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Friday facts in case you missed something


  1. Star point guard Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers are putting the finishing touches on a 2-year extension worth $122 million. Lillard will be under contract with Portland through the 2026-2027 season.

Damian Lillard has signed a two-year, $122M extension with the Trail Blazers, sources tell @BobbyMarks42. The extension has a player option for the 2026-27 season. — ESPN (@espn) July 8, 2022

  1. James Harden, former MVP, plans to re-sign with the Philadelphia 76er’s on a 2-year deal. The deal will have Harden taking a $15 million pay cut this season and will have a player option in the 2nd season.

Everyone in the league is getting a bag while James Harden is revolving his contract around what works best for the team. Never say this man doesn't care. — 𝙃𝙇¹ (@HardensLefty) July 3, 2022

  1. The New York Knicks have waived center Taj Gibson and in turn are saving $5.1 million against the salary cap. Gibson was set to enter the 2nd year of his 2-year contract with New York. Several other teams have expressed interest in Gibson but he is expected to sign with the Washington Wizards upon clearing waivers.

Taj Gibson plans to sign with the Washington Wizards once he clears waivers on Sunday, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Gibson was released today by New York and would give Washington an accomplished veteran big man. — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 8, 2022


  1. 17 year veteran defensemen for the Edmonton Oilers, Duncan Keith, has decided to lay down his stick. The 38-year-old finished his career with 646 points over 1,256 games and contributed 91 points in 151 post season performances.

Word is Duncan Keith of the Edmonton Oilers has decided to retire. The 38-year-old has one year left on his deal at $5.54 million AAV. Heck of a career, two-time Norris Trophy winner and Conn Smythe Trophy winner. — Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 8, 2022

  1. Goaltender Ville Husso was shipped from the St. Louis Blues to the Detroit Red Wings in return for the 73rd pick in the 2022 draft. Husso, a pending unrestricted free-agent, has reportedly signed a 3-year contract with the Red Wings that carries a $4.75 million yearly value.

The Detroit Red Wings have reached a three-year deal with Ville Husso carrying an average annual value of $4.75 million after acquiring him for a third-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft. MORE: — TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 8, 2022

  1. The Florida Panthers signed forward Eetu Luostarinen to a 2-year contract extension on Friday. The deal holds an AAV of $1.5 million. Luostarinen was a pending restricted free agent.

Good morning! We have re-signed Eetu Luostarinen to a two-year contract. 📝 » — Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) July 8, 2022


  1. Major League Baseball announced the 2022 All-Star game starters :

National League

  1. Catcher – Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs

  2. 1st Base – Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals

  3. 2nd Base – Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Miami Marlins

  4. Shortstop – Trea Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers

  5. 3rd Base – Manny Machado – San Diego Padres

  6. Outfield – Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves

  7. Outfield – Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers

  8. Outfield – Joc Pederson – San Francisco Giants

  9. Designated Hitter – Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies

American League

  1. Catcher – Alejandro Kirk – Toronto Blue Jays

  2. 1st Base – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays

  3. 2nd Base – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros

  4. Shortstop – Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox

  5. 3rd Base – Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox

  6. Outfield – Aaron Judge – New York Yankees

  7. Outfield – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels

  8. Outfield – Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees

  9. Designated Hitter – Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels

  1. Chris Sale is set to make his season debut for the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Alex Cora made the announcement on Friday.

#RedSox manager Alex Cora confirms Chris Sale will start Tuesday in Tampa against the Rays – @wbz — Dan Roche (@RochieWBZ) July 8, 2022

  1. Eugenio Suárez hit a 3-run shot off Sergio Romo in the 11th inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Friday night. This makes for Seattles season-best 6 straight victories and the 1st time in Suárez career that he hit a game ending homer.

SIX. IN. A. ROW. — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 9, 2022

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