The Celtics Got Lucky by Not Getting What They Wanted

Other teams’ superstars kept getting traded, and the Celtics wanted in on the action. Boston (mostly) missed out, and is probably better off for it.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #tatum-jayson-1998, #trades-sports

From Santo Domingo to the N.B.A. Finals, Al Horford Is at Home

Horford, the Boston Celtics center, is the first Dominican player in the N.B.A. finals. With the way he’s competing, it’s hard to tell he hasn’t been here before.

#atkinson-kenny-1967, #basketball, #boston-celtics, #brown-jaylen-1996, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #horford-al, #nba-championship, #playoff-games, #trades-sports

What We Learned From Round 1 of the N.F.L. Draft

It was a big night for linemen, receivers, and the state of Georgia, but a very quiet one for quarterbacks. In surprising moves, A.J. Brown was traded to the Eagles and the Jets and Giants drafted prudently.

#baltimore-ravens, #brown-a-j-1997, #carolina-panthers, #detroit-lions, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #ekwonu-ikem, #football, #green-bay-packers, #houston-texans, #hutchinson-aidan-2000, #jacksonville-jaguars, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #new-york-giants, #new-york-jets, #philadelphia-eagles, #pittsburgh-steelers, #tennessee-titans, #thibodeaux-kayvon, #trades-sports, #walker-travon-2000, #willis-malik-1999, #wyatt-devonte-1998

The Toronto Blue Jays Set Their Sights on the World Series

By adding Matt Chapman, a team on the rise might have the best infield in baseball. The goal: Win the World Series.

#baseball, #bichette-bo-1998, #chapman-matt-1993, #gausman-kevin, #guerrero-vladimir-jr-1999, #oakland-athletics, #toronto-blue-jays, #trades-sports

Deshaun Watson Is Traded to Cleveland

The former quarterback of the Houston Texans missed last season as he faced a criminal investigation and lawsuits involving sexual misconduct. A grand jury last week declined to charge him.

#buzbee-tony-g, #cleveland-browns, #football, #hardin-rusty, #houston-texans, #massage, #national-football-league, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #texas, #trades-sports, #watson-deshaun-1995

Yankees Owner Hal Steinbrenner Defends His Payroll

With an expensive roster, and high expenses, Hal Steinbrenner brushed off talk of pressure from the Mets’ Steven A. Cohen. “I can’t control what resources other owners or other teams have.”

#baseball, #cohen-steven-a, #finances, #free-agents-sports, #new-york-mets, #new-york-yankees, #steinbrenner-hal, #trades-sports, #wages-and-salaries

What Brady, Rodgers and Wilson’s Choices Could Mean for the NFL 2022 Season

Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson all made decisions that shifted plans around the league and reinforced the value of having a franchise quarterback.

#brady-tom, #denver-broncos, #football, #free-agents-sports, #green-bay-packers, #gutekunst-brian, #national-football-league, #rodgers-aaron, #seattle-seahawks, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #trades-sports, #wilson-russell-1988

Yankees Trade Gary Sanchez to Twins

An All-Star catcher who had fallen on hard times, Sanchez is headed to Minnesota with Gio Urshela in a trade for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and a young catcher.

#baseball, #donaldson-josh-1985, #kiner-falefa-isiah, #minnesota-twins, #new-york-yankees, #sanchez-gary-1992, #trades-sports, #urshela-gio-1991

Max Scherzer on MLB Lockout: ‘It’s Over. Let’s Just Play Baseball.’

Max Scherzer was a vocal leader during the lockout, but now he is focused on getting ready for the season. He’ll have help after his team traded for yet another All-Star pitcher.

#baseball, #bassitt-chris, #cohen-steven-a, #major-league-baseball, #new-york-mets, #nimmo-brandon-1993, #scherzer-max, #trades-sports

Seahawks Plan to Trade Russell Wilson to the Broncos

Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, winning one, but had taken issue with being left out of personnel decisions.

#carroll-pete, #denver-broncos, #football, #lock-drew-1996, #national-football-league, #seattle-seahawks, #trades-sports, #wilson-russell-1988

Soccer’s Fastest-Growing Market Is the One for Ideas

Wealthy teams accustomed to pursuing players are simultaneously competing for the signatures of a new era’s most sought-after talents: data analysts.

#coaches-and-managers, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #eintracht-frankfurt-soccer-team, #europe, #rb-leipzig-soccer-team, #soccer, #statistics, #trades-sports

The Nets Were to Be a Team of Destiny. But Not This Kind.

The collapse of the Nets’ superteam of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving echoes the falls of other starry groupings. But they had a chance to be different.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #durant-kevin, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #marks-sean-1975, #nash-steve, #philadelphia-76ers, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

James Harden Traded to Sixers for Ben Simmons

Harden has been with the Nets since January 2021, when Houston traded him to Brooklyn. Simmons has not played in Philadelphia this season for personal reasons.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-seth-1990, #drummond-andre-1993, #harden-james, #millsap-paul-1985, #philadelphia-76ers, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #trades-sports

McCollum on Simmons Trade Rumors, Vaccines and Blazers Firing

Portland guard CJ McCollum is facing challenges both personal and professional in his first year as president of the players’ union. “It’s the life I chose,” he said.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #basketball, #black-people, #collective-bargaining, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mccollum-c-j, #national-basketball-assn, #national-basketball-players-assn, #olshey-neil, #organized-labor, #portland-trail-blazers, #simmons-benjamin-1996, #trades-sports, #vaccination-and-immunization

A Transfer Market Mystery: What’s a Player Worth?

