NBA trade rumors: Mavericks, DeAndre Jordan exploring trade possibilities

The Mavericks have spoken with the Clippers about the possibility of acquiring center DeAndre Jordan in a trade, according to the New York Times.

This comes on the heels of Jordan asking the Clippers to explore trade scenarios to get a better idea of if he wants to opt into the final year of his contract, or become a free agent.

Jordan has until 11:59 p.m. ET Friday to decide whether he wants to opt in or become a free agent. The 29-year-old is a native of Houston.

He has averaged 9.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 10 NBA seasons.

The Lakers and Spurs are again talking about a deal for Kawhi Leonard, and if a deal were to get done, the likelihood of Los Angeles landing LeBron James would increase immensely, according to ESPN.

It’s the kind of long-term, big-money contract general manager Ron Hextall has been unwilling to hand out to free agents, though van Riemsdyk became an exception.

The term we could live with, Hextall said. We can manage our way around the salary cap. We’ve looked up, down and all around at different projections for the next few years, and we felt comfortable with the term and the player.

Van Riemsdyk will count $7 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. That number is currently third on the Flyers behind that of captain Claude Giroux at $8.275 million and winger Jakub Voracek at $8.25 million. Taken by Philadelphia second overall behind Patrick Kane in the 2007 draft, van Riemsdyk played with Giroux and Voracek during his first stint and talked to them before picking the Flyers over other interested teams.

The 29-year-old wasn’t likely to return to Toronto even before the Maple Leafs won the Tavares sweepstakes. The Middletown, New Jersey, native grew up rooting for the New York Rangers and picked the Flyers in large part because of familiarity.

There were a couple different teams in the mix, van Riemsdyk said. I’m happy to be coming to Philadelphia, and I think it’s going to be a great fit.

Van Riemsdyk set a career high with 36 goals last season, a year after putting up a career-high 62 points. The 6-foot-3, 217-pound winger who was traded to the Maple Leafs in 2012 isn’t a fundamentally different player now but gained confidence and experience from a bigger role in Toronto the past six seasons.

Our Super Bowl win was a team effort.

You’ve got to have a special esprit de corps to be able to get that done. Last year we felt like we had a chance, but this year the energy was just different. It was our second year with everybody T.J. [Ward], Aqib [Talib], DeMarcus [Ware] and we just jelled a lot more. We were able to create that consistency, and that’s what enabled us to propel ourselves to the top.

I went to the movies and had some mozzarella sticks. I try to eliminate all junk food, and it just tore me up the first week of the playoffs. You can’t put unleaded regular in a Ferrari; you’ve got to put in that premium stuff.

His last game, in Seattle, was against a legitimately strong defense on the road, and Watson responded with his first 400-yard passing game and four touchdowns. Overall, then, his production was against defenses representative of what he’s expected to face this season.

He met with the Yankees’ lead trainer and then went into the clubhouse.

Reliever Jonathan Holder pitched the sixth inning.

Tanaka had held the Mets to just one earned run Brandon Nimmo ‘s leadoff home run through the first five innings. He struck out eight.

Parking: Complimentary parking will be provided at Francis S. Gabreski Airport, located just west of Shinnecock Hills in Westhampton Beach. Fans are advised to follow general parking signage and/or directions from parking attendants to the designated parking location.

Complimentary shuttle transportation will be provided to and from Shinnecock Hills. That ride is expected to take about 25 minutes.

Mass Transit: The Long Island Rail Road will be running a special schedule to service the tournament, with a temporary platform built near the course entrance to provide easy access.

How Frazier’s maturity is impressing Yankees

Of course, it would seem only in a dream that the Yankees and Mets could match up for a blockbuster trade.

The Mets surely would be sick watching Syndergaard dominate in the Bronx. And the Yankees would probably have to surrender more than most other teams to attain him from their rival neighbors call it a city tax.

But listening Walker, who was with the Mets for Syndergaard’s All-Star 2016 campaign and part of 2017, makes it sound like the 6-foot-6 fireballer might be worth the price.

Syndergaard is 4-1 in 11 starts with a 3.06 ERA this season.

The 25-year-old Texas native made just seven starts in 2017, dealing with tightness in his right biceps and a torn lat muscle in his right arm.

