Yesterday morning the LA Rams and running back Todd Gurley agreed to a 4-year $60 million deal with $45 million guaranteed. This contracts puts Gurley in a category of his own making him the highest guaranteed paid running back in NFL history.
After a phenomenal 2017-2018 season where Gurley rushes for 1,305 yards on 279 carries with 13 total touchdowns on the season, it was a no brainer that the Rams were going to push to resign the 6’1 230 pound running back to a longer deal.
With pre-season right around corner and all of their key offensive weapons returning the LA Rams look to finally make it over the hump and be a Super bowl contender. What do you think the Rams record will be at the end of the 2018-2019 season ?
Although Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers may not have won the NBA Championship this past season the James family still added another trophy to their collection this summer.
This past weekend Lebron “Bronny” James Jr. and his AAU squad the North Coast Blue Chips went to North Carolina and won the 2018 USBA National Championship. Standing at nearly 6’1 going into the 8th grade Bronny showed that the apple does not fall too far from the tree in the James household. He may not have the raw athleticism that his father had at 13 years old but he has an elite skill set for his with still nice athleticism. Bronny can do it all out on the court but a couple things that separates him from the rest of the competition are his long range shooting ability, ball handling skills and most of all much like his father his unselfishness.
James is accompanied by other top players Rodney Gallagher who’s been showing all summer that he can score with the best of players, extreme athlete Miley Williams who even impressed Duke basketball Zion Williamson with his dunks on the teams visit to Duke University, Floor general Khoi Thurman who controls the game and seems to always make the right plays on the court , and lastly lights out shooter Gabe Cupps.
The whole James family or the nickname Lebron sr uses for his family “JamesGang” was there in attendance This last weekend to witness James Jr win the National championship. We could have just witnessed the beginning of the Legacy of Lebron “Bronny” James Jr this past weekend in North Carolina.
Watch out basketball world and college coaches because Bronny and the Blue Chips will be hitting the Highschool scene in one more year and not only is Bronny a D1 talent but this Blue Chips squad is full of D1 potential ! Congrats to the Blue Chips on their National Championship!
After the first round loss and being benched in the fourth quarter of game 6 of the series the Oklahoma City Thunder notified Carmelo Anthony that he would no longer remain in Oklahoma by the end of the summer.This afternoon the Thunder finally agreed to a deal to send former all star small forward Carmelo Anthony and a first round pick in 2022 to the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Dennis Schroder and Mike Muscala.
This trade will save the Oklahoma City Thunder $100 Million in Cap space over the next few years and will allow them to go shopping maybe for another big name superstar to play along side Russell Westbrook and Paul George. Dennis Schroder will add a great spark off the bench at the point guard position for the Thunder, while Mike Muscala is expected to be traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in the near future.
Anthony will be waived by the Hawks and expected to sign with the Houston Rockets to fill the small forward position in Houston after the very unexpected departure of Trevor Ariza earlier this summer.
After a long offseason to where it seemed as if the Celtics were not going to give Marcus Smart what he wants in a contract which would cause him to possibly sign somewhere else, the two ends finally come to an agreement. Marcus Smart and the C’s agreed to a 4 year , $52 Million deal early Thursday morning to keep Smart in a Celtics uniform in hopes to build on last years great season.
Smart is a hard nose defender and one of those players who happens to always in the right place at the right time on offense. Last season he played a key role for the Cs averaging 10.2 PPG, 3.5 RPG, and 4.8 ASP. Despite the early injury to all star small forward Gordon Hayward on opening night and a late injury to all star point guard Kyrie Irving, the now young and in experienced Cs were still one game away from making it to the NBA. Taking a Cleveland Cavaliers squad led by Lebron James to a game 7 that was neck and neck until the forth quarter.
With both Hayward and Irving back for the beginning of the 2018-2019 season, the emergence of Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown in last seasons playoffs and now the resigning of Marcus Smart, the Celtics easily are the favorite in the Eastern Conference to make a finals run this season. Do you think the Celtics have what it takes to win an NBA finals this season ?
Despite in some people’s opinion being snubbed and not winning rookie of the year this past season, Donovan “Spider” Mitchell managed to take home an award at the 2018 ESPYS. After an incredible rookie season where he averaged 20.5 PPG, 3.7 APG , and 3.7 RPG in the regular season and 24.4 PPG , 4.2 APG , and 5.9 RPG in the postseason, he received the “Best Breakout Athlete” award at the 2018 ESPYS award show. Mitchell was selected 13th overall by a Utah Jazz that believed they would have to go through a long rebuilding process after losing Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics in the 2017 offseason.
