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Perhaps the most interesting team-building exercise is being held in Philadelphia, where the Sixers added two high-quality veterans to The Process on Saturday. J.J. Redick signed a 1-year, $23 million contract while Amir Johnson joined at one year and $11 million. The Sixers still have plenty of space left should a good young player come available or a team need a cap space dumping ground.

Philly has an opening in a weak East. Three 2017 playoff teams — the Hawks, Bulls, and Pacers — are at serious risk of falling out of the bracket. The only outside team who will be penciled into the postseason by just about everyone is Miami, based on their epic run in the back half of last season.

And when Ball claimed Summer League MVP honors despite sitting Monday’s championship showdown against the Trail Blazers, it was Kuzma whose play solidified the franchise’s first-ever summertime crown. The Utah product put up 30 points on 6-of-10 shooting from downtown and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead his Lakers to a 110-98 victory. He won Summer League Finals MVP as a result.

That’s why after his July 12 matchup against the 76ers, I caught Kuzma just before he headed to the team bus. With all the hype surrounding Ball, I wondered, did he feel he had something to prove?

“Yeah for sure,” Kuzma told SB Nation. “I wouldn’t say prove that I belong on this team but that I belong on this level. I’ve been doubted my entire life. So for me to come out here, I wanted to prove that I was worth that 27th pick. I think I’ve showed that.”

After hitting the jackpot in the draft lottery to land Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, it appears Magic Johnson has struck gold once again. Kuzma can play both the three and four. He can guard virtually every position and has the length, speed, shooting stroke, and athleticism that fits perfectly with Los Angeles’ point guard of the future.
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Heat’s Norvel Pelle obliterated 2 shots without mercy within seconds of each other at Summer League

I’m a big fan of Norvel Pelle, a 6’11 hyperathletic center who turned pro before even playing in college a few years back. Here’s what he can do.

Pelle was supposed to get his chance this year during Summer League, but then the Miami Heat big man was buried when the team traded for A.J. Hammons. Pelle only played one game before this, a nine-minute appearance where he committed five fouls but blocked three shots. On Saturday, he appeared again, blocking three more shots in just eight minutes, notably those two above.

He does that a lot, as seen here.
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Pelle isn’t the most polished player, but if you want an athletic 7-footer (basically) who can block shots, there’s no reason not to bring him in. How many of those are there really out there?

Durant is the best free agent for the second straight year, and he’s in the conversation for best basketball player in the world. Unlike 2016, though, Durant isn’t switching teams. He’s relishing life in the Bay Area too much, especially after a dominant NBA playoffs run and championship.
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Chris Paul may have bolted for Houston but Griffin is staying in LA. The Clippers and Griffin agreed to a deal worth 5 years, $173 million right before free agency kicked off. Griffin is a majestic scorer and rebounder and one of the best passing big men in the league, but he hasn’t played anything close to a full season since 2014. He’s a max-contract player regardless. His health will likely determine again whether this works out or not for the Clippers.

LaVar Ball just picked up a technical.

I know I’m being a stickler, but it sounds like I’m playing NBA Jam. It feels like Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy didn’t record their audio at the same time. There isn’t any true back and forth between them. It’s not a big deal, but it is something I noticed.

The first part of the demo seemed super stiff and then I realized that my custom character was a scrub who didn’t have any dribble moves.
Being used to playing NBA 2K, I thought the game speed seemed slow at first. I was having a hard time getting used to shot timing and defense, but increasing the game speed setting helped me get more comfortable.

Limited Youth Rod Woodson Jersey LaVar Ball just picked up a technical. Points to the ref and looks at the crowd, We need to get someone else in here.

This was just another chapter in the Big Baller Brand book, but what truly demands attention is LaVar’s sexist and disrespectful tirade about the female official directly following the game:

Ryan Miller Elite Jersey She got a vendetta because she’s a woman who’s trying to act — I get that she’s trying to break into the refereeing thing, Ball told ESPN after the game. But just giving techs and calling fouls, that’s no way to do it.

I know what she trying to say: ‘Oh I gave him a tech. I’m strong.’ That ain’t got nothing to do with it. Just call the game. If you’re going to be qualified, you better be in shape and you better know the game. And she’s bad on both of them. She’s not in shape, she’s not calling the game right. And she don’t understand.

NBA Africa Game 2017 live stream: Time, TV channel, and how to watch Team Africa vs. Team World online

Womens Christian Jones Jersey The 2017 NBA Africa Game returns for two star-studded lineups facing off in an exhibition game that tips on Saturday at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and will live stream on Watch ESPN. It is the third annual NBA game to be played in Africa, a tradition that started in 2015 as the only pro sport in North America that played a game in Africa.
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Team Africa is headlined by Serge Ibaka, Victor Oladipo and Dennis Schroder. Joel Embiid will be present but will not play as he recovers from a meniscus tear.

Team World is loaded with familiar faces, including DeMarcus Cousins, C.J. McCollum, Kyle Lowry, Andre Drummond, as well as both Kristaps Porzingis and Dirk Nowitzki, who spent time working out together this summer.

