he still has more strikeouts (48) than innings pitched.

Reed is probably the Mets’ biggest trade chip due to baseball’s new obsession with relievers. Reed, 28, has experience as both a setup man and a closer. He has 123 career saves — including 17 this year — and has pitched to a 2.49 ERA in 2017.

Reed is a control master, walking just six batters in 47 innings. While he’s not a great strikeout artist, he still has more strikeouts (48) than innings pitched.

Who could be interested: Reed is one of the better relief arms available and sure to generate a lot of interest. Pretty much every team in contention could use Reed out of the bullpen, so the Dodgers, Brewers and Red Sox are all in the mix, among others.

The Bulls have inquired about 76ers big man Jahlil Okafor, according to CSN Chicago. Okafor, a Chicago native, has gotten caught in Philly’s frontcourt logjam in his second season.

Need to know: Long one of the more underrated starters in baseball — he has a career 3.36 ERA and a 3.30 ERA this season — Lynn is a free agent after this season, and the Cardinals would be best-served to trade him before the July 31 deadline. The veteran right-hander has plenty of postseason experience, too, though his role has often changed, with 24 total playoff appearances and seven starts. The Dodgers have seen his work first-hand; he’s pitched 13 1/3 innings (two starts and one relief appearance) against L.A. with 14 strikeouts and a 2.92 ERA in the 2013 NLCS and 2014 NLDS. He wouldn’t cost quite as much as Darvish, but the Dodgers would still have to make it worth the Cardinals’ time.

Need to know: The Dodgers and A’s have worked together on deals in the past — Josh Reddick and Rich Hill last year as the most recent example — and Gray would certainly fill a need for the Dodgers. With as closely as the L.A. front office has guarded its top prospects, though, will it pay the steep price Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap it would USA Cheap Jerseys take to acquire Gray, who’s under club control through 2019?

there could be much more to this than meets the eye.

Apparently, Irving thinks he can follow in the footsteps of the “Black Mamba,” who won a pair of titles after playing Robin to Shaquille O’Neal’s Batman during the Lakers’ three-peat in the early 2000s. Late Friday, ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Irving, who earned a ring in 2016 as four-time MVP LeBron James’ trusted sidekick, told Cavaliers’ brass he wants to be traded. ESPN’s Chris Haynes followed up with four preferred destinations.

Chief among Irving’s reasons for wanting out: the desire to be the focal point of a team’s offense. He also reportedly doesn’t want to play with James anymore. James, who’s been in North Carolina along with the rest of his family as his sons participate in a national youth basketball tournament, was, as Windhorst put it, “blindsided” by the news.

Granted, there could be much more to this than meets the eye. After all, Dan Gilbert still owns the Cavaliers. Signing Jeff Green and Jose Calderon and re-signing Kyle Korver have been the only moves Cleveland has made this summer. Meanwhile, the Celtics, the Cavaliers’ biggest competition in the Eastern Conference, added All-Star small forward Gordon Hayward (21.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists per game) to a team that won 53 games last year.

Of course, that raises the inevitable question: Is a championship the only measure of success in sports? No, of course not. Good seasons are good journeys, and it’s fine for fans to wish for sufficient entertainment on the court.

But the Larry O’Brien Trophy is still the symbol of the ultimate prize in the NBA, the alleged goal of every team at the start of every season, available to everyone in theory, but attainable for few in reality. That makes moral victories, in one form or another, the necessary consolation prize for every non-championship team. This is just the reality of the NBA, and most fans are willing to tolerate it The Best Cheap Jerseys in exchange Real Cheap Jerseys for six months of entertainment.

Utley defers any direct credit for either player’s success

Seager is following up his Rookie of the Year campaign in 2016 with an equally impressive showing this season and demonstrating the desire to get better that Utley cited, namely by drawing walks at a much higher rate. The shortstop walked 54 times in 687 plate appearances in 2016, and it has taken him less than half as many plate appearances this season to match that total.

Bellinger has wowed baseball fans beyond Los Angeles by blasting 26 home runs in his first 76 games since the Dodgers summoned the first baseman from the Pacific Coast League on April 25. The league is sure to adjust to the young slugger, but he’ll have Utley and other veteran teammates to lean on when that happens.

Utley defers any direct credit for either player’s success, but he said that both are a big part of what the Dodgers need to win beyond the regular season, and that while he might not see himself as necessarily a mentor to Seager or Bellinger, Utley is invested in both.

“I try to help them out as much as possible. I don’t make them follow me around on a daily basis or anything, but if they have questions, I’m going to try to answer them,” Utley said. “I might not always have the right answer, but we can at least talk through it.”

Thoughts: Hembree has been a regular part of Boston’s bullpen (3.30 ERA in 110 appearances) since the trade. Escobar was waved by the Red Sox in April 2016, and after stints in the Arizona and Personalized Cheap Jerseys Cleveland organizations, is now pitching in Japan.

