Month: August 2017

NBA trade rumors: Cavs operating as if Kyrie Irving trade is ‘almost inevitable’

The relationship between the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving is deteriorating — quickly.

After news emerged late Friday that Irving had asked for a trade, Cleveland turned into chaos central. LeBron James was “blindsided” by Irving’s request, but both he and Kevin Love appeared unconcerned on social media. NBA fans (and maybe front-office types) rushed to the ESPN Trade Machine and sent Irving all over the league in hypothetical deals. Oh, and there was that bit about Irving reportedly believing James leaked the news about the trade request in the first place. Yikes.

Suffice it to say, things aren’t going well for the Cavs, and it’s looking like the state of the franchise won’t be getting better any time soon. The Cavs are operating as though an Irving trade is “almost inevitable,” according to ESPN’s Zach Lowe, who cites several sources in reporting that there is little chance of the Cavs “salvaging their relationship” with Irving.

It’s important to note these situations are fluid, as Cheap Jerseys USA feelings and emotions can always change. No one knows that better than James, who chose to return to Cleveland in 2014 after he was excoriated by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert and thousands of fans for “The Decision” in 2010. A trade Cheap Jerseys Paypal demand does not equal an actual trade. Remember, even the great Kobe Bryant once demanded a trade from the Lakers in 2007, and he ended up staying for nearly another decade and winning two more titles before he retired.

LeBron James will not waive no-trade clause, report says

LeBron James has one year remaining on his contract before he can exercise his player option to opt out of the three-year deal.

James will play the upcoming season with the Cavaliers, regardless of what the team does with guard Kyrie Irving. ESPN reported Sunday James will not waive his no-trade clause at any point during the 2017-18 season.

“But Kyrie Irving man, he was an All-Star starter before LeBron James came to him and he obviously wasn’t hearing that at that time and now he doesn’t want to hear it at all apparently. Jason Lloyd is reporting from the Athletic that Kyrie Irving’s not even taking calls from the Cavs right now. It’s bad.”

Despite all of this Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said in a news conference Wednesday that Irving is an integral part of the team and they are preparing like Irving is going to be a member of the team for the foreseeable future.

“As of now,” Gilbert said. “We expect him to be in camp.”

These are tough times for Anthony. On Thursday he learned he had not been selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. And Knicks fans booed him during Friday’s win against the Hornets. The whole situation is amplified because it’s playing out under the New York media spotlight.

“You’ve got to be cut from a different cloth to take this Cheap Jerseys On Sale day in and day out, and to deal with this all day long, every day,” Anthony said. “You’ve got to take Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale the good with the bad. I don’t know how I do it, but I do it.”

Todd Frazier hits into triple play in first at-bat at Yankee Stadium

Yankee Stadium applauded Todd Frazier as he made his debut in Pinstripes on Tuesday, but many were left frustrated after his first at-bat. However, it wasn’t entirely all Frazier’s fault.

Facing his old team, the Reds, Frazier came to the plate in the second inning with the bases loaded and no outs. Frazier hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop Jose Peraza, who turned a double play — second to first — allowing a run to score.

Unfortunately for the Yankees, a baserunning mistake by Didi Gregorius turned a routine double play into a pickle between second and third base, eventually leading to a rare run-scoring triple play for Frazier.

First, Frazier will replace Chase Headley at third base and provide tons more pop to the position. Frazier has outhomered Headley 16-4 this season, which will help the Yankees overlook Frazier’s poor batting average (.207) and slightly above-average 105 OPS+.

Second, New York is bolstering its shaky bullpen with Robertson and Kahnle. Robertson, 32, succeeded Mariano Rivera as the Yankees’ closer in 2014, only to sign a four-year, $46 million contract with the White Sox that offseason. The Yanks will take on the final year-plus of that deal and make him a setup guy again. Kahnle, 27 and a Yankees draft pick in 2010, has shown closer stuff (60 Ks, seven walks in 36 innings) this year. He’s under team control through 2020.

New York’s player cost isn’t cheap: a pair of first-round Cheap Jerseys NCAA Basketball picks in outfielder Rutherford (2016) and left-hander Clarkin (2013), a 22-year-old international player in outfielder Polo, plus veteran reliever Clippard. Chicago GM Rick Hahn adds to his stockpile of high-level prospects. Rutherford is a potential impact bat who has the ability to stay in center Cheap Jerseys NFL Nike field, Hahn told reporters in announcing the trade.

Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw to miss 4-6 weeks with back injury, report says

Clayton Kershaw could be missing in action until September.

The Dodgers left-hander is expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks as he recovers from lower back tightness, Fox Sports reported Monday.

Kershaw was pulled after two scoreless innings of Sunday’s win over the Braves. He struck out two with a walk and had not allowed a hit before exiting with the back problem, but manager Dave Roberts confirmed after the game that Kershaw had been placed on the 10-day disabled list without a timetable for his return.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP, Kershaw missed more than two months in 2016 with herniated disc, though it hasn’t been an issue for him this season.

I don’t want to compare, just because there’s so many variables, Kershaw said, via ESPN. I don’t even know.

Kershaw, 29, is 15-2 with a 2.04 ERA through 21 starts this season.

After a promising NFL debut, Hyde has gone downhill as a power runner mostly because of the durability issues tied to his foot and knee. It doesn’t help that Shanahan also represents his fourth offensive coordinator in four seasons after Greg Roman, Geep Chyrst and Curtis Modkins.

Hyde was drafted in the second round as the heir apparent to Frank Gore in Roman’s scheme. That seems ages ago. Now with continued concerns about his health, the 49ers aren’t sure they can trust him to both stay on the field and fit in an unfamiliar zone blocking attack. Hyde disappointed under Cheap Jerseys In The US Chip Kelly in a system that seemed to mesh with his talents. That doesn’t inspire Cheap Jerseys Ireland much confidence with the new regime.

Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez dealing with yet another blister issue

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Friday that starting pitcher Aaron Sanchez is suffering yet another blister issue, and may be headed for another disabled list stint, via MLB.com.

Sanchez, who allowed five runs (three earned) Wednesday in a 5-1 loss against the Red Sox, has made just eight starts this season due to lingering blister issues.

The report stated that Sanchez will meet with a hand specialist to determine the cause of the recurring injuries.

The Blue Jays (44-51 entering Friday’s game) are already sliding out of the playoff picture this season, so they may opt to shut down Sanchez for the season if they feel his injury will continue to cause problems.

Sanchez, 25, is just 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA this season. He broke out last season with a 15-2 record, with a 3.00 ERA and 1.17 WHIP.

The result: Some of the great moments in Seinfeld history — I’m Keith Hernandez, and I’m not driving him to the airport! — wouldn’t exist if not for this trade. Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog was fed up with what he perceived as a lack of hustle and effort from Cheap Jerseys In Bulk Hernandez, the slick-fielding first baseman who had won the NL MVP in 1979 (he shared it with Willie Stargell) and, it turns out, had quite Cheap Jerseys From USA the cocaine addiction. The Cardinals shipped him to the Mets for Neil Allen, who was solid before he was traded in 1985, and Ownby, who only pitched in a handful of games for the Cardinals. Hernandez, of course, finished in the top eight of the NL MVP voting each of his first three years in New York and remains one of the more beloved players in Mets history.