Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors
LeBron James wants to silence the rumors
LeBron James briefly emerged from his silence on social network Tuesday to ensure he was not behind the rumors of a forthcoming Kyrie Irving departure.
“No info, people! Booo, find another source, I take advantage of the summer, do the same, “he tweeted in reference to two articles.
In the first article, Slam magazine ensures that “King James” wants the Cleveland Cavaliers to meet Irving’s request to be exchanged.
The second cites information from the ESPN television channel that the triple champion of the NBA would like to “correct” Irving if the two players meet face-to-face in the same room.
Irving, the Cavaliers’ star-studded playmaker, created a huge surprise by asking to be traded to another team where he would have more responsibilities because he does not want to play with James, who is ubiquitous on the field and outside.
The information, revealed last week by ESPN, has not been confirmed by the Cavaliers or Irving, but since then, other newspapers and media have revealed that Irving had made this request soon after the end of the season.
The Cavaliers prepared for the eventuality of Irving’s departure by recruiting for a season and a $2.1 million contract Derrick Rose, the former Chicago star, whose career is disrupted by repeated injuries since receiving the NBA Best Player Trophy (MVP) in 2011.
Irving, 25, has played the last three NBA finals with Cleveland against Golden State and won the NBA title in 2016. He spent his entire career in Cleveland, which had him sign a five-year contract guaranteeing him $94 million dollars in 2014 before announcing a few days later the return of “King James”.
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American League Division Series
Red Sox vs Indians Game 1
Boston’s David Ortiz makes his last playoff run and starts it against a team managed by Terry Francona, who helped guide Ortiz and the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. Francona must find a way to work around Ortiz with a pitching staff at less-than full strength when the Cleveland Indians host Boston in Game 1 of the American League Division Series on Thursday (Enter Contests).
About the Red Sox
The Red Sox had a chance to earn homefield advantage throughout the playoffs but closed with five losses in the last six games to drop into third place and make it necessary to travel to Cleveland for Game 1. “Big Papi” went 3-for-20 with one extra-base hit in those six games while being showered with tributes, but the bigger issue for Boston was closer Craig Kimbrel suffering the loss in two of those games and issuing six walks in two total innings over his three appearances. Ortiz (38 home runs, 127 RBIs), Mookie Betts (31, 113) and Hanley Ramirez (30, 111) became the first trio in franchise history to reach 30 homers and 100 RBIs in the same season. The Red Sox took the season series 4-2, winning two of three in Cleveland.
Rick Porcello emerged as an AL Cy Young candidate in the second half and went 8-1 over his final 11 starts, yielding three or fewer earned runs in each of those outings. The New Jersey native had a string of 11 straight starts completing at least seven innings come to an end in his last two starts as he surrendered a total of six runs and 16 hits in 12 1/3 innings against Tampa Bay and Toronto. Porcello earned a home win over Cleveland on May 22 and is 10-4 with a 3.35 ERA in 22 career starts against the Indians.
About the Indians
The Indians’ pitching issues have more to do with health as Carlos Carrasco (fractured finger) will miss the playoffs, Danny Salazar (forearm) is limited to the bullpen and Cy Young candidate Corey Kluber (quad) starts Game 2 on 10 days’ rest. Shortstop Francisco Lindor batted .233 after Sept. 1 and was 6-for-23 against Boston this season.
Trevor Bauer (12-8, 4.26) will get the start. He might have slotted fourth in a fully healthy Cleveland rotation. The right-hander struggled down the stretch with a 7.20 ERA in his last five starts. The lone quality start in that bunch came Saturday, when the UCLA product held Kansas City to three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out nine in six innings. Bauer faced Boston twice this season and allowed a total of six runs with 10 hits in six innings of work.
NBA Fantasy Basketball News
LeBron James will become free agent
LeBron James, FanPicks (click to play) top NBA Finals player, is about to become a free agent… and remain home in Cleveland all in the same time. That’s right, LeBron informed the team that he will not pick up his $24 million player option due for next season. He is going in as a free agent this summer. But he made it clear that he has no intention to move away. He is currently living a love story with the city of Cleveland, where he brought a first championship in over half-a-century just last week.
James chose to become a free agent in each of his last three years, and each time signed a two years contract, that included an option year to his benefit. He never let known of his intentions to signed another short-term contract or if he, this time around, would go for the longer one. The word is that he could go for a 5 year-contract worth from 201 to 205 million. This could make him the highest paid NBA player for a single-season in leagues history.