Peavy had a 2.17 ERA in 12 regular-season starts, then threw 5 2/3 shutout innings NFL Jerseys Nike against the Nationals in the NLDS before struggling a bit in the NLCS and World Series.

Breaking down new-look Browns: Hue Jackson’s vision will be clear in fresh depth chart

The Cleveland Browns are coming off a 1-15 season, but a flurry of offseason trades, free-agency moves and draft picks has flipped the depth chart heading into the 2017 season.

Cleveland will build around No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett on defense, and the offense added a new quarterback in DeShone Kizer to the mix. Second-year coach Hue Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and chief strategy office Paul DePodesta have a vision, and it will be interesting to see how that looks this season.

Jackson will call the plays this season, and new quarterbacks coach David Lee spent the last two seasons in Buffalo. They’ll be looking at the same riddle that has produced 26 quarterbacks since 1999.

“For me, I feel like it’s being a Razorback all over again,” said McFadden, 29. “When I grew up, I didn’t have any other school in the world I wanted to go to. I wanted to be a Razorback, and I knew that from Day 1. Growing up in Arkansas it was like Razorback football and Cowboys football just went hand-in-hand, so I love being here.

“I’m taking a less of a role. But I enjoy playing the game and just being able to be out here around the guys is something that’s very fun to me still.”

So would being given the chance for more carries, albeit potentially under conditions that McFadden hopes Elliott can avoid.

“I’m going to go out and prepare myself every day just like I’m going to be playing extended snaps so once I get in there I feel like it won’t be a problem for me,” McFadden said. “Just take right Toronto Blue Jays Cheap Jerseys over and just keep it going.”

While at the same time hoping the self-inflicted wounds affecting Super Cheap Jerseys his 22-year-old teammate come to a halt.

The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout

Defense can only take the Broncos so far, as proven by last year’s 9-7 season and failure to reach the playoffs coming off a Super Bowl win. The Broncos must settle on a quarterback — give Trevor Siemian the edge heading into his training camp battle with Paxton Lynch — and get better play out of their running game and offensive line.

A new head coach (Vance Joseph) and defensive coordinator (Joe Woods) also must quickly grow into their positions after never having held either role previously.

The clock is now officially ticking on Alex Smith after the Chiefs used a first-round draft pick on Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Even so, it looks like the same-old in Kansas City for 2017, with a suspect offense that might struggle to complement a sound defense.

In addition to snatching victory from Seattle, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick just did the whole dramatic comeback thing against Atlanta. The Patriots also have lost a pair of heartbreakers to the Giants, and they’ve won each of their other three titles by a field goal.

The one thing missing from New England’s winning Super Bowl resume is a blowout — domination from start to finish to match what they’ve done every year during both the regular season and playoffs.

We predict Super Bowl LII playing out as such: Brady will throw early touchdown passes to Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Then Mike Gillislee will get to pounding and scoring in the second half. Then, as Malcolm Butler keeps shutting down one side of the field, Stephon Gilmore will provide Cheap Jerseys Outlets the capping pick six on a forced Russell Wilson pass to somebody not named Doug Baldwin.

(Oh yeah, and Cooks, Gillislee and Gilmore weren’t even Patriots in 2016.)

So please, try to plot out ways the Patriots won’t win Super Bowl LII, by the Cheap Laker Jerseys Sale probable final score of 41-21. Good luck with that.

Sorry, Goodell. You kind of asked for this once, and you’ll get it again.

Once 19 games below .500, the Heat are on verge of playoffs

Goran Dragic blew up like his eye in Wednesday’s return to action against the Pelicans.

Stephenson, who has seen action in 12 games in 2016-17, appearing in a half-dozen contests apiece for the Pelicans and Timberwolves, gives an Indiana team which has given up 100 or more points in five of its last six while going 2-4 during the span another sizable, athletic defender who isn’t afraid to get into ballhandlers on the perimeter. It remains to be seen how much playing time he’ll command on a squad that includes not only George (22.4 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg) but serviceable wings Thaddeus Young and C.J. Miles, both of whom are averaging double-digits in scoring, to give a late-season boost to the league’s 19th-ranked offense. Stephenson’s 9.0 player efficiency rating this season will be the lowest on the Pacers’ roster.

The signing wreaks of a team, reaching to hold onto a playoff spot it knows could be slipping away. It’s a position the Pacers likely never thought they’d be, heading into the season with a healthy George, a blossoming big man in Myles Turner (14.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.1 bpg) and big-time Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys Cheap Hockey Jerseys Canada free agent signee point guard Jeff Teague (15.4 ppg, 7.8 apg), but here they are.

There’s no telling where they’ll be come next offseason when George could exercise his player option and test the market as a restricted free agent. Adding Stephenson could be far too little, far too late.

