The week leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft was not really centered around the draft at all, at least for the Los Angeles Lakers. The team was involved in trade talks for Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George for most of the week heading into the event, with talks ultimately stalling because the Pacers were unenthused by the Lakers offer and Los Angeles was unwilling to raise it. According to most reports, the Lakers were offering the Pacers their pick of Julius Randle or Jordan Clarkson, and throwing in the No. 27 and No. 28 picks on top of either of those players. The Pacers obviously balked at that offer, or George would have had his Lakers introductory presser Friday in addition to or instead
While we await the full details of Derek Carr’s contract extension we know enough to see what effect the deal will have on the Redskins’ efforts to negotiate a new deal with Kirk Cousins. The Carr extension has been anticipated for months. The 2014 second-round pick was going into the final year of his contract. There were strong incentives for both sides to get a deal done. Absent a deal, Carr was looking at going through the risks of the NFL season on a salary $1.1 million. The Raiders faced starting the Redskins-Cousins style franchise tag dance with Carr in 2018. It also seemed inevitable that Carr would become the highest-paid player in the game. He got there with a deal that has an average
In this week's Open Mike, Big League Stew's Mike Oz reacts to the Padres' deciding not to retaliate after a home plate collision between Austin Hedges and Anthony Rizzo.