Syndergaard, who won’t be a free agent until 2022, has a career 2.92 ERA and strikes out 10.4 batters per nine innings.

Walker said Syndergaard has no problem pitching under the microscope in Queens and that he’d handle the Bronx just fine.

Yeah, absolutely, Walker said. Like I said, New York is New York, and obviously each year there’s going to be different expectations on each side of town, but a guy like Noah, he wouldn’t get rattled, I truly believe, by big situations, big stages and things like that.

They can afford to lose No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz and turn things over to intriguing free-agent pickup Richard Rodgers and/or even-more-intriguing rookie second-round pick Dallas Goedert. 

And they can afford to lose top back Jay Ajayi and sub in 2017 undrafted rookie sensation Corey Clement, or even Darren Sproles or Wendell Smallwood. 

Among that group, only Ertz made the Pro Bowl last season. He’s undoubtedly the most important weapon in quarterback Carson Wentz’s arsenal—especially considering the loss of promising backup Trey Burton—but they’ve already proved they’re deep enough to excel without him too. 

In the two games they played without Ertz last season, the Eagles scored a combined 94 points against the Broncos and Rams. 

There isn’t a receiver-running back duo like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, who in support of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have been first-team All-Pros a combined six times in the last four years

Mike Pettine won’t spend much time away from football

After two years out of football, Mike Pettine won’t be away from football for very long.

As explained by Jason Wilde of the Wisconsin State Journal, Pettine will take a limited break before getting ready for his first training camp as the Packers defensive coordinator.

Eight of those charges, though, were dropped. He still faces a reckless driving misdemeanor.

Todd Bowles shrugs at Jets’ mounting arrests: Not our fault

Anderson’s previous issue came the prior May, when he was arrested on a charge of resisting arrest following an alleged physical altercation with a police officer at a Miami music festival. Those charges were dropped.

That hurdle is clearance for full contact and Wentz isn’t sure exactly when that will come.

It’s hard to say I need X to be ready, Wentz said, via Philly.com. I think, at the end of the day, I just need to be cleared for contact. Like you see out here, I’m doing quite a bit. I think, come camp, I’ll keep progressing and doing more and more. To finally be cleared of that contact issue is really the last hurdle, and I feel I’ll be ready whenever that is.

The Eagles haven’t put a definitive plan in place for the preseason in the event Wentz is cleared for contact ahead of their exhibition games, but have indicated playing in them isn’t a requirement to get the start against the Falcons on the first Thursday of the 2018 season.

I’m super excited about it. On game days, I see guys … they have their babies down there, and it’s a warm feeling when you see that. I’m looking forward to it…. I can’t wait.

Terence Newman getting some reps at safety

The saying goes that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but an old corner may be a different story.

Terence Newman is heading into his 16th season and he has been taking reps at safety during minicamp this week. It’s not a totally new experience for Newman as he started a game at safety in 2015 when the Vikings were short on bodies and defensive coordinator George Edwards said Wednesday that the veteran has done a good job.

State police say a truck driver was watching a football game instead of the road when he struck and killed a motorcyclist on a Pennsylvania highway.

Police charged the 34-year-old driver Monday with felony homicide by vehicle and other offenses in connection with the death of 56-year-old John Baum.

Court records show the driver was watching a game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs in October when his truck hit the back of Baum’s motorcycle on Interstate 81 near Carlisle.

Vinatieri is well within striking distance of the NFL records for career points and field goals, both of which are currently held by Morten Andersen, and he’ll close in others with a season that’s in line with what he’s done during his first 22 years in the league. If he does post such a season, it sounds like he’ll be looking to continue to pad his totals during the 2019 season as well.

I would also like to thank the San Francisco 49ers, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Dallas Cowboys, the Buffalo Bills and the Cincinnati Bengals for the time I was granted with each organization, Owens said in his statement. I am thankful for the relationships forged and the lessons learned while part of each team. I wish to congratulate all past, current and future inductees. It is quite an honor to be part of such elite company. This honor is something that I will cherish forever.

Owens headlines an induction class that also includes Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher and former teammate Brian Dawkins.

The legal team of Colin Kaepernick, who began the players’ protests during the National Anthem, is expected to seek federal subpoenas to force President Trump to testify in the former quarterback’s collusion case against the NFL, according to a report on Thursday.

