Kings’ reported interest in ex-Sixers GM Sam Hinkie sign franchise knows change needed

The Kings have received permission from the 76ers to speak with former general manager and president of basketball operations Sam Hinkie, ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday. Permission is required because of a non-compete clause for the 2016-17 season that took effect after Hinkie left the Sixers last April.

There has been pressure from the NBA and the team’s minority owners on Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive to put together a more “professional” front office, according to the Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski. It is not yet clear how interested Hinkie is in taking a job in Sacramento.

Though Durant did mention he understood why fans are upset, he believes NBA players need “mental breaks” throughout a season.

“Players, if anything, need a mental break sometimes. And sorry, they’re human,” Durant told ESPN. “They go through so much every single day. There are so many obligations off the court that you don’t know about … family. … It might not be a physical break, it might just be a reset mentally, and I get that.

“It’s hard for you to just craft a rule out for the top players,” he said. “I’ve seen guys that’s not even in the playoffs resting, sitting out for the rest of the season. And it’s nothing Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys against those guys. I’m not trying to bash them or anything. [Phoenix Suns center] Tyson Chandler is out. They got him sitting out for the rest of the year. I’m sure he wants to play, but they’re not saying anything about Tyson Chandler, so it’s hard for me to really talk about this. It’s not a league-wide rule. It’s not a league-wide concern.

That’s not true. Tanking has been a big concern for NBA fans and executives for Cheap Flag Football Jerseys some time now — just ask the 76ers.

It doesn’t appear as though the resting problem will find a solution any time soon, but the NBA, at least, does seem interested to fixing the fad.

Bryce Harper, Nationals avoid arbitration with $13.625M deal

Bryce Harper and the Nationals avoided arbitration, the team announced Friday, with multiple reports saying the four-time All-Star agreed to a $13.625 million deal for 2017.

Harper, 24, is coming off a down 2016 season in which he reportedly struggled with a shoulder injury. Still, his new contract represents an $8.625 million raise.

Harper hit .243/.373/.441 with 24 homers and 86 RBIs in 2016, a season after he was a unanimous choice as the National League MVP after a 2015 season in which he batted .330/.460/.639 with 42 homers and 99 RBIs.

A four-time All-Star in five MLB seasons, and the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year, Harper is under contract through the 2018 season. He reportedly will be seeking a $400 million deal if he hits free agency, which Cheap Full Dye Softball Jerseys most clients of his agent, Scott Boras, do in order to maximize their contracts.

Harper already has been the focus of rumors that he eventually will end up with Yankees, where his left-handed swing is tailor-made for the team’s stadium. Harper has 121 home runs in five MLB seasons.

Just what exactly are the Diamondbacks? I’m not sure anyone could have seen the mediocrity that bound the DBacks in 2016. Trading Dansby Swanson is still a head-scratching move, and Shelby Miller’s ineffectiveness was way worse than what many could have projected. But trading for Taijuan Walker gives the Diamondbacks another good, young arm in the rotation, and should the pitching hold up, Arizona could rebound in 2017.