Kevin Durant seems to be sticking firmly to his ultimatum that the team trade him or fire head coach Steve Nash and general manager Sean Marks. Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai is committed to and in support of the coaching staff and front office. The Nets have reportedly had talks with almost every team in the league with the hopes of getting a monstrous package of players and draft picks in return for Durant. Tsai said Monday via Twitter :
“Our front office and coaching staff have my support. We will make decisions in the best interest of the Brooklyn Nets.”
Atlanta Hawks guard Dejounte Murray and Orlando Magic forward Paolo Banchero have taken their beef to social media. The 2 clashing at a pro-am game in their home state of Washington on Sunday. Late in the first quarter of the game, Murray got Banchero with a shot-fake and a pass-fake behind his back, leaving the 2022 number one draft pick a bit turned around. The recently acquired Hawks guard then pulling up for the alley-oop off of the backboard. Murray taking it a step further made a hand motion, signaling Banchero as “too small,” and fired the ball back at the Magic forward. They will have the opportunity to settle their beef on the court as the Hawks and Magicmeet 4 times this upcoming season.
The Los Angeles Lakers have revealed their Classic Edition uniform for the 2022-2023 season. The jersey features the 50’s era blue and gold and recreates the teams first ever home uniform in honor of their 75th anniversary.
The Vegas Golden Knights have re-signed forward Nicolas Roy to a 5-year deal with an AAV of $3 million. Roy was a restricted free agent coming off of a 2-year contract with a cap hit of $750,000.
The Arizona Coyotes and restricted free-agent forward Lawson Crouse have agreed to a 5-year contract. The deal reportedly carries an AAV of $4.3 million.
The Boston Bruins nailed down their trio of forwards on Monday signing all 3 to 1-year deals. Patrice Bergeron taking $2.5 million and another $2.5 million in incentives. David Krejci re-joining with $1million and another $2 million in incentives and Pavel Zacha agreed to a contract with a cap hit of $3.5 million.
All-Pro kicker Justin Tucker and the Baltimore Ravens have agreed to a 4-year contract extension that will bring him through the 2027 season. Tucker will reclaim the top spot as the NFL’s highest paid kicker, boasting a $24 million extension that includes $17.5 million guaranteed and an $11.5 million signing bonus.
Saints quarterback Jameis Winston had to leave practice on Monday after he was rolling out during a 7-on-7 drill and felt his foot “tweak”. He initially stayed on the field to practice but shortly after making his way to the training room to be evaluated. No update has been provided yet on his status.
Feeling I’m getting from multiple sources is that the Jameis Winston injury isn’t anything major. — Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) August 8, 2022
New York Jets offensive tackle Mekhi Becton’s suffered an injury during Mondays practice to his surgically repaired right knee. It is unfortunately being reported that the injury is more serious then first expected. Someone with direct knowledge of the injury reortedly said that he will continue to have tests on the knee, and that it is unrelated to the previous injury that landed him on the sidelines for the better part of last season.
#Jets OT Mekhi Becton’s knee injury is more concerning than the team originally believed following practice today, sources tell me and @RapSheet. It’s a new injury and unrelated to his previous knee injury. Becton has additional medical appointments tomorrow to get more clarity. — Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) August 8, 2022
New York Yankees veteran Matt Carpenter suffered a left foot fracture during Monday night’s 9-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. Carpenter suffered the injury when he fouled a ball off his own foot during his 1st inning at-bat.
New York Mets right-hander Chris Bassit made it through a solid 8 innings. He only gave up 1 earned run, walked 1 and struck out 8. Starling Marte hit a 2-run homer in the 1st inning, leading the New York Mets to a 5-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night. New York has won 13 of their last 15 and extended their lead to 7 games in the NL East.
Keegan Thompson pitched 6 tight innings, while rookies Nelson Velázquez and Christopher Morel both sent one over the wall in the 3rd inning lifting the Chicago Cubs over the Washington Nationals 6-3 on Monday night. The Cubs affectively ending the game on a beautiful strike em’ out, throw em’ out at 2nd base double play.