This life-sized balloon sculpture of Joel Embiid can be yours for a few power tools

Craigslist is a veritable cornucopia of weird stuff — but maybe nothing on the site is weirder than this life-sized balloon sculpture of Philadelphia 76ers star Joel Embiid.

However — the actual balloon sculpture isn’t even as strange as the ad selling it on Craigslist:

Nowitzki signed a two-year, $50 million contract last summer, but exercised his player option to become a free agent during the offseason. He did so with the intent of taking less money to allow the Mavericks to pursue free agents and build toward a future contender.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki is regarded as one of the greatest international NBA players of all-time, winning the 2007 NBA Most Valuable Player of the Year award before leading the Mavericks to the franchise’s first-ever championship in 2011. He’s averaged almost 22 points per game through his illustrious 19-year NBA career, highlighted by his outstanding 2007 MVP season where he averaged 24.6 points on better than 50 percent shooting from the field, 40 percent shooting from three and 90 percent shooting from the foul line.

Nowitzki isn’t the first star to leave money on the table this offseason. Kevin Durant agreed to take $7 million less than his $31.8 million max salary when he signed a two-year, $53 million contract to stay Cheap UK NFL Jerseys with the Warriors this summer. The selfless act Cheap Throwback Basketball Jerseys allowed Golden State to re-sign Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala and Stephen Curry — to a $201 million contract, by the way — and sign Nick Young with their mid-level exception without being saddled in luxury tax this upcoming season.

Irving is a winner and a competitor, and he hasn’t even reached his prime yet.

Thunder fans went from having Russell Westbrook and a bag of Skittles to having Westbrook, Paul George, Patrick Patterson, and … well, pretty much the same bag of Skittles.

But in all seriousness, Patterson is a huge bargain at three years and $16.4 million. He should fit in nicely as possibly the Thunder’s starting power forward. Amazingly, he’s the most lucrative Thunder free-agent signing … ever?

Hayward eventually dropped a 2,100-word essay on The Player’s Tribune titled “Thank You, Utah,” so his mind was probably made when Haynes tweeted the news. But man, it could’ve gotten really ugly for Haynes had Hayward changed his mind and signed elsewhere.

As a result, Cleveland wants a deal similar to that of Denver, which traded Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Knicks in 2011. In return, the Nuggets recouped a deep package of young, established players including Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, New York’s 2014 first-round pick, two second-rounders, and cash.

There are two teams that can give Cleveland what it wants
The Miami Heat have made both Goran Dragic and Justise Winslow available in Irving trades, according to ESPN. Winslow is good friends with Irving and would love to play with him, per the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, but the Heat package simply isn’t attractive enough to warrant MLB Cheap Jerseys parting ways with an all-world talent.

Instead, the Suns and the Celtics have the best pool of young players and trade assets on tap to pry Irving away from the Cheap Vintage Jerseys Cavaliers.

Rajon Rondo, Pelicans agree to 1-year deal worth $3.3. million

Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year, $3.3. million deal, with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania.

Ball Mania is real. Lonzo Ball bounced back from his horrid 2-of-15 shooting debut to record a triple-double on Saturday. The crowd ooh’d and ah’d at his passing and exploded whenever a three-pointer went down. Sure, that’s normal. He’s the team’s top pick and prospect, standing out from the horde of unknown prospects without pedigree on both sides.

Still, nothing is normal when LaVar Ball and the clan — LiAngelo and LaMelo both present — watch everything happening from a corner dais. All clad in Big Baller Brand, of course. They were far from the only ones, and the T-shirts and hats sprinkled throughout the arena couldn’t have all been ironic. One fan even took an old Shannon Brown jersey and turned it into a Ball jersey with some yellow tape modification.

