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    Nice try, Lions. New details have emerged about the blockbuster Matthew Stafford trade between Detroit and the Los Angeles Rams – including the fact that the Lions originally asked for three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner Aaron Donald as compensation for the quarterback. “Rams told Lions, that’s not happening, before the two sides later figured out the eventual compensation package,” tweeted ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Donald, who took home his third DPOY trophy on Saturday night, is widely considered to be the best defensive player in the NFL – if not the best player, period. That deal was always going to be a non-starter. Los Angeles eventually agreed to send two first-round picks and quarterback Jared Goff to the Lions in exchange for Stafford. Aaron Donald and Matthew StaffordGetty Images In an additional news dump, Schefter revealed that the Carolina Panthers were also serious contenders to land Stafford. They reportedly offered...
    GM Jim Rutherford’s sudden exit has the Pittsburgh Penguins in a state of flux, but could they actually trade Sidney Crosby? The Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a slow start this season (4-3-1 entering Saturday), and last Wednesday general manager Jim Rutherford resigned from his post. The organization was shocked by the abrupt exit of Rutherford, including star center Sidney Crosby. “I think everyone was surprised,” Crosby said Thursday. On Thursday, TSN’s Darren Dreger suggested the Penguins’ new management could decide the team needs to rebuild. With that comes the potential for some big names to be on the move, but the idea Crosby could be traded is a new one.Would the Penguins really trade Sidney Crosby?Crosby is 33 years old, and after this season he has four years left on a contract that counts for $8.7 million against the salary cap each year. He also, as expected, has a...
    Getty Images Bradley Beal of the Wizards and Jaylen Brown of the Celtics battle for a loose ball during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on January 08, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts There isn’t a single team in the NBA that wouldn’t love to add a player like Bradley Beal to their squad, including the Boston Celtics – an Eastern Conference contender that’s salivating over the thought of an NBA Finals appearance. It would be their first in over a decade. However, the days of Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, and Rajon Rondo feel like they were ages ago. It’s been over seven years since Brad Stevens took over as head coach. Anything short of representing the Eastern Conference in the 2021 NBA Finals will feel like a disappointment. Teased by three trips to the Eastern Conference finals in four years, including being one win...
    Coronavirus updates: South Africa variant found in US; Michael Strahan reportedly tests positive Why you should care about data privacy even if you have “nothing to hide” 5 Deshaun Watson trade packages that actually make sense Deshaun Watson formally requested a trade from the Houston Texans after weeks of speculation about his future, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The 25-year-old quarterback is coming off his strongest season yet statistically playing behind an offensive line that gave up 50 sacks, lacking a No. 1 wide receiver, and ongoing problems with the front office about the direction of the franchise. This is shaping up to be an unprecedented trade. One of the league’s best quarterbacks, just beginning the prime of his career and under contract until 2025, is available to be had on the open market. It will likely be the biggest trade since the the Saints traded their entire 1999...
    The Los Angeles Angels are interested in Willson Contreras, and here’s how they can shape a deal to get him. The Chicago Cubs are open for business, and a report late last month suggested catcher Willson Contreras was being shopped. Team president Jed Hoyer denied that, but it’s safe to say offers aren’t going to be spurned. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (subscription required), the Los Angeles Angels are showing interest in trading for Contreras. Angels manager Joe Maddon was of course the Cubs manager when Contreras arrived in the big leagues in 2016, through the 2019 season. Per Rosenthal (h/t to Bleacher Nation), Maddon was (and presumably remains) a strong advocate for the two-time All-Star. “Angels manager Joe Maddon was a strong advocate for Willson Contreras during their time together with the Cubs, so perhaps it’s no surprise the Angels are showing interest in trading for the...
