NBA teams start jocking for cap space, Lebron, 'Melo
Several big moves in the NBA yesterday as many teams have begun jocking for position on either Lebron James or Carmelo Anthony, or maybe even both.
The Houston Rockets, where most say ‘Melo is headed, agreed to trade defensive specialist center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in a deal that aimed at clearing salary-cap room. In exchange for Asik, the Rockets will receive the Pelicans’ 2015 first-round draft pick and the Rockets will include $1.5 million in cash.
This also sets up the team to trade Jeremy Lin, which would open up enough cap space to make a run at James and Anthony.
Mavericks putting the band back together with Chandler trade
The Mavericks have been involved in the talks to possibly acquire ‘Melo as well, but it seems as if they’re more interested in putting the band back together.
Yesterday, the Mavs and the Knicks consummated a six-player trade that sent center Tyson Chandler back to Dallas. The Mavs made acquiring Chandler one of their priorities after their first-round exit against San Antonio this year. The full trade requires the Knicks to take back the contract of Raymond Felton and cost Dallas two starters – point guard Jose Calderon and center Samuel Dalembert – along with Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington and the 34th and 51st picks in today’s draft.
But Dallas fans seem more happy that the integral piece of their last championship is returning home.
U.S. facing Germany today for chance to advance into Round-of-16
In World Cup action today, the U.S. will be playing Germany for the top position in Group G and a shot at advancing to the Round-of-16 for this year’s tournament.
Group G, is the ONLY group with all four teams mathematically still viable to advance. A win against Germany would lock the U.S.’s spot at the top of the group with Germany relying on the results from Ghana and Portugal, who ALSO play today.
Should the U.S. and Germany tie, they would both advance to the next round, mathematically eliminating Ghama and Portugal. But should the U.S. lose, they would be cheering for Portugal to either tie Ghana or beat them by four goals or less.
Needless to say, today is a VERY important day for the Americans in advancing out of a group that many deemed the group of death!