New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence Ready To Take Versatile Role

New York Giants defensive lineman, Dexter Lawrence.

The New York Giants training camp has been filled with injury news so far, but that doesn’t mean there haven’t been good spots. It’s the first chance to see the team’s rookies playing in pads before the preseason and also provides the first real indications of the direction that the team is moving this season. That group of rookies includes one high profile player on the defensive line, who despite having a rookie status, will be expected to take one of the biggest roles early on.

That’s, of course, Dexter Lawrence. The Clemson rookie is coming in after a season where the Giants moved on from Damon Harrison midseason, and an offseason where Olivier Vernon was traded to the Browns. The season may come out better due to the changes, but the Giants are going to look very different regardless, and it looks like the Giants spent a first round pick on Lawrence mainly to help fill the gaps left at the position of defensive line.

But the Giants don’t have one set position for Lawrence yet, at least at this point during training camp.

“At Clemson, I was stuck inside a little bit, now I’m getting do all of it. There’s a lot of different opportunities. I don’t feel the difference. I feel comfortable all throughout the line and don’t feel a difference between the positions,” Lawrence said during training camp.

While Lawrence’s main position at Clemson was defensive tackle, being a top DT in college is no guarantee of doing the same thing in the NFL. With college players generally being smaller, it’s not uncommon to see college defensive tackles moved around while entering the league.

“I was pretty much a three-down player there, too. It’s nothing new. It’s just a new scheme that I have to learn, it’s all about regrouping and seeing how you can learn the defense a lot better to know how you can get after the offensive line,” Lawrence added.

The Giants have also experimented with fitting Lawrence into different schemes. “They’re working me in in base, dime and nickel. I’m expecting to be used all three downs.”

Lawrence seems like one of the likeliest rookies on the team this year to get significant playing time – that might be a good thing considering the Giants’ recent losses over the past couple seasons at the position. We’ll see as training camp continues whether Lawrence does indeed look like a player that can be a worthy replacement of Harrison.

BREAKING: TREVOR BAUER TRADED TO THE REDS

The New York Yankees are looking into Cleveland Indians pitcher, Trevor Bauer.

New York Yankees starting pitching target Trevor Bauer has been traded to the Cincinnati Reds, ending his tenure with the Indians. The trade is part of a three team deal, including the Padres. Outfielder Yasiel Puig is involved, and going to the Indians.

This trade takes one of the top pitching targets off the board. Yasiel Puig was not expected to be dealt.

Bizarre Ends

Both Puig and Bauer had bizarre ends to their careers with their respective teams.

Bauer finished his time with the Indians by hurling a ball over the batters eye in center field off the pitchers mound in Kansas City after a poor outing.

Puig, minutes after the trade leaked, was still in the game when a massive brawl broke out between the Reds and Pirates, started by Amir Garrett charging the Pirate dugout. Puig got right in the thick of the brawl, defending his now former teammates, then departing the field due to the trade and ejection.

The Yankees will be forced to find other starting pitchers to trade for.

 

 

New York Yankees: Reasons Why The Team Should And Shouldn’t Trade Andujar

New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

There has been a lot of debate recently on weather New York Yankees third baseman Miguel Andujar should be traded or not. Today we discuss both the pros and cons of trading him.

Pros:

Rough Around The Edges:

Miguel Andujar is a developing star, and still has a lot of improving to do. He isn’t anywhere where he needs to be defensively, and was one of the worst defenders in all of baseball in 2018. His base running smarts can improve, but a lot of that just comes with more experience. His offense is right where it needs to be, he just could cut down the number of pitches he chases.

By trading him, you could avoid more developing time and stick with Gio if he continues to prove himself.

A Lot In Return:

Since Andujar has all-star potential, a trade could see the Yankees getting a lot back for the present and the future. It would be more important to get young prospects in my opinion. Those prospects could take a few years to develop and start to make their way to the MLB once the current guys on the Yankee roster age or leave the team.

Cons:

Losing A Star:

By trading Andujar, you eliminate a player that will make a huge impact on the team down the road. But, Gio Urshela is a rising star and could end up being better than Andujar.