    The most memorable TV character deaths Fixer-uppers around America begging to be pretty again Hot Takes We Might Actually Believe: James Harden will be a Philadelphia 76er this season The 2020-21 NBA season is almost upon us, but Hot Take SZN is here, and at the end of another eventful offseason we will see how close to the sun we can fly and still stand the swelter of these viewpoints. © Provided by Yahoo! Sports James Harden’s unhappiness with the Houston Rockets is the worst-kept secret in the NBA. Every day, we are treated to some mundane update that comes back to this: The one-time MVP wants out of Houston, and the Rockets are unwilling to trade him for pennies on the dollar. The swap of Russell Westbrook for John Wall, the signing of Christian Wood, none of it has changed Harden’s mind. And none of it was done...
    Just last week, Wizards general manager Tommy Sheppard told reporters that Washington had “no plans” to trade John Wall. As is often the case in the NBA, plans change quickly. The Rockets and Wizards both shared official announcements around 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday night confirming the teams had agreed to swap their disgruntled guards. Houston is sending Russell Westbrook to Washington in exchange for Wall and a protected future first-round pick. MORE: Opening Night, Christmas Day games for 2020-21 season ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who first broke the news of the trade, revealed that Sheppard and Rockets GM Rafael Stone hadn’t spoken about a deal in weeks but hopped on the phone Wednesday afternoon and ironed out the details in a few hours. With the season fast approaching, these organizations realized they couldn’t move forward with unhappy stars on the roster. Something had to be done, and with Wall and Westbrook having...
    The Phillies could have a tough time finding a trade partner for Jean Segura. Segura is a capable shortstop and second baseman, but his salary suggests he’s a better player than he is. He’s proven to be defensively challenged at times, but Segura’s bat is among the best at his position. In an offseason where shortstops are flying off the shelves — see Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa — Segura is a cheaper option. Now on the other side of 30, the $14.25 million owed to him next year isn’t an attractive figure. The $14.25 in 2021 and $17 million in 2022 is even worse. That makes the possible return for a player of his talents far less than it should be.What would a trade for Jean Segura look like?Per FanSided’s Robert Murray, the Blue Jays are among the teams interested in Segura. This isn’t surprising given reports that the...
    Carlos Correa could find a new home in Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Reds are determined to get back to the postseason, even after likely losing Trevor Bauer, by upgrading at their worst position last season, as they are inquiring about all of the top shortstops that are in the rumor mill this offseason. While he hasn’t made an All-Star team in the last three seasons, Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa could be an intriguing option for Cincinnati, and the Reds have enough pieces to make this trade happen.The Reds would need to send a few top prospects to Houston in this trade for Carlos CorreaIf the Astros want some MLB talent in exchange look no further than Jesse Winker, who was relegated to the DH role due to a logjam in the outfield. Winker is a career .280 hitter that averaged 22 home runs per 162 games, and Houston could use...
    The Rays had one weakness on their American League-winning roster in 2020. Mike Zunino is not a World Series-winning catcher, sorry. With the Rays already looking for ways to retool this offseason — hence the Blake Snell trade rumors — Tampa should try to upgrade at positions of need. Luckily, the Rays can deal from their stacked farm system, and obvious positions of strength within their organization. Enter the Cubs, who after parting ways with Theo Epstein are going through with their own rebuild of sorts, looking to get rid of a few members of their 2016 World Series-winning core in return for prospects. The Rays can offer that, and Willson Contreras just so happens to be one of the better catchers in the National League. The Cubs have let it be known he’s available for the right price.Contreras would be a major upgrade for Tampa BayEntering his age-29 season,...
    The Cubs are selling much of their former World Series core, and Kyle Schwarber could be next. Schwarber is a much-needed power bat for many teams, especially those in the American League. Should the designated hitter become universal in the 2021 season, then the Cubs could have even more options for a potential trade of the 27-year-old. He has just one year left on his current contract, and is expected to make $8 million next year. As Schwarber inches closer to free agency, his value will only go down towards the trade deadline. One potential suitor for Schwarber could be the Yankees. Schwarber fits the DH slot, and can be rotated around the outfield when necessary. Positional flexibility isn’t a strength of his, but his big bat and the Yankees short porch in right field could be a match made in heaven…or in this case, the Bronx.What would a Cubs-Yankees...
