Andrew Luck throwing, but begins Colts camp on PUP list

Andrew Luck is throwing, but his surgically repaired shoulder is not quite 100 percent.

The Colts placed their Pro Bowl quarterback on the physically unable to perform list on Monday, but Luck is still expected to be the team’s Week 1 starter.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard said Monday Luck is in the midst of the throwing part of his shoulder rehab. Luck can come off the PUP list at any point during the preseason and is on track to start under center when the Colts begin the regular season on Sept. 10 against the Rams.

Peep how long the line is outside the gym for tonight’s LaMelo Ball vs Zion Williamson face-off in Las Vegas.

Tournament officials were given the official OK to play the game only moments before the scheduled tipoff, as fans, some of whom had waited hours, stood six and seven deep to see Williamson’s SC Supreme defeat the LaVar Ball-coached Big Baller team, 104-92.

“Unreal. Never seen anything like it,” Kansas coach Bill Self, who was on hand for the game, told ESPN.

In addition to Self, NBA players Damian Lillard, Thon Maker, Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins and Lonzo Ball, LaMelo’s oldest brother, were in attendance.

LeBron James reportedly had planned to watch the showdown from courtside, but — according to ESPN, which cited an unidentified source — he didn’t get out of his vehicle after he arrived and talked with people connected to the tournament. He opted to avoid the situation, citing “security concerns,” ESPN’s source said.

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A radical approach to fixing the NBA All-Star Game

Change is afoot for the NBA All-Star Game.
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In last month’s midseason showcase in New Orleans, the West beat the East, 192-182. Nobody played defense that day, and the game was pretty much unwatchable. The league was embarrassed, as it should have been.

The Timberwolves have a runaway lead in this category with the average player on their team drafted 14th overall, and 12 of their 14 players being first-round picks. Having a slew of highly drafted players hasn’t often translated to wins in this current NBA, and seven of the top 10 teams in ADN currently have a losing a record.

The suddenly Durant-less Warriors fall in at 22nd on this list with an ADN of 30, possessing four top-10 picks. Having three undrafted players and four second-rounders on the roster – Draymond Green not withstanding – may hurt them down the stretch as they try to maintain that No. 1 seed in the West without KD. Jose Calderon’s two hours with the team does not apply here.

Authentic Kids Dalvin Cook Jersey Then of course there are the Spurs, who rank 29th in the league with an ADN of 39. Yes, the average player on the 45-13 Spurs was drafted in the second round, and the team possesses only two former lottery picks – Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge. Once again proof that Gregg Poppovich could win Coach of the Year every season.

For your viewing pleasure, here’s the full NBA average draft number list in ranked order, along with the number of top-10 picks on each team’s roster.

Napoli has a better track record than just about anyone on this list

However, with the right moves, that can change quickly. This time last season the Yankees were in a similar situation as the Tigers are now. New York tore down hard at the deadline, making a series of deals that reshaped their organization. They traded half a season of Carlos Beltran for former No. 4 overall pick Dillion Tate. They dealt closer Aroldis Chapman to the Cubs for a series of players including Gleyber Torres, now a top 10 prospect in all of baseball. They got two hard-throwing A-ball pitchers from Houston for catcher Brian McCann, and, best of all for New York, they traded Andrew Miller to Cleveland for a group of players including Justus Sheffield and Clint Frazier.

Sheffield is another former first round pick and Frazier has already come up and in seven games has three homers and two triples. In one trade deadline the Yankees transformed their minor league system and altered the future of their franchise for the better.
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Elite Kids Justin Gilbert Jersey Napoli has a better track record than just about anyone on this list, and he’s certainly playoff-tested. No doubt about that. And he does have 20 home runs this year, even though his average is just .202 and his on-base percentage is only .277 (easily a career worst). The Yankees got rid of a low-average power hitter (though Chris Carter only had eight home runs). The Rangers are still in wild-card contention, though, and it’s not a sure thing that they’d be willing to trade Napoli.

He’s not a primary option, obviously, but he’d be cheap and could fill in at either corner outfield spot when needed. Jaso has a career .356 on-base percentage (though it’s just .314 so far in 2017) and would be another left-handed bat in the lineup. Jaso would almost certainly be available after the July 31 non-waiver deadline, too, so there would be no rush if the Yankees wanted to give the rookies an extended look.