This is Rondo’s third consecutive deal with just one fully guaranteed season, as he hasn’t proven himself to any team enough to land a multi-year stay. He’s 31 years old, and long deals will be hard for him to find anymore, but in New Orleans he’ll a chance to make the playoffs. He didn’t have that opportunity in Sacramento or Chicago, and wouldn’t have had a similar chance if he pursued a deal with the Lakers.

With the Pelicans, his role is defined, and Miami Dolphins Cheap Jerseys if NHL Hockey Jerseys things work well between him and the bigs playing alongside Holiday, perhaps he could even finish his career there. He couldn’t have hoped for much more.

NBA Summer League scores 2017: 3 big winners and 1 loser from Saturday night hoops

Another night of NBA Summer League basketball made for an emotional roller coaster that gave fans the ups and downs they’ll be in store for when the regular season rolls around in October.

Unfortunately, it was Saturday night. That means you were probably out partying, bar-hopping, in some mischief or just focused on something other than basketball. No problem, that’s what I’m here for.

The Mavericks traded for Noel as their next Tyson Chandler. Now, it’s about paying the young rim protector the money he wants before he can field lucrative offers as a restricted free agent.

Gasol opted out of a $16 million purse this season to give the Spurs financial flexibility and secure a longer-term contract for himself. The number he agrees to will affect what San Antonio can do in free agency this summer.

Andre Iguodala got his three-year, $48 million contract, and P.J. Tucker left Toronto to sign in Houston.

A lot of money was thrown around to say the least, and Kevin Durant hasn’t even re-signed with the Warriors yet (he’s expected to, though, so we didn’t include him in this list).

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t other quality players left on the board. In fact, the free agency pool is still ripe with impact players looking to latch on to a team in playoff contention.

This is the Kobe Bryant inside of him, and that’s part of the DNA that can be a blessing and a curse. Teams believe he’s NFL Cheap Jerseys Wholesale smart, savvy and, above all, they believe he’s a NFL Jerseys From China winner.

There will be large players in the future.

If they want to keep their bullpen, though, they should buy, but only if they can get controllable starting pitching. That’s the goal — pitchers who will be around for a couple years. Remember the Rangers traded for Cole Hamels when they looked like they were rebuilding, and while it ended up working that very season, it was more of a move for future years. It looks smart in retrospect, and if the Orioles can ape that sort of move, they should part with whatever prospects they need to.

If they can’t, however, they should sit tight, and spend this offseason doing what they’ve been unwilling to do in recent years. They’ll need to spend on starting pitchers, whether it’s using money or prospect capital. Might as well start now if they have the chance.

This hints that, yes, we’ll move on to a new large slugger in the future. It hurts, but it’s probably true. There will occasionally be an Aaron Judge if you look hard enough.

The other answer is that we’ll all be dead in 2047, and the lichen will rule our new sea planet.

But focus on the part about Howard. He was 6’7 in his playing days, which is the same height that Judge is listed. There has been a Judge before. Not a lesser version. A comparable player. There have been large players in the past. There will be large players in the future.

When you graph the average height of the top-10 home run hitters by decade (with help from, a pattern emerges:

Those large home run lads are getting larger. Except, hold on, we’re talking about a couple of inches spanning decades. No old-timer is really going to notice if a 6’4 comes to the plate Cheap Team Jerseys because he watched 6’2 players all his life. This is all incremental.

Ah, but there’s more context. When you sort the players of Cheap Soccer Jerseys Free Shipping the ‘20s by height, again, a pattern emerges.

Let’s see what happens if four of these teams with a shot at the second wild card tie.

They almost screwed that up with Gray, who looked entirely broken last season. His velocity was down, his homers allowed went through the roof, and he looked like … well …

Sonny Gray right now looks like Tim Lincecum when he started losing it. Four great pitches like the old allstar and then one godawful pitch.

The A’s original plan was probably to trade him last offseason, and then baseball took their wallet. All they could do is wait and wait and wait for him to get better.