    A trade package for Blake Snell would be a massive one coming from the Atlanta Braves. Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Blake Snell might be on the move, and maybe to the Atlanta Braves. Snell has been an integral part of the Rays’ rotation for years. He was won an AL Cy Young Award before and helped Tampa Bay win its second-ever AL pennant this past season. However, he could have his massive deal shipped elsewhere to help small market Tampa remain competitively viable. So what would the Braves have to give up for the savvy, left-handed veteran starter in exchange?The Braves’ farm system would take a huge hit to land Blake SnellAtlanta is one of a few teams who could be in the market for Snell. Other teams to keep an eye on are the Boston Red Sox, the Los Angeles Angeles and Snell’s hometown Seattle Mariners, the team he...
    Nolan Arenado grew up a Dodgers fan. Could he be headed to LA in a tumultuous offseason? The Rockies might finally be ready to embrace a rebuild, and by doing so they’d be willing to give up their best trade piece in exchange for top prospect capital. The Dodgers are an ideal fit for what the Rockies want, the only issue being that they reside in the same division in the NL West. Next: Dodgers lineup would be unstoppable if Nolan Arenado interest is real
    The Phillies want to keep Bryce Harper happy, and what better way to do that than acquire Francisco Lindor Lindor would come at a steep price, but not one the Phillies are incapable of matching. Should Philadelphia be in the mindset of spending to improve their team, they could theoretically re-sign JT Realmuto long-term this offseason AND add a talent like Lindor with the hope of locking him up as well. The Phillies infield is fairly decent, with Jean Segura teaming up with Alec Bohm. However, the team now has a hole at shortstop, with Didi Gregorius walking in free agency. Should they wish, Lindor would be considered a monumental upgrade. But as previously mentioned, Philadelphia must commit to spending beyond Harper’s contract, or else such a move will be for naught.What would it take for the Phillies to acquire Lindor?In this case, we’ll say the Phillies are aiming for...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. With a new coach and Daryl Morey making decisions in the front office, the Philadelphia 76ers could be in for some big roster changes this offseason. Morey and Doc Rivers have both publicly committed to the core of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons but this season was clear evidence that the supporting case around them needs some work. Former Stanford basketball star Tyrell Terry is weeks away from hearing his name called during the NBA Draft. Jackson Frank goes long on the years of work that have brought Terry to this point. Tyrese Haliburton will have plenty of suitors in the 2020 NBA Draft. Where would he fit best? Defense is one of the major question marks that could push LaMelo Ball out...
    The Packers actually look smart after not dealing for Will Fuller The NFL trade deadline came and went and Will Fuller is staying with the Houston Texans. That was a bit of a surprise considering he is on an expiring contract with a 1-6 team that has moved on from the disastrous tenure of Bill O’Brien. The news that came out after the deadline explains why a team like the Green Bay Packers, which was linked to Fuller, didn’t pull the trigger on the receiver. The #Texans were asking for a 2nd round pick for Will Fuller, a pending free-agent. Hard to expect a reasonable GM to trade a 2nd round pick for a WR for half a season. https://t.co/3CkhJ2Iln6 — Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 3, 2020 Packers trusting in their playersA second-round pick for Fuller seems rather high, especially for a Packers team that is 5-2 so far this...
