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There is a path for Tim Lincecum to go back to where it all began, but it’s far from a lock.

A day after throwing a showcase in front of major-league scouts, San Francisco Giants general manager Bobby Evans is saying the team is interested in potentially signing the Freak. The circumstances just have to be right, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

“It’s up to the competition of what clubs are bidding on him, and I can’t speak to that yet,” Evans said. “It’s early. We obviously are all rooting for Timmy. Selfishly, anything he does, we would love for it to be in a Giants uniform, but sometimes opportunities on the business side dictate otherwise. But we’re always rooting for him.”

The Giants were rumored to be one of the teams attending the showcase. Lincecum, for his part, impressed with his stuff.

“He looked strong. His fastball (velocity) was good,” Evans said, according to ESPN. “His breaking stuff had some good depth to it. Obviously, he looks like he’s in great shape. Clearly, he’d worked really hard to get to this point. His opportunities will come for him. Let’s see how it plays out. We’re very hopeful for him whether it’s with us or somebody else.”

Evans’ stance is non-committal, but there appears to be a chance Lincecum goes back to the organization where he has spent the bulk of his career.

Lincecum, 33, didn’t pitch in 2017, and struggled extensively through nine starts with the Los Angeles Angels in 2016. The two-time Cy Young Award winner spent nine seasons with the Giants, going 108-83 with a 3.61 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, and 1,704 strikeouts over 1,643 2/3 innings.

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The Vancouver Canucks signed general manager Jim Benning to a multi-year extension Wednesday, the team announced.

Benning is the 11th GM in Canucks history and has held the position since May of 2014.

“I’m grateful to the Aquilini family and to Trevor Linden for the commitment they’ve made to me and for their confidence in our long-term vision for the Vancouver Canucks,” Benning said in a team release.

“I’m excited about the direction of our team and the depth and talent we continue to build. I believe we are on the right track and I am pleased to continue the work we started four years ago when we set out to build a championship team.”

Before joining the Canucks’ front office, Benning served as assistant GM with the Boston Bruins for seven seasons, winning a Stanley Cup in 2011.

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and forward Paul Stastny haven’t talked about a potential contract extension, Armstrong and Stastny’s agent Matt Keator confirmed Tuesday to The Athletic’s Jeremy Rutherford.

Both sides have agreed to let the season play out before they discuss a deal, per Rutherford.

The 32-year-old is in the final year of a four-year, $28-million contract and is set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

Stastny is in his fourth season with the Blues and has 12 goals and 39 points in 58 games.

The future looks bright in San Francisco, and John Lynch hopes that’s apparent to upcoming free agents.

The 49ers general manager secured the services of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo for a reported five years and $137.5 million, and now he’s turning his attention to the open market.

The team will have an estimated $77 million to spend in free agency and is poised to be an active participant.

“We’re fully aware of all the work we have to do. This was a big piece,” Lynch said of signing Garoppolo to an extension, Cam Inman of the Mercury News reports.

“Heading into free agency this is a big deal. It’s 75 degrees and sunny outside. We have this guy. Who wouldn’t want to be here.”

The 49ers finished 2017 on a five-game winning streak with Garoppolo under center and will certainly be a popular dark-horse pick with pundits entering 2018.

As far as Luc Robitaille is concerned, Drew Doughty‘s long-term future is with the Los Angeles Kings.

The team’s president appeared on TSN1050 in Toronto on Thursday and expressed extreme confidence in being able to lock up the star defenseman, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019.

“No, there’s never even a question in our mind – Drew’s going to be a King and he’s going to be with us,” Robitaille said. “He’s a very special player. He plays with an extreme amount of passion. He’s one of those guys that, you know, he found a way that whether he gets a goal or not, he plays the game so well at both ends. He’s definitely, for us, the best defenseman in the league in his own end, and I’m not even talking about what he does offensively.”

Doughty made waves earlier this season when he said he and Erik Karlssondeserve more money than P.K. Subban, and that he didn’t know if he’ll re-sign with the Kings.

Robitaille understands Doughty’s worth and seems intent on doing whatever it takes to retain the Stanley Cup and Norris Trophy winner.

“He’s one of those very special players. We wouldn’t be where we’re at today without him and we know we can’t have success without him. So in our mind, he’s with us. He’s going to stay with us. We’ll figure out a way.”

Doughty carries a cap hit of $7 million through to the end of next season, while Subban’s $9-million cap hit ranks the highest among all defensemen.

LeBron James gave props to Cleveland Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman for his roster rehaul.

“I think Koby did a heck of a job of understanding what our team needed. It just wasn’t working out for us,” James told reporters following Tuesday’s 120-112 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“He made the changes he felt that best fits our team,” the four-time MVP added. “Then it’s on me to make sure the new guys that come in, I make sure they fit in and make it as seamless as possible.”

Altman, who was promoted to GM in the offseason after David Griffin left, was the league’s busiest executive ahead of last week’s trade deadline. Determined to give his struggling team a boost in terms of youth, athleticism, and defensive acumen, Altman swung three trades that shipped out seven players and brought back four new faces.

James has the opportunity to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, and it appears the team tried to give him a reason to stay in Cleveland. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Altman met with the superstar last week to discuss the transactions he was in the process of facilitating and assured him he’d try his best to fix what was a dysfunctional group both on and off the court.

The early returns are encouraging, with Cleveland picking up quality wins over the Boston Celtics and Thunder.

James is averaging 26.5 points, 8.9 assists, 8.1 rebounds, 1.5 steals, and a block over 56 games for the third-place Cavs. He’s expected to decline his $35.6-million player option at season’s end.

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow wants to hold on to a pair of draft picks acquired from the Calgary Flames last summer.

As part of the return for defenseman Travis Hamonic, the Islanders received both a first- and second-round pick for 2018. Those selections would be highly coveted on the trade market around the deadline, but Snow has no desire to sacrifice those assets despite sitting outside the playoff picture.

“So, are we going to, at this point in time, be giving first-round picks and high picks for rental players? I don’t think we’re in that position,” Snow said, per Newsday’s Steven Marcus. “Just doesn’t make sense.”

Snow also reiterated he won’t be trading John Tavares amid uncertainty about the captain’s long-term future with the team.

He added injuries have been a big factor as to why the Islanders are a playoff bubble team, and the belief seems to be the group as constituted can get the job done down the stretch.