The authorities in Italy are investigating dozens of transfers involving top clubs. In doing so, they might pull back the curtain on accounting practices that defy easy explanation.

#juventus-soccer-team, #napoli-soccer-team, #soccer, #trades-sports, #uefa-champions-league-soccer

Trading for Von Miller, the Rams Are All In

Los Angeles’s front office has been aggressive in pursuing trades that can help the team return to the Super Bowl, frequently raiding its store of draft picks to do so.

#football, #goff-jared-t-1994, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #miller-von, #national-football-league, #snead-les, #trades-sports

What We Learned From Week 8 in the N.F.L.

The Saints’ defense stepped up when Jameis Winston went down, Josh Allen shook off an uncharacteristically sloppy start, and wide receivers around the league auditioned for Tuesday’s trade deadline.

#allen-josh-1996, #beckham-odell-jr, #brady-tom, #buffalo-bills, #chicago-bears, #cleveland-browns, #diggs-stefon-1993, #football, #ingram-mark, #jackson-lamar-1997, #kansas-city-chiefs, #miami-dolphins, #national-football-league, #new-orleans-saints, #siemian-trevor-1992, #tagovailoa-tua, #tampa-bay-buccaneers, #trades-sports, #williams-p-j

Kyle Lowry Is Having His Say, On and Off the Court

He bounced around the N.B.A., won a championship in Toronto then flexed a little power to find happiness in Miami.

#basketball, #butler-jimmy, #derozan-demar, #free-agents-sports, #lowry-kyle-1986, #miami-heat, #toronto-raptors, #trades-sports

The Knicks Are Ready for a Sequel. The Good Kind.

The Knicks are positioned to build on last season’s success after an off-season of smart moves.

#basketball, #coaches-and-managers, #free-agents-sports, #new-york-knicks, #quickley-immanuel, #randle-julius, #thibodeau-tom, #toppin-obi, #trades-sports

How Did the Dodgers Get Trea Turner?

The Dodgers needed a starting pitcher, and they got a great one in Max Scherzer. That they added Trea Turner, a superstar infielder, in the same trade hardly seems fair.

#baseball, #content-type-personal-profile, #los-angeles-dodgers, #scherzer-max, #trades-sports, #turner-justin-1984, #turner-trea-1993

Soccer’s New Rich Leave the Old Guard Looking Beleaguered

European soccer’s summer trading window closed this week, with teams backed by nation states and the super rich cementing their dominance.

#barcelona-soccer-team, #paris-st-germain-fc-soccer-team, #real-madrid-soccer-team, #soccer, #trades-sports

Matthew Stafford Wants His Hollywood Ending. So Do the Rams.

After 12 seasons in Detroit, the quarterback wanted out. The Los Angeles Rams, looking to move on from Jared Goff, saw in Stafford another shot at a championship run.

#content-type-personal-profile, #detroit-lions, #football, #goff-jared-t-1994, #los-angeles-rams, #mcvay-sean-1986, #snead-les, #stafford-matthew, #trades-sports

The Bucks Have Big-Time Supporters: Kareem and Oscar Robertson

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson were the top two scorers on Milwaukee’s 1971 title team. They’re rooting for Giannis Antetokounmpo win it all this year.

#abdul-jabbar-kareem, #antetokounmpo-giannis-1994, #basketball, #content-type-personal-profile, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #nba-championship, #robertson-oscar, #trades-sports

N.F.L. Quarterbacks on the Move: Wentz. Watson? Darnold?

Carson Wentz is a Colt, Jared Goff is a Lion and Deshaun Watson wants to be anything but a Texan. A look at the deals that have been done, and a few more that might be next.

#darnold-sam-1997, #football, #goff-jared-t-1994, #stafford-matthew, #trades-sports, #watson-deshaun-1995, #wentz-carson-1992

Nolan Arenado Is Introduced by St. Louis and Mourned by Colorado

As the St. Louis Cardinals celebrated their trade for Nolan Arenado, the Colorado Rockies were also on a video chat, explaining how they paid another team to take their best player.

#arenado-nolan-1991, #baseball, #bridich-jeff, #colorado-rockies, #monfort-dick, #st-louis-cardinals, #trades-sports

The Harden Trade Should Work Out — but Maybe Not for the Nets

Going big brought championships home right away for the Lakers (Anthony Davis trade) and the Raptors (Kawhi Leonard). The Nets’ bet on James Harden might not pay off so soon.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #irving-kyrie, #trades-sports

Mets Trade For Francisco Lindor and Carlos Carrasco

A star shortstop and a veteran starting pitcher join the Mets, bolstering a team that is rapidly rebuilding under new ownership.