Cavaliers (46-23) at Nuggets (33-37), 9 p.m. ET — Denver has won four of its last six games and could push the defending champs to the final buzzer. While the Cavaliers have clinched a playoff spot, the Nuggets are fighting for the final spot in the West. After causing a stir for resting their Big Three, the Cavs’ stars are expected to be at full strength Wednesday.

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.

NBA free agency: Derrick Rose shares mutual interest with Bucks

Could Derrick Rose be on his way to Milwaukee?

The free-agent point guard shares a mutual interest with the Bucks and has discussed scheduling a meeting with team officials as soon as this weekend, ESPN reported.

According to the report, the former league MVP is expected to meet the Bucks in Los Angeles once a date is determined.

Described by the Wichita Eagle as “the greatest Shocker,” Stallworth, a 6-7 forward, earned the nickname “Dave the Rave” as an All-American who led Wichita State to the 1965 Final Four.

The Knicks, who drafted him in the first round (third overall) in 1965, darkened the lights at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night in memory of the Rookie of the Year runner-up to Rick Barry.

After his second NBA season, Stallworth suffered a heart attack at age 26 in 1967 and missed the next two seasons.

He returned to the Knicks in time for one of the great title runs in NBA history.

Though he averaged only 7.8 points per game, playing in all 82 games in the 1969-70 season, he and Dave DeBusschere stepped in when captain Willis Reed was injured in Game 5 of the Cheap Knock Off Jerseys NBA Finals and the two held Lakers star Wilt Chamberlain to four points in the second half of a 107-100 victory.

“I think (the No. 1 seed) is a goal, it’s important, but it’s not the goal,” Korver told Sporting News. “I’ve been the one seed three times going into the playoffs, and I’ve never won a championship. It’s a thing that’s nice to have home court. When you get to a Game 7 and get to play it at home, that’s obviously a big deal. But I think everyone’s prioritizing health and playing our best Cheap Kids Jerseys NBA basketball.”

Lonzo Ball’s Summer League passing highlight reel will make any Lakers fan swoon

There’s little to no room for moderate, measured responses when it comes to evaluating Lonzo Ball.

In the minds of many, the Lakers rookie point guard and son of Big Baller Brand head honcho LaVar is destined to become the next Magic Johnson or at least Jason Kidd — or the biggest bust since Greg Oden. There’s simply no gray area.

Of course, Lakers Nation is already on the bandwagon. An estimated 2.6 million viewed the Instagram video of his introduction prior to his NBA Summer League debut. The NBA revealed Wednesday it was the league’s sixth-most watched post ever on the social media platform. After witnessing Lonzo tear it up in Las Vegas, even his staunchest critics might have to admit he’s going to be something special. He averaged 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 steals and threw in one block per game on the way to earning MVP honors and leading the Lakers to the championship.

“I just want to thank everyone at UCLA. The fans were amazing and made for a great year. The coaches were the best I’ve had, and I can’t thank them enough, especially Coach (Steve) Alford.

“I will always love my UCLA family so much, in particular the amazing teammates I had this past year. They are like brothers to me. This was the most fun year of basketball I’ve had in my entire life, and I will definitely miss it. But, I cannot wait to start my new journey.”

Bruins coach Steve Alford said he completely supports Leaf’s decision to pursue Wholesale NFL Jerseys Free Shipping his dream.

“I’m proud of what he was able to accomplish this season,” Alford said. “He brought so much to our team, both on and off the court, and we’re certainly going to miss him. TJ Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping has been an absolute joy to coach, and I know that all of us at UCLA will be excited to watch him continue to grow at the next level.”

Stephen and Ayesha Curry rap ‘Hamilton’ song with Lin-Manuel Miranda

The newest edition of keeping up with the Currys involves, charity, rapping Broadway songs and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Stephen and Ayesha Curry took to Instagram with the Hamilton creator to raise money for multiple non-profits to aid immigration organizations. The catch? They had to sing The Schuyler Sisters from the blockbuster musical.

All joking aside, for those who donate $10 to the organization will be entered to join the Currys and Miranda at the Los Angeles opening of the musical.

Even better? Stephen nominated Dwayne The Rock Johnson to create a Hamilton video, while Ayesha nominated actress Olivia Munn.

Keep your eyes out for those masterpieces.

It’s tough to see Iguodala leaving the Warriors, but he reportedly plans to test the free-agent waters this summer. He has shown he’s still one of the best wing defenders in the NBA and one of the few humans ever who can make life (somewhat) difficult for LeBron James.

Iguodala’s game translates well to almost any team. Perimeter defense never goes out of style, and he doesn’t need the ball on offense in order to be effective. It helps to have shooters around him, as he remains inconsistent from the outside.

The former NBA Finals MVP is a proven veteran that would be a welcomed addition to a number of squads, but his situation with Golden State is so perfect it would still be a surprise if he chooses not to re-sign.

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