Phil Jackson said Wednesday he’d need a lot in return to trade Kristaps Porzingis

The Bulls on Thursday agreed to trade star wing Jimmy Butler and the No. 16 pick (Justin Patton) in this year’s NBA Draft to the Timberwolves for guards Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (Lauri Markkanen).

Dunn was the No. 5 pick in last year’s draft out of Providence. LaVine, a first-rounder of the T-Wolves in 2014 out of UCLA, is coming off an ACL injury.

Phil Jackson said Wednesday he’d need a lot in return to trade Kristaps Porzingis, but the 7-3 star is available. Jackson, in an interview with MSG Network, made a point to mention that Porzingis skipped his exit interview with Jackson after the season ended, so pettiness isn’t limited to players.

Limited Mens TJ Brodie Jersey Now that Boston has received a commitment from free-agent forward Gordon Hayward, it has to offload money, and lots of it, to pay him a max deal AND fit him under the salary cap.

ESPN.com reported the Celtics are discussing trades involving forward Jae Crowder and guards Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley with multiple teams. Crowder is owed $21.9 million over the next three seasons, while Bradley ($8.8 million) and Smart ($4.5 million) each have one year remaining on their contracts.

One possible landing spot for those players: Memphis. The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reported the Celtics are eyeing Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, and SN’s Jordan Greer speculated whether Bradley, Smart, a forward and draft picks would be a enough of a return.
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Free agent Danilo Gallinari could become a member of the Clippers via a three-way trade with the Hawks and Nuggets, according to ESPN. Gallinari’s deal with the Clippers would reportedly be a three-year, $65 million contract. The Hawks would reportedly receive Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and a first-round pick from L.A. Crawford doesn’t plan on staying in Atlanta if a trade is completed, according to USA Today.

Cowboys rank as world’s most valuable sports franchise, Yankees second

The Cowboys, for the second year in a row, top Forbes’ worldwide sports franchise valuations, as the publication calculates Jerry Jones’ NFL team to be worth $4.2 billion.

The Yankees, valued at $3.7 billion, are second on the list, up from fourth last year.
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While Manchester United ($3.69 billion), Barcelona ($3.64 billion) and Real Madrid ($3.58 billion) round out the top five, the rest of the top 10 is populated exclusively with U.S. franchises.

The Cowboys, they win. They just don’t ever show up during the playoffs, though. Like they always disappear in the playoffs. I got a great depiction of the Cowboys fan base during the regular season last year. They were on cloud nine. You couldn’t tell them anything. Anything. Because they were gonna win the [championship], that’s all they said. Fans just got extremely super annoying.

And then the minute they lost, they either got cheated, somebody was hurt, the excuses start flowing, it’s just amazing to me, that fanbase in general, they can’t handle defeat. Still to this day they say the Dez Bryant catch against the Green Bay Packers was a catch.
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Williams spent most of Wednesday morning responding to the upset Cowboys faithful. There are way too many to put here, so you can browse his timeline for all of his clapbacks, but some of our favorites can be viewed below.

Those numbers are blowing my mind. Missing this season will forever be my biggest regret.

Oh, nothing. Anyway, Stephen Curry set the NBA record for 3-pointers in November when he hit 13 only one game removed from shooting 0 of 10. Klay Thompson scored 60 points in three quarters in December. He only played 29 minutes. Draymond Green recorded the first triple-double in NBA history with less than 10 points in February. He had 11 rebounds, 10 assists and 10 steals.

So I guess you could say the Warriors are still pretty good, huh? Am I right?

Asking a question doesn’t qualify as a joke, but yes, Golden State is the best team in the league. A couple other crazy games: Chris Paul had 20 assists and zero turnovers against the Pelicans in December. He was the first player to pull that off since Rickey Green in 1984. Devin Booker dropped 70 points on the Celtics in March. He’s only the sixth player to ever hit the 70 mark. And Damian Lillard lit up the Jazz for 59 points, a Trail Blazers single-game record.

Those numbers are blowing my mind. Missing this season will forever be my biggest regret.

More than the time you were really into parkour and tried to jump over a car but instead dove head first into the bumper of a Miata, putting you in the coma you just woke up from?

The Clippers enter the playoffs riding a seven-game winning streak thanks to a balanced scoring attack that features six players averaging at least 12 points per game. Chris Paul is still the heart and soul of the team, but both he and Blake Griffin missed time with injuries this season.

DeAndre Jordan is a load in the paint (12.7 ppg, 13.8 rpg), and it seemed like teams stopped hacking him as soon as he passed halfcourt.