More Pressure On Gio:

That being said, if the team gets rid of Andujar, their faith is in Gio Urshela for the future, and some pressure comes with that, especially in New York. He has handled the pressure perfectly thus far, and the team wouldn’t be in first place without him.

What I Think:

I think that the Yankees should keep Andujar for now. Gio Urshela could be having a fluke season on offense, and we need to have a different plan if he doesn’t pan out next season.

If Urshela continues to rake in 2020, maybe you pull an early season blockbuster and trade Andujar.

 

New York Yankees Trade Deadline Update: No Trades Are Coming

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

The MLB trade deadline is less than a day away, and I for one am grateful. No more trade Clint Frazier stories, no more the Yankees need another starter stories and no more ridiculous fake trades.  There is nobody available in a trade that represents a significant enough upgrade to be worth the price teams are asking for right now. See below:

Player A: 7-5  4.33 with 1.26 WHIP

Player B: 7-6 4.79  WHIP 1.25

Player C: 6-7 3.74 WHIP 1.17

Player D: 5-6 4.75 WHIP 1.5

Player E: 9-8 3.79 WHIP 1.3

Player F: 13-2 4.08 WHIP 1.1

Other than F is there really a difference between the first five that’s worth trading away a potential all star outfielder, a 24 year old that already basically had a .300 30 100 season as a rookie or a 20 year old pitcher who is the best prospect the team has? Oh and the Yankees already have player F in Domingo German.

The other 5 are comparable for the most part, with slight variations. A is Noah Syndergaard,  B Masahiro Tanaka,  C James Paxton, D Madison Bumgarner and E Trevor Bauer. In all of these instances the upgrade is not worth the cost if Clint Frazier, Miguel Andujar or Deivi Garcia are part of the package.

The pitching hit a rough stretch coming out of the all-star break which is not uncommon, and most of the league is having a regression this year with the rumored to be juiced baseballs. If the market crashes and someone falls I to their lap then fine, but the Yankees should falling over themselves to add a starter. The talent level of what’s available isnt worth the price.

Domingo German’s injury may have been a blessing in disguise as his innings should not be an issue I to the post season. Masahiro Tanaka has consistently pitched better in the post season then the regular season, and the team still has Paxton who has had injuries like he always does but is still more talented than any of the available starters out there. If healthy CC Sabathia can provide 5 innings as a 4th starter and the team would still have J.A. Happ in reserve. Most other teams would be ecstatic to have this rotation.

Tomorrow will tell us where Brian Cashman thinks the team is but I will be shocked if they add any of the names being thrown around right now. With the deadline behind us fans can get back to what’s important. ..complaining about Gary Sanchez.

New York Giants: Why Lorenzo Carter Will Break Out In 2019

The New York Giants’ defense is full of young talent. The Giants rebuilt their secondary through the 2019 NFL Draft and have created one of the best young defensive lines in the NFL.

New York also has a young player ready to rush the passer off the edge. The Giants drafted Lorenzo Carter in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft and he flashed his potential as a rookie. But it looks like Carter is ready to make a much bigger impact in 2019. Here is why:

Added Weight

Lorenzo Carter is an absolute physical specimen. At the 2018 NFL Combine, Carter turned heads with his 4.50s 40-yard dash time. His thirty-six in vertical jump was also impressive.

However, Carter’s best physical trait is his body. He stands in at 6-foot-5 and has some lanky 34-inch arms. A player with this combination of size and speed off the edge can be a real handful for opposing offensive tackles.

One hindrance on Carter’s physicality last year was his weight. It is difficult to fill out a 6-foot 5-inch frame. Carter weighed in at 250 pounds last season, which might sound like a lot, but this weight left Lorenzo’s massive frame a little thin.

Carter did not have the necessary weight and strength to be an every-down pass-rusher in 2018. This will change in 2019. Carter claims to have added around 10-12 pounds in muscle this offseason.

Lorenzo’s frame has now been filled out. This will be a huge difference-maker for him this season. Carter, now weighing in around 260-262 pounds, has the strength to push offensive lineman backward into the quarterback and apply more pressure.

