Posts Tagged ‘Rumors’

Anthony Davis intends to sign a new deal to remain with the Los Angeles Lakers once he becomes eligible for free agency in 2020, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The report comes shortly after Wojnarowski broke the news that Davis would be dealt to Los Angeles for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, and three first-round draft picks.

Davis requested a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans in January, with reports pinning the Lakers as one his preferred destinations. At the time, his agent, Rich Paul, was rumored to be informing other interested teams that Davis would not re-sign with them if they traded for him and was set on going to Los Angeles as a free agent.

Paul corroborated those reports publicly this week, telling the Celtics to view the forward as a one-year rental if they struck a deal with the Pelicans. The Celtics’ reported refusal to include Jayson Tatum in a trade apparently eliminated them from the Davis sweepstakes.

The 26-year-old Davis was also said to be open to joining the New York Knicks, though it’s unclear how close the Knicks came to trading for the forward; some within the franchise reportedly cited the 2011 deal for Carmelo Anthony and his ensuing stint at Madison Square Garden to caution against dealing significant assets for Davis.

Recent months have seen Shane McMahon become a weapons-grade troll in WWE, with the 49-year-old dominating increasingly large portions of Raw and SmackDown every single week, having just flattened company golden boy Roman Reigns in a farce of a bout at Super ShowDown.

Shane’s push and presentation have sparked an intense backlash. Though he’s always been a divisive performer, the ‘Best in the World’ draws heat, but arguably not the good kind, and there’s now talk that this extends to WWE’s own backstage area.

Per Fightful Select, “the decision to heavily feature Shane McMahon in the middle of a Wild Card scenario that already limits screen-time for others is infuriating.”

That last word is critical. If the report is accurate (and the source’s track record suggests it probably is), then it sounds like the WWE locker-room has finally had enough of the boss’ son taking what could be their televised opportunities – and understandably so. Imagine being Ali or Buddy Murphy at the moment.

Last week brought reports that Shane may soon take Kofi Kingston’s WWE Championship in a move that could spark another #CancelWWENetwork-esque revolt. A hilariously misguided move if true, but hilarious nonetheless.

If Kyrie Irving signs with the Brooklyn Nets, it’s highly unlikely D’Angelo Russell will be brought back, sources told SNY’s Ian Begley.

The fourth-year guard has expressed interest in remaining with the club. However, Russell is a restricted free agent and retaining his $21-million cap hold in combination with inking Irving would complicate the Nets’ reported pursuit of Kevin Durant.

Multiple teams are apparently interested in the former second overall pick, including the Indiana Pacers, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz, and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Russell is coming off a breakthrough season after averaging career highs in points (21.1) and assists (7.0) en route to his first All-Star appearance. The 23-year-old is among three finalists for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award.

Irving has reportedly declined his $21.3-million player option for the 2019-20 season to become an unrestricted free agent, and recently fueled speculation he prefers the Nets with his expected partnership with Roc Nation Sports.

Toes are being screwed into executives’ shoes so tightly in Stamford, CT right now that they’re in danger of boring a hole right through dozens of pairs of designer brogues. The news that AEW’s All Out became Sold Out in double-quick time is further manure on a complete pile of a week for the company, which began with a record low rating for flagship show WWE Raw outside of holiday season.

The inversely proportional factors of a failing product propped up by ethics-free trips to Saudi Arabia against a vibrant, super-hot independent utopia is creating all sorts of internal misery for McMahon and co. WWE were caught cold when Jon Moxley pulled the wool over their eyes by alighting in AEW at Double or Nothing, and a slew of talent is said to be eager to follow their ex-colleague out of the exit door.

Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that the volume of those under contract at WWE who have contacted AEW is “mind-blowing”, adding that Vince did not see this coming.

Not everybody wants out – Meltzer noted Roman Reigns as an obvious exception – but AEW’s “insane momentum” has supposedly turned far more heads than WWE are comfortable with.

“WWE didn’t expect this […] to keep growing,” said the veteran journalist. “[They] would have thought it was beginner’s luck the first time, but now they can’t say that.”

And it seems that momentum is only set to blossom further. Some talent have already made public overtures towards the upstarts – notably Sasha Banks and The Revival. At this stage, we can only speculate who else is asking around for Tony Khan’s number.

Could one of them surreptitiously become the new Lex Luger when AEW launches on TNT this October? Keep your eyes peeled for disgruntled WWE stars shopping for frilly shirts…

The Washington Wizards are preparing to offer Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri a deal worth approximately $10 million annually with an opportunity to acquire ownership equity, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Wizards owner Ted Leonsis will reportedly look to receive permission from Raptors ownership to meet with Ujiri and make an offer.

Ujiri helped turn the Raptors into a perennial playoff contender. He also made the franchise-changing trade to acquire Kawhi Leonard from the San Antonio Spurs, leading to the organization’s first-ever NBA championship.

The Wizards have yet to find their replacement for longtime executive Ernie Grunfeld, who was fired shortly after the season concluded in April.

Washington has missed the playoffs seven times over the last 11 seasons, and the team hasn’t advanced past the Eastern Conference semifinals since 1979.

The San Jose Sharks are continuing to work on a contract extension for unrestricted free agent Erik Karlsson, according to The Athletic’s Kevin Kurz.

The Sharks are the only team that can offer Karlsson a term of eight years. Once July 1 passes and the free-agent signing period begins, the maximum term the 29-year-old can get elsewhere is seven years.

With $24.7 million in projected cap space, the Sharks can make it work, but will have some important decisions to make this offseason.

Veteran forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Gustav Nyquist, and Joonas Donskoi are all unrestricted free agents, and young talents Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier are coming off their entry-level contracts, putting them in line for their first big-league deals.

Karlsson battled a pair of groin injuries over the latter half of the year and underwent successful surgery May 31.

It was reported earlier this month that Karlsson is hopeful to receive competitive offers from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens because his wife would like to live closer to family.

The 6-foot rearguard recorded 45 points in 53 games in his first season with San Jose and added 16 points in 19 playoff games.

The New York Knicks are going to “aggressively pursue” expected free agent Kawhi Leonard this summer, sources told SNY’s Ian Begley.

Additionally, the Knicks’ plans to pursue Kyrie Irving may be affected by a belief among teams that the Brooklyn Nets are his favored destination if he leaves the Boston Celtics, according to the report.

Irving reportedly plans to opt out of the final year of his current contract before Thursday, paving the way for him to enter unrestricted free agency. Leonard is expected to opt out of his deal before June 30.

Leonard has not been widely linked with New York throughout this year’s free-agent rumor mill. The Los Angeles Clippers have been connected to the current Toronto Raptors star, mostly because of their ample salary cap space and the fact Leonard hails from L.A.

The Knicks have been a rumored destination for Kevin Durant, although the future of the Golden State Warriors superstar now appears up in the air after Wednesday’s Achilles injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals.

New York is expected to have two max salary slots in free agency this summer.

Leonard said last week he’s not prioritizing free agency as the Raptors pursue an NBA championship.