Monday, July 15, 2013

Dropping Links: Monday, July 15, 2013

Some links from around the World Wide Web late on this Monday evening:

• As expected, the Knicks agreed to terms on a two-year deal with Metta World Peace this afternoon. The Clippers were another rumored NBA destination, as well as the tease by World Peace that he would play in China. In the end, the Knicks were able to add the former Ron Artest and native New Yorker to the roster.

• Speaking of the Knicks, JR Smith had another knee surgery and will be out 3-4 months. If all goes well, he'll likely only miss a few regular season games. The timing of the surgery is a little questionable, though, since he's known about the injury and the Knicks' season has been finished for over a month.

• The latest Suits promo, titled "Game of Suits," features the show's newest cast members, Conleth Hill and Michelle Fairley, both of whom come to the series from Game of Thrones.

• DeJuan Blair is still a free agent, but the Wizards are showing interest in the forward. His former team, the Spurs, are willing to help Blair get to a team that doesn't have the cap space to sign him outright.

Pastapadre has details about team chemistry effects in Madden 25's Ultimate Team Mode. The game releases August 27th in the United States.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Lakers sign Chris Kaman, amnesty Metta World Peace

The Lakers had a busy day today as they continue to move on from the wreckage of our latest "Dwightmare."

First, reports surfaced that the team had agreed to a deal with free agent big man Chris Kaman. The former Clipper returns to Los Angeles to help fill the void left by Dwight Howard.

With Kaman in the fold there was some thought that the Lakers could amnesty Pau Gasol, who is owed more than $16 million this season in the final year of his contract. Instead, Los Angeles will amnesty Metta World Peace, ending the former Ron Artest's Lakers tenure. Even though World Peace is only (only?) owed $7.7 million in the one year remaining on his deal, the Lakers will actually save about $30 million thanks to the new CBA and luxury tax penalties they would have incurred.

World Peace will now go through the waivers process, with the highest bidding team getting his rights and the Lakers on the hook for the rest of the $7.7 million. If no one claims World Peace, he'll be free to sign with any team he chooses. Teams over the salary cap can only sign amnestied players if they clear waivers and will accept the veteran's minimum.

Even though he has declined in recent years, World Peace is still a great defender. Plenty of teams will be interested in his services, especially coming at a reduced rate thanks to the new CBA's amnesty clause.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Recapping the weekend's NBA trades and signings

It was a busy weekend in the NBA, with many of the most coveted free agents choosing new homes. Our most recent "Dwightmare" came to an end, Josh Smith and OJ Mayo are relocating, and Andrew Bynum and Monta Ellis remain the biggest names without teams.

Let's take a look at all the action, none of which can be finalized until July 10th:

• Dwight Howard made up his fickle mind, settling with the Houston Rockets and forfeiting an additional $30 million in salary in the process. While the Rockets were the favorite to land Howard all along, the Warriors and Lakers seemed in the running until Friday evening.

Dwight Howard definitely improves the Rockets but I'm not sure they're a Western Conference favorite just yet. The team is reportedly shopping Jeremy Lin with hopes of acquiring a third superstar to pair with Howard and James Harden. Omer Asik is unhappy with the arrival of Howard and has reportedly asked to be traded, but the Rockets seem uninterested in that idea.

• The Warriors agreed to terms with Andre Iguodala. Iggy joins Steph Curry in the Golden State backcourt, forming a formidable scoring duo. The team improved last year and should be even better this year with a healthy Andrew Bogut and the arrival of Iguodala.

Following the signing, Golden State traded Richard Jefferson and Andres Biedrins to Utah to clear cap room for Iguodala's contract.

• Josh Smith decided to take his talents to Detroit in a somewhat surprising move. The Hawks had shown little interest in retaining J-Smoove's services but as late as Saturday afternoon there were rumors of Houston hoping to work out a sign-and-trade with Atlanta to acquire Smith.

• OJ Mayo left Dallas after his only season with the team, agreeing to terms with the Milwaukee Bucks. The team also signed Zaza Pachulia.

• While the Hawks lost Smith and Pachulia, they were able to sign Paul Millsap away from the Jazz. Pairing Millsap with Al Horford gives Atlanta a very strong 4-5 combo and the team is reportedly interested in Monta Ellis as well.

• Andrew Bynum is drawing interest from the Mavericks, who have missed out on their big free agent pursuits in each of the last two offseasons. Any time that adds Bynum will likely do so after tireless consideration of his injury history and investigation of his medical records.

(Image courtesy Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Video: Joey Chestnut devours 69 hot dogs en route to world record

56 game hitting streak. 100 point game. 69 hot dogs.

When it comes to the greatest sports records of all time, eating 69 hot dogs is... disgusting. But Joey Chestnut set a new world record Thursday, forcing that many hot dogs into his face hole without vomiting during the 2013 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. Joe DiMaggio would be so proud.

(Video via Awful Announcing)

Report: Tyreke Evans headed to Pelicans in three-team deal

Restricted free agent Tyreke Evans was reportedly ready to sign a four-year, $44 million offer sheet with the New Orleans Pelicans with the hopes that his current team, the Sacramento Kings, wouldn't match. Rather than lose Evans and get nothing in return or match a contract they didn't want to pay, the Kings have worked out a three-team sign-and-trade with the Pelicans and Trail Blazers, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

In the deal, Evans - former Rookie of the Year - heads to the Pelicans, Greivis Vasquez goes to the Kings and Robin Lopez becomes a Blazer. Sacramento also gets two second round picks from Portland while the Blazers will receive Terrel Harris from the Pelicans.

Moving Lopez frees up the necessary salary cap space for New Orleans to add Evans and Jrue Holiday, whom the team traded for on draft night. Evans and Holiday join Eric Gordon and Austin Rivers in the backcourt for the Pelicans.

The deal can't be officially completed until July 10, when the new league year begins, but terms have been agreed upon.

(Image courtesy USA Today)

Report: Bobcats will sign Al Jefferson

The Bobcats and Al Jefferson have agreed to a three-year contract worth $41 million, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The third year of the deal is a player option.

Jefferson is only 28-years-old and is coming off a contract that paid him $15 million per year with the Jazz. Joining the Bobcats is somewhat surprising - especially since any of the teams that miss out on Dwight Howard would likely have given Jefferson a look - but money talks. Jefferson will also be the focal point of the offense in Charlotte.

(Image courtesy Gary Dineen/NBAE via Getty Images)