with a trade, the Milwaukee Brewers are finally moving star closer Josh Hader to the San Diego Padres. The Padres were a rumored destination for quite some time, as they weren’t thrilled with the recent work of their bullpen, and ninth-inning man Taylor Rogers. Despite leading the NL Central, the Brewers felt confident in their ability to move Hader due to a bullpen featuring Devin Williams, an NL All-Star and the likes closer-in-waiting in Milwaukee. Williams has a 1.59 ERA on his own right. The Padres have shown a willingness to make a big splash in the past, and despite making offers for Shohei Ohtani and Juan Soto, may settle for Hader as their rather large trade deadline acquisition (assuming they don’t have more in the works).Josh Hader trade details Padres Get RP, Josh Hader Brewers Get RP, Taylor Rogers LHP, Robert Gasser OF, Esteury Ruiz RHP, Dinelson Lamet That is one heck of a haul, but what else would one expect for a pitcher of Hader’s quality.Josh Hader contractHader is signed through the 2023 season,...
    Nerlens Noel #3 of the New York Knicks. The Boston Celtics have until midnight ET on July 18, 2022, to use the $17.1 million Evan Fournier trade exception. They can acquire either a player who makes that exact amount of money or less, or they can acquire multiple players whose contracts total out to $17.1 million. With the exception set to expire in less than 24 hours, Keith Smith recently laid out a number of options of who the Celtics could get before they lose it. Among those options is Massachusetts native Nerlens Noel. 9. Nerlens Noel – $9,240,000 – Detroit Pistons: Noel is a Boston kid and has been a rumored Celtics target for years. The challenge is that he’s rarely healthy and he’s basically a poor man’s version of Rob Williams at this point. The good news? Detroit would probably let him go for a song. The bad news? Noel is healthy less often than Williams is. Noel was acquired by the Pistons along with Alec Burks from the New York Knicks earlier this summer in...
    Getty James Wiseman drives to the hoop during a summer league bout between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs. Outside of adding Donte DiVincenzo to take over Gary Payton II’s old spot off the bench, the Golden State Warriors have done little to change their roster this summer, and maybe that’s a good thing. After all, the team won the NBA championship last season. Moreover, former lottery picks James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody are expected to absorb a lot of the minutes that were vacated in the second unit. And all three look to have star potential. On the other hand, there’s a thought that the Dubs could use more size, more defense and more of a veteran presence for their title defense. Unfortunately, the club’s wild luxury tax situation precludes it from offering more than the veteran’s minimum to find those things. If the Warriors do decide they need a little something extra in the second unit, the trade market may provide a better avenue toward bringing it in. To that end,...
    Getty Richaun Holmes, Boston Celtics Robert Williams’ health is always going to be a concern for the Boston Celtics front office. Despite proving himself as one of the most impactful big men in the league this season, Williams’ suffered another injury setback that saw him struggle for large stretches of the post-season. However, Boston is in a fortunate position this off-season, courtesy of a $17.2 million trade exception. While Daniel Theis was acquired at the trade deadline to provide cover for Williams, the drop-off in production was noticeable, which is why he seldom saw the floor against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals. And it’s why the Celtics will likely look to bring in another rim-runner to help bridge the gap. According to Keith Smith of CelticsBlog, Richaun Holmes of the Sacramento Kings would be the ideal back-up for Williams next season and could be attainable in a trade this summer. The Celtics need a backup big who can rebound and play defense when Robert Williams isn't available. I love Theis as much as the next...
    Getty Head coach Billy Donovan of the Chicago Bulls looks on If the Chicago Bulls are going to make a trade on draft night, the likely scenario would be to move up in the process, says one insider. That is contrary to the notion that they could possibly flip that pick for veteran help, per NBC Sports Chicago’s Rob Schaefer. Not that they would not still consider that. But the “safe bet” would be for them to use the pick, per NBC Sports Chicago’s K.C. Johnson. Johnson also called rumors of Rudy Gobert coming to Chicago “overblown” and added that, should they look to trade their pick, Coby White would likely be attached. That too has been a common rumor this offseason. It is the direction they would try to go that is surprising.Bet on the Bulls Making the PickThe Bulls could indeed try to package White and the 18th-overall pick, per Johnson. That much has been in the rumor mill for weeks now. An executive told Heavy’s Sean Deveney that the Bulls could package White for Philadelphia...
    Getty Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz playing against the Chicago Bulls. One of the most talked-about trade targets for the Chicago Bulls in recent weeks has been Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert. The season for trades has already begun, with Christian Wood being dealt to the Dallas Mavericks, so who knows when the next blockbuster could happen? Chicago struggled on the defensive side of the floor last year, so in theory, adding a three-time Defensive Player of the Year would help with that. However, not everybody is on board with the idea that the Bulls should trade for Gobert. Could Rudy Gobert join the Chicago Bulls this offseason? pic.twitter.com/NsRESR2uZD — Kayden Moyer (@kaykgraphics) June 11, 2022 According to Sam Smith, NBA.com’s Bulls writer, Chicago needs to consider the long-term consequences of a Gobert trade. And in his opinion, it wouldn’t be worth it for the Bulls to trade for the big man. “The other part of the speculation as you note has Pat Williams included,” Smith wrote. “After all, Gobert is a multiple Defensive Player of...
