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.
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.
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.
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
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 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.
Major League Baseball announced the 2022 All-Star game starters :
Catcher – Willson Contreras – Chicago Cubs
1st Base – Paul Goldschmidt – St. Louis Cardinals
2nd Base – Jazz Chisholm Jr. – Miami Marlins
Shortstop – Trea Turner – Los Angeles Dodgers
3rd Base – Manny Machado – San Diego Padres
Outfield – Ronald Acuna Jr. – Atlanta Braves
Outfield – Mookie Betts – Los Angeles Dodgers
Outfield – Joc Pederson – San Francisco Giants
Designated Hitter – Bryce Harper – Philadelphia Phillies
Catcher – Alejandro Kirk – Toronto Blue Jays
1st Base – Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays
2nd Base – Jose Altuve – Houston Astros
Shortstop – Tim Anderson – Chicago White Sox
3rd Base – Rafael Devers – Boston Red Sox
Outfield – Aaron Judge – New York Yankees
Outfield – Mike Trout – Los Angeles Angels
Outfield – Giancarlo Stanton – New York Yankees
Designated Hitter – Shohei Ohtani – Los Angeles Angels
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.
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.