He got better. While he’s not the burgeoning Cy Young contender he once was, not yet, he’s still a well above-average pitcher who won’t be a free agent until after the 2019 season. He’ll be cheap until then, too. Teams are lining up the prospects again, and a Jose Quintana comp for a possible return isn’t too far-fetched.

That’s true about everything. But baseball, too.

There are 10 teams in the American League that are currently within three games of a postseason berth. There are 13 of them within six games. The A’s and White Sox are probably out of the race. Everything else is at least negotiable.

Four-Club Tie for One Wild Card Spot: After Clubs have been assigned their A, B, C and D designations, Club A would host Club B and Club C would host Club D. The winners of each of Cheap Jerseys America those games would then meet, hosted by the winner of the game between Club A and Club B, to determine the Wild Card Club.

Got that? There would be a playoff game to see who goes to the playoff game to see who goes to the playoff game to see who makes the playoffs. Except there are six teams within three Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses games of that final wild card spot. What are the official tiebreaker rules in that instance?

Scherholz will go down as one of the game’s best GMs

Wade Davis came in representing the Cubs in the top of the 10th inning with the score tied 1-1, and Robinson Cano saved us all from even more innings. Maybe you are saying, “But Marc, extra innings is free baseball, and Robinson Cano denied us that.” No. No he did not. This All-Star Game doesn’t count and does not need to go to extras. Sorry, those are the rules.

Well, fine, if the All-Star Game wanted to use the World Baseball Classic rules to put baserunners on at the start of the inning in order to make the whole situation tense and awesome, then yes, this All-Star Game would definitely need extras. That’s not the case, though, so: thank you, Robinson Cano, for allowing us all to go to bed at a semi-reasonable hour.

One of the best defensive catchers of all time, Pudge just cleared the 75 percent threshold with 76 percent of the votes, getting in on his first year. With 13 Gold Gloves, 14 All-Star appearances, and the 1999 AL MVP, Rodriguez was a rock in the middle of the Rangers’ lineup for many years before going on to win a World Series ring with the Marlins. He developed a reputation as someone you don’t try to steal on, leading the AL nine times in caught-stealing percentage. Pudge could also deliver with the bat, taking home seven Silver Sluggers and ranking 26th all-time in doubles.

Scherholz will go down as one of the game’s best GMs, having success with two separate teams over three decades. He built the Royals roster that won the World Series in 1985, and then jumped to the Braves in 1990, where he was the architect of 14 straight division titles and the 1995 World Series Cheap Indiana Pacers Jerseys crown. Although he stepped down as GM in 2007, Schuerholz is still involved with the Braves Cheap Ireland Jerseys as team president.

Yu Darvish traded to Dodgers in huge move right at deadline

The Dodgers finally made a huge trade for a top pitcher at the trade deadline, as Ken Rosenthal reported after the 4 p.m. close that the Rangers and Los Angeles had agreed to a deal that would send Yu Darvish to the Dodgers.

Jon Morosi reported that prospect Willie Calhoun would head to Texas as part of the return. Jeff Passan would follow that up by reporting that A.J. Alexy and Brendon Davis were also included in the deal.

You have to figure that even though trade talks with the Twins may have ended up suffering a bit of a collapse, the Braves have to be thrilled with what they got out of Jaime Garcia on Friday night. Garcia put together a thoroughly professional effort against an extremely good Dodgers team and helped hand that team their first losing “streak” since early June. The trade price for Jaime Garcia may not be sky high, but it definitely went up after what he did on Friday night. There’s no word on where Garcia will be heading soon, but at least he knows that he’ll be standing alongside the likes of Patsy Flaherty in the Braves’ history books after the night he just had.

Grant Brisbee has once again been put in charge of grading trade rumors, and this time he’s been tasked with giving a mark to the latest rumor that has Yu Darvish linked with a move to the Cubs.

Aaron Judge has hit his fair share of monster moonshots this year, but the dinger that he hit on Friday night at Safeco Field may very well be his magnum opus of power hitting.