    Getty Patrick Williams and Coby White of the Chicago Bulls. As the offseason gets set to begin, the Chicago Bulls will undoubtedly be active in the trade market. While they made significant progress toward their goal of an NBA title last year, upgrading their current roster is a must if they hope to compete with the top teams in the East. Their core of DeMar DeRozan, Zach LaVine, and Nikola Vucevic is solid, but they lack a much-needed defensive presence. In turn, rumors have circulated that Chicago could look to make a move for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert this offseason. However, there is one player they are unwilling to give up in a potential trade. According to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, the Bulls are unwilling to include young forward Patrick Williams in a trade for Gobert this summer. “Meanwhile, the Bulls remain invested in finding the optimal frontcourt lynchpin to pair with LaVine and DeRozan,” Fischer wrote. “Chicago continues to explore the trade market for two-time All-Star center Nikola Vucevic, sources said. It has registered interest...
    Getty OG Anunoby of the Toronto Raptors, who was linked to the Chicago Bulls. As the Chicago Bulls enter an offseason full of questions, the most important one will be whether or not they can re-sign Zach LaVine. But outside of that, their biggest question mark revolves around their ability to improve the roster without any cap space at their disposal. The 2022 NBA Draft will be one opportunity for them to do that, but since they only have the 18th pick, their best bet will be the trade market. In turn, they will have to figure out what available pieces around the league they are willing to pursue. Well, according to an anonymous Eastern Conference GM who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, one of those players should be Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby. “They have veterans, they can’t do too much player development. I think there are a handful of players they might consider trading [Patrick] Williams for—it won’t be easy, they are attached to him—and one of them would be (OG) Anunoby in Toronto. They...
    Getty Bulls vs. Bucks Will Gottlieb of CHGO believes the Chicago Bulls should make a blockbuster trade this summer. In a June 8 column, Gottlieb urged the Bulls to trade Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams to the Utah Jazz for Rudy Gobert. According to Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, Chicago is interested in trading for the $205 million All-Star. “Gobert is not Luka Doncic or one of the league’s offensive engines. But this is not a Jerami Grant situation either. Gobert is one of the league’s few defensive systems. He’s one of the best in NBA history, named to Defensive First Team each of the last six years and he was Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2021,” Gottlieb wrote. “The Bulls were a top-10 defense the first part of the year when Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso were healthy. Add Gobert to the mix and they could easily land in the top-3 to 5. “Gobert is top five in Defensive EPM and first in defensive RAPTOR. He’s second in the NBA in defensive rating, first in defensive and total rebounding percentage,...
    Getty Brad Stevens, Boston Celtics The Utah Jazz could be in for a major overhaul in the 2022 NBA Offseason. Quin Snyder has already stepped down as their head coach, and there has been a lot of doubt if Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert. Tony Jones of The Athletic reported that the Jazz have no plans to trade Mitchell. In fact, they intend to build around him. Multiple teams have called to inquire about the trade availability of Donovan Mitchell, only to be given a firm no, sources tell @Tjonesonthenba. The Jazz have made it clear they intend on building a roster around Mitchell.https://t.co/V7eiEgneKs pic.twitter.com/ifo9OjJpzs — The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 6, 2022 On June 5, 2022, Jones reported that everyone else on the team, including Gobert, has varying degrees of availability via trade. On June 6, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer brought up multiple teams who could potentially vie for Gobert’s services: the Memphis Grizzlies, the Phoenix Suns, and the Boston Celtics. When naming those teams, he gave his take on why they would be interested in acquiring...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The 2022 NBA Draft is just a little over two weeks away with June 23rd fast approaching for NBA teams. The Chicago Bulls currently own the 18th pick of the draft and have no second-round picks. Only time will tell though if that will remain the case for the Bulls and one new report suggests it might change. According to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated, Chicago could be an active team on draft night. Rival teams expect the Bulls to explore trade options with this pick, preferably in search of veteran help. If Chicago keeps it, this is an opportunity to add a more experienced college player who can feasibly deepen the bench next season. Williams’s stock has skyrocketed over the past month, and he looks to be on pretty firm footing in the first round. As a well-rounded perimeter player with excellent measurables and the skills to play several positions, he’s easy to envision fitting in pretty much anywhere. This is probably the high end of Williams’s range, but he’s moved the needle...
    The utility infielder the Giants added right before Opening Day is headed back to the National League East. After injuries compelled the Giants to trade for former Phillies utility infielder Luke Williams, the club designated him for assignment on May 21 and completed a trade Thursday that will send Williams to the Marlins. In exchange for Williams, the Giants acquired infield prospect Hayden Cantrelle from Miami. Williams was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot for catcher Michael Papierski, who joined the Giants after Curt Casali was placed on the seven-day concussion injured list. Cantrelle, 23, was a fifth round draft pick of the Brewers in 2020 and has now been traded twice in the last two months. In April, Milwaukee sent the Louisiana-Lafayette product to Miami in a trade for catcher Alex Jackson. Cantrelle was off to a rough start at Double-A this season, hitting .185 with a .649 OPS with 40 strikeouts in 92 at-bats. It’s unclear if Cantrelle will report to Double-A Richmond or be sent to High-A Eugene. Cantrelle stole 29 bases in 38 attempts...