The decision of James to sign a new contract year-after-year gave him freedom all while pressuring the Cavs owners to continue adding quality players within the team. The Cavaliers, who became the first team in history to come back from a 1-3 deficit in the NBA finals, also counted on the star players Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to bring them their first franchise’s champioship. Both are under contract for the next three years and it’s unlikely that this trio will break anytime soon. And if you add-in promising center like Tristan Thompson to the mix for the next four years, it looks like Cleveland will be a force to be wrecking with in the Eastern conference.
Fantasy Basketball Draft Top Picks
June 10th 2016
The NBA Finals resumes Friday, with the Golden State Warriors leading the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-1. The Cavs weren’t going to give up easy after losing the first two game. LeBron James & co. bounce back in huge fashion defeating the Warriors 120-90. A win tonight at home is once again so important for Cleveland, with 2 out of the next three games in Golden State. Here’s a look at the Game 4 fantasy basketball draft (click to play) top picks!
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Fantasy Basketball Draft Notables
- LeBron Jame s and Kyrie Irving combined for 62 points in game 3.
- Kevin Love (concussion) will once again be a game time decision. He was part of the morning practice with the team Friday morning.
Daily Fantasy Basketball NBA Finals
LeBron James carried his squad with the best score in daily fantasy basketball NBA Finals game 2 Sunday night, yet it wasn’t enough to defeat the dynasty that is the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs lost 110-77, their worst game during the 2016 playoffs. They also gave up a 48 points difference after two games against the Warriors. Fortunately for them, the series now shifts to Cleveland. Play NBA-MLB cross-sport contest this Wednesday, exclusive to FanPicks.com (click to join).
Top NBA Game 2 Performers
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Game 3 starts on Wednesday at 9PM ET, with the Cavaliers reuniting with their fans at Quicken Loans Arena. They hope to earn their first win of the 2016 NBA Finals, as they trail 2-0 at the hands of the Golden State Warriors. Cleveland might be without their star power forward Kevin Love, who received an accidental elbow from Harrison Barnes to the head this past Sunday. He initially stayed in the game, but left after experiencing dizziness. If he is not ready come game time, the Cavs will likely turn to their big russian Timofey Mozgov in the starting five. He has played a total of fourteen minutes during the first two games of the finals.
Fantasy Basketball Playoffs
The Toronto Raptors took care of the Heat yesterday’s Game 7 in dominating fashion, moving on to the NBA Eastern Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s not much of an fantasy basketball playoffs series compared to what could’ve been the Cavaliers vs the Heat story-wise, but we still end-up watching the two best teams in the East go at it. Cleveland stands as the team to beat in the East winning all 8 games they’ve played these playoffs. Game 1 is scheduled for Tuesday May 17, and you can enter this matchup in cross-sport contests now at FanPicks (click to join). LeBron James and co. will begin fresh off a week rest, which the Raptors have barely benefited from. It’s enough for Dwayne Casey’s squad that they have made it this far, pushing to within four victories of The Finals for the first time in franchise history. When this postseason started, Toronto had never even won a seven-game playoff series. One month later, and they have won two of them. Despite the East’s defending champions coming in as favorites, the Raptors edged them out in the regular season, winning 2-out-of-the-3 contests. Both victories came at the Air Canada Centre, and they shot 50.2 percent during the three games. Will that, along with whatever momentum gained from the Miami series, be enough to pull off the improbable and access the conference finals? Time will tell. After all, the Cavaliers are arguably their best edition ever too.
This series offers several fascinating individual confrontations, with the Kyle Lowry-Kyrie Irving clash at point guard dripping with talent and competitiveness. DeMar DeRozan will get the sort of VIP defensive attention from J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert that essentially shut down the Hawks’ Kyle Korver in the last round. Then there’s DeMarre Carroll, who as an Atlanta Hawk had to deal with LeBron James in last year’s conference finals and will have the same assignment wearing a Raptors uniform.
The East’s final doesn’t seem to offer the sizzle of what will be going on out West. The gap between the Cavaliers and the Raptors on paper seems much larger than that single game that separated them in the regular-season standings. But Toronto makes for a much bigger Cinderella story, not only representing a city but also an entire country.