Posts Tagged ‘Trade’

Could this be the birth of the LaVar Ball curse?

After hearing reports that his son Lonzo Ball was among the three players the Los Angeles Lakers agreed Saturday to send to the New Orleans Pelicans for forward Anthony Davis, LaVar made a bold proclamation.

“Like I said, I guarantee – like I’ll say it again – it’d be the worst move the Lakers ever did in their life and they’ll never win another championship,” he told ESPN’s Ohm Youngmisuk. “I guarantee it.”

“They’re going to regret it,” he added. “I’m gonna have fun with it. I told you all it’s crashing down. Now it completely crashed but at least my son got off the boat before it exploded.”

Lonzo was drafted second overall in 2017 out of UCLA after his father was adamant he would stay in Los Angeles. He has shown flashes of promise in two NBA seasons but has also been marred by knee and ankle injuries. He last played for the Lakers on January 19, when he suffered a Grade 3 sprain to his left ankle.

The Lakers weren’t the only party LaVar had ominous predictions for.

“The expectation, too, in L.A. is a bit different,” he said, according to 1550Sports’ Dylan Stewart. “What I mean by that, (Anthony Davis), ain’t nobody own you in New Orleans. There ain’t no red carpet out there. But I tell you what, in L.A. you can go from sugar to shit real quick.”

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick, the team announced Saturday.

Mattaa, a 24-year-old, left-shot defenseman, should bolster the blue line for a Blackhawks team that ranked 30th in the league with 292 goals against last season.

The 6-foot-2 rearguard helped the Penguins capture back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. He has three years remaining on his current contract and carries an annual cap hit of just over $4 million.

Kahun enjoyed a productive rookie campaign with the Blackhawks last season, contributing 13 goals and 37 points while playing in all 82 regular-season games.

The fifth-round pick helps a Penguins club that does not hold its own second-, third-, or fourth-round selections in this year’s draft. The deal also freed up approximately $3.15 million in cap space for Pittsburgh, according to CapFriendly.

Anthony Davis is getting his wish.

The New Orleans Pelicans will trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and three first-round picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 draft, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The move pairs Davis in Los Angeles with fellow Klutch Sports Group client LeBron James.

Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin may not be done yet, either. Other teams have already begun expressing interest in acquiring the fourth overall pick from New Orleans, sources told Wojnarowski.

New Orleans could potentially have control of the Lakers’ draft picks until 2025. Along with the No. 4 pick in this year’s draft, the Pelicans will also receive a top-eight protected pick in 2021 (becomes unprotected in 2022), an unprotected first-rounder in 2024, and the right to swap picks in 2023 and 2025, according to ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. Los Angeles is already without second-round picks in 2019 and 2021.

The Lakers, meanwhile, are also shifting focus to their next move. Impending Charlotte Hornets free agent Kemba Walker is reportedly expected to be the franchise’s top target after landing Davis.

Davis requested in January to be traded after informing the Pelicans he wouldn’t sign an extension. The Lakers were reportedly in constant negotiations to attempt to acquire the six-time All-Star up until the trade deadline but couldn’t reach an agreement until now.

One notable exclusion from the blockbuster is Kyle Kuzma. His name was mentioned in talks earlier this year but the Lakers were reportedly unwilling to deal the forward now.

Los Angeles was able to reach an agreement without trading Kuzma, but reluctance from other franchises to include their own young stars may have kept them from landing Davis. The Boston Celtics refused to make Jayson Tatum available in discussions with the Pelicans, according to The New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Davis, 26, averaged 25.9 points, 12 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.4 blocks per game in his seventh season. Though he now appears to be headed to his preferred destination, the big man won’t immediately sign an extension with the Lakers and will still become a free agent next summer, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reports. However, Davis still intends to sign a new contract with the Lakers when he’s eligible for free agency in 2020, Wojnarowski notes.

The Washington Capitals have traded defenseman Matt Niskanen to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for blue-liner Radko Gudas, the clubs announced Friday.

Philadelphia will retain 30 percent of Gudas’ salary.

