Timberwolves to sign Taj Gibson for 2 years, $28 million, according to report

Taj Gibson and Tom Thibodeau are together again. The former Bulls forward has agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with Thibodeau’s Timberwolves, according to Shams Charania of Yahoo! Sports.

The move reunites Gibson with the head coach that shepherded his rise as an NBA player. Gibson played with Thibodeau from 2010 to 2015, emerging as one of the league’s best defensive big men off the bench and an avatar for Thibodeau’s toughness. Now, Thibodeau hopes that he and Jimmy Butler — another Thibodeau loyalist from the Chicago days — can bring that patented tenacity to a young Wolves core.

The 32-year-old Gibson was traded from Chicago to Oklahoma City last trade deadline, where he became a spot starter for Russell Westbrook’s crew. He averaged 10.8 points and 6.2 rebounds in 25.5 minutes per game split between the two spots. He could start at power forward or play behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Gorgui Dieng.

What did Waiters do in 2016-17? He went out and balled and had fun. Everything else took care Cheap Authentic Baseball Jerseys of Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys itself. Miami was a late-season shocker, going on a 30-11 run in the second half and coming within one game of the playoffs. Waiters racked up clutch buckets as a go-to scorer for a defense-first, athletic squad.

He often looked like the second coming of Joe Johnson. You know what Joe Johnson’s greatest NBA skill is? Getting paid. Now Waiters has that in his repertoire, too.

The Waiters turnaround is complete — another masterful piece of work by Pat Riley. Remember how heavily Waiters credits Riley in that seminal, Pulitzer-worthy Players’ Tribune piece?

My stomach feels like I ingested Judge and Stanton and now they’re having a ladder match in there

Wilson drew interest from about a dozen teams over the last month. The Nationals, Astros and Dodgers were all known to be pushing hard for Wilson in advance of tomorrow’s non-waiver trade deadline, but some of those clubs were wary of meeting Detroit’s high asking price. Baltimore’s Zach Britton and San Diego’s Brad Hand represent the top alternatives to Wilson on the board and could also be moved by the deadline.

Wilson, who turns 30 next month, owns a 2.68 ERA and 12.3 K/9 in 40.1 innings for Detroit this season. His trade value is aided by his contract situation, as he is owed $2.7 million this year and is under control for 2018.

Chicago will likely utilize Wilson as a setup man for Wade Davis this season and slide him into the closer role if Davis departs in free agency over the winter. The trade is the fourth major left-handed deadline addition in the last two years for the Cubs, who acquired Mike Montgomery and Aroldis Chapman on their way to a World Series last year and kicked off trade season with the acquisition of Jose Quintana earlier this month.

My stomach feels like I ingested Judge and Stanton and now they’re having a ladder match in there. Help.

I guess you’re right. In moderation, it’s perfectly fine. I guess I’m just a little disenchanted with the guy screaming at me over the PA about every home run.

Yeah, this announcer absolutely sucks. He just called one of the flamingos on the Marlins dinger machine a peacock. Get your goddamn birds straight, man. Also — none of these little kids can field Wholesale NBA Jerseys a baseball. If I were their parents I’d be mortified. Cute, shmute. Give me some athletic Real Cheap Jerseys prowess.

MLB trade news: Nationals acquire Howie Kendrick, Orioles get Jeremy Hellickson

The Phillies were wheeling and dealing Friday night, sending Howie Kendrick to the Nationals and Jeremy Hellickson to the Orioles. Both trades involved prospects with cash considerations thrown in.

Kendrick is having a productive 2017, batting .340 for the year, but he has been limited to 39 games along with two home runs and 16 RBI. However, his versatility is a weapon for a contending team like the Nationals. The 34 year old has played games at first and second base and in left field this season.

The Rangers have gone 5-5 in their last 10 games, and while that isn’t terrible, it is when put it next to the 9-1 record of the Royals in that time. The Rangers are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild-card spot and a trade is looking more and more likely, and the player to be traded will probably be Darvish, according to FanRag Sports.

It has become increasingly likely that the Texas Rangers trade star pitcher Yu Darvish, according to people familiar with the situation.

Darvish’s availability has been a subject of debate in recent days, as the Rangers have remained on the cusp of the wild-card race, but interested teams suggest ramped-up negotiations suggest the Rangers are serious about selling their ace pitcher.
The Yankees, Dodgers and Astros are all said to be in on the Rangers’ ace and all three teams have the prospects to get a deal done. But, as with the Gray situation, it will likely take a top prospect to get the Rangers to trade Darvish, even for a rental as his contract comes up after the season.

It’s simply a matter of whether or not the Yankees want to give up a player such as Vintage MLB Jerseys Cheap Clint Frazier, the Dodgers want to give up Alex Verdugo, or the Astros want to give up Kyle Tucker.

All of those players have been declared untouchable by multiple sources, but Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys if those teams want Darvish they will have to bite the bullet.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series

Since Game 3, the Penguins captain was dealing with an earful from P.K. Subban and a few Pittsburgh media types who unjustly questioned the legacy he’d leave behind should the series go south. Crosby responded with his best game yet, assisting on a trio of goals and mixing it up with Subban in a gritty performance.