Team World beat Team Africa, 101-97, in the inaugural game. Now, Team Africa will attempt to exact revenge and get a victory against a tough opponent.

Combined with the guys who had one-off performances against his team, this leads to one pretty big conclusion: as an executive, Rivers seems to care a lot more about whether he once saw a player performing well than he worries about whether a player is actually any good. There are more factors in scouting NBA players now than at any point in the league’s existence, but for Rivers, I remember this guy, and he was good! still seems to be the biggest criterion.

I don’t want to say Rivers has done a bad job with the Clippers. They’ve been a good team in all three seasons he’s coached them, and he did a really good job as coach of the Celtics, so his basketball acumen deserves the benefit of the doubt. But Rivers has definitely been un-inventive when thinking about who to add to his team.

The Clippers are in a weird place.

Ryan Mathews released after 2 years with Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles have moved on from Ryan Mathews, releasing the running back on Tuesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. Mathews spent most of the offseason recovering from neck surgery and missed the beginning of camp. He was released after passing a physical.

“We wany to thank Ryan for his contributions to the Philadelphia Eagles over the past two seasons,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We spoke today and had a productive conversation about his future and the direction of our team going forward. First and foremost, we are glad that Ryan is healthy and has been cleared to return to football activities, but given the current state of our running back position, we feel like it is best for both sides to go in a different direction. We wish him all the best as he continues his career.”

Philadelphia will head into the remainder of preseason with LeGarrette Blount, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, and rookie Donnel Pumphrey on the depth chart.

Either way, the Colts should be prepared for the worst and have a backup quarterback ready, which could be a big problem. Scott Tolzien was pretty dreadful in the preseason opener, completing just 2 of 5 passes for 24 yards. Stephen Morris and Phillip Walker weren’t much better as the Colts dropped a 24-10 loss to the Detroit Lions. Not helping matters is the absence of starting center Ryan Kelly, who will likely be out for the first half of the season after undergoing foot surgery.

The Cowboys, for their part, don’t have too many serious injury worries, but they’re still expected to be without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, who was suspended six games for violating the NFL’s domestic violence policy. Elliott has appealed the decision in what could be an ugly legal battle, with the league office and NFLPA trading barbs on Twitter earlier in the week.
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A defenseman hasn’t won the Hart Trophy since Chris Pronger won it with the Blues in 1999-2000.

Elite Pernell McPhee Jersey Giroux was the face of Philly’s disappointing season after scoring only 14 goals, the fewest he had over a full season in his career. The five-time 20-goal scorer also dipped to 58 points, his lowest total since recording 47 in his second season back in 2009-10.

I think it was a bad season; a lot of things didn’t go our way, Giroux told Sporting News Canada. As a group, we have to learn from that. The only way to get better is to get motivated and move forward.
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In the middle of an eight-year contract with a sizeable $8.275 million cap hit, Giroux is well aware that if the Flyers are to turn things around in the competitive Eastern Conference, it starts with him.

Burns is among the league’ scoring leaders, regardless of position. With 59 points, he’s third in the NHL, trailing only the Oilers’ Connor McDavid (67), the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (65) and the Capitals’ Nicklas Backstrom (60). No defenseman has led the league in scoring since Bobby Orr (135 points) did it in 1974-75.

He’s a near-lock to win the Norris Trophy, given to the league’s most outstanding defenseman. He has a shot to win the Hart Trophy, given to the league’s most valuable player. A defenseman hasn’t won the Hart Trophy since Chris Pronger won it with the Blues in 1999-2000.

Burns is on pace to break team records he set in 2015-16 for goals (27) and points (75) in a season by a defenseman. In just six seasons with San Jose, Burns holds the franchise’s career records for goals (113) and points (304) by a defenseman, and is third in assists (191).

Yu Darvish will be available for bidding.

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Bartolo Colon’s time as a free agent didn’t last very long. After being designated for assignment and subsequently released by the Atlanta Braves, the 44-year-old veteran eventually found a new home. There were plenty of rumors that we were going to see the human .gif file himself reunite with the New York Mets. However, there was another team out there that needed pitching help in the worst way. The Minnesota Twins haven’t gotten too much production from their starters, so they decided to take a flier on Bartolo Colon with a minor league deal.

Meanwhile, Bartolo Colon’s grand tour through baseball has now led him to the land of 10,000 lakes, in what could be the final stop on said tour. There’s no guarantee that he’ll make it to the bigs with the Twins but if he does, it’ll be nice to see Big Sexy continue to insult Father Time.

Martin Prado landing on the 10-day disabled list with a knee injury complicated the Marlins plans to shop him before the trade deadline, but that doesn’t mean the Marlins won’t still find a buyer before the season is over.

Elite Mike Wagner Jersey The Rangers have reportedly made it fairly clear that if they drop further in the standings, Yu Darvish will be available for bidding. They’re still in the wild card race as things stand, so there are a lot of teams out there that need pitching and are now rooting for a precipitous drop in Texas’ success over the next week-plus.