Making an Instant Impact Mitchell led this Jazz team to a 48-34 record finishing 5th overall in a very tough Western conference. If that wasn’t enough Mitchell even led his team to defeat the 3 headed monster in Oklahoma City consisting of Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and Carmelo Anthony in the first round of the playoffs before losing to Rockets in the conference semi finals. Many were not expecting such a great rookie season from Mitchell and that is why he was awarded with this best breakthrough athlete award.
On July 18th the San Antonio Spurs Agreed to a trade from the Raptors to send 2x Kia NBA defensive player of the year and 2014 Finals MVP and Shooting guard Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors for 4x Allstar DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl and a 2019 first-round pick.
After only playing 9 games in the 2017-2018 season due to a quad injury that was suffered before the season began, Kawhi voiced his frustrations with the organization and demanded a trade to the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of the season. Knowing that Kawhi Leonard will become a free agent next summer and has already stated what team he wants to play for many teams backed away from going into negations with the Spurs. There still were teams interested in negotiating though, since Kawhi announced he wanted to be traded big names such as Kyrie Irving, Damian Lillard , and even young and up and coming superstars such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Kuzma began to be brought up in trade talks with the Spurs.
On July 16th unexpected talks between the Raptors and Spurs began who many believed would have been centered around teaming up DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard. No-one expected the Raptors to be negotiating a trade to send away a guy in DeMar DeRozan who just two summers ago took an 18 Million dollar pay cut to return to the Raptors instead of going back home and playing for the Los Angeles Lakers because he said he wanted to stay loyal to the Raptors Organization and bring a championship up north one day.
General Manager of the Raptors Masai Ujiri had other plans and when the opportunity presented itself to trade the 9 year Raptor who led the once forgotten about organization up North to multiple Eastern Conference Championships for a guy in Kawhi Leonard he jumped right on it. The unexpected trade received an instant reaction from not only Fans of the NBA but also players, and also one Big Raptor Fan “The 6 God” Drake who both thanked his friend DeRozan and welcomed Leonard to Toronto.
DeRozan even took to social media himself saying “Be told one thing & the outcome another. Cant trust em. Ain’t no loyalty in this game. Sell you out quick for a little bit of nothing” shortly before removing all posts from his instagram account. Easy to tell DeRozan is upset about being traded by the organization he stayed loyal to through both its ups and downs.
DeRozan was not the only player upset , multiple reports came out after the trade was made saying that Kawhi Leonard is unhappy about the trade to the Raptors and is willing to sit out the entire 2018-2019 season rather then play in Toronto. This will become a big problem for the Raptors if Leonard decides to sit out because with the departure of seems to be Raptors “kryptonite” LeBron James in Cleveland who’s heading to the Western Conference to join the LakeShow in Los Angeles, the Raptors seem to be a favorite to win the Eastern Conference and have a potentially to make it to the NBA finals this upcoming season.
Head Coach of the Spurs Gregg Popovich in an interview stated how he feels it is time to move on and that he is excited to coach a player in DeMar DeRozan and get to work with his team. While there are still many questions to be answered Up North in Toronto, the Spurs still seem to have a very competitive roster even after the trade and are prepared to compete for a championship this season along side their hall of fame coach. Do You think Leonard will suite up for the Raptors this season? Which team will have the better record this up and coming season?
One of the biggest headlines this offseason has been Kawhi Leonard and his frustration with the San Antonio Spurs. Immediately when the NBA season was over Kawhi voiced his frustrations and informed both management and head coach Gregg Popovich that he would like to move on from the organization and be traded preferably to the Los Angeles Lakers. Once alerted by Kawhi, Spurs general Manager R.C. Buford began working the phones to see what deals he could get for their 2 time both Kia defensive player of the year and all star, and once finals MVP.
Buford was not shy to inform teams interested in Leonard that the Spurs were not just giving him away for anything. Trade talks began with teams such as the Lakers, Blazers, 76ers and even the Celtics at one point in time but no deal was ever made with the teams. After a rejected trade from the Lakers to grant Leonard’s wish of playing in Los Angeles and land the Spurs more young talent to go along side of second year point guard Dejounte Murray. Spurs notified the league that they were looking to trade Leonard to an Eastern Conference team and not a team along side of them in the Western Conference.
After a standoff to see what team would offer the most assets for Leonard, on July 16th Raptors and Spurs began to engage in serious trade conversation and on July 18th finalized a deal to send Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Damar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl , and a protected first round pick in 2019. Do you believe that this Trade now makes the Toronto Raptors a front runner in the east ?