Greg Monroe, D’Angelo Russell, Nick Young ejected for altercation in Bucks-Lakers game

Lakers guard Nick Young isn’t the best at regulating his emotions, so when he thought Bucks rookie Malcolm Brogdon used excessive force on a block attempt in the third quarter of Friday’s game, he responded with a shove.
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Young appeared to be going up for a layup when Brogdon hammered him in mid-air, preventing the bucket. When the players landed, Young pushed Brogdon but got the worst of benches-clearing altercation when Bucks big-man Greg Monroe nearly knocked him over with a shove to the neck region.

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Russell, Monroe and Young were all ejected from the game for the altercation, while Brogdon was called for a simple shooting foul.

Landale had a breakout junior year for St. Mary’s, averaging 16.8 points and 9.3 rebounds on 60.9 percent shooting from the field. That’s given the Gaels a steady inside presence to go with their perimeter threats. Landale is not the quickest or most athletic big guy in in the draft鈥攖here’s a good chance he returns for his senior season鈥攂ut he has size and toughness, and has already grabbed the attention of scouts as a potential second-round find.

St. Mary’s has a potential second-round matchup with Arizona, and an upset there would bring some notice to Landale. Besides, he’s an Australian playing for St. Mary’s, and there’s a pretty good track record there.

Wizards’ Markieff Morris credits certain body part for performance vs. Warriors

The Wizards defeated the Warriors on Wednesday night, and a big part of the victory was Markieff Morris’ rebound and two made free throws at the end of the game to make it a two-possession lead. Speaking after the game about how he was able to make the free throws, Morris got a bit graphic.

“My wife tells me all the time I’ve got big nuts,” he said, puzzling reporters. “I put my nuts on the line.”

That’s certainly one way of putting it.

Big nuts or small nuts, there’s no doubt Morris was a huge factor in the team’s upset win over Golden State. He scored 22 points and hauled in six rebounds while also blocking four shots.

Within this deal, Hield seems likely to be the one piece that will add current and future value, even if his rookie year has been underwhelming. He has posted a 9.9 PER with a 50.2 true-shooting percentage. He’s making nearly 37 percent of his 3s, but he’s been dreadfully inefficient around the basket at just 48.1 percent in the halfcourt, according to Synergy. He’s also been weak as a playmaker with the ball in his hands, posting just a 0.75 point-per-possession mark in all pick-and-roll situations.

NBA trades shifting the balance of power aren’t exactly commonplace in the middle of the season. Let’s break down what this deal means in the short term and in the long term for each organization, then dive into what it means around the league.
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Astros star Carlos Correa out 6-8 weeks after thumb surgery

Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, he said via social media.

Correa posted a picture of himself in a surgical gown with a caption that described the surgery as a success followed by ready for what’s next.

Correa was placed on the 10-day DL Tuesday, a day after reinjuring the thumb while batting. He’s expected to miss 6-8 weeks, according to multiple reports.

Rosenthal is right: seems inevitable doesn’t mean is inevitable, but Frazier’s right-handed pop and Fenway’s Green Monster are a perfect fit, even if it’s just for the rest of the 2017 season (he’s due to become a free agent this offseason).

Source says Tigers aren’t actively shopping Justin Verlander, but the perception is Detroit could be talked into moving him by July 31.
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Any of the aformentioned teams could use Verlander considering his track record as a starter, plus his playoff experience. But only a few of those teams have the depth in their minor leagues to make it happen.

The Rockies, Diamondbacks and Nationals are probably out of the discussion just based on the fact they can’t give a ton back for Verlander. But the Astros, Yankees and Dodgers all have five or more Top 100 prospects according to MLB.com as well as great organizational depth.
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They can make a trade and not hamstring themselves for years to come. Maybe they can make a deal happen for Verlander, maybe not. But a pitcher will be traded at this deadline and probably for too much. Verlander may be just that guy.

John Elway held back from adding a veteran to the mix because he was confident in what he had and

Defense is another question entirely, though. Teodosic has long been an apathetic defender, and his athletic tools match the effort level. He’s not the quickest player, and he’s not super long despite being 6-5. Barring improvement, he’ll immediately be one of the worst defenders in the NBA.

So given that, how does he fit in Los Angeles? Well, I would argue splendidly. Teodosic will team up in the backcourt with his former teammate in Greece, Patrick Beverley, who should be able to insulate him more on that end than just about any other player in the league. Having DeAndre Jordan as a back line of defense should help him as well. Offensively, the Clippers are going to have a ton of options with Teodosic paired with frontcourt stars Blake Griffin and Jordan. Griffin should be able to do some interesting stuff handling the ball, and Jordan is one of the best screeners and divers toward the rim in the NBA.