Boston is still sniffing around Asdrubal Cabrera and T.J. Rivera, which makes sense now that Todd Frazier is off the market. Wilmer Flores is apparently in Boston’s sights as well for another infield option, but, like Rivera, he’s under team control for a few more years and will require a more impressive return for the Mets to give him up.

A former Cubs outfielder is paying it forward for inner-city student-athletes

C.J. Stewart, a former Cubs outfielder, credits baseball with helping him get out of Atlanta’s housing projects and find a path to the professional ranks instead of becoming yet another statistic in his home town.
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But he wouldn’t have reached those heights without the kindness of strangers, as he attests to the support he received from his community and how integral it was to his growth and success as a young athlete.

Now, in addition to working on other baseball-related endeavors in his retirement, Stewart is paying that support forward with his nonprofit organization L.E.A.D., which he co-founded with his wife Kelly. It stands for Launch, Expose, Advise, and Direct, and was founded to provide a path to high school graduation, a college education, and career opportunities for low-income, minority, inner-city youths.

Orioles prospect Garrett Cleavinger and outfielder Hyun Soo Kim will be going to Philadelphia in return. The pitcher was picked in the 3rd round of the 2015 June Amateur Draft out of Oregon, and Kim is a free agent after this season.

Authentic Youth Carson Tinker Jersey During his time with the AA Bowie Baysox this season, Cleavinger has put up a 6.28 ERA in 38.2 innings pitched. He is Baltimore’s 27th ranked prospect according to MLB Pipeline.

Kim has been with Baltimore for two years, and this season is batting .232 with 10 RBI and a WAR of -0.4.

Baltimore had been seen as sellers during this trade deadline lead up, as they are 7 games back in the division and 6.5 games back from the second wildcard slot. The playoffs are not a reasonable destination this year, but as Ken Rosenthal points out, the team still needed to add depth to their rotation.

Reports say that the team is still attempting to trade Zach Britton and Brad Brach, signaling that they are not all of a sudden going to go on a spree for new players. They still firmly fall in the sell column at this time, but rotation depth was needed and has been all season.

Have Jets found secret to selling NFL tickets to millennials?

The Jets have have missed the NFL Playoffs six straight seasons and unfortunately play in the same AFC East division as the Super Bowl champion Patriots. But the club has come up with an ticket idea adventurous enough to appeal to millennials: the new Jets Boarding Pass season ticket plan.

“We’ve been in contact with Colin’s representatives, and we’ve let them know that we’re there and ready to help with whatever they’d like — whether it’s just some guidance on P.R. or whatever,” Winston said. “I know they’ve chosen to lay low, and I respect that. Every player has to make a decision on how they want the union’s help, and I completely understand that, and that’s fine.

“The union’s always stood ready to help him in any way that we need to. We will continue to monitor that situation, we’ll continue to do anything that we can to make sure that he has another opportunity to play. At the end of the day, that’s really it. We’re not going to force ourselves on a player. He’s calling the shots, he wants what he wants, and I respect that, and that’s what we’ll do.”

Winston added that while the veteran is still a free agent for reasons understood by many, it certainly seems like Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL owners.

“You definitely get that feeling — obviously, that’s very hard to prove and it’s very hard to show,” Winston said. “But, at the same time, for Christ’s sakes, you have an owner out there publicly saying, ‘I’m polling fans to decide whether I should have this guy on my team or not.’ It’s obvious that owners are scared of it, are worried about it.
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he hasn’t pitched regularly out of the ‘pen since his rookie season

Game Adam Henrique Jersey You sure about that? The Astros have an outstanding lineup, arguably the best in baseball. It’s a lineup capable of winning a World Series, no doubt. And the top of the rotation — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers — is brilliant, when healthy. But Keuchel has spent time on the DL this year, and McCullers landed on the DL on Monday. Yikes, right? They were rumored to be in the market for all the top-notch starers (rentals and club-controlled guys), but didn’t land anyone to help the rotation. And they did trade for Francisco Liriano to help the bullpen, but he has a 5.88 ERA as a starter for the Blue Jays this year, and he hasn’t pitched regularly out of the ‘pen since his rookie season, way back in 2006. This is a great team that could have used an infusion of talent, and that didn’t happen on Monday.
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Good job! This has been a frustrating season for Toronto, no doubt. The Blue Jays expected to contend, and that hasn’t happened. There were rumors that Josh Donaldson might move this month, but that never felt imminent. Instead, the Jays made a handful of smaller moves on Monday. We mentioned the Liriano trade, bringing back Nori Aoki and an outfield prospect. They also sent reliever Joe Smith to Cleveland for a couple mid-level prospects. They didn’t have anyone they HAD to move, and they got solid value back from the players they did trade. Not too shabby.

In May, Callaway was cited for misdemeanor marijuana possession after officers smelled marijuana in a vehicle driven by Kendrick Williams, 40. Callaway was a passenger in Williams’ car and officers found 7 grams of marijuana in his pocket during a search. Williams also was found with marijuana.

Callaway and the driver claimed ownership of the drugs, but prosecutors dropped the charge as part of a July plea deal. Callaway also was fined $301.