The lawyers want to grill Trump, Vice President Pence and other officials knowledgeable about the president’s stand against NFL players who take a knee during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner, Yahoo Sports reported.

Oakland Raiders cut QB Christian Hackenberg

The Christian Hackenberg era in Oakland has officially ended, as the Raiders waived the former Penn State QB on Tuesday afternoon, per the NFL’s transaction wire.

The Raiders acquired Hackenberg from the New York Jets on May 22 in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2019. Oakland will now keep the pick, per NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, then an analyst at ESPN, was a fan of Hackenberg coming out of college.

Attorneys representing Colin Kaepernick in the former quarterback’s collusion lawsuit against the NFL are taking their subpoena power right to the very top.

You might be able to place a legal sports bet in New Jersey as soon as Friday thanks to another twist in a years-long saga, NJ Advance Media has learned.

State lawmakers are planning to strip away a provision that has prevented the state’s casinos and racetracks from accepting wagers on sports games in the month since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a federal ban on such betting, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

The offensive line was a mess for the Giants in 2017 and the hope is that Solder can pave the way to a more competent group this time around. It’s a new situation for Solder, who said on WFAN that the group is trying to find our identity in the face of an urgent need for things to come together quickly. He noted that it’s not just up to him to make that happen.

There’s a tremendous amount of pressure and I’ve been under a tremendous amount of pressure for years now, Solder said. You can only take it one bite at a time. You go one day better. It’s not going to be one person that is going to fix everything. It’s going to be a group effort. We got to win as a team and do the best we can every single day.

Robert Nkemdiche confident he can produce for Cardinals

Defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche was the 29th overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. But despite his lofty draft status, Nkemdiche has been mostly ineffective in his first two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals.

New Arizona head coach Steve Wilks has said Nkemdiche will have a clean slate with the new staff. The fresh start could be what Nkemdiche needs to get his career pointed in the right direction.

I’ve seen the improvement and I’m excited about where he is, but once again, it’s early, Wilks said. Once we get the pads on and start preseason games, we’ll see exactly where he is.

Gary Myers isn’t the only Hall of Fame voter who wants a T.O. do-over. Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com has written a scathing column that culminates in Ira jokingly (we think) asking for his ballot back.

Irvin recalled on Undeniable with Joe Buck that in his rookie year with the Cowboys, when they went 3-13, he grew angry, depressed and frustrated with the losing. He was shocked to find how many of his veteran teammates didn’t let losing bother them.

Irvin wanted to win badly enough that if he had to snitch to get rid of bad teammates, then he was happy to snitch.

Blake Jarwin is the only other tight end on the roster with experience, having played three offensive snaps in one game last season. Dalton Schultz and David Wells are rookies, and Rico Gathers spent his first two seasons on the practice squad and injured reserve respectively.

The hierarchy of players, I mean, the dispersion is not very great, Swaim, 24, said of being the oldest tight end. Witt was 15 years, I was three years. That’s a huge disparity. I’m going into my fourth year. Blake’s going into his second year. We’re all on the same level. We’re all working hard. We’re all competing. And we all know it. It’s pretty easy when you look at it like that.

Mets’ Yoenis Cespedes has rehab appearance cut short due to tight quad

capitals-199New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left his rehab appearance on Saturday with tightness in his right quad. He is expected to be reevaluated on Sunday.

Padres: OF Franchy Cordero (right forearm) took batting practice before the game and is looking to make a return soon. He should be moving aggressively towards getting back, Green said. Today is one of the big days for him now. Green added Cordero probably will go on a rehab assignment before returning to the club. We’ll see how he looks the next few days hitting BP-wise, all his work, and make a determination there, Green said.

Padres: RHP Tyson Ross (5-3, 3.31 ERA) will start the second game of the series on Saturday. The Padres have won each of his last five starts.

Marlins: RHP Dan Straily (2-2, 3.50) will be making his second start against the Padres this season. He allowed five runs, four earned, in 5 2/3 innings on May 29 in San Diego.Yu Darvish’s replacement is doing his job better than Darvish

He’s very much ready to play. I think he wants to play. He wants to test it out, he said.

Correa swung in the batting cage on Saturday and was scheduled to take fielding practice Sunday. Houston is off Monday and returns to action Tuesday when it visits the Oakland Athletics.