    The Dallas Cowboys fire sale could be coming, but how much would a standout player cost?  Whether the Dallas Cowboys want to admit it, this isn’t their year. Sure, playing in the NFC (L)East might keep them around in postern talk, but all that’s actually probably hurting the franchise than helping. If the team wants to free up more cap space to give Gallup or any player a long-term deal, perhaps making one of their defensive backs expendable would help. Josh Jackson never found his footing in the mix of Green Bay’s secondary and only recently started playing due to Kevin King’s injury. If the team believes King will return soon, this should help the Cowboys land another piece to their secondary through 2021. Gallup is coming off his best season where he hauled in 66 receptions for 1,107 yards and six touchdowns. He’s off to a similarly productive year...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden falsely claimed Thursday that a trade union, which represents craftsmen and industrial workers, had “overwhelmingly” endorsed him. Former Vice President Biden’s comments came during a discussion on fracking at an ABC News town hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Thursday evening. The union, Boilermakers Local 154, endorsed President Donald Trump citing the president’s energy policies, according to a Sept. 2. letter. “The Boilermakers overwhelmingly endorse me, okay, so the Boilermakers Union has endorsed me because I sat down with them and went into great detail earlier to show their leadership exactly what I would do,” Biden said. (RELATED: Union Members Are Supporting Donald Trump Despite Unions Endorsing Joe Biden) WATCH: Biden’s claim came after ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos quoted Shawn Steffee, an executive board member of Local 154, who told the New York Times on Tuesday that Biden has “flip flopped” on fracking. “Joe Biden...
    On Friday night, Bill Maher returned to his Real Time studio for the first time since the lockdowns started. He performed in front of a tested, masked, scaled-down, and socially-distanced crowd—in lieu of his giant L.A. backyard. “Boy, I picked a good week to get back to the studio with people because the forecast on my phone today said: smoke. Tomorrow’s forecast? Blade Runner,” Maher said of the horrific wildfires ravaging California and Oregon.   Then he segued to his favorite target. “And President Trump has been monitoring the fires very closely. He said his heart goes out to the insurance company,” cracked the comic. “Oh, he’s full of empathy, this guy. It’s the 9/11 anniversary today, and Trump said he would never forget the moment when he learned he had the tallest building in Manhattan.” When the crowd responded with a mix of cheers and groans, Maher was...
    The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Houston Rockets are now staring at elimination and a 3-1 series deficit after a dispiriting 110-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4. James Harden finished 2-of-11 from the field with 5 turnovers (although he was 16-20 from the free-throw line). Russell Westbrook’s offense has actually been a much bigger issue across the entire series (19 assists to 18 turnovers, 7-of-24 from beyond the arc) but really it’s the defense that has given out. The Rockets made a calculated gamble at the trade deadline — swapping Clint Capela for Robert Covington, putting four shooters around the primary ball-handlers and counting on their swarming defense to cover for whatever they were giving up in rim protection. At times during the restarted...
            by Catherine Mortensen  This past week at the Democrat’s low energy Zoom convention, we heard a lot about what a good guy former Vice President Joe Biden is, that he’s a man of “faith” and “character.” We heard almost nothing about his accomplishments. That’s because after fifty years as a politician, Biden has accomplished almost nothing of significance. In contrast, President Trump has done more for the American people in almost four short years than any president in my lifetime. Love him or hate him, Donald Trump is a man of action. Biden is a man of words.  Where Trump gets things done, Biden promises to get things undone. Biden’s entire campaign platform is a promise to undue nearly every one of Trump’s accomplishments. Let’s talk about jobs. Under the Obama-Biden economy it took almost five years to recover the 8 million jobs lost in the Great...
    Jamal Adams, New York Jets. (Photo by Will Newton/Getty Images) The New York Jets turned a disgruntled player into a premium draft package. Back in 2017, the New York Jets used their sixth overall pick in the NFL Draft on LSU safety Jamal Adams. He was the star of New York’s defense for his first three years in the league. But, after stalled contract negotiations led to a public airing of grievances for Adams, it was only a matter of time before general manager Joe Douglas opted to part ways with the disgruntled star. That day arrived on Saturday, as the Jets traded Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for safety Bradley McDougald, a 2021 first-round pick, a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 first-rounder. Yes, the Jets absolutely won this trade.Jamal ultimately had to goIf you talked to your local Jets fan, you’d...
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