Gudas, 29, has one year remaining on his deal at a cap hit of $3.35 million. The 32-year-old Niskanen has two more seasons left on his contract at $5.75 million annually, according to CapFriendly.

Niskanen ranked second on the Capitals in average ice time (21:56) this past season, but posted his lowest point total since 2012-13 with 25 in 80 games.

Gudas managed 20 points in 77 contests while averaging just under 18 minutes.

After years of postseason disappointment, the Toronto Raptors finally made the NBA Finals for an opportunity to bring the Larry O’Brien Trophy north of the border for the first time. 

Their newfound success came at a cost, however, as the Raptors dealt their face of the franchise, DeMar DeRozan, to the San Antonio Spurs for arguably the NBA’s best two-way talent in Kawhi Leonard. However, DeRozan doesn’t believe Toronto’s shot at a title would be possible without his contributions before the franchise was forced to make the star guard its scapegoat.

“If it wasn’t for all the years and groundwork that I did before then, none of these things would’ve been possible,” DeRozan told Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks. “I fought. I sacrificed. I pushed the limits to where I had to be the sacrificial lamb. You just have to sit back and understand you are the reason so many things were even possible.

“To their credit, they probably felt like it was time to see what we could get to make that next jump.”

Although DeRozan was upset by the trade, he remains supportive of his former team – most notably showing love to his closest companion, Kyle Lowry, as he looks to win his first championship.

“People gotta understand my best friend is Kyle. So, I’m rooting for my best friend to do well. To accomplish something that we tried to do all those years and he has the opportunity to do it. Some guys on the team, they know I’m rooting for them.”

The Winnipeg Jets have traded forward Kevin Hayes to the Philadelphia Flyers for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft, the clubs announced on Monday night.

Hayes is a pending unrestricted free agent, so the Flyers will have until July 1 to work out a new deal with him before he goes on the open market.

The 27-year-old notched 13 points in 20 games this past season after the Jets acquired him from the New York Rangers before the trade deadline.

Teams can begin negotiating with other clubs’ pending UFAs on June 23.

The Flyers have already spoken to Hayes’ camp, although the conversation was only an introductory chat, according to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.

The Seattle Mariners traded outfielder Jay Bruce and cash considerations to the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday for minor-league third baseman Jake Scheiner, the clubs announced.

Philadelphia will get about $18 million from Seattle, according to Matt Gelb of The Athletic. Bruce is in the second season of a three-year contract worth $39 million.

The Phillies are only responsible for roughly $2.75 million of Bruce’s remaining salary, with a little over $1 million applying to this year’s luxury-tax threshold, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

The veteran slugger said he will meet the Phillies in San Diego on Monday, according to Greg Johns of MLB.com. Bruce, a three-time All-Star, added that he’s happy to be joining a contender.

“Obviously, I’ve spent most of my career in the National League and multiple years in the NL East,” he said. “I look forward to going over there and helping the Phillies hopefully win a championship. That’s my goal. I just want to win.”

Bruce has now been traded in four straight calendar years. He was dealt from the Cincinnati Reds to the New York Mets in 2016, from the Mets to the Cleveland Indians in 2017, from the Mets to Seattle in 2018, and now to Philadelphia in the latest move.

The Phillies will count on him to provide outfield depth, as Odubel Herrera is currently on administrative leave amid an assault investigation.

The 32-year-old Bruce is slashing .212/.283./.533 with 14 home runs and 28 RBIs this season. He’s hit 30-plus homers five times in his 12-year MLB career.

In Scheiner, Seattle gets a former 2017 fourth-round pick from the University of Houston. Despite making the deal, some in the Phillies organization were high on the 23-year-old, who can play multiple positions, believing he has a shot to be a big-league utility player, according to Gelb.

The Bruce trade could be the first of many moves for the Mariners with the team reportedly in sell mode. Established MLB players such as Edwin Encarnacion, Ryon Healy, Dee Gordon, Tim Beckham, and Mike Leake have all been discussed in trade talks, according to reports.

After starting the campaign 13-2, Seattle has gone 12-34 and sits 15 games behind the Houston Astros for the top spot in the AL West entering Sunday’s action.