Siemian had plenty positives in 2016, considering the fact that the offensive line and running game gave him limited support. But the bottom line is the Broncos weren’t a very good passing (or overall) offense, and they saw the Raiders and Chiefs make the playoffs ahead of them because both division rivals were better on that side of the ball. The Broncos need a lot more from their QB, and only Lynch can give them a significant leap in production.

The Broncos’ top wide receivers, Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, have both gushed about a change in Lynch. Sanders told reporters he sees a more relaxed QB. Lynch has impressed Thomas more with his lasers in practice.

Since Tony Romo retired, John Elway held back from adding a veteran to the mix because he was confident in what he had and, more specifically, whom he drafted early in Lynch. McCoy leaned things in Lynch’s favor early, and Lynch is doing the rest to close well late.
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Madison Bumgarner says he’s ready to return to Giants rotation

Giants ace Madison Bumgarner, out since a bicycle accident April 20, says he is ready to return to the Giants, who are 27 games back of the first-place Dodgers and badly in need of some good news.

Mens Carnell Lake Jersey Doesn’t matter whether we were winning every game or we lost every game. It’s not going to change the fact that I want to be out there, Bumgarner told reporters (via the San Jose Mercury News) after a dominant 86-pitch outing for Single-A San Jose on Monday night.

Rays starter Chris Archer will be headed to his second All-Star Game, but the other four pitchers added Friday are first-timers: Alex Wood (Dodgers), Chris Devenski (Astros), Roberto Osuna (Blue Jays) and Brandon Kintzler (Twins).

Their addition brings the total to 28 first-time All-Stars set to be in uniform Tuesday night in Miami.

The five pitchers now set to make the trip will replace the injured Dallas Keuchel (Astros) and four hurlers scheduled to start Sunday and thus ineligible to pitch in Tuesday’s game: Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), Corey Kluber (Indians), Yu Darvish (Rangers) and Michael Fulmer (Tigers).

Mens Greg Zuerlein Jersey Ultimately, this is an entirely personal decision on the part of Durant. He was in a tough spot. If he says he won’t take a pay cut, and it costs the team Iguodala because ownership won’t pay, he gets questioned. If he takes the pay cut to appease ownership, he still gets questioned.

In the end, if it’s something he is comfortable with as a human being with a nine-figure net worth, so be it. But because of this choice, the Warriors’ full roster is back in the fold, and they’ll enter the season as the favorite over the field in the league.

Best performances of NBA regular season, as told to someone who saw none of them

Imagine you have a friend who just emerged from a coma-like state after being unconscious from late October until mid-April, just in time for the NBA playoffs. Ignore the unrealistic nature of this premise and stay with me for a minute.

You are both huge NBA fans, and you need to explain to your friend the insanity of this season. (Also, you have a bit of an uneasy relationship with this friend. Let’s be honest — this friend can be a tool sometimes, and you discuss this friend with your other friends and become closer with your other friends by complaining about this friend.)

In certain situations, we could see some trades that functionally swap one big man for another in an attempt to change dynamics and alleviate a strained relationship. However, the problem with negotiating and projecting those types of moves is that they require general managers who have either different evaluations of the players in question or different constraints in terms of desired contracts.

That becomes even more complicated because many of the teams with centers on their trade block do not want one in return, so it would be hard for the conversation to even occur. They arise from larger negotiations but could be hard to sell their owners and fan bases on.

Even with all those elements in place, part of the fun of this offseason will be seeing which front offices misread the situation and keep up the tradition of overpaying seven-footers. The same structural factors were in place last summer, and numerous teams still bit the bullet. The same will happen this July.
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Even Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was speechless on Houston’s blowout loss.

He told me he didn’t know what to say, Harden said when asked about his post-game conversation with Popovich.

Harden said the Spurs were simply the better team while winning the best-of-seven series in six games. The Rockets were able to bounce back from tough losses during the regular season while earning the Western Conference No. 3 seed, but there was no bouncing back from Tuesday’s 110-107 overtime loss in San Antonio. Playing in front of a passive home crowd on Thursday did not help.

It’s frustrating, Harden said of the loss. It hurts. It stings. We’ve got just to figure out a way to get better, and we will.

Russell Westbrook was off the floor for 6 minutes in Game 5.
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Oklahoma City won just one game in the series, when many people expected it to be more competitive. In Game 4 there was a time when Westbrook sat, and that decision was questioned by a reporter after the game. You probably remember that exchange, because Westbrook’s response to it (when the question was asked to Steven Adams) made headlines.

Westbrook averaged 38.8 minutes in the series, which is still high (seventh overall in the playoffs), but maybe if he had played just a few more minutes per game the Thunder would still be alive. The points scored with him on the court (plus-15) were dramatic when compared to him off (minus-58).

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