he has no incentive to give the Wizards a hometown discount.

It won’t be a stretch to see Porter receive a payout of about four years and more than $100 million this summer. There will be another spike in the salary cap, and there will be teams eager to fill their salary space with a versatile 24-year-old who has improved in each of his four NBA seasons — Porter averaged 13.4 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting career-highs from the field (51.6 percent), the 3-point line (43.4 percent) and the foul line (83.2 percent).

Because Porter is a restricted free agent this summer, other teams can make offers for him, but the Wizards have the right to match any deal. Ideally, the Wizards and Porter will work something out quickly, something that keeps his annual salary more in line with that of his teammates (Beal is set to earn $23.7 million next year, and Wall will make $18 million).

But, though Porter went to college at Georgetown and is comfortable in Washington, he has no incentive to give the Wizards a hometown discount.

“If his situation goes past the first couple of days of free agency,” one general manager told Sporting News, “it will cost them because some of these teams that have space and miss out on the players they have in mind to start with are going to move quickly to the restricted (free agents). And Otto Porter is going to be at the top of that list, even at $100 million.”

The Sun-Times also reported Irving would be willing to Cheap Jerseys Ireland leave the only team he’s ever played for next summer if James doesn’t re-sign, adding he’s already been communicating with Cheap Jerseys In UK other players about a potential landing spot. Chicago, given Butler remains with the team, is on his short list of possible destinations. Irving signed a five-year, 90-million extension in 2014, but could opt out of that deal at the end of next season.

The Vikings did sign Michael Floyd

The square-off came with 7:26 to play in the third quarter, when Durant was attacking the basket and took a hard foul from the Cavs’ Kevin Love. Durant took exception, and James stepped in. The jawing carried on from there.

“We weren’t coming to blows,” Durant said, “we were just talking. That’s a part of basketball. The game of basketball created that. The refs didn’t. We didn’t as players. It’s like the aura of the game created trash talk and just communication out there. So I know you could take away the physical part of the game as far as controlling stuff, but emotionally that should be us, that should be what the players have as their own out there.”

Warriors forward Draymond Green called it “good basketball conversation,” and proceeded to channel his inner old-school curmudgeon on the topic of the double-technical fouls given to Durant and James.

“I don’t understand the double tech,” Green said. “Like, what does that accomplish? If you are going to separate them, separate them. Don’t just stand there and look at them talking. Then wait for them to talk and see how long they talk, and double-technical. Just tell them to move.”

“It’s slowed down a lot,” Treadwell added. “I wouldn’t say I’m Cheap Jerseys Kids comfortable but I’m more in tune with what’s going on and how to play and how to get open in the league.”

The Vikings did sign Michael Floyd, who showed promise with the Arizona Cardinals before a DUI arrest derailed his career. But they also have to replace Cordarrelle Patterson, a 2013 first-round pick. Patterson was one of the team’s secret weapons and signed with the Oakland Raiders this offseason. He never developed into a complete receiver, but he was lethal as a returner, and the team will miss his ability Cheap Jerseys In UK to tilt field position on special teams.

Wizards’ contract conundrum with Otto Porter speaks to larger NBA issue

Otto Porter was sitting on a stanchion by the sideline at TD Garden in Boston a little more than a month ago, reflecting on the kind of year it had been, easily the best of his career.

“I put in a lot of work, I just wanted to get better and better at Cheap Jerseys In Toronto the things I could do to help this team win,” he said. “I think the shooting the ball, seeing it go in the net has been a help. I worked on my mechanics a lot, making sure my body is squared up to the goal, making sure my release is good each time. It is something I have focused on.”

It worked, and his timing was impeccable. Porter is a restricted free agent this summer, which means he will be eligible for a major pay increase, from the $5.9 million he made this year to something in the range of $25 million per season. He is the third option on the floor, but in the Wizards’ books, he would be at the top of the food chain, ahead of All-Stars Bradley Beal and John Wall.

That is a problem for the NBA, a league whose payrolls are getting increasingly top-heavy. Porter and the Wizards are a prime example.

Indianapolis’ rivals all worked to improve in 2017, but the division still projects to be far less competitive than its peers. The Texans gave up a second-round pick just to jettison their starting quarterback. They’ll rely on either rookie Deshaun Watson or backup Tom Savage Cheap Jerseys Ireland in their quest to defend the South title, though they still have one of the best defenses in the league (sorry, Hankins). The Jacksonville Jaguars played better than their 3-13 record last season and will be better with Doug Marrone on the sideline than they were with Gus Bradley, but still have major strides to make before the playoffs are a reasonable option.

Jordan had a chance to respond after four of those off nights

Jordan still managed to score more than 20 points in all of those games because he followed a simple basketball rule. If the shot isn’t falling, then drive to the basket and draw a foul. Jordan made double-digit free throws in all of those games, and he finished an amazing 76 of 85 (89.4 percent) from the line. He also averaged 8.8 rebounds, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game while committing just 2.2 turnovers per game. An off night didn’t throw off the rest of MJ’s game.