An Expanded Role

Lorenzo Carter was a rotational pass-rusher in 2018. Carter played in fifteen games but only started in two of them. Lorenzo was held to playing only 40 percent of defensive snaps last season. This percentage will sky-rocket in 2019 as Lorenzo assumes a starting position.

In Carter’s small 2018 sample size, he flashed great potential. Lorenzo totaled 4 sacks 43 combined tackles in 2018. He also managed to record 10 quarterback hits, 7 tackles for loss, and 4 passes defended.

Lorenzo Carter is also an underrated coverage-man. Pro Football Focus affirms that Carter finished the 2018 season with a coverage grade over 80.0. He was one of two rookie edge defenders to reach this threshold.

Carter’s coverage skills and high IQ have been on display during training camp. Lorenzo has been tearing it up during the first few practices. His highlight play was this interception on the first day of camp:

Lorenzo Carter will see an increase in every statistic in 2019. This season will be Lorenzo’s breakout season as he has the opportunity to play stronger and as a full-season starter. Carter could rack up double-digit sacks in 2019 (though it’s clear that is not his main priority):

New York Mets: Scouts Predict Zack Wheeler Will End Up With Astros

Will the New York Yankees land Zack Wheeler in free agency?

The New York Mets currently own the starting pitcher market at the trade deadline. The major question now is: where does Zack Wheeler go? The scouts say it is going to be Wheeler to the Houston Astros. However, those same scouts were caught off guard when the Mets landed Marcus Stroman on Sunday.

Wheeler seems like the logical pitcher to trade, but Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is unpredictable. Wheeler had some tough luck which led to a 4.71 ERA, but that is not limiting the demand for his services.

What is the Astros Current Pitching Situation?

The Astros feature a dominant trio of Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander and Wade Miley. The rest of the rotation has given them little to nothing. Brad Peacock was a good fourth starter, but the quickest he will return is mid-August.

His replacements have not faired well. The Astros top three have combined for an ERA of 2.95, while every other starter outside of Peacock has an ERA of 6.37. Wheeler would fit in very well to the fourth starter spot and showed he can pitch like a Cy Young contender during the second half of 2018.

What Should the Mets Expect For Wheeler?

The Mets certainly will not land the likes of a top tier prospect like Forrest Whitley, but adding any of the pitchers in the middle of their top 30 list should be considered a fair trade. Van Wagenen has the leverage here, and if he does not like the return, he can simply keep Wheeler.

With Wheeler remaining in the rotation, it gives the Mets a very strong starting core. 28 of their final 57 games are against teams who are either in front of them in the division or wild card. If they can keep themselves close, they will be in control of their own destiny. Only six games out with two months to play, there is certainly a chance for the Mets to make a playoff push.

New York Knicks: NBA Preview Part 2

And now we move onto that den of mediocrity….the eastern conference….click here for part 1 of this preview.

 

  1. Boston Celtics: I think people are underestimating the amount of damage Kyrie did here. Tatum and Jaylen Brown should be infinitely better without Kyrie complaining to the media the team needs Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson.  Gordon Hayward will be totally back from his devastating ankle injury, and Kemba Walker will provide 90 percent of Irving’s production with 0 percent of the drama. They will pick up a big on the buyout market at some point, and Enes Kanter can score and rebound. If they can replace Al Horfords defense this team will be the surprise top team in the east.

  2. Philadelphia 76’ers: Anytime you can move on from noted motivational speaker Jimmy Butler you will improve your team. Replacing him with Josh Richardson is a huge win for Philly. Al Horford provides shooting, team defense, and Joel Embid injury insurance.  They have a lot of talented young players on the bench, but I’m not sure just how ready they are to contribute. Losing JJ Reddick hurts their spacing, and T.J McConnell was a bigger part of the team than people realize. At the end of the day, this team will go as far as Ben Simmons ability to improve his shooting will take them.