    Getty Robert Williams of the Boston Celtics. This season, the Boston Celtics have found success thanks to an incredible defense and elite scoring from their two All-Stars. While guys like Marcus Smart and Grant Williams have stepped up in the scoring column throughout the playoffs, Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown handled most of that work during the majority of the season. While their defense has been the primary reason behind their miraculous second-half turnaround, adding more scoring could help shore up an offense that often flounders when Tatum and Brown struggle. And with the offseason right around the corner, one trade proposal suggests that the Celtics do just that. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report wrote that Boston should explore a trade for Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal, a long-time friend of Tatum. The trade would land Beal in Boston while sending Robert Williams, Aaron Nesmith, and draft considerations to Washington. Jayson Tatum weighs in on the Bradley Beal rumors in the IG comments: pic.twitter.com/WOvA95k0qu — Chris Grenham (@chrisgrenham) July 24, 2021 While Buckley admitted that losing Williams would...
    Getty Deandre Ayton of the Phoenix Suns was linked to the Boston Celtics. Despite their successful second half of the season this past year, the Boston Celtics could have some work to do this offseason. They won’t have any cap space to work with, but since all of their crucial rotation players will be under contract, they could potentially be active in the trade market. Boston’s starting five is solid. The group of Marcus Smart, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, and Robert Williams has played at a championship level. In turn, most of the moves they make this offseason will likely be to improve the team’s depth. However, one proposal suggests that Boston should shake things up in a big way. Zach Buckley of Bleacher Report proposed a trade that would see the Celtics land a new starting center. The deal sends Robert Williams, Derrick White, and Aaron Nesmith to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for big man Deandre Ayton. Celtics need to trade for Ayton. Package Rob & fillers to make it work https://t.co/7mIDg2nzCq — Federico...
    Getty Jameson Williams on stage after being picked in the 2022 NFL draft. Looking at some of the immediate images, it was fair to wonder. Did Jameson Williams want to land with the Detroit Lions? Many folks thought he looked pretty disappointed in real-time to be the pick. Nothing to see here at all, however, according to Williams himself. In spite of some facial expressions which quickly became internet memes at Detroit’s expense, Williams wants folks to know to take none of it seriously. He’s ready to go for his new team and thrilled to be in the mix with the Lions for the present and future. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Williams joined Spotify’s Complex Sports Live for an interview and was asked about this meme phenomenon. As The Athletic’s Chris Burke showed, he explained that it was a major misunderstanding based around the notion that Williams was simply tired from all the travel and a busy schedule. Hosts just asked...
    Aidan Hutchinson surprised his mother with a gift on draft day and then the Detroit Lions made his wish come true. The Lions grabbed the talented Michigan defensive end with the No. 2 pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, barely using its allotted five minutes to address a desperate need with a hometown star who was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy this past season. READ MORE: Ford Recalls Explorer SUVs That Can Roll Away While In Park LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 28: Aidan Hutchinson walks onstage after being selected second by the Detroit Lions during round one of the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) “The whole draft process, I wanted them to pick me,” he said. When Hutchinson’s name was called in Las Vegas, Hutchinson hugged his parents and two sisters before going on stage. His father, Chris, was a Michigan captain and Big Ten defensive lineman of the year in 1992. Earlier in the day, Hutchinson carried out a sweet surprise for his mother,...
    Getty Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons plays against the Chicago Bulls at Little Caesars Arena on October 20, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Could the Chicago Bulls (45-36) re-visit a trade for eight-year NBA veteran and 2020 Olympic gold medalist Jerami Grant? Senior NBA insider for The Athletic, Shams Charania, said during his April 6 appearance on “Unfiltered with David Kaplan” that the Detroit Pistons forward is a ” more likely candidate to be moved” this summer. Another night brought another blowout loss for the Bulls who have now lost four games in a row, all by 16 points or more, and are just 7-15 since returning from the All-Star break on February 24. With their playoff position as the sixth-seed locked in, the matchup versus the Charlotte Hornets on April 8 was supposed to be a bit of a ‘get right’ opportunity against a team they had beaten by 12-plus points in each of the two previous meetings. It ended in a 133-117 defeat. This slide has made the Bulls’ offseason as hot of a topic...
    Getty Karl-Anthony Towns A major Chicago Bulls trade could be coming, but the team might have already missed an opportunity to pursue a blockbuster deal for the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns. The Bulls are mired in a dreadful stretch of play that has seen them lose 14 of their last 20 games. This swoon couldn’t be happening at a worse time as there are just two games remaining in the regular season. The Bulls have locked up a spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2017, but no matter who they face in the first round, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who would predict Chicago to last more than 5 games against the Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76ers or Milwaukee Bucks. If things play out as they have over the past month-plus, the Bulls are headed for a quick exit from the playoffs and some major changes could be afoot in the offseason. Which Bulls Might Be Headed Out? It would appear the Bulls will part ways with Nikola Vucevic and Coby White, if possible. While...