#baseball, #carrasco-carlos-1987, #lindor-francisco-1993, #new-york-mets, #trades-sports

Padres Jolt M.L.B. With Bold Moves to Set Up World Series Run

While many teams continued to assess the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, San Diego acquired two pricey pitchers and instantly became one of the favorites to win the World Series.

#darvish-yu, #free-agents-sports, #major-league-baseball, #san-diego-padres, #snell-blake-1992, #trades-sports

8 Fearless N.B.A. Season Predictions

Houston’s James Harden is widely expected to be traded soon. But Kevin Love? Zach LaVine? LaMarcus Aldridge? They could be on the move, too.

#basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #curry-stephen, #durant-kevin, #harden-james, #houston-rockets, #national-basketball-assn, #trades-sports

French Soccer Faces Reckoning After TV Deal Collapses

The sudden collapse of a billion-dollar television contract has created a serious cash crisis for French clubs as the January transfer window nears.

#bein-sports-llc, #canal-plus, #finances, #france, #ligue-1-soccer, #mediaproduccion-slu, #soccer, #television, #trades-sports

Why is Russell Westbrook Headed to His Third Team in Three Years?

Despite being a regular All-Star and former M.V.P., Westbrook is headed to his third team in three years. His value appears to be a matter of opinion.

#basketball, #national-basketball-assn, #trades-sports, #washington-wizards, #westbrook-russell

2020 N.B.A. Free Agency Updates: Trades and Signings

The Bucks are trying to satisfy Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Warriors are scrambling and the Rockets are dealing with two unhappy stars.

#basketball, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #free-agents-sports, #golden-state-warriors, #milwaukee-bucks, #national-basketball-assn, #sacramento-kings, #trades-sports

Marc Stein on the Russell Westbrook Trade Market

The Houston Rockets’ two stars want out, but the market for Westbrook is lukewarm and dependent on what happens with James Harden. Plus: the latest on LaMelo Ball and the N.B.A. draft.

#ball-lamelo, #basketball, #brooklyn-nets, #charlotte-hornets, #coaches-and-managers, #draft-and-recruitment-sports, #free-agents-sports, #harden-james, #houston-rockets, #national-basketball-assn, #new-york-knicks, #trades-sports, #westbrook-russell

Phoenix Suns Agree to Trade for Chris Paul

The trade, which has not been finalized, would send Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr. to Oklahoma City for Paul, the veteran point guard.

#basketball, #booker-devin-1996, #green-danny, #los-angeles-lakers, #national-basketball-assn, #oklahoma-city-thunder, #paul-chris-1985, #phoenix-suns, #rubio-ricky, #schroder-dennis-1993, #trades-sports

The Bills Won the Stefon Diggs Trade. Right?

Diggs has powered Buffalo’s high-powered offense. But Justin Jefferson, selected with a pick acquired in the Diggs trade, has been nearly as good for Minnesota.

#buffalo-bills, #diggs-stefon-1993, #football, #jefferson-justin-1999, #minnesota-vikings, #trades-sports

Meet the Biggest Prankster in Baseball: Yankees G.M. Brian Cashman

Bogus trades. Fake lottery tickets. Electric pen assaults. No one at Yankee Stadium is safe from the longtime general manager’s high jinks.

#baseball, #boone-aaron, #cashman-brian, #cintron-alex-1978, #coaches-and-managers, #eppler-billy, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #new-york-yankees, #rivera-mariano, #trades-sports

Derek Jeter on His First Postseason With the Miami Marlins

Jeter played 158 playoff games as a Yankee. This week, he’ll experience his first as the Marlins’ chief executive: “It’s completely different, because you have no control whatsoever.”

#baseball, #miami-marlins, #new-york-yankees, #playoff-games, #trades-sports

Lou Brock, Baseball Hall of Famer Known for Stealing Bases, Dies at 81

The son of sharecroppers, Brock attended a one-room schoolhouse, but was inspired by possibilities beyond the poverty and segregation of the rural South.

#baseball, #careers-and-professions, #deaths-obituaries, #halls-of-fame, #lou-brock, #st-louis-cardinals, #trades-sports, #world-series

To Undo a Mess, the Jaguars Trust in the People Who Made It

Years of mismanagement have left Jacksonville with a thin roster and $44.8 million in dead cap space. The front office, however, remains intact.

#bortles-blake-1992, #caldwell-dave, #coughlin-tom, #foles-nick, #football, #fournette-leonard-1995, #fowler-dante-jr-1994, #jacksonville-jaguars, #marrone-doug, #ngakoue-yannick, #trades-sports

The Padres Bulk Up and Set Their Sights on Catching the Dodgers

San Diego dealt 16 players and acquired nine major leaguers in a rush of deals before Monday’s trading deadline, hoping to challenge the perennial division favorites in Los Angeles.

#baseball, #clevinger-mike-1990, #los-angeles-dodgers, #roberts-dave-1972, #san-diego-padres, #tatis-fernando-jr, #trades-sports