Same goes for James, with the exception of turnovers early in his career. James, however, had just three turnovers in the loss to Boston. He’s averaged 8.6 assists and 8.2 rebounds in those off nights, and Cheap International Soccer Jerseys he shot 74.5 percent from the line. James also impacts the game with his defense in the form of 1.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. James still makes an impact on the game in almost every other category.

Jordan had a chance to respond after four of those off nights, and he averaged 37.8 points per game in the ensuing game. Jordan responded to the worst shooting night of his playoff career — a 3-of-18 effort against the Knicks in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals — with 54 points in Game 4. Chicago won both games to advance to the NBA Finals.

It was a major gamble that looked like it might actually pay off when the Vikings started off 5-0. Unfortunately, the offense’s flaws were quickly exposed and that elite defense couldn’t carry the load Cheap Jackie Robinson Jerseys forever. Minnesota petered out with a 3-8 record down the stretch, finishing 8-8 and missing the playoffs.

Now the team is moving forward without Adrian Peterson, who went to New Orleans after getting his option declined. It’s a new era of Vikings football, but what will that era actually look like?

To review, MLB umpire reverses call on himself without replay

Umpires have a saying: You’re expected to be perfect on your first day ’ and improve after that.

The primary goal, everyone knows: Get the call right.

Enter veteran MLB ump Hunter Wendelstedt, who on Monday during the Angels-Rays game knew the instant he called L.A. rookie Nolan Fontana safe at second it was the wrong call.

Tampa Bay second baseman Michael Martinez agreed (per the Tampa Bay Times) and immediately signaled the dugout to use a replay challenge.

Sidelined since March 1 with soreness around his throwing elbow as he recovered from a strain, Red Sox left-hander David Price will make his season debut Monday against the White Sox in Chicago.

The 2012 Cy Young Award winner threw 89 pitches in his last start with Triple-A Pawtucket Wednesday, but lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up six runs (three earned). Price struggled with his control, although his fastball did ranged between 92-96 mph.

In two rehab starts, he’s allowed nine runs (six earned) on 12 hits in just 5 2/3 innings.

Boston is hoping Price’s return can boost the club into first place in the AL East. Currently 3 1/2 games behind the rival Yankees, the Red Sox (24-21) will keep a close eye on Price in case he suffers another setback.

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Kyrie Irving was scintillating in the second half on his way to 38 points

LeBron James posted 39 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in the loss. Kyrie Irving was scintillating in the second half on his way to 38 points, but he missed a critical 3-pointer following Durant’s clutch shot that essentially shut down the game and perhaps the series.

Sporting News provided updates and highlights from Game 3 below. Here’s what you Cheap Jerseys NBA missed…

No, the NBA’s best hope is that Cavs-Warriors IV has a trade-off feel like the last three games of these finals. The average margin of victory in the series was 15.2 points per game.

That’s not that much different than last year’s margin of 17.1. The Lakers-Celtics trilogy, which will be featured on the 30-for-30 “Lakers/Celtics: Best of Enemies” to fill the NBA Finals void the next two nights, had margins of 12.0, 14.7 and 11.2. The games don’t necessarily have to be close, but they have to feel close.

And this didn’t feel like that at all. The more times you see the movie, the worse it gets. Look at the “Halloween” movie franchise — I and II worked, III was a dud and it got back on track at IV and V. After that, there are too many inconsistencies and too much gore. How many times can you watch Michael Myers run up the body count?

Donald shot up draft boards after dominant performances at the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Despite being a bit undersized for an interior rusher (6’1, 285 pounds), Donald has quickly developed Cheap Jerseys NFL Wholesale into one of the best all-around linemen in the league. In three seasons, he already has 28 sacks and is a disruptive force on nearly every play. Opposing offenses have their hands full trying to account for Donald’s presence. Now we’ll get to see him work in Wade Phillips’ defensive scheme, which should be a joy.

Angels relieved after Albert Pujols’ negative MRI results

Lewis could easily wind up with the Padres, if they opt for the local prep star (relatively speaking), but the Rays would be happy to help Lewis find his eventual position home. The Rays are actually in a pretty decent spot; they’ll wind up with one of the top four players without having to make much of a decision.

The Braves aren’t afraid to take prep pitchers early — four of their five first-rounders in the past two seasons have been prep pitchers — and Gore is a lefty with command and a fastball that sits in the low- to mid-90s. Makes a lot of sense.

Both BA’s John Manuel and MLB.com’s Jim Callis note the A’s scouts have been in North Carolina a lot this year, and there’s a lot to like about Bukauskas, what with his developing nasty slider and a mid-90s fastball.

The Angels dodged a bullet with Albert Pujols’ balky hamstring.

