Archive for June, 2015

Five years ago, this might have been the same as a list of budget free agents. Now, this is probably a list of possible premium free agents, despite their shortcomings. Every team is trying to find the guy that can fill the vaunted “Three & D” role needed by most top teams. I could spend […]

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Luol Deng 2014/15 Earnings: $9,714,461 | Career Earnings: $91,371,985 2014/15 Key Stats: 14.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg With the Bulls, Luol Deng was one of the most valuable players in the league, playing lockdown defense and having the ability to score at a solid clip. Since leaving Chicago, Deng hasn’t had as good of fortunes, but he’s still […]

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Alex and Colby recap the NBA draft and give their way, way, way too early predictions for who could be rookie of the year. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/LT-2015-06-28-022.mp3

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Let’s look at each trade and grade them between 1 and 5 from both teams’ viewpoint, with 5 being perfect. Vancouver’s Eddie Lack to Carolina for 2015 3rd-round and 2016 7th-round Fan favorite Eddie Lack’s trade comes as no surprise. Vancouver GM Jim Benning announced the Canucks would trade goalies Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom […]

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The Toronto Maple Leafs arrived in South Florida for the NHL draft, drowning in trade rumors. Many felt that Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul would be traded. TSN’s Bob Mckenzie suggested that the team may be in a ‘hybrid rebuild’, but the team demonstrated their commitment to a full rebuild. While teams appear to be […]

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Let me state the obvious here: the Oilers and Sabres are winners on the 1st night of the draft. I’m not going to give them each a little paragraph on how good McDavid and Eichel are because come on, we get it. They will be superstars. Congrats to those two organizations. Let’s take a look […]

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Pick 1st Year Salary 2nd Year Salary 3rd Year Salary Option 4th Year Option (Percentage increased over third year salary) Qualifying Offer (Percentage Increase Over 4th Year Salary) 1 $4,753,000 $4,966,800 $5,180,700 26.10% 30.00% 2 $4,252,600 $4,444,000 $4,635,300 26.20% 30.50% 3 $3,818,900 $3,990,700 $4,162,600 26.40% 31.20% 4 $3,443,100 $3,598,100 $3,753,000 26.50% 31.90% 5 $3,117,900 $3,258,200 […]

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1. Minnesota Timberwolves – Karl Anthony Towns In a pick that surprises no one, the Timberwolves snag Karl Anthony Towns with the first overall selection. I don’t think that Towns has the highest upside in this class, and in five years, I don’t think we’ll be saying that he’s the best player from it, but […]

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With talk about tonight’s NBA draft really revving up, I figure now’s as good of a time as any to look back at the past decade of drafts. Draft 101: The goal of each pick is to get the best player available at that slot. Draft 102: That doesn’t usually happen. But, oftentimes teams really […]

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As a die-hard White Sox fan, I had very high expectations heading into this season for the Sox. I will admit, I was very excited with the acquisition of Jeff Samardjiza and the signings of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. I thought they were great moves. Unfortunately, these guys haven’t done much and neither has […]

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The 2015 NBA draft is approaching and I couldn’t be happier. The excitement, the surprises, and the idea that 18-year-olds become overnight celebrities make the draft one of the most exciting events on a fans calendar. Waiting to see what name your team will call and reacting with joy or disgust shows just how much […]

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Alex and Colby break down some league rumors and this week’s NBA draft. Plus, Alex talks to John “Doc” Maakaron from Detroit Sports Podcast about the Pistons offseason and draft outlook. http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/LT-2015-06-24-021.mp3 http://media.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/p/content.blubrry.com/maskedmedia/LT-2015-06-24-021.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download

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Brief Thoughts Since I posted my first mock draft, Towns has become the near-consensus #1 pick. It looks like he’s headed to Minnesota. The second pick is where things get really interesting. Many mocks have Okafor going #2, but with what the Lakers need right now, Russell may be the guy. He has the potential […]

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[[“Minnesota Timberwolves”,”Karl-Anthony Towns\nPF | Kentucky”],[“Los Angeles Lakers”,”D’Angelo Russell \nSG | Ohio State”],[“Philadelphia 76ers”,”Kristaps Porzingis\nPF | Latvia”],[“New York Knicks”,”Jahlil Okafor\nC | Duke”],[“Orlando Magic”,”Justise Winslow\nSF | Duke”],[“Sacramento Kings”,”Mario Hezonja\nSG | Croatia”],[“Denver Nuggets”,”Emmanuel Mudiay \nPG | China”],[“Detroit Pistons”,”Devin Booker\nSG | Kentucky”],[“Charlotte Hornets”,”Willie Cauley-Stein\nC | Kentucky”],[“Miami Heat”,”Stanley Johnson\nSF | Arizona”],[“Indiana Pacers”,”Myles Turner\nC | Texas”],[“Utah Jazz”,”Frank Kaminsky \nC | Wisconsin”],[“Phoenix […]

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WARNING! WARNING! OPINION PIECE INCOMING! I’ve grown to love Major League Soccer. Let’s begin by noting that I’m susceptible to such things based on the sport that MLS plays and the place they’ve found as a development league. I played soccer for most of my childhood and I’m still a big fan of the game. […]

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