Speaking of balanced scoring, Utah features 11 players averaging at least 6.2 points per game. Gordon Hayward (21.9 ppg) is the star, but a number of players can rise up and win games for the underrated Jazz.falcons_061

Ugly Curry 3s are perfect metaphor for Under Armour’s earnings report

Limited LaAdrian Waddle Jersey Disappointing sales of Stephen Curry’s signature shoe were part of an Under Armour earnings call Thursday in which CEO Kevin Plank reported his company’s first-ever quarterly loss as a publicly traded company.

Plank during the call (via ESPN.com):

Our success in basketball hasn’t been without its learning. As we launched the Curry 3 late last year, our expectations continued to run high. And while the 3 played very well on court for Stephen Curry and our athletes, a sluggish signature market and a warm consumer reception led to softer than expected results.

Obviously I’m thinking about the playoffs right now, so I haven’t thought about it that much. But I don’t plan on going anywhere else. Obviously you want to keep this group together. We want to see how far we can go with this thing, but I’m sure once the season is over with, we’ll figure that stuff out, everybody. I’m sure it will all work out for the best.
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Durant says he doesn’t want to go through the headache of having teams host him and making a decision that will anger many. And though he wants to see the Warriors group stick together and win multiple titles, he realizes it’s not quite that simple.

Stephen Curry will also become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so the Warriors will need to create cap space to keep him and Durant. The problem, though, is if they do that, then they could lose Shaun Livingston and Andre Iguodala, who are both set to hit free agency as well.

While Livingston and Iguodala aren’t starters, they are key bench players who have played a huge role in the team’s success over these last few seasons.

Golden State still has a few more months to make these decisions, and the focus right now is winning this year.

Pelicans to retain coach Alvin Gentry, GM Dell Demps for 2017-18 season

Did a blockbuster trade for DeMarcus Cousins in February help save Pelicans general manager Dell Demps’ job for next season?
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New Orleans announced Monday both Demps and coach Alvin Gentry will return in 2017-18 despite the team finishing 10th in the Western Conference with a 34-48 record.

According to The Advocate, the acquisition of Cousins, pairing him alongside All-Star Anthony Davis, played a significant role in Demps retaining his position.

Boston last picked first overall in 1950.

In a slight twist, the Suns dropped from an expected top-three pick to No. 4, and the Lakers and 76ers rounded out the second and third spots in the draft order, respectively.

Phoenix owned the second-highest odds for the No. 1 pick (19.9 percent) and were 55.8 percent sure to retain one of the top-three picks. That didn’t happen. Instead, the Lakers jumped the Suns for No. 2 overall and the 76ers moved from the fourth-best odds into the No. 3 slot.

Had Los Angeles fallen out of the top three, it would have forfeited the pick to Philadelphia.

Fortunately for those in Lakerland, that didn’t happen, and they’re guaranteed the opportunity to draft one of Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball — the consensus top two prospects in the class.
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Sacramento — Retain their first rounder if 1-10 (otherwise it goes to Chicago): After retaining their choice last season, the rubber really meets the road in 2016-17 because keeping it again means the Kings send their second-round choice to Chicago instead. This pick originally went to Cleveland for J.J. Hickson in 2011, and Cleveland sent it to Chicago for Luol Deng in 2014.

Bartolo Colon to Mets? Team considers bringing ‘Big Sexy’ back, report says

The Mets are considering right-hander Bartolo Colon to bolster an injury-ravaged pitching staff, the New York Post reported, citing multiple unidentified sources.

Colon, 44, was designated for assignment Thursday by the Braves after he went 2-8 with a 8.14 ERA in 13 starts this season.

“We’ll talk about [Colon] in the next few days, I am sure,” an unidentified team source told the Post.

Toronto has now secured its core of All-Star players in Lowry, Ibaka and DeMar DeRozan, which will help it remain a likely top four team in the East. The Raptors went 51-31 last season and advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals, where they were swept by the eventual conference champion Cavaliers.

Clayton Kershaw reminds the world that he’s still good. So, Mr. Kershaw had that four-homer game against the New York Mets and everyone wondered why he was on pace to allow almost 40 home runs this season. Since that outing two weeks ago: Six scoreless innings to beat the Colorado Rockies, seven innings with only an unearned run to beat the Los Angeles Angels, and now seven scoreless innings on Tuesday to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kershaw is 13-2 with a 2.19 ERA. I think he’s fine.