  3. Milwaukee Bucks- They have Giannis, who still hasn’t reached his ceiling as a player. They were able to retain Brook Lopez and Khris Middleton and add Robin Lopez for comedies sake. Losing Malcolm Brogdon is huge for this team, especially since Eric Bledsoe turns into a pumpkin in the postseason. Milwaukee needs to find a guard who can create offense and play defense to replace the underappreciated Brogdon if they want to be a true title contender.

  4. Indiana Pacers:  Speaking of Malcolm Brogdon, he joins T.J. McConnell,  T.J. Warren, Jeremy Lamb and the brothers Holliday as new additions on the Pacers. Indiana still has Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis from last year’s team. With that many guards and with the overlapping skill sets of Turner and Sabonis this team has a trade still to come. If Oladipo returns at full strength and they add a two-way wing this team could potentially surprise some people and make it to the conference finals.

  5. Miami Heat: In a race to the bottom the team treading water moves up. As currently constructed the heat have a solid starting five with a few decent bench players. In the east that makes you a 5 seed apparently. Jimmy Butler and Goran Dragic will provide most of the offense, and Butler, Winslow, and Bam Abadeyo have the potential to be solid defensively. They have big men who can space the floor in Kelly Olynyk and Meyers Leonard, and Dion Waiters can be thrown on the court to see if he can provide some offense when they need a spark. They also have Kentucky’s Tyler Herro who has drawn rave reviews heading into the pre-season. They are probably a player or two away from true contention, and that’s only if nobody regresses or gets injured this year.

  6. Brooklyn Nets: The Nets added Kyrie Irving, but lost D’Angelo Russell. Irving has a ton of talent and playoff experience, but also has had health issues and is coming from a team he destroyed from the inside. I’m not so sure I would have swapped the two given Russell’s fit in the locker room and relative health and youth. They also added Kevin Durant, and we will see what that means next year when the veteran returns after his Achilles injury. DeAndre Jordan was last good 3 years ago, Caris Levert needs to show he can stay healthy and Jarret Allen needs to continue to develop for the team to improve on last season.

  7. Toronto Raptors: The defending champs will not be repeating this season. Stanley Johnson is replacing Kawhi Leonard and, well…he’s not as good. Kyle Lowry has been in a steady decline, and Fred VanVleet is not the all-star he looked like in the finals. Pascal Siakam is a nice player but before we anoint him a franchise cornerstone let’s see how he does as the primary option on offense. They have some solid role players and will make the playoffs in a weak conference but that’s about it.

  8. Atlanta Hawks: This is probably wishful thinking on my part but wouldn’t you rather see Trae Young and a team of young exciting players over the Magic or Pistons mediocrity again?  Young and John Collins are great young players, and I like Kevin Huerter and De’Andre Hunter a lot. Evan Turner and Alex Crabbe are solid role players, and Alex Len was starting to look like less of a stiff on this team last year. They even have Charlie Brown’s son on the roster, good grief I like these guys.

  9. Orlando Magic: Knicks fans if your not careful this could be you. The team currently has Aaron Gordon, Jonathan Isaac, Nik Vucevic, Mo Bamba, and Al Farouq Aminu for their frontcourt and somehow don’t have a single player who can play well on both ends of the floor. Their point guard is D.J. Augustin who I was shocked to see is only 31, I would have sworn he has been in the league since 1997. Behind him is failed 76ers draft pick Michael Carter- Williams. Behind him is failed 76ers draft pick, Markelle Fultz. When I can cut and paste that sentence and just switch names you know your GM is garbage.  I think Dennis Scott is still playing 2 guard for them.

  10. Detroit Pistons: Blake Griffin hasn’t dunked in 3 years, they have wanted to trade Reggie Jackson from pretty much the moment they got him and Luke Kennard is going to be a starter. Somehow they are a playoff contender, the east is the worst.

  11. Chicago Bulls: Quietly the Bulls are starting to put together a solid team. Zach Lavine can score, Lauri Markkanen can shoot and the Jrs. (Otto Porter and Wendell Carter) can do a little bit of everything. I like the signing of Tomas Satoransky to run the offense, and Thad Young is a solid veteran presence. Coby White looked great in summer league, and at the very least brings athleticism and defense. I don’t think of any of these guys are superstars and that’s all that’s holding this team back from crashing the playoff party this year.