Pujols left Wednesday’s game with tightness in his hamstring, which prompted an MRI Friday afternoon. The result came back clean, but Pujols will not rejoin the lineup until at least Saturday, according to the Orange County Register.

Los Angeles kicks off a series against the Mets on Friday while riding a four-game winning streak.

Pujols is slashing a pedestrian .247/.293/.370 so far this season, but he is second in the American League with 32 RBIs.

The Angels, who can not have a designated hitter while playing at Citi Field in New York, will start C.J. Cron at first base Friday.

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Butler is widely considered the second-best two-way player in the league

That’s a stark contrast to frequent reports throughout the season, which stated Butler had ensured the Bulls’ front office he wanted to stay in the Windy City.

Butler, a Team USA teammate of Irving this past summer at the Olympic Games in Rio, would be more than a welcomed addition to a Cavs roster that struggled on the defensive end and always looked a pass behind against the Warriors in the finals. A three-time All-Defensive Team choice, Butler is widely considered the second-best two-way player in the league, trailing only the Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard.

Butler has also gotten the job done offensively, increasing his scoring output in each of his six NBA seasons. The 27-year-old Texan averaged a 23.9 points to go along with 5.5 assists and 6.2 rebounds, all career-high figures. He’d certainly take some of the defensive burden off James, who’ll turn 33 in December and led the league in minutes at 37.8 per game in 2016-17.

Chicago, which went 41-41 and reached the playoffs for the first time under second-year head coach Fred Hoiberg, would be left in shambles if its best player is dealt away. Veteran Dwyane Wade, despite reportedly intending to pick up a $24-million option, would likely bolt for greener pastures in the twilight of his career should Butler leave, immediately forcing the Bulls into a rebuild.

His plus/minus of plus-22 was by far the top mark for the game and a stark contrast Cheap Hockey Jerseys to starting power forward Amir Johnson, who finished Game 3 as a minus-15.

Jerebko slammed Kevin Love, then stood over the $113 million man to let him know exactly what he thought about him flopping to coax the refs into calling a foul. Jerebko also let Deron Williams and Kyle Korver know he was about whatever.

Pirates’ Jung Ho Kang loses sentencing appeal, leaving return to MLB in question

It appears increasingly unlikely Jung Ho Kang will play for the Pittsburgh Pirates this year, and there are legitimate questions about whether his MLB career will continue at all.

A Korean court on Thursday rejected the infielder’s appeal of a sentence handed down in March in the wake of a drunken-driving conviction, Yonhap News reported.

Kang was sentenced to eight months in jail, with the term suspended for two years, after his conviction in the wake of a December DUI incident ’ his third such arrest. Kang has been unable to secure a visa to return to the United States in the wake of the sentencing, and his attorneys appealed to the court in part on grounds that he believes the sentence is preventing him from earning a living.

There are big games and there are BIG GAMES. What the Dodgers’ Shawn Green did against the Brewers on this day in 2002 definitely qualifies as a BIG GAME.

On May 23, 2002, Greene, in an extraordinary showing with the lumber, tied the MLB record with four home runs as part of a 6-for-6, seven-RBI performance that also saw him set the MLB record for the most total bases in a single game (19). Have a look back at Green’s huge day in all its 2002, standard-definition glory.

Green is the only player in MLB history to have a 6-for-6 day that included four home runs.

His victims: Glendon Rusch (double; first inning); Rusch (home run No. 1; second inning); Brian Mallette (home run No. 2; fourth inning); Mallette (home run No. 3, fifth inning); Jose Cabrera (single; eighth inning); Cabrera (home run No. 4; ninth inning).

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Will Dodgers, Marlins feud carry over to Saturday?

The benches cleared in the ninth inning Friday night in Los Angeles after Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling threw a pitch behind Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton.

In the middle of the scrum, Marlins manager Don Mattingly and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren could be seen heatedly arguing, possibly about that pitch, or the fact Miami reliever A.J. Ramos had hit outfielder Brett Eibner with a pitch in the eighth inning. Or both.

The incident led to the ejection of Stripling, Mattingly and Geren. After the Dodgers finished out a 7-2 win, everyone wondered the obvious: Will the bad blood between the two teams carry over into the rest of the weekend series?

Who knows? You never know what happens, Mattingly told reporters, via MLB.com. It should be something that’s over. I don’t see it really carrying over or there being any reason. They got hit, they throw a ball behind Stanton, they swing 3-0, whatever they do, whatever happens at that point, just move on.

But when reaching to grab the base, his left thumb became lodged against the bag. Trout immediately shook his left hand and did remain in the game before being replaced in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Angels general manager Billy Eppler told reporters Monday that surgery is an option for Trout, who heads to the disabled list for the first time in his career. Should the Angels elect for surgery, the timetable for a return to the lineup is 5-8 weeks but he could be back sooner.

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