Humpday Happenings You Might Have Missed
The New York Jets are optimistic that they will be able to put a trade together with the Green Bay Packers to acquire veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers. A group of Jets personnel, that included owner Woody Johnson met with Rodgers on Tuesday. The 39-year-old signed a 3-year, $150-million deal with Green Bay last offseason. If the Packers go through with a trade it would mean a $40.3-million dead cap hit for 2023.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins doesn't seem to be concerned with the trade rumors that are flying around the NFL. The 30-year-old saying Wednesday on the "Pat McAfee Show":
"You know, I've been hearing a lot of the trade talks, but I take things day (by) day. I don't look forward to the future, I live in the present moment. Right now, the Arizona Cardinals is the team and the roster that I'm on. I'm preparing myself for whatever the future holds."
New Orleans Pelicans big man, Zion Williamson has not played since January 2nd loss to the Philadelphia 76ers when he suffered a right hamstring strain. After undergoing more tests it appears he will miss at least another 2 weeks. The Pelicans have lost 17 of the 22 games that the 22-year-old has missed.
Kevin Durant suffered an ankle injury in pre-game warmups and was not able to take the court for his home debut. Devin Booker stepped up scoring 44 points, Terrence Ross contributed 24 and the Phoenix Suns beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 132-101 on Wednesday night. Booker saying post game about Durant missing the game:
“The city's been waiting on this, it was a big day. We'll reschedule the party. The people that missed out on it tonight, I tried to give them a little something to make it better.”
The New Jersey Devils and forward Jesper Bratt have begun discussions about a contract extension. The 24-year-old winger is set to become a restricted free agent at the end of this season and would become an unrestricted free agent after the 2023-2024 season. This past offseason the 2 sides settled on a 1-year, $5.45 million deal.
Coach of the San Jose Sharks, David Quinn, has been fined $25,000 for his verbal tirade aimed towards a referee after a clipping call on San Jose in the 3rd period.