  12. New York Knicks: The Knicks are in a rough spot this year, too bad to go for the postseason but not bad enough to be a bottom 3 team thanks to some truly wretched competition. Last years top pick Kevin Knox was arguably the WORST player in the league. R.J. Barrett is either going to be the next James Harden or the next Stanley Johnson. Frank Ntikilina hasn’t learned to shoot in two years, and probably never will. They signed Julius Randle, Taj Gibson, Bobby Portis, and Marcus Morris to have them all fight each other and their one promising player from last year for minutes. They added Elfird Payton to ensure they have no guards who can shoot, and still have selfish gunners Dennis Smith Jr. and Alonzo Trier. After a season of promising being major players in the craziest offseason in years, the team now has eight 8th men and two lottery tickets.  They will not be scooching into the playoffs this year.

  13. Charlotte Hornets: Tony Parker retired and the Hornets were hoping he would take Nic Batum with him. They lost their franchise player and replaced him with a guy who is so up and down he was nicknamed “Scary Terry” for 20 million a year. Malik Monk still wishes he was drafted by the Knicks and Miles Bridges wishes he was drafted by anyone else. Bismack Biyombo is the third-string center because Cody Zeller is the starter. Michael Jordan is the Charlie Ward of league executives.

14.  Cleveland Cavaliers: Maybe after the Lakers debacle is over Lebron can “come home” again and passive-aggressively tweet at Kevin Love who they still would not have traded.

  1. Washington Wizards: Washington owes John Wall $37.8M in 2019-20
    $40.8M in 2020-21
    $43.8M in 2021-22
    $46.8M in 2022-23

drops mic

 

 

New York Knicks:Where do they land in my season preview?

It’s been one of the craziest offseasons in NBA history, with almost half the league switching teams. Some teams improved dramatically, some teams left us scratching our heads, and some teams managed to fall into both buckets. So I’d thought I’d take some time and offer my opinions/prediction on how everything is going to turnout. As always, delusional messages telling me how I’m an idiot and your team is going to the finals is always welcome @aelderbaum. Let’s start with the Western Conference.

  1. Los Angeles Clippers: They added two premier scorers who also happen to be two of the best defensive players in the league. They still have Patrick Beverly to make opposing point guards miserable, a great roll man in Montrazl Harrell, and sixth man extraordinaire Lou William’s. They also have quality depth with Landry Shamet, Rodney Mcgruder, Moe Harkless, Ivica Zubac and Jerome Robinson. The Clippers should be able to manage both superstars workloads and match up with any opponent. LA will be the top seed in the west.
  2. Utah Jazz : That’s right Utah will be the second seed in a brutal conference. By replacing Ricky Rubio with a point guard who could shoot the Jazz would become a contender, by replacing him with Mike Conley they are a legit championship caliber team. Along with Conley they also added a scorer with playoff chops in Bojan Bogdanovic, a quality back-up big man in Ed Davis, and a serviceable back up guard in Emanuel Mudiay. I can see Knicks fans rolling their eyes, but he had his moments for the team, and imagine him with actual NBA caliber teammates. Utah also still has Defensive POY Rudy Gobert, the underrated Joe Ingles, and Donovan Mitchell who maybe someday will measure up to the man the Knicks passed on him to take.

  3. Denver Nuggets: The Nuggets did what they always do and quietly added one of the best available players in a trade by acquiring Jerami Grant. Grant can play defense, is a career 37% three point shooter, and will play multiple positions. Adding him to a team that had the second best record in the west is only going to raise their ceiling. Nikola Jokic is an MVP candidate and maybe Jamal Murray wont soil himself in the post season this year. If Michael Porter can add anything and avoid spending time in a wheelchair this team is a legit title contender.

  4. Houston Rockets: This is the team I had the most trouble figuring out. Theres a reason every team Chris Paul has been part of has underachieved and had horrible chemistry. Removing him and the 30 games he was going to miss and replacing him with Russell Westbrook is a win for the Rockets. He and Harden will figure out how to coexist, and keep in mind Harden begged for this trade. He is going to be much more willing to play off the ball, defer to Russ, anything to make sure Houston is a better team. With teams having to try to stop the new superstar duo Eric Gordon and Clint Capela should be able to shine. Remember these guys almost took out the Warriors the last two years.