With the day off tomorrow, the smartest thing for us to do is give him today, give him tomorrow and Tuesday he’ll be more than ready to come back and assume his everyday role, Hinch said.

Correa felt what he called right side discomfort in his last at-bat vs. the Mariners on Wednesday. He was re-evaluated Thursday, and the MRI came back clean, according to the shortstop.

The Astros have won their past three games against the Texas Rangers with Correa out of the lineup.

He is batting .264 with 10 home runs and 39 RBIs this season.

Welcome to the NFL, Baker Mayfield

The Browns shocked quite a few people when they selected Baker Mayfield with the first overall pick in the draft. Love him or hate him, Mayfield has all the confidence and personality to make for good viewing.

Mayfield could turn a lot of people around on him, and those that are already sold should enjoy seeing what the Browns have in store for their first-year quarterback. Mayfield isn’t lacking confidence, and whether you want to see him humbled with a “welcome to the NFL” moment or you want to see him prove his doubters wrong from the get-go, he should be fun to watch.

Like many, I was reluctant about being the featured team on Hard Knocks  but once we sat down and talked about it as an organization, I feel a lot better and understand why the time is right, general manager John Dorsey said. “Hue and I both feel like this team is in a good place and that we are in the process of building something that will lead to success. Being a part of Hard Knocks will give our fans the opportunity to see how passionate the people in our building are about winning and how excited we are about getting to work and preparing for the 2018 season.”

This won’t be the first time Jackson has been featured on Hard Knocks. The Browns coach was the Cincinnati Bengals running backs coach when the series featured Cleveland’s AFC North rivals in 2013.

Nine months later, the Jets still hope Enunwa can emerge as a top-end starting receiver as they prepare to eventually pass the quarterback baton to rookie No. 3 overall pick Sam Darnold. The Nebraska product is feeling good as OTAs loom.

I think I’ll be able to go, he said last week in reference to the offseason program, per Darryl Slater of NJ Advance Media. “I think we’ll be smart about it. I think I’m going to go out there and do what I need to do.”

Enunwa added that he’s “probably ahead of schedule” and that he’s been “doing everything with the guys,” including “running routes [and] catching the ball.”

We’ll see if he can do that in a more formal environment when the Jets hold their first set of OTAs next week.

Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson and Adam Humphries all saw far more work than 2017 third-round pick Chris Godwin in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ receiving corps last season, but Godwin capped his rookie campaign with 10 catches for 209 yards in Tampa Bay’s final two games. cowboys_072

Seahawks sign Jamarco Jones, Alex McGough

The Seahawks have signed two more members of their 2017 draft class.

The NFL’s daily transaction report shows that the team has agreed to deals with fifth-round tackle Jamarco Jones and seventh-round quarterback Alex McGough. They now have five of their nine picks under contract.

Jones was the 168th overall pick after closing out his career at Ohio State. Jones made 27 starts at left tackle for the Buckeyes and will try to help a Seahawks offensive line that’s been a perpetual problem area over the last couple of years.

Doctors believed Moorehead was bitten by a spider. He returned to the team after four days in the hospital, where he was given antibiotics and kept on intravenous fluids.

“I was just looking at it like a regular bug bite,” Moorehead told the Associated Press. “But then my arm kept swelling up. When I went to the hospital and they said they would have to keep me for a few days, then I started to get worried about it. Things like that happen that you have no control over.”

“He has not been involved in the teaching sessions yet,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s been out there. He’s been working on the side with our trainers and our strength coaches. It seems like he’s on schedule to do everything that everyone anticipates him to be able to do. He’s in good spirits. I think he’s just waiting and waiting for that chance to get back out there. But he’s certainly engaged, and he’s doing all the right things.”

Williams caught 58 passes for 568 yards but scored no touchdowns for the first time in his five seasons. The Cowboys are planning for a receiver-by-committee after cutting Dez Bryant. They signed Deonte Thompson and Allen Hurns in free agency and drafted Michael Gallup in the third round.

“It’s a great look for all of us to get off the bus like that and appear unified,” James said. “It’s all class.”

When Wade was traded to the Miami Heat in February — as the Cavs completely overhauled the team by sending six players out and bringing four new players in before adding Perkins and Okaro White to fill out the 15-man roster — James said he was unsure whether he would follow through with the idea.ravens_143