He took a no-hitter into the seventh against Arizona, losing it with one out when Chris Owings got jammed and hit a soft grounder toward second baseman Logan Forsythe. Cody Bellinger wandered too far off first base trying to make the play and Owings beat Kershaw to the bag on the throw from Forysthe. If Bellinger stays home, I think they get Owings. Not that Kershaw was going to get the no-hitter. He was already at 100 pitches at that point and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt had just made a call to the bullpen to get the relievers stirring. Manager Dave Roberts has been cautious with Kershaw’s pitch counts — his season high is 118 and he has now gone 110 just three times — so even if he cruises through the seventh instead of giving up two hits, he may have been pulled after seven innings anyway.browns_021

Paul George gave Pacers a ‘gut punch’ with news about desired departure

Pacers president Kevin Pritchard was clearly agitated at Paul George and the way things have gone down since last Friday. According to Pritchard, he hasn’t had any direct conversation with George since it was revealed he didn’t want to play in Indiana any longer. George’s agent, Aaron Mintz, was the one who informed Pritchard about the NBA player’s decision, and it came as a shock to the team.
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Brandon Allen Authentic Jersey Monday’s game was scoreless until Florida (51-19) loaded the bases in the fourth inning and grabbed a 1-0 lead on Austin Langworthy’s sacrifice fly to score shortstop Dalton Guthrie. That was followed by a two-run ground-rule double off the bat of Gators third baseman Jonathan India.

The Tigers (52-19) got on the board when left fielder Antoine Duplantis homered in the sixth. After center fielder Zach Watson was hit by a pitch two batters later, he scored on Beau Jordan’s RBI single to bring LSU within a run.

The Gators got that run back in the seventh as Langworthy scored on Mike Rivera’s single up the middle.

LSU third baseman Josh Smith pushed another run across the plate, but was called out at second while trying to stretch his shot to right-center into a double. It was a controversial play, but not reviewable under CWS rules. It was the second out of the inning and Jordan grounded out to end the inning with the Tigers still trailing by a run.

The winner of Game 1 has gone on to win the national championship 10 times since the NCAA switched to a best-of-three format in 2003. The Gators will have a chance to close out the series in Tuesday’s Game 2, which has an 8 p.m. ET start.

NBA free agency rumors: Knicks interested in re-signing Derrick Rose

The Knicks produced another head-shaking moment Tuesday with the latest rumor flying out of their camp.

According to ESPN.com, the Knicks have legitimate interest in re-signing free agent point guard Derrick Rose, despite the player admitting last season the triangle offense wouldn’t be his first choice.

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D鈥橝ngelo is an excellent player, Johnson said Friday. He has the talent to be an All-Star. We want to thank him for what he did for us. But what I needed was a leader. I needed somebody also that can make the other players better and also [somebody] that players want to play with.

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I’m just excited to be here, Russell said about joining the Nets. I can’t control what [Johnson] says. I’m out, it’s the past, so it’s irrelevant, honestly.

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No one is in a front-office job with white flags in mind.

On the opposite end of the doom-and-gloom spectrum is the notion that the Warriors are so good they will force other teams into a kind of meek submission. Because there’s a dominant team, the rest of the league will consider transactions, remember that the Warriors exist and then shrug because nothing matters anymore. So there will be 29 versions of the Washington Generals, run by Eeyore front offices.
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Come on. No one is in a front-office job with white flags in mind.

Womens Mitch Morse Jersey I think that is a little offensive to everyone else in the league, one general manager told Sporting News. If there is a player we want or someone comes to us with a trade, do you think that we’re going to say, ‘well, that sounds good, but the Warriors are too talented so we’re not going to make that trade or sign that guy.’ That’s silly.

The Lakers and Celtics were both the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences in seven of 10 seasons from 1979-80 to 1988-89, and at least one of the teams was a No. 1 seed every single season in that stretch.

These Warriors could be different. They could keep their egos in check for the next half-decade and not suffer the fate of the Lakers or Heat. They’d still have to work against the luxury tax. It’s possible that the team could re-sign all its free agents this summer — Curry, Durant, supersub Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston — but according to The Vertical’s Bobby Marks, a former front-office exec, the tax bill over the coming four years would be $1.3 billion.

Even for the Warriors’ deep-pocketed owners, that is an exorbitant payment. In addition to the money, being into the tax severely limits the team’s ability to sign new free agents. Essentially, the Warriors would lock into this roster and hope that some of its recent draftees — Kevon Looney, Patrick McCaw, Damian Jones — will continue to develop as rotation contributors.

NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers say they ‘need’ JR Smith to shoot more

The Cavaliers were not pleased with JR Smith’s shooting during their Game 1 loss to the Warriors in the NBA finals.

In 28 minutes, Smith attempted only four shots and scored just three points, which is a far cry from his motto, When in doubt, shoot.

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According to California Highway Patrol, Fisher’s vehicle veered off the road and hit the curb and guard rail as he approached the 405 interchange. The vehicle overturned and ended up on its roof, blocking two lanes of the 101.

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In 18 seasons in the NBA, Fisher played for five teams, most notably the Lakers, with whom he won five championships. He was also head coach of the Knicks from 2014-16, and was president of the NBPA during the 2011 lockout.

We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night. The comparison of always trying to compare people either living or still playing or not playing, I think it’s great for barbershops, but for me I’m just trying to put my mark on the game and leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids that want to play the game the right way.