The Yankees and Athletics may not be close to a deal on Sonny Gray, but the A’s have at least reportedly “named their price” for Gray.

Ian Kinsler could be the next veteran on his way out of Detroit, and Cheap High Quality Jerseys a possible fit could end up being the Boston Red Sox.

Yoenis Cespedes had to clear the air about some comments he Cheap Goalkeeper Jerseys made with regards to wanting to potentially end his career with the A’s.

MLB trade rumors roundup: Zack Cozart, Sonny Gray, and more

Sonny Gray remains the player in the league with the biggest rumor magnet on his back, but fellow pitching standout Yu Darvish isn’t far behind. While the former is almost certainly getting traded, the latter may not be. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have teams after him, despite the Rangers not definitively deciding whether they’re even selling yet.

There are other players on the trading block too, though, of the non-pitching variety. So once again we’ve rounded all of the recently surfaced rumors up in one place so you’re able to keep track.

Los Angeles is a +350 favorite to win the World Series at sportsbooks monitored by The favorites are extremely well-rounded, ranking No. 1 in the majors in ERA among starters (3.24), No. 2 in bullpen ERA (2.99) and No. 4 in run production with 5.14 runs of offense per game.

With no noticeable weaknesses and an elite home record at 39-11, this Dodgers team will be tough to beat in a seven-game series.

Los Angeles’ biggest threats in the National League currently appear to be the Washington Nationals (+700 to win the World Series), Chicago Cubs (+800), and Arizona Diamondbacks (+1600).

The defending champion Cubs still haven’t shaken off their World Series hangover, coming into the second half trailing the Milwaukee Brewers (+2500) by 5.5 games for the top spot in the NL Central.

It’s worth remembering, both with the Tigers and with basically every other China Cheap Jerseys Wholesale major deal we’re talking about here, that teams signed these contracts knowing that eventually, they’d be problematic. The hope was that, before they became issues, the Tigers would win a World Series or Cycling Cheap Jerseys two and justify all of the horror to come with a trophy. The Tigers haven’t won, though, and given they’re 39-48 as of this writing, don’t look like they’re going to, either.

Former Cardinals S Chris Clemons found guilty of assaulting woman

Chris Clemons has been found guilty of misdemeanor assault for punching a woman in 2016, TMZ Sports reported.

The former Cardinals safety was sentenced to 10 days in jail by a Scottsdale, Ariz., court, with five of those days suspended.

Clemons, 35, also will have to pay a $30,000 fine, take an anger management course and be on probation for a year.

Clemons was outside a nightclub in Scottsdale in May 2016 when he punched the woman in the face after she and one of Clemons’ female friends got into an argument.

The Cardinals cut Clemons in September. He remains a free agent.

With Dixon unavailable for a quarter of the year, the Ravens signed Danny Woodhead to be West’s primary complement in the backfield. Woodhead is one of the best pass-catching running backs of the decade, but he’s now 32 and plagued by injuries in recent years, playing just 21 games in the past three seasons. Still, Woodhead figures to play a prominent role in the offense as long as he stays healthy.

The passing game is also dealing with injuries and retirements. Steve Smith rode off into the sunset, while tight end Dennis Pitta was released after suffering a possible career-ending hip injury. Breshad Perriman missed his entire 2015 rookie year with a knee injury and didn’t contribute much last season, putting up just 33 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns.

The good news is that Baltimore took advantage of the Kansas City Chiefs’ poor salary cap management, signing Jeremy Maclin after he became a cap casualty in June. Maclin has injury concerns of his own, but the 29-year-old is just a season removed from hauling in eight touchdowns and 1,088 yards on 87 catches. He’ll Cheap Cycling Jerseys be playing out of the slot position with Perriman and Mike Wallace on the outside, which makes for a formidable WR trio if everyone stays Cheap Custom Baseball Jerseys healthy and plays up to their potential.