There are no illusions that NBA players or coaches will participate in the November or February qualifiers.

Through three games in the Las Vegas Summer League, the 19-year-old Smith is averaging 18 points on 47 percent shooting while adding five assists per game. In his first matchup, he wowed the Thomas & Mack Center crowd with his pregame dunks. The following day, he dropped 25 points on the Suns. In Game 3, he stuck a dagger three-pointer into the hearts of the Miami Heat.

After Smith was selected on draft night, Carlisle said he expected him to be the team’s opening day starting point guard. Whatever you’ve heard about Carlisle’s reputation for favoring veterans over rookies, set it aside.

“He’s a kid who’s gotta be out there,” Carlisle says. “I’ve projected him as a starter, and so far, I’m not coming off of that.”

There are no illusions that NBA players or coaches will participate in the November or February qualifiers. USA Basketball hired Jeff Van Gundy to coach those teams and revealed that G League players, American college players, and Americans playing abroad will be tapped.

The G League, formerly the NBA D-League, typically tips off in late November. It remains to be seen whether that will be moved up to earlier in November with a schedule break for qualifiers, or moved back to December. There is also understandable skepticism that high-end college players will skip NCAA preseason in November and the end of the conference season in February to participate.

Will NBA stars play in qualifiers on the final days of June and first days of July? The stars who just wrapped up their playoff runs won’t. The stars who face free agency certainly won’t. Odds Cheap Jerseys are the players (and coaches) who run the team during this summer’s low-profile AmeriCup Cheap Ireland Football Jerseys and the in-season qualifiers will continue to do so next summer.

NBA free agent signings 2017: Tracking all the deals in one place

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, because the NBA free agency period has begun. While the salary cap jump for the 2017-18 isn’t as big as once projected, it’s still high at $99 million. It was once thought it would hit $101 million, an 8 percent increase over 2016-17. Instead, it is only projected to jump by 5 percent, slowing down the rise in massive player contracts we’ve seen over the past year.

No matter what the salary cap is, players like Gordon Hayward, Blake Griffin, and Kyle Lowry will make for an exciting summer as they all head into free agency. The moves made at the top will surely have an effect on the rest of the NBA as teams try and catch up to the Golden State Warriors. Players are creating their own superteams as quickly as they can, as evidenced by the Rockets grabbing Chris Paul in a trade no one thought was possible. If this can happen in trades, it will most certainly happen in free agency too.

Here are the contracts that every free agent has agreed to sign this summer.

Over the next year, more 2016 contracts will likely be moved under duress. One expects L.A. — if it is serious about being a player in 2018 free agency — to attach an attractive prospect that doesn’t fit the future to Deng. One imagines Houston finding a way out from under Anderson. Perhaps New Orleans, who is capped out and preparing to give DeMarcus Cousins a big new contract in 2018, can move Hill. Parsons and Noah are likely too onerous to escape without crushing, untenable sweeteners.

With a more modest salary cap increase and fewer teams Cheap High Quality NFL Jerseys with Cheap Hockey Practice Jerseys gaping space on the cap sheets, we have seen far fewer bad contracts this summer.

Sacramento added veteran, battle-tested point guard George Hill to a three-year deal worth $57 million.

The Kings had a really good draft night, picking De’Aaron Fox at No. 5 then trading No. 10 for Nos. 15 and 20 to take Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. They followed that with some even better free agent signings this week.

GM Vlade Divac then reunited Dave Joerger with Zach Randolph, a tough-nosed big man he coached in Memphis.

The Kings are in a youth movement, building around players like Fox, Skal Labissiere, and Willie Cauley-Stein for the future. But in any youth movement, the OGs are needed to bridge the gap. That’s exactly what Sacramento now has with Hill and Z-Bo, who will make sure the young Kings stay competitive while teaching them the tricks of the trade.

Boston posted the best record in the East last season and improved that roster by adding Tatum and Gordon Hayward. Further disrupting that chemistry by swapping point guards with a conference rival — as talented as Irving is — would do more harm than good.

It is unclear what the six teams that made trade offers included in their deals for Irving, but odds are if it were a package that blew Altman and Gilbert away, they would have pulled the trigger on it.

For now, as Cleveland’s front office has maintained, Kyrie Irving’s trade request remains a “fluid situation.”

Holiday is the quintessential point guard in today’s NBA. He’s not a big scorer, but can create his own shot when he needs to. He’s not a special passer, but he always seems to make the right plays and can work a pick and roll really well. He’s not quite a great shooter, but if Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys you leave him open, he’ll Cheap Gaelic Jerseys make you pay.

Restricted free agency won the day for the players on Thursday.

Hardaway and Otto Porter, Jr. both sought out huge, player-friendly deals and got them from teams with cap space.

Porter’s four-year, $106 million deal comes with a player option in its final year plus a 15 percent trade kicker, according to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post. The deal also has a very weird, but great, stipulation where Porter gets paid 50 percent of his annual salary October 1 of each year.

Restricted free agency helps teams retain younger players, but we’re also seeing them hurt each other with it. But either way, the players get the payday they’re looking for.

Nene tried to re-sign with the Houston Rockets on Saturday, agreeing to a four-year, $15 million deal only for the NBA to tell both parties that they can’t do that. See, in the new CBA, there’s an over-38 clause that prevents players from signing for longer than three years if they are or would turn 38 during the length of the contract. Instead, the 34-year-old Nene settled for a three-year, $11 million deal with Houston the next day.

Nene missed out on an extra $4 million, but he’s still making $11 million. He’s a winner here. The Rockets get a quality backup big man back, one who served them well all last season. And the NBA wins because Cheap Authentic NFL Jerseys you can never sneak something past them.

Last year, due to an unprecedented cap spike, every team in the league had cap space. It helped facilitate many deals happening quickly, including some lucrative ones. This Cheap Atlanta Braves Jerseys year, free agents may be hoping for the same type of deals while teams realize that they just don’t have that type of money. This is the result.

Tigers trade Justin Wilson, Alex Avila to Cubs

The Cubs have acquired lefty reliever Justin Wilson and catcher Alex Avila from the Tigers for infielders Jeimer Candelario and Isaac Paredes and a player to be named later or cash, as first reported by FanRag’s Jon Heyman and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal.

The trade is the second major deal of the month for the aggressive Cubs, who already sent prospects Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease to the White Sox as part of a four-player package for lefty Jose Quintana. Chicago has opened up a 2.5-game lead on the Brewers in the NL Central after a sluggish start and is considered the favorite to win the division again this season.

Normally, that wouldn’t even be news; the All-Star Game is once again an exhibition and the game’s umpires are rarely even noticed. But the announcement comes less than a week after news broke that Hernandez filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against commissioner Rob Manfred, alleging that he has been passed over multiple times for the chance to work a World Series and has not been promoted from temporary to permanent crew chief.

For some, the appointment mixed with Hernandez’s well-documented on-field struggles may cause the first thought to be that the league allowing Hernandez to work a major event is an olive branch in the midst of an ongoing legal battle. One could argue that the decision looks like Major League Baseball is throwing Hernandez a bone, rewarding his 24 years of service with his third All-Star appointment.

Just a few minutes ago, Miguel Sano pummeled baseballs, and one of them hit the Fans Cheap Jerseys windows. Another one hit the home run obelisk. And people — most of them waiting Cheap Youth Football Jerseys for Stanton to fight Judge to the death — were so danged into it. The ooohs and ahhhhs were organic and pure.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Sonny Gray, Yonder Alonso, and more

As the trade deadline nears, trade rumors of all sorts are flying around willy nilly. With so many pieces of information being batted around (pun entirely intended and I won’t apologize), here are all of the latest trade rumors in one place for ease.

Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona was set to manage his third All-Star Game — having also managed the 2005 and 2008 teams while with the Boston Red Sox — but underwent a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat last week and will miss the game. Indians bench coach Brad Mills will instead manage the American League in Miami.

On Monday, Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals and Chris Sale of the Red Sox were named starting pitchers for the Midsummer Classic. This is the second All-Star start for Scherzer, who started for the AL in 2013 at Citi Field in New York.

Sale started last year as a member of the Chicago White Sox, making him the first pitcher to start consecutive All-Star Games since Randy Johnson in 2000-01.

Monday also gave us the batting orders for both teams. Fans voted for the starting position players, with the exception of Mookie Betts of the Red Sox, replacing an injured Mike Trout, who just finished a minor league rehab assignment for the Angels.

Joe Buck will call play-by-play of the All-Star Game, sharing the Fox booth with John Smoltz, the Hall of Famer and eight-time All-Star who started the game in 1996. That duo will be joined by reporters NBA Basketball Jerseys Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci from the dugouts during the game.

Yovani Gallardo is back in the rotation, for example. After all those deals, all Miami Heat Cheap Jerseys that planning, they’re back to where they started.

Did Joel Embiid really catch a ball at the Home Run Derby?

There are many questions at the Home Run Derby — how far can Aaron Judge hit a ball? How many home runs can Aaron Judge hit? Why is Aaron Judge the greatest human being of all time?

We also know that Embiid CLAIMS he caught a baseball at some point during the night. Is this possible? Sure, plenty of balls get hit into the stands. But we also know, through video evidence, that while Embiid had a chance to catch the ball, he probably did not.

Why do the Arizona Diamondbacks (a snake) have a bobcat mascot? Who knows, but D. Baxter is a pretty dang majestic cat. Look how furry he is! And he wears a jersey… which is always a good look for a cat.

The Cincinnati Bengals good cat mascot got its name from Bengals fans chanting “Who dey! Who dey! Who dey think gonna beat dem Bengals?” in the 90s. And while the name may look a little awkward at first, the one gets points, of course, for be a tiger — the coolest of kitties.

The Denver Nuggets, despite claims (by me) that their mascot is a large chicken nugget, actually have an extremely cool cat as a mascot. Rocky has a lightening bolt as a tail, wears a tracksuit and sometimes is very tall — what’s not to love.

The Kansas City Royals mascot is Sluggerrr, a lion with a crown built Wholesale NFL Jerseys into his head. He also has a growl built into his name, which his honestly purrfect.

Of course, there are plenty of other good cats out there, mascots and otherwise. It would be impossible to rank them all. These are just 10 of the finest felines, but here’s a reminder Real Cheap Jerseys that all cats are good. And sports cats are even better.

Logan Morrison was wrong to call out Gary Sanchez for Home Run Derby selection

Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Logan Morrison is having a fine season, perhaps even one worthy of representation in the MLB All-Star Game. He might have had a point when lamenting not getting chosen for the Home Run Derby, but it was lost when he called out New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez.

Judge is an earthquake of a man. He won the Home Run Derby with long, long, long home runs, and we’re lucky to watch him.

What I can’t stop thinking about is how players keep getting bigger and bigger. And bigger and bigger. It’s not just the baseball players. Twenty years ago, I was the same height as the average American male. Now I’m two inches shorter because these damned kids with their beef hormones in the hamburgers, I don’t even know. Everyone is getting bigger. But especially the baseball players.

Remember that Cal Ripken was supposed to be a freak because he was 6’4 and a shortstop. Now those kinds of shortstops are the rule, not the exception.

My question to you is if we’ll be here in 2047 watching a 7’0, 320-pound man in the Intergalactic Home Run Derby, marveling at the spectacle and forgetting just how big Judge was.

There are two answers to that. The first is that people don’t really talk about Frank Howard anymore, even though he was definitely a proto-Judge:

It’s more likely for a league like the 2017 AL to exist, with several teams in contention.

One more time with feeling: There’s nothing special about Vancouver Canucks Cheap Jerseys August 9. The Orioles and Angels could lose three in a row and fall right the heck off this chart Youth Authentic Cheap Jerseys forever, and the 2017 season suddenly isn’t much different than several other seasons in the Wild Card Era.

Doug Gottlieb’s ‘questioning’ whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids sparks media Twitter brawl

Doug Gottlieb wonders whether Adrian Beltre is on steroids. He’s just wondering, mind you.

Other national media figures aren’t going to let the Fox Sports Radio host skate on that.

At the heart of Gottlieb’s suspicion is Beltre’s late-career production, which included career hit No. 3,000 on Sunday. Armed with little more than the Clay Travis-esque “I’m just asking the question,” Gottlieb on Tuesday loosely tied Beltre to the dozens of failed PED tests by players from the Dominican Republic, in the majors and the minors (Beltre, 38, is the first Dominican player in baseball history to reach 3,000 hits).

Gottlieb also dragged out the old argument that baseball writers didn’t properly cover PED use in the game during the late 1990s/early 2000s, and he added that today’s media might be turning a similar blind eye to Beltre.

The most recent wild-card team to win the World Series was the San Francisco Giants in 2014. They defeated another wild-card winner in the Kansas City Royals. A wild-card team has won the World Series six times since the wild card was added in 1994. The Marlins are the only team to win the World Series twice as a wild card (1997, 2003).

This season, the MLB All-Star Game did not determine which league will have home-field advantage for the World Series. The team with the better record will now hold home-field advantage in the World Series.

The New York Yankees hold the most all-time World Series titles with 27, and Kobe Bryant Cheap Jerseys are in a position to challenge for a 28th with rookie Aaron Judge Manchester United Cheap Jerseys making an MVP case. The Los Angeles Dodgers are another favorite from the regular season to win the title, as long as Clayton Kershaw is fully healthy.

Brett Gardner’s power surge is legitimate — but don’t ask him about it

Brett Gardner is not a power hitter. Or so he says.

Never mind that the Yankees outfielder has a career-high 19 home runs as August begins or that he has the second most on the team, trailing only Aaron Judge. His .469 slugging percentage, another personal best, and 17 doubles, second best on the Yankees, are no reason to start throwing the label around either, he says.

At the time of the trade, Headley was hitting .258/.341/.371 and was somewhat of a liability in the Yankees lineup. With the addition of Frazier, it looked like Yankees fans were getting their wish, which was to see Headley play less and eventually not on the lineup card.

Since the Yankees acquired Frazier from Chicago — and further, over the last month — and moved Headley over to first base, Headley has been one of the Yankees’ best hitters.

Elite players need a chance to prove their greatness on the big stage in October, and Votto simply hasn’t had a real chance to do that. He’s appeared in just nine postseason games and has hit .250 (8-for-32) with no extra-base hits and just one RBI in those contests.

And with the Reds rebuilding, it’s unlikely he’ll get the chance to improve those numbers and add to his legacy. While a trade to a contender in the future would be Votto’s best chance to improve his postseason pedigree, his massive contract — he’s in the middle of a 10-year, $225 million deal he signed Mls Cheap Jerseys in 2014 — makes a trade unlikely.

So Votto seems destined to spend the rest of his career with the Reds in relative New Vikings Jerseys Cheap anonymity as his greatness continues to be undervalued across the sport.