    Getty Bill Belichick The New England Patriots traded to acquire DeVante Parker from the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, and they still have the No. 21 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. New England now has the assets to dramatically improve its wide receiver position. That appears to be a portion of the advice USA Today’s Henry McKenna is giving the team in a recent tweet. McKenna is urging the Patriots to not only use their No. 21 pick on a top prospect like Alabama’s Jameson Williams or Ohio State’s Chris Olave, he also believes the team should seek to trade Nelson Agholor. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Win $150 Whether Your Team Wins or Loses During March Madness To be more specific, McKenna suggests the Patriots “give away” Agholor “for free in a ‘trade,’ if possible. I might offend @_AndrewCallahan and @PP_Rich_Hill with this idea. But after the DeVante Parker trade, I think it's a good idea to… 1) Draft Jameson Williams or Chris Olave in Round 1, if available2) Give away Nelson Agholor for free in...
    Getty Golden State Warriors wing Moses Moody looks on during a game against the Denver Nuggets. At this point, it has been impressed upon us ad nauseam — the Golden State Warriors don’t feel any urgency to make a major splash at the NBA trade deadline. Still, there’s no doubt that GM Bob Myers is doing his due diligence in an attempt to give the team’s title run some kind of boost. One thing is for certain — if the Warriors want to add another win-now piece at the deadline, they’re armed with more than enough young assets to make something happen. As it stands, James Wiseman and Jonathan Kuminga look to have star potential. But neither has played a major role for Golden State this season. Meanwhile, Moses Moody has been lighting up the G League, and he dropped 20 on the Spurs as a fill-in starter on February 1. However, he’s currently at the bottom of a crowded wing rotation. For his part, Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz would like to see Myers cash in on the...
    Getty Al Horford of the Boston Celtics defends Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. Just seven months after reuniting with the veteran big man, the Boston Celtics are said to be shopping Al Horford. The Athletic’s Jared Weiss reported on January 19 that the Cs are exploring trade options for the five-time All-Star ahead of the February 10 deadline in hopes of yielding another center in return. With that said, we may not need to wait until Horford is (potentially) donning another jersey for the Celtics to shake up their frontcourt. While Horford and Robert Williams have had their moments together this season, Brian Robb of Mass Live believes it’s time for Ime Udoka to move away from the double big look — and that doesn’t mean sending Time Lord to the bench. Instead, the Celtics insider pleads a case for Grant Williams to usurp Horford in Boston’s starting five: Boston could certainly use some big man depth to provide as an alternative to [Enes Kanter] Freedom’s defensive issues but that player has not been acquired yet (and...
    Getty Kenrich Williams, Thunder (left) The Nets, when fully healthy, have as well-stocked an NBA roster as anyone in the league, but if there is one area in which the team could probably use a change-up, it is in the frontcourt—particularly if an opportunity to add some fresh young legs presents itself. Kevin Durant has, actually, played most of his possessions as either a center (39%) or a power forward (59%), according to Basketball-Reference.com, a big change for a player who has spent most of his career as a small forward. The other options the Nets have at the 4-position—Paul Millsap (36 years old), Blake Griffin (32), James Johnson (34)—are mostly near the end of their careers. The Nets need help defensively, without question. From Steve Nash’s “experiment” with rotations to the Nets’ regressing defense, spacing without Joe Harris and James Harden’s inconsistent play. Unpacking what’s going on with these Nets after 4 losses in 5 games: “We’re playing shitty basketball.”https://t.co/PKEpookIhN — Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) January 8, 2022 It’s a little better at center, where the Nets have...
    Getty Harrison Barnes While the Chicago Bulls have played above most everyone’s expectations this season, they will still likely need to add a power forward if they hope to be a serious contender in the postseason. There are some low-risk additions the team could make, but in actuality, the kind of move that really figures to move the needle will cost Chicago some valuable assets. One such move was suggested by Forbes’ Morten Jensen. He believes the Bulls should go “all-in” in pursuit of a power forward even if that means trading away promising young, but injured forward Patrick Williams.  Jensen’s feasible, but scary trade concept has the Bulls sending Williams and Derrick Jones Jr’s expiring deal to the Sacramento Kings for Harrison Barnes and perhaps Jahm’ius Ramsey.  Barnes is a 29-year-old veteran capable of playing both forward positions. He has won an NBA championship, shoots the three well and is a quality character guy. He would appear to be an ideal fit on a team like the Bulls. However, does Chicago really want to watch Williams grow...
    Drafted in 2005, 35-year-old Atlanta Hawks shooter Lou Williams says that the 2021-22 NBA season may be his last before retirement.  Lou Williams is more than a veteran of the NBA. In Williams’ own words, he is a “jarhead” of the league, putting in 16 seasons as a professional basketball player. And after a shocking trade from the Clippers to the Hawks, Williams feels like he may have had enough of battling it out on the court. In an exclusive interview with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks, Williams detailed how the surprise Clippers trade was a breaking point for him. Williams reportedly cried after being traded, and as he tells Rooks, he feels like his current season in Atlanta could be the last of his career. Lou Williams tells me this season is probably his last season in the NBA. pic.twitter.com/rvMqe8GlNK — Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) November 1, 2021 “In that moment, it was just closure,” Williams said of the March mid-season trade. “I got drafted when I was 17, so I’m a jarhead. This is all I know. This is...