  5. Portland Trailblazers: The Blazers made the conference finals last season, and while I dont forsee an encore, they will still be a playoff team. With Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum they still boast one of the leagues best back courts, and have a ton of solid role players in Rodney Hood, Zach Collins, and Ken Bazemore. Hassan Whiteside should be able to man the middle until Jusuf Nurkic returns from his leg injury and the team is very high on second year guard Anfernee Simmons. Portland probably maxes out at a second round exit.

6.Golden State Warriors: Is it possible to call this team a sleeper? I think reports of their demise are greatly exaggerated. They still have Steph Curry, and by adding D’angelo Russell they have an all star caliber band-aid until Klay Thompson returns. Thompson is big enough to guard the opposition’s best wing player so him coexisting with Russell and Curry is not a ridiculous idea when he comes back. They still have Draymond Green, Kevon Looney and Alfonzo Mckinnie from last years team and I really like the Willie Cauley-Stein addition. I think he can be a rich mans Festus Ezeli, and an even better defender. If Klay does make it back they could be dangerous in the post season.

  1. OKC Thunder: Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari , Steven Adams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Andre Roberson. Dennis Schroeder, Mike Muscala, Pat Patterson and Terrance Ferguson off the bench. OKC has built a sneaky fun roster while stockpiling approximately 450 picks in the next 5 drafts. Paul already has a chip on his shoulder, and now hes been exiled to Oklahoma, and everyone is saying he is stuck there because he is too old and expensive for anybody to want him. I think he will have his best season in the last few years just to prove people wrong, and he is on the perfect team to do so. Some talented role players, a borderline all star who can play unselfishly, and some young talent to mentor. I think it will be a struggle but they will sneak into the seventh seed.
  • New Orleans Pelicans: Lonzo on a team that will let him be this generations Jason Kidd, Brandon Ingram getting the chance to be a scorer and creator, and Zion electrifying crowds with his dunks and playmaking. In addition to that they have Nickeil Alexander-Walker looking like the steal of the draft, and Jackson Hayes being much further along then anyone planned. Jrue Holliday is an all star caliber two way guard to pair with Lonzo. They also added veteran shooter JJ Reddick and Jazz big man Derrick Favors. This is a fast rising team that seemed to make all the right moves this offseason and may arrive a year earlier than expected.

  • Los Angeles Lakers: Right now the Lakers starting five is DeMarcus Cousins or Javale McGee, Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Danny Green and Lebron James. Lebron will turn 35 in December and is coming off the most serious injury he’d had in his career, so naturally he will be the starting point guard. Their bench is the washed Avery Bradley, the never actually been that good Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, the even more washed Rajon Rondo, and probably should have retired Jared Dudley. There is noone on this roster to guard any of the Blazers or Warriors backcourt, or big athletic wings. Lebron will break down and this team will not make the playoffs.

  • San Antonio Spurs: They are running back essentially the same team in a stronger conference so I don’t see them finishing much higher than this. I’m more intrigued by the new Knicks/Spurs dirty tricks subplot. Popovich is ex military,  he may arrange for Marcus Morris to have an “accident” forcing the Knicks to sign yet another power forward.

  • Sacramento Kings: This one pains me, because I actually really like this team. Fox and Hield compliment each other perfectly, Nemanja Bjielica and Bogdan Bogdanovic provide spacing, and who doesent want to see Harry Giles stay healthy and have good year. Dwayne Dedmon and Trevor Ariza were perfect additions, and Marvin Bagley seems poised to make a leap. The Harrison Barnes contract is the first big issue I have, as he is being paid like an all star while hes at best slightly above average. They also dont have a true big defender, and on the wings Ariza is a little old to be your lockdown guy. I think Sacramento is a year and move or two away from really making some noise.

