NBA Trade Rumors: Latest Details on Mario Chalmers, Nene and More

It’s all about the MLB trade deadline right now, but don’t look away—the NBA‘s trade market doesn’t just shut down. 

In fact, the Association continues to churn at a dizzying pace, with recent deals such as the Cleveland Cavaliers shipping away Brendan Haywood and Mike Miller to the Portland Trail Blazers, per Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, commanding the headlines.

If the latest batch of rumblings is any sign, it won’t be the last trade to go through the league office just yet, so keep an eye out, especially when it comes to the following items.

 

Miami’s Hunt for Cap Space

What, think the Miami Heat would just go away?

It’s expensive being a contender, and Pat Riley’s team is a repeat tax offender. The front office took a step in the right direction by shipping away young guard Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic, per Wojnarowski, but is not done yet.

In other words, Mario Chalmers isn’t clear of trade chatter. ESPN.com’s Marc Stein offered the latest: 

Any cap space is good cap space at this point for the Heat, and Napier just wasn’t the knockout blow the team needed to get where it needs to be. 

Chalmers, on the other hand, represents a $4.3 million hit this year, per Spotrac, and offers something to teams who want to wheel and deal.

Last year, Chalmers posted 10.2 points and 3.8 assists on average while shooting a 40 percent clip from the floor. He brings experience, but teams are not going to give up a ton to get him with the knowledge the Heat want to clear his contract. 

While it’s unfortunate the Heat will never find proper value for Chalmers via trade, the team still has Goran Dragic to start and Tyler Johnson to play backup. Sooner or later something figures to get done.

 

Nene Update

It was all love for Nene in Washington until this past postseason. He brought on a strong culture change to help the Washington Wizards get over the edge, but then one Al Horford putback sort of ruined things for him.

Also ruining things is the league’s transition away from big lineups. At 6’11” and 260 pounds, Nene fits the bill after averaging 11.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last season before losing his starting gig at the 4 at times to Paul Pierce (6’7″, 235 lbs).

With small ball on the mind, it sounds like the Wizards decided to test the trade waters with their veteran big man. J. Michael of CSNWashington.com shared the details:

CSNwashington.com reported earlier this offseason that Nene, who is entering the final year of a deal that pays him $13 million, didn‘t draw any interest in the trade market and isn’t likely to be moved before the start of the 2015-16 season. If he is eventually moved with that expiring deal, that’s more likely to happen near the February trade deadline but if they allow his size to leave they’ll want size in return.

It should go without saying, but here it is—Nene is too expensive in a league heading in the opposite direction. He’s a great role player and veteran to have, but at $13 million, per the excerpt above, he’s too much.

Then again, expiring contracts can be akin to gold in the NBA and even helps expensive guys like Haywood get moved. It’s something to watch, but it sounds like the Wizards will only pull the trigger if they get something nice in return. It isn’t going to be a straight salary dump.

 

The Jamal Crawford Saga

So much for all the drama surrounding the Los Angeles Clippers ending.

Getting DeAndre Jordan back was a big deal, no doubt about it. He’s the centerpiece they need, and a Clippers team without him can’t compete—not with the miserable trade and free-agent market this offseason boasted.

Losing sixth man Jamal Crawford would also hurt. The 35-year-old veteran was one of the most obvious names to hit the trade rumor mill earlier this offseason thanks to the presence of J.J. Redick and the additions of Lance Stephenson and Pierce.

Those rumors might hurt the team in the long run, per Dan Woike of the Orange County Register: “That extension didn’t materialize, and if another round of trade rumors linking him to Miami and Cleveland didn’t do it, Crawford probably got the sense he might not be a long-term solution for the team this July.”

Woike goes on to explain Crawford wanted an extension before last season, didn‘t get it and then had to wait around while the front office made moves instead of shoring him up for the long term. 

The budding situation might be an opening for another team to swoop in and make a move. Not too long ago, Crawford shared an interesting response on his Twitter page:

Crawford posted a strong 15.8 points and 2.5 assists per game last year with the Clippers and would flourish in most locales in a similar role.

Los Angeles won’t let go of Crawford for nothing even if it does need the cap space. A team mired in months of controversy might not want to bring back an unhappy player, though, so if a shocker of a trade is yet to unfold, it might be here with the Clippers and Crawford.

 

All stats and info via ESPN.com unless otherwise specified.  

 

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Michael Pineda Injury: Updates on Yankees Star’s Forearm and Return

Michael Pineda’s career with the New York Yankees has been slowed by injuries. The right-hander is on the shelf once again with a forearm issue. 

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Pineda Placed on DL with Forearm Strain

Thursday, July 30

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News confirmed Pineda’s status, adding that C.C. Sabathia would start on Thursday night against the Texas RangersMarly Rivera of ESPN Deportes previously called Pineda’s injury forearm tightness. 

This had been the first season in which Pineda was completely healthy for the Yankees. His 19 starts in 2015 are the most since the 2011 campaign, when he took the hill 28 times as a rookie in Seattle. The 26-year-old didn’t start a game in 2012 or 2013 because of injuries. 

Even though the Yankees have a comfortable six-game lead in the American League East, they can’t afford to lose any pitching right now. They are 19th overall in team ERA and 22nd in starters’ ERA.

Pineda’s season ERA of 3.97 is high, but his 7.80 strikeout-to-walk ratio is the best in the American League. Given his long injury history, the Yankees have to be cautious before letting him step back on the mound.

 

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Anthony Johnson Now Slated to Fight Jimi Manuwa at UFC 191

Those scratching their heads at the odd pairing of Anthony Johnson and Jan Blachowicz at UFC 191 can stop worrying because the UFC has apparently had a change of heart.

According to a report from ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Blachowicz has been pulled from the fight, and Johnson will now face top-10 light heavyweight fighter Jimi Manuwa on the September 5 Las Vegas fight card.

There hasn’t been any official word from the UFC of why the bout was changed, but Okamoto is reporting that Blachowicz is expected to remain in the UFC 191 lineup.

Johnson had his nine-fight win streak snapped in May by Daniel Cormier in a bout for the vacant light heavyweight title.

He had Cormier in trouble early in the first round when he dropped the former Olympian with a massive overhand right, but Cormier’s tenacious wrestling and suffocating top control kept him in the fight.

Johnson was taken apart piece by piece in a grinding effort, before succumbing to a rear naked choke in the third round. Since the loss, Johnson has made serious adjustments to his training camp.

When speaking with MMAFighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti, he said he is now working with Neil Melanson, a longtime grappling coach who has worked with Randy Couture, Dominick Cruz and Michael Chandler.  

Manuwa will enter