    Getty Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones carries the ball against the New Orleans Saints. The Baltimore Ravens might have the third-most rushing yards in the NFL, but that has come largely in spite of, not due to, their makeshift backfield. After preseason injuries ended the season of Baltimore’s top three running backs, the Ravens have been forced to lean on Ty’Son Williams, Latavius Murray, Le’Veon Bell and Devonta Freeman at running back. But none of the four have been able to get going this season, with Williams’ 36 yards per game leading the group. To make matters worse, Murray, who leads the backfield in rushing attempts, yards and touchdowns, missed last week’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals due to an ankle sprain, with no set timetable for his return. As a result, Lamar Jackson has taken on a superhuman role in Baltimore’s offense, accounting for 83% of the team’s 2,923 total yards on offense this season. That includes 480 rushing yards, the sixth-most in the NFL on just 76 carries, for a league-leading 6.3 yards per...
    Getty New Celtics big man Bruno Fernando. After some debate that Dennis Schroder could possibly be added to a record-setting eight-team trade, the free-agent point guard will seemingly need to find a new route to Boston. That’s because the Celtics have officially finalized their three-team trade that shipped 10-year veteran center Tristan Thompson to the Sacramento Kings. To help complete the trade, the Kings shipped guard Delon Wright to the Atlanta Hawks. As for the Celtics, they inherited the services of guard Kris Dunn — a former top-five pick — and big man Bruno Fernando from Atlanta, as well as a 2023 second-round draft pick. While rumblings of Dunn’s stay in Beantown potentially being abbreviated have already begun to circulate, the Celtics have opted to take a closer look at their other new addition in the deal before making any rash decisions. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Fernando Heads to Las VegasThe team has announced that Fernando will join the Celtics in Sin...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Cubs sell-off continued ahead of Friday’s MLB trade deadline, as the team reportedly is shipping off star shortstop Javy Baez and righty reliever Trevor Williams to the New York Mets. Multiple reports say the two teams are finalizing terms of the deal. It’s not yet known what the Cubs will get in return. READ MORE: Fourth Stimulus Check: Will Another Another Relief Payment Come This Year? Baez is hitting .248 with 22 home runs and 65 RBIs this season. Williams is 4-2 with a 5.06 ERA in 13 games, including 12 starts. Nicknamed “El Mago” for his stellar defense and elite base-running ability, Baez was one of the most popular players on the team. READ MORE: Secretary Of States Office Unveils Pilot Program To Ease Heavy Customer Volume Baez, a key member of the 2016 World Series championship team, is just the latest player the Cubs have dealt away this week. The Cubs also dealt longtime first baseman Anthony Rizzo to the Yankees on Wednesday, and have shipped closer Craig Kimbrel and righty reliever Ryan Tepera...
    Stanford forward Ziaire Williams cracked the top 10 of the NBA Draft Thursday night, becoming the highest Cardinal draft pick in more than a decade. Williams, a freshman, went 10th overall to the New Orleans Pelicans, but his rights will be traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, who agreed to acquire the pick earlier this week, moving up from the 17th pick. Williams was the highest-rated men’s basketball recruit in Stanford history and is the first top-10 pick since Brook Lopez went No. 10 in 2008 to the then-New Jersey Nets. The prized recruit was limited to 20 games in his freshman year because of a knee injury and other personal reasons. Williams averaged 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds in 27.9 minutes per game in his lone year at Stanford. He scored 19 points, his season high, in Stanford’s opening game, a win over Alabama in the Maui Invitational. He also recorded just the second triple-double in program history with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists against Washington on Jan. 7. Related Articles Stanford football...
    Getty Zach LaVine The trade and free-agent signing concepts aren’t going to stop when it comes to the Chicago Bulls. The team’s management group has put it into win-now mode thanks to a trade that brought Nikola Vucevic, but cost Chicago a lottery pick in the 2021 NBA Draft as well. Chicago has a budding superstar in Zach LaVine heading into the final year of his contract, Vucevic, and a young prospect in Patrick Williams whom the fanbase is trusting to take a major step next season. Does it sound like there is a lot of pressure in the United Center? It’s because there is, but ESPN analyst Jay Williams (h/t FanSided’s Daniel Greenberg) would love to see LaVine get some assistance in the form of Portland Trail Blazers superstar Damian Lillard. Greenberg tweeted Williams’ quote: “I would love to see Damian Lillard and Zach Lavine in Chicago. One of the most lethal backcourts that can ever exist. Put these dudes together.” It is safe to say, Williams would have some company on this train of thought if...