The scoring started early when, on the power play, Crosby dished to Justin Schultz, who fired a seeing-eye shot from the point that beat Pekka Rinne just 1:31 into the game.

It snapped an 0-for-11 slump for the Penguins’ man advantage and was their first 5-on-4 goal of the series, in which they’d been 1-for-16 in total.

Pittsburgh went up 2-0 five minutes later on a goal by Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin netted a backbreaker with 11 seconds remaining in the first period. Though there were 40 minutes to go, Malkin’s goal spelled the end of Rinne, whose Pittsburgh demons returned after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Sure, a lot of words will be cynically spewed about how this is a relatively convenient way for the Blackhawks to get out from under the salary cap hell they currently reside in due to a series of short-sighted long-term contracts and no-movement clauses. And they won’t be wrong. The timing on this couldn’t be more advantageous to the only club currently over the salary cap in the NHL.

But this isn’t a story about that. Salary cap experts far more ingrained with knowledge of the minutiae of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement can explain the fallout from an organizational perspective Cheap Barcelona Jerseys better. Rather, this is about the player, and what is shaping up to be an incredibly disheartening end of what is an undeniably Hall of Fame career. The phrase “progressive skin disorder with side effects Cheap Chelsea Jerseys due to medication” couldn’t contrast more with the elegant style of his game if it tried.

Isaiah Thomas denies bad-mouthing Dennis Schroder’s mom

Celtics star Isaiah Thomas insists he would never say anything bad about someone’s mom, regardless of claims to the contrary by Hawks point guard Dennis Schroder.

The feuding guards re-ignited their rivalry during Boston’s 103-101 win in Atlanta Friday night, when the two were at each other’s throats for much of the game. Schroder told reporters afterward that Thomas’ trash-talking involved derogatory remarks made toward Schroder’s mother.

After a block on the other end, Harden’s layup put Houston ahead 115-111 with just over a minute to play.

Harden’s 11th triple-double this season comes after he had 40 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over the Raptors on Sunday. Harden joined Russell Westbrook, Michael Jordan, and Pete Maravich as the only players with back-to-back 40-point triple-doubles in a season.

Harden will look for a rare three-peat Wednesday against the Timberwolves.

Playing in his first game with the Cavaliers, Kyle Korver went 1-for-5 from the field, with just two points and a dismal minus-11 in Cleveland’s 100-92 loss to the Jazz.

Wizards All-Star John Wall drilled the game-winning jumper to lead the Wizards over the Rg3 Cheap Jerseys short-handed Bulls, who were without Jimmy Butler (illness) and Dwyane Wade (rest).

Grizzlies (24-16) at Thunder (23-16), 8 p.m. ET — The last time these two teams met the Grizzlies took advantage of Russell Westbrook’s ejection, pummeling the Thunder for a 114-80 victory. The Thunder and Westbrook will be vying for a third consecutive home triple-double and his 18th of the season on Orioles Cheap Jerseys Wednesday.

Dwyane Wade injury update: Bulls guard (elbow) may return before playoffs

Dwyane Wade could be back on the court sooner than expected.

The Bulls star, who was ruled out for the regular season with a fractured right elbow, might be able to make an early return before playoffs begin, ESPN.com reported.

When the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans with Hield heading to Sacramento in return, they said the former Sooner reminded them of Stephen Curry. That may be a long shot, but Hield certainly has a clutch gene in him somewhere.

The Pelicans and Kings are both doing just fine without Cousins. Since the Pelicans traded for the center, they are 5-8 with him in the lineup and 3-0 without. It is highly unlikely he’s playing in New Orleans next season.

Russell Westbrook scored 39 points with 13 assists and 11 rebounds in a 137-125 Thunder loss to the Rockets. He now has 36 triple-doubles this season, five shy of Oscar Robertson’s single-season record. Oklahoma City has 10 games remaining in the regular season.

LeBron James seemed excited about the possibility of Sanders joining the team when he was asked about it over the weekend.

“Why not? Everyone deserves a second chance, and it looks like he wants to get back to playing the game he loves, and hopefully this is his destination,” James said. “You don’t know how much Cheap Jerseys China NHL you can get out of a guy that’s been out so long, but I’d love to see it. Why not?”

Sanders was brought on after recently signed center Andrew Bogut broke his Cheap Jerseys AUStralia leg, forcing him to miss the rest of the season.

The pieces are in place in Dallas this year like they’ve rarely been in Garrett’s tenure.

The biggest: Garrett still coaches in the shadow of the most hands-on owner in the NFL, Jerry Jones, and every move he makes is judged as either in concert with the owner or in defiance of him. It doesnt reflect well on Garrett as a coach, even when things go well. Which, in two of the last three seasons, they have.

But thats whats at the core of the idea that the confidence level in Garrett is lower than most, and lower than all his more-experienced counterparts.

The pieces are in place in Dallas this year like they’ve rarely been in Garrett’s tenure. All Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom except one, technically: the incumbent quarterback. And once again, the pressure is on Garrett to not mess up whatever decision he might or might not make about Dak Prescott and Tony Romo.