  • 12: Dallas Mavericks: I think Porzingis and Luka are going to be an awesome combination, and I dont get why Dallas backed out of adding Goran Dragic. Your not going anywhere this season,  why not go full Euro and bring in Luka’s buddy for a year. Maybe it goes great and Dragic resigns on a modest deal next season. Instead you add Delon Wright and resign Maxi Kleber with the money? Meh. Dallas has refused to tank in the past out of respect for Dirk, but now that hes gone, one lost year may not be the worst thing. They finally have their cap under control, adding another good young player and then building around Doncic, Porzingis and said player makes the most sense to me. I know Cuban and Carlisle always want to compete, but when your competitors have Paul George and Kawhi…maybe sit this one out.

    1. Memphis Grizzlies: Another team on the rise,  I just want to see Ja Morant play in games before I fully leap on the bandwagon. I dont have any real concerns and wish he would have landed in NY, but noone had concerns about Markelle Fultz either. I’m not sure what they’re doing at shooting guard with Josh Jackson and Grayson Allen, league sources tell me they are looking to add  Jayson William’s for  additional depth behind those guys.
  • Minnesota Timberwolves: So umm do YOU have any interest in picking up Andrew Wiggins?

  • Phoenix Suns: “So you know how theres tons of free agents right now, well were totally getting a new starting point guard!”

  • “Who? Kyrie? Kemba? Brogdon?

    “Ummm not exactly…”

     

    Click here for part 2, the eastern conference.

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    New York Yankees: Trade Rumors Update

    New York Yankees, Miguel Andujar

    Teams know that the New York Yankees are almost desperate for a starting pitcher. They have tried to take advantage of this by asking the Yanks for young star Gleyber Torres. However the Yankees have made it seem that Torres is completely unavailable in any trade talks.

    The club knows they have possible trade options with Deivi Garcia, Clint Frazier, and Miguel Andujar. The Bomber’s farm system also has a pack of talent that could be looked at. The Yankees seem that they are willing to trade away Andujar and Clint Frazier for a starting pitcher. Reports say that Garcia seems to be off limits, unless a Noah Syndagaard trade occurs.

    General manager Brian Cashman said the club would be willing to trade away Garcia and Frazier however not for a short-term return deal. The Yankees definitely want depth, and they will not want to get rid of such high talent for only a one-year deal.

    I believe the best bet would to be trade away Andujar and Frazier. It is clear that Andujar’s offense was not missed this season, credit to surprise-star Gio Urshela and slugger DJ LeMahieu. Clint Frazier also promises a strong bat and youth, where in the Bronx he is buried behind superstar outfield talent.

    Everyone knows this starting rotation cannot win games in October. These next few days are the biggest of Brian Cashman’s career. He knows how special this team is and what they are capable of. The pieces just need to be put together.

    New York Yankees: Interests Turn to Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke

    New York Yankees, Brian Cashman

    After Marcus Stroman was shockingly dealt to the New York Mets, general manager of the New York Yankees, Brian Cashman, is turning his head elsewhere. Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke from the Arizona Diamondbacks are one of the best options left on the trade market. These are guys who can fit in with what the Yankees are looking for.

    The Diamondbacks said that they are open to selling their veteran players. A deal with the Yankees would most likely send Deivi Garcia, Clint Frazier, and Miguel Andujar to Arizona. Many teams have asked for Gleyber Torres but the Yankees have made it clear that he is off-limits. There is also a boatload of Yankee minor league talent that could be dealt away to teams who are looking to rebuild.

    Robbie Ray is a 27 year old veteran lefty who is signed on a 1-year, $6 million contact. He’ll become a free agent next year after his eligibility for salary arbitration. Zack Greinke is 35 years old who is signed on a 6-year, $206 million contract which goes into the 2021 season in which after he’ll become a free agent.

    Ray holds a 3.91 ERA this season with a 9-7 record. He struggles with command however still get a lot of swing-and-misses. Veteran Greinke is credited to a 2.87 ERA with a 10-4 record. Both arms would swing perfectly with the Yankees offense and I wouldn’t be surprised if Cashman makes a deal that lands at least one of them. These next two days will be interesting.