    Getty Al Horford #42 of the Boston Celtics reacts in the second half against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game Two of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. The Boston Celtics have a new big man onboard — well, sort of. Al Horford has returned to Beantown after a two-year hiatus by way of the Kemba Walker trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder. The move reunites the five-time All-Star with a handful of former teammates, from Jayson Tatum to Jaylen Brown to Marcus Smart and so on. Horford, a stretch shooting big, should certainly open things up for the two Jays on the offensive end next season. His leadership should also make positive waves in the locker room. Yet, it’s the rekindling of Horford’s relationship with fellow big man Robert Williams that may ultimately pay the most dividends for the Celtics in the long run. While some might view Williams as direct competition for Horford, the 14-year veteran remains eager to lend a helping hand to the budding talent. After making significant strides in his third NBA season, Williams...
    Getty Images After a two year hiatus, Al Horford of the Celtics is back in Boston The Boston Celtics re-introduced veteran center Al Horford, Thursday afternoon, and in his response to a question regarding which teammates reached out to Horford following the news of the blockbuster trade, Al says two players welcomed him back with open arms. Horford, who spent three seasons in Boston before heading to the Philadelphia 76ers in 2019, says the moment he found out he was heading back to the Celtics was surreal. The latest Celtics news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Celtics newsletter here! Join Heavy on Celtics! Celtics’ Jayson Tatum & Robert Williams Reach Out to Al HorfordAfter Al learned that point guard Kemba Walker was heading to Oklahoma City in exchange for a pair of centers in he and Moses Brown, Horford says Celtics All-Star Jayson Tatum and center Robert Williams were the firsts to reach out. “It was pretty cool,” Horford said. “Jayson (Tatum), J.T. reached out to me, and Rob (Williams). Trading messages with him,...
    Getty Ben Simmons and John Collins Would the Philadelphia 76ers look to trade their 24-year-old, three-time NBA All-Star and All-Defensive team player? That resume is impressive, but when you realize it applies to the troubled, but talented Ben Simmons, potential suitors may have some trepidation. The 76ers are on the brink of being eliminated in what would be a huge upset at the hands of the Atlanta Hawks. If Atlanta knocks off the 76ers, there is a chance Philly could look to make some major changes to their roster, and that’s not likely to include all-world center Joel Embiid. Simmons, who is talented but struggles shooting and with assertiveness, would appear to be the player the 76ers might look to move. The Bulls figure to be shopping for a point guard this offseason, and it is tough to ignore the potential availability of a 6’10” perennial All-Star lead guard who regularly threatens a triple-double, even considering the shortcomings to his game. Bulls historian and Big Red Bus podcast host See Red Fred floated the idea of a blockbuster...
    Most want to keep working remotely or at home as part of work schedule To promote his infrastructure plan, Biden revisits ‘Amtrak Joe’ days © Provided by Sports Illustrated Broncos trade their picks (40 and 114) for Falcons' pick 35 and 219, leap-frogging Miami to steal UNC's Javonte Williams.View the original article to see embedded media.Broncos fans, meet your new running back—Javonte Williams.  In an early second-round trade, Denver sent its No. 40 and 114 picks to the Falcons in exchange for their No. 35 and 219 picks. In doing so, the Broncos leap-frogged Miami to snag the North Carolina star, who the Dolphins were rumored to have their eyes set on.  Video: Will Aaron Rodgers Be the Starting Quarterback in Green Bay Heading Into the 2021 NFL Season? (Sports Illustrated) Will Aaron Rodgers Be the Starting Quarterback in Green Bay Heading Into the 2021 NFL Season? Sports Illustrated See more videos SHARE SHARE TWEET SHARE EMAIL What to watch next Davis Mills Goes No. 67 to Texans NFL The Denver Broncos are going to...
    Twenty-three-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams is one of the greatest assets to the women’s game. The American star has been entertaining fans for over two decades. During this spell, there have been a number of great players who have begun their careers after Williams’ arrival and retired.   The American athlete continues to remain at the top of her game despite entering a special chapter in her life, motherhood. During her journey as a player, Serena Williams has had an influence on a number of individuals, across various sporting fields and entertainment. Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 16, 2021 Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates winning her quarter final match against Romania’s Simona Halep REUTERS/Loren Elliott Nathan Chen: “Never knew Serena Williams was a fan of mine” One such interesting athlete is the 2018 Winter Olympic Bronze medalist, Nathan Chen who wished he could swap bodies with Serena. The 21-year-old stated, “There are too many sports icons you know like too many good options. Like Serena Williams that’d be pretty cool. I didn’t know at...
    The New York Jets rookie tackle doesn’t want to give up that much to land a new quarterback.  By now, the inclination of Deshaun Watson heading elsewhere seems to be old news. The Houston Texans‘ star quarterback is looking for a new home after the team’s offseason moves have left a sour taste on the franchise. That doesn’t mean Watson is the guy for New York. The Jets are far and away starting a rebuild. Watson answers the question under center, but what about the problems at wide receiver? Cornerback? Pass rush? Plus, should Williams, along with multiple early picks, go to Houston, are the Jets in a better spot than they were with Darnold. Becton is one of perhaps three cornerstone pieces for the Jets. Williams is likely the second. It’ll be a hard sell to both the fans and the team that trading a rising star in the trenches is a good idea. Then again, name a quarterback like Watson on the market? Next: Carson Wentz says goodbye to Philadelphia
    Getty Whitney Mercilus #59 of the Houston Texans congratulates J.J. Watt #99 of the Houston Texans after a tackle. Any discussion including both the New York Giants and Houston Texans over recent weeks has orbited around unlikely trade packages that would ship disgruntled quarterback Deshaun Watson to East Rutherford. However, shifting our focus to the opposite side of the football may be more realistic for both teams when it comes to pulling off a deal. With key defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Dalvin Tomlinson both scheduled to be pending free agents this offseason, Big Blue’s needs along their front-seven may quickly prove pressing as we make our way through spring. In return, two potential former All-Pro Texans pass-rushers, each of whom are rumored to soon be skipping town, could find themselves atop New York’s wish list. ALL the latest Giants news straight to your inbox! Subscribe to the Heavy on Giants newsletter here! Sign up for the Heavy on Giants Newsletter! J.J. Watt Done in Houston?At this very moment, almost certainly. NFL Network’s James Palmer has gone on...
