NBA-Draft…Wednesday Night…Possible top picks:
..2-Golden State-interested in 7’1-C-James Wiseman-Memphis
..5-Cleveland-Deni Avdija-F-Tel Aviv
Minnesota…#1 and #17
Houston-Brooklyn…Open trade talks for Rockets G-James Harden-who wants to join Kevin Durant-Kyrie Irving in Brooklyn.
Houston..G-James Harden rejects (2Y-98M) extension to stay with Rockets-demands trade
Houston-Clippers..Continue trade talks about deal for Rockets G-Russell Westbrook.
Houston…Anonymous source says Rockets are prepared to keep both Harden-Westbrook if they do not get the package of picks and players they want for the two Rockets guards.
Milwaukee-Sacramento…Blockbuster trade..Kings deal G-Bogan Bogdanovich (15PPG)..F-Justin James to Bucks…for Donte Devincenzo..Ersan Ilyasova..DJ Wilson
Milwaukee-New Orleans…Big trade..Bucks acquire G-Jrue Holiday (19PPG) for G-Eric Bledsoe..F-George Hill and #1-1-1 picks.
Houston-Portland…Rockets send F-Robert Covington to Blazers for #1-1 and F-Trevor Ariza.
Suns-Oklahoma City..OKC ships G-Chris Paul and Abul Nader to Suns for #1 pick..F-Kelly Oubre..G-Ricky Rubio..G-Ty Jerome..G-Jalen Lecque/
Cavaliers..F-Andre Drummond-opts in to stay with Cavs (28M) deal
Portland..G-Rodney Hood-opts out of contract (6M)
Sacramento..F-Jabari Parker-opts out
Orlando..G-James Ennis-opts out
Milwaukee..C-Robin Lopez-opts out
Denver..F-Jeremi Grant-opts out (12PPG)
Lakers..G-Avery Bradley-opts out (8PPG)
Boston..F-Gordon Hayward extends Opt Out Deadline on 34M-deal
Aztecs..Unveil 25G-schedule…will host UCLA..BYU…play St-Mary’s at neutral sight…play at Arizona State…..Home series wtih Boise State-Wyoming-Colorado State-Nevada-San Jose…Road series at UNLV-USU-New Mexico-Fresno-Air Force….SDSU avoids play road series at ‘Altitude’ in Wyoming-Colorado State-Boise State.
Aztecs..Coach Brian Dutcher comments:
..”Toughest schedule Aztecs have played in 20-years” facing #1-UCLA and #2-ASU from Pac 12…#1-UCIrvine in Big West…#2-BYU in WCC plus St-Mary’s.
..”Don’t feel slighted” by conference which balanced out road trips
..25-games…”Have 2-slots open..could schedule UCSD-USD-if we have games cancelled”
..”Can Add a non-division 1-game in December”
..”NCAA-tourney moved to Indianapolis-Devil in the Details-some games might be at Purdue-at Indiana University or in Indianapolis…don’t know yet”
..”Talked to G-Malachi Flynn last weekend as he worked out in Las Vegas…Hopes to go mid-1st round:
..”He’s type of player who gets everyone involved as a great passer-but he can score 12-points in a 5-minutes span”
Wichita State..buys out contract of Coach Greg Marshall-gets 7M-buyout-dismissed after allegations of racial incidents with Wheatshocker players.
Padres….Sources in Cleveland say Padres never considered injury factor with Mike Clevinger when they engineered initial (6-for-1) trade at deadline.
Padres…P-Mike Clevinger undergoes 2nd Tommy John surgery in Cincinnati….UT reports 43-pitchers have had a second surgery, and very few came back had pitched well after 2nd transplant procedure.
Angels…Incoming GM-Perry Manasian impresssive in debut press conference.
..Working for Arte Moreno-1 of best owners in sports
..This is not 100-loss team..not a 5-year rebuild
..We have great makeup in players like Mike Trout-Anthony Rendon
..Priorities are to gain institutional knowledge of front office
..Will spend 100% of time building this roster
..We must find more pitching-look under every rock
..We have hi-upgrade players in farm system
..We will build our pitching from Dylan Bundy..Griff Canning
..Shohei Ohtani will continue to be dual player..P-DH
..Joe Maddon provides great learning curve-will run downstairs
..I have had great teachers..Buck Showalter..Mel Didier..Johnny Oates..John Hart..Bobby Valentine..Tom Grieve
Angels..Owner Arte Moreno…we started with 38-candidates..cut field to 18..then to 5 finalists on Zoom Calls…Spent 5-hours with Manasian…then another 3-and-half hours on final interview….
Angels..Owner Artie Moreno…”We will not reduce the 158M-budget from last yar.”
Dodgers…OF-Cody Bellinger undergoes surgery for minor shoulder separation for injury suffered during playoffs.
Mets..Ask for permission to interview Mike Cherenoff-Indians GM…Brewers VP-David Stearns ….David Forst-GM-Athletics….for President of Baseball Operations job in in New York.
Cubs….Theo Epstien steps down as President of team…Jed Hoyer is elevated to replace him…Epstien won World Series…3-Divisional titles…5-times in playoffs in 6-year window in Chicago…Had won 2-World Series in Boston with Red Sox.
Boston…Red Sox hire ex-Padres OF-Will Venable as bench coach on Alex Cora staff…Venable was coach with Cubs last year.
Florida Panthers…Hire Brett Peterson as Asst GM to new GM-Bill Zito…was former player agent with Wasserman Hockey group.
Masters….TV ratings crater….Worst TV viewership since ratings began in 1957….Saturday 3rd round had a Masters worst 3-rating-4.9M)……Sunday’s final round had 3.4-rating and 5.5M)….Ratings were 51% below last year’s Masters rating when Tiger Woods won.