The question simply has not gone away, not during the Cowboysplayoff bye week, not during the week leading up to the Packers game, not at all throughout the last month of the regular season.

Those guys up front did a great job, Bell told NBC Sports. I’ve got to give a lot of credit to the offensive line.

While Bell racked up the yards, the Chiefs couldn’t get anything going on the ground. The Steelers held Kansas City to 61 rushing yards, which played into Pittsburgh’s game plan of keeping the Chiefs one-dimensional. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith finished 20 of 34 for 172 yards with a touchdown and interception.

We wanted to come in, first and foremost, stop the run, said linebacker James Harrison, who had six tackles, including three for loss, and a sack.

The Chiefs had earlier opportunities, but mistakes hurt them. None was more costly than Travis Kelce’s personal foul that killed a promising drive. Instead of being in place for a possible touchdown while trailing 15-7 late in the third quarter, Kelce’s late shove of Ross Cockrell led to Kansas City settling for a Cairo Santos field goal.

Spring training 2017 schedule: Reporting dates for all 30 Major League Baseball teams

“When do pitchers and catchers report?” That’s a popular question you’ll hear with Major League Baseball’s 2017 spring training camps opening this week to warm the hearts of fans who’ve endured another long, cold, baseball-less winter.

But not every team’s pitchers and catchers report to spring training on the same date, as the schedules vary from team to team and league to league — that is, the Cactus League in Arizona and the Grapefruit League in Florida.

So, here are the 2017 spring training reporting schedules and dates for all 30 MLB teams, divided into Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues:

Wright’s latest setback left manager Terry Collins with Cheap Jerseys MLB an all-too-familiar feeling.

“It’s very hard,” Collins told reporters Tuesday, per MLB.com. “But there are certain people who can deal with adversity and know how to get through it, and David’s one of those guys. He’s not going to stand in the way of us progressing in spring training. He’ll get on a program. He’ll do his stuff. But I know one thing: He will be with us in spirit every day. He’ll be in that clubhouse every day leading the charge, like he always has. I just hope he continues to progress and gets back.”

Translation: See you when we see you, captain.

The other half of the starting infield is Neil Walker (back surgery) and Asdrubal Cabrera (knee). They’re good so far, but March is just starting and both players are over 30.

Translation No. 2: Get ready for lots of Jose Reyes and Wilmer Flores in the early part of the season.

Some farewell: Ichiro goes deep in likely last AB in Seattle

So long, Seattle. Goodbye, baseball.

Longtime Mariner and current Marlin Ichiro Suzuki hit a ninth-inning home run Wednesday night in what likely was his last at-bat in Seattle.

“It was my last at-bat, obviously, and the last chance,” Suzuki told reporters through an interpreter (via the Seattle Times). “With the game the way it was going, that’s what I wanted to hit, right there.’

Suffice it to say, Mariners fans got the best of both worlds: Seattle won, 10-5, but they left Safeco Field with one more moment to treasure from the 10-time Mariners All-Star who burst on the MLB scene in 2001, winning AL Rookie of the Year and MVP honors.
Okung played in Denver last year.

The situation gets a little trickier in Okung’s case because there may be a middle man involved. Although Okung does not have an agent, SB Nation’s MileHighReport.com reported Wednesday that some teams “suspect … the Chargers are communicating with Okung’s advisor, former NFLPA-certified agent Jimmy Halsell. Because Halsell isn’t currently certified by the union, however, teams can’t talk to him on Okung’s behalf before the new league year opens.”

The NFL takes a very serious approach to tampering.

In 2015, the league cited the Chiefs with tampering in the recruitment Cheap Heat Jerseys of free agent wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. Kansas City was forced to forfeit a third-round draft pick in 2016, a sixth-round pick in 2017, and both coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey were fined.

Yankees, slugger Chris Carter reportedly agree to 1-year contract

Most professional hits by any baseball player, counting Suzuki’s work in Japan; 3,030 hits just in the majors, as well as 10 Gold Gloves. First Japanese player to star long-term stateside.

Over Suzuki’s first 10 seasons in the majors, he averaged 224 hits, a .331 batting average, and a Gold Glove. Since then, he’s won no Gold Gloves and hit .270 with an average of 131 hits per season. More than this, just as Pete Rose was a below-average player in his final seasons while he chased the all-time hit record, Suzuki was worth -5.2 Wins Above Average and just 5.3 WAR from 2011 through 2016 as he pursued 3,000 hits. Most voters won’t care about this. A handful might.

The Yankees have reportedly reached a one-year deal that will bring slugging first baseman Chris Carter to the Bronx.

USA Today reports the contract, which is pending Carter passing a physical, is worth $3 million.

The 30-year-old Carter’s 41 home runs last season with the Brewers tied for the Cheap Hockey Jerseys Custom National League lead with Nolan Arenado. He’s a boom-or-bust hitter, however, striking out an NL-leading 206 times last year, and hitting .222/.321/.499.

A career .218 hitter in seven seasons, Carter also has negative defensive metrics at first base. That might explain why he has been non-tendered two years in a row (by the Astros in 2015, then the Brewers) despite big home run numbers.

Carter is expected to play split time between first and DH this season.