    The Los Angeles Clippers headed into the 2020 offseason with the goal of address their need for a starting caliber point guard. They may have Lou Williams and Patrick Beverley on their roster, but none of those veterans can be considered as true point guards. In a recent article, Mo Dakhil of Bleacher Report created a list of trades that would help the Clippers solve their major backcourt problem. These include a three-team deal that would send Spencer Dinwiddie of the Brooklyn Nets and George Hill of the Oklahoma City Thunder to Los Angeles this fall. In the proposed scenario, the Clippers would get Dinwiddie and Hill, the Nets would receive Patrick Beverley, and the Thunder would acquire Williams, a 2021 second-round pick, and a 2022 second-round pick. Though it would cost them two important members of their rotation last season, the suggested trade would make a lot of sense for the Clippers as it would enable them to add not just one, but two true point guards who would ease the loads on Kawhi Leonard’s shoulders in terms of...
    Mayor offers apology for Thanksgiving travel after urging residents to stay home Europes Christmas ski season threatened by virus as cases pass 60 mn Clippers expected to trade Lou Williams? The L.A. Clippers already parted ways with Montrezl Harrell this offseason, and now his pick-and-roll partner could be next. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Lou Williams could be the next Clippers player to leave the team. Marc Stein of the New York Times reported in his newsletter this week that many rival teams expect the Clippers to trade veteran guard Lou Williams in the hopes of getting a full fresh start. ESPN+ Fantasy Tools: Play Like an Expert, Even If You Aren’t SIGN UP NOW Ad ESPN+ Williams, now 34 years old, is the longest-tenured Clipper along with Patrick Beverley. He remains one of the team’s best shot creators and averaged 18.2 points with 5.6 assists a game last season. But Williams’ defense and advancing age provide plenty of cause for concern. His decreased production in the Orlando bubble (combined with his embarrassing extracurricular incident) did not help matters...
    VIDEO3:5003:50Jim Cramer charts upside in Home Depot, Amazon, Apple and Walmart stocksMad Money with Jim Cramer With Thanksgiving nigh, CNBC's Jim Cramer on Monday revealed a seasonal pattern that investors can consider playing leading into the Christmas holiday. The closing months of each year are defined by the holiday shopping rush, and Cramer expects the close of 2020 will be no different, despite the coronavirus pandemic. He recommended market participants play the Thanksgiving trade by exposing their portfolio to retail. "The charts, as interpreted by the legendary Larry Williams, suggest that retail tends to roar every year from Thanksgiving through Christmas, and this year he recommends loading up on the retailers with the most digital exposure," the "Mad Money" host said. Cramer last presented a seasonal trade from Williams, whose storied trading career spans more than five decades, in July. In June, Williams forecast that the S&P 500, as it has years prior, would experience a "Fourth of July trade." While the technical analyst recommended buying the broad index two days prior to Independence Day, the S&P 500 in fact...
    Leonard Williams New York Giants’ highest-graded player, according to PFF By: Anthony Rivardo November 5, 2020 ShareTweetFlipRedditThe New York Giants‘ defense has far outplayed the offense so far this season. The Giants are a putrid 1-7, but they have lost their last four games by a total of 7 points. New York is keeping games close, but their offense has not been getting the job done in crunch time. Patrick Graham’s defense is allowing only 24.9 points per game and 354.8 yards per game. New additions Blake Martinez and James Bradberry have been big difference-makers in the Giants’ new defensive scheme. But so far, the best player on the Giants’ defense, according to Pro Football Focus, has been a familiar and controversial face: Leonard Williams. The New York Giants acquired Leonard Williams via trade last October for a third-round and a fifth-round draft picks. This move was heavily criticized as the Giants made this trade while out of the playoff race. Williams was also an impending free agent, making this trade...
    Quinnen Williams has an important message to share. The developing stud defensive tackle has been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks, with Gang Green fans on edge come hours before Tuesday afternoon’s trade deadline. With a series of lower-scale trades made by Jets GM Joe Douglas in recent weeks, some believed that Williams could be on his way out. I want to thank everyone for their constant support. I have a big announcement, but I wanted you guys to hear it from ME first and not someone else. Go to my IG story for details: @ thequinnenwilliams — Quinnen Williams (@QuinnenWilliams) November 3, 2020 “I want to thank everyone for their constant support,” Williams’ tweet reads. “I have a big announcement, but I wanted you guys to hear it from ME first and not someone else. Go to my IG story for details: @ thequinnenwilliams.”  Announcement: I want you guys to hear it from Quinnen Williams first before the media breaks it. Go check out his IG story for details. @ thequinnenwilliams. — Nicole Lynn (@AgentNicoleLynn)...
    If the Jets can get back a hefty return, will Quinnen Williams be on the move at the deadline?  Operation implosion, engane Solomon Thomas is out for the season with a torn ACL. It’s also likely the last snap he’ll take for the franchise as they elected to not pick up his fifth-year option. With Javon Kinlaw taking over for DeForest Buckner, the youth movement could build towards something special when Bosa returns next season. Plus, in the middle of their playoff hunt, the team has to add something to keep ahead in the dreaded NFC West. Unlike other teams, the 49ers could offer a mid-round selection and wide receiver Dante Pettis in order to save a pick. The Jets are limited with pass-catchers and the former second-rounder has been rumored to be on the trade block for several weeks. Anything to stay ahead in the NFL’s top division is essential and this move could be it for San Francisco in 2020. Next: Who deserves blame for the Bears disaster and other questions we have after Week 7
    The Yankees may not be the AL East favorite much longer. Sitting just half a game behind the Yankees for first place, the Rays are “being very aggressive in [trade] conversations” with the Aug. 31 deadline approaching, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Before the Subway Series was canceled because of two positive Mets’ coronavirus tests, the Rays had stormed into the Bronx and swept the Yankees. The Blue Jays, who are 3.5 games back of the injury-plagued Yankees, may also be looking to load up for a run at the defending division champs. According to MLB.com, Toronto is seeking to add depth to its starting rotation — following injuries to Nate Pearson, Matt Shoemaker and Trent Thornton — and have targeted Trevor Williams and Chad Kuhl from the last place Pirates. Williams is 1-4 this season with a 3.70 ERA. The 28-year-old right-hander has posted a career 4.20 ERA since debuting with Pittsburgh in 2016. Kuhl is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA, and has a 4.28 career ERA since his 2016 call-up.
    Getty Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams. Based on the recent rumors that the Las Vegas Raiders are interested in free-agent pass rusher Jadeveon Clowney, it’s clear the team wants to beef up the defensive line. Those rumors have gone cold but perhaps the Raiders could revisit another player they had an interest in back during the draft. Yannick Ngakoue of the Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t show up to training camp as he’s still holding out to get traded which have caused trade rumors to heat back up. The Raiders were reportedly interested in April but didn’t end up pulling the trigger. The Jaguars are starting to earn a reputation as being very stern until they get an offer they can’t refuse. While they obviously would like to keep Ngakoue, it might get to the point where they just have to move on. Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report suggested the Raiders give Jacksonville wide receiver Tyrell Williams and a fifth-round pick for Ngakoue: Instead of offering a high draft pick for the former Maryland star, though, the Raiders could...
    Getty Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs Chris Jones is not happy. The Pro Bowl defensive lineman is at a standstill on a new contract with the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. So much so, that he recently took to Twitter to hint at the idea of sitting out the entirety of the 2020 NFL season. Not a great indication of Jones’ eagerness to remain in Missouri, considering this comes on the heels of him tweeting, “hope that they know that I love em but, all good things must come to an end….” in response to the Chiefs using the non-exclusive franchise tag on him back in March. Kansas City and their star defender have until July 15th to reach a long-term deal. However, Jones has yet to sign the tag, which would in return pay him $16.1 million next season. That price tag should ring a bell for New York Giants fans, as it is the same salary Leonard Williams is currently set to make in 2020 under the team’s franchise tag. Could Dave Gettleman...
    Should the New York Giants Try To Trade For Chiefs DL Chris Jones? By: Anthony Rivardo July 1, 2020 Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 SharesThe New York Giants have arguably one of the best defensive lines in the NFL. General manager Dave Gettleman has made it a priority to build through the trenches. Since becoming the general manager in 2018, Gettleman has invested But what if this defensive line could get even better? What if Gettleman made one last investment to push the unit over the top? One of the best young defensive linemen in the NFL, Chris Jones, could be a potential blockbuster trade target. Why would this trade make sense for the Chiefs? The Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Jones are in the middle of a contract dispute. Chris Jones even threatened to sit out the 2020 NFL season if he does not receive a long-term contract extension. Jones is seeking a deal worth more than $20 million per year. “[Chris Jones] always viewed...
    If the Jets grant Jamal Adams’ trade request, there’s at least one coaching staff member who will miss him. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams shared some words of support for the two-time Pro Bowl safety, who recently requested a trade from the organization that drafted him in 2017, saying he “thinks the world” of Adams. “I want him to feel good about being here and everything that’s going on,” Williams said Thursday. “I can’t wait to coach him again.” Reports surfaced that the 24-year-old Adams, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season, was frustrated with his contract negotiations. The trade demand came shortly after he hinted on social media that he may want to be traded. Responding to a comment on Instagram, Adams concluded a long rant by saying, “Maybe it’s time to move on!”
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