Los Angeles Kings terminate Mike Richards’ contract

June 29, 2015 – 6:16 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Mike Richards

On Monday, the Los Angeles Kings announced they have terminated the contract of center Mike Richards. The team put Richards on waivers on Sunday and many expected a buyout to be announced on Monday. Instead the Kings have fully terminated the deal, citing a breach of contract on Richards’ part.

The Kings have not announced why Richards was in violation of his deal, but it is believed that an off-ice incident took place over the weekend. The team was attempting to trade the 30-year-old during the NHL draft on Friday and had substantive talks with both the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames to that end. But Kings general manager Dean Lombardi immediately informed both teams of the off-ice incident and talks ended there.

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Report: Celtics offered four first-round picks to move up in draft

June 26, 2015 – 5:50 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Danny Ainge

Post-draft analysis is fun in any sport, but the NBA draft is usually one of the craziest nights in sports. The stories that come out afterwards are insanely entertaining. Today a big one broke that is pretty mind-boggling.

A report claims that the Boston Celtics offered four first-round picks (and up to six total picks) to the Charlotte Hornets in an attempt to move up to the No. 9 spot in Thursday night’s draft. Those four (!!!!!) first-round picks would have only moved Boston up seven slots, but it would have put them in position to add Justise Winslow, who was still on the board at No. 9. The Hornets turned the trade down and selected Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky with the pick. Winslow quickly went off the board at No. 10 to the Miami Heat.

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2015 NBA Draft: The Lakers just got a whole lot better

June 26, 2015 – 1:29 am by Ryan Phillips
    D'Angelo Russell

The last two seasons have been miserable for the Los Angeles Lakers. Between Kobe Bryant’s injuries, Mike D’Antoni and Byron Scott’s coaching and a combined 48 wins, things have been bleak. But the Lakers took a big step forward during the 2015 NBA Draft.

After snagging forward Julius Randle at No. 7 and Jordan Clarkson at No. 46 during the 2014 draft, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak added to his talent base in a big way Thursday night. At No. 2 Kupchak selected Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell, who looks like a star in the making. Russell could be the guy who inherits the franchise from Kobe Bryant and takes it into the future. He can do it all on the court and fits the mold of the new NBA point guard who can fill up the stat sheet.

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Los Angeles Lakers won’t trade Julius Randle

June 25, 2015 – 4:54 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have a ton of balls in the air as Thursday night’s draft approaches but they have put one rumor to rest. According to multiple reports, they are absolutely unwilling to trade forward Julius Randle.

The Lakers selected Randle with the seventh pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Randle entered the league after an outstanding freshman season at Kentucky and somehow dropped to No. 7 and into Los Angeles’ lap. He was wildly impressive in limited action during Summer League play last year, then looked great during preseason action. Unfortunately for the Lakers and Randle, he broke his right tibia during the team’s season opener and missed the rest of his rookie season.

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Report: Broncos tried to trade Peyton Manning this offseason

June 23, 2015 – 7:04 pm by Ryan Phillips
    Peyton Manning

Just as the world has turned its attention to the 2015 NBA Draft, the NFL managed to have a gigantic story drop on Tuesday afternoon.

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Report: DeMarcus Cousins asked for a trade last month

June 23, 2015 – 4:00 pm by Ryan Phillips
    DeMarcus Cousins

As rumors continue to swirl around the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins, a new report on Tuesday threw more gasoline on the fire. According to Dave Carmichael of KHTK Sports in Sacramento, Cousins asked for a trade last month.

This really shouldn’t surprise anyone as there is clearly tension between Cousins and newly-hired coach George Karl. The All-Star center has almost no leverage to force a trade, since he has three years and $47.2 million left on his current contract. On top of that, with the news that Cousins wants out and Karl doesn’t want Cousins, Sacramento’s front office also has zero leverage in trade talks with other teams. So this situation is more than a little absurd.

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Divac: Kings not trading DeMarcus Cousins

June 22, 2015 – 10:48 pm by Ryan Phillips
    DeMarcus Cousins

The 2015 NBA Draft is just a few days away and, as usual, crazy rumors are flying. The latest big story involves the Los Angeles Lakers aggressively pursuing a trade with the Sacramento Kings for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the Kings claim they have zero interest in moving Cousins.

Vlade Divac is Sacramento’s new vice president of basketball and franchise operations and he is in control of the roster. Since being named to that position in March, he has repeatedly stated that he wants to build around Cousins, not trade him. He reinforced that narrative again on Monday.

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The Golf King is Dead. Long Live the King(s).

June 22, 2015 – 4:19 am by Hickey

tiger club flies

The saddest thing to watch at the 115th U.S. Open was not Dustin Johnson gagging away two chances at glory from inside 12 feet , though even those of us who had money riding on a Jordan Spieth victory couldn’t help but feel for the guy who continues to build a reputation as one of the more notorious back-nine Sunday chokers in majors. Johnson is on his way to a very special wing of the Golf Hall of Fame that will include busts of Greg Norman and Colin Montgomerie. And unlike those two, he doesn’t seem like someone you’d reflexively want to put at the bottom of a carnival dunk tank.

But you can only feel so sorry for a guy who is going home to be comforted by Paulina Gretzky. So while Johnson’s demise may have been grisly, at least he made it to the 72nd hole. The same could not be said of Tiger Woods, who was almost literally put out to pasture as he stumbled and bumbled around in the long fescue grass at Chambers Bay and missed the cut with a ghastly two-round total of +16.

You can also only feel so sorry for Tiger for reasons well-documented, both good and bad. But he’s not who I feel sorry for. It is myself, and you. The royal we. Us — for we are looking at athletic mortality, and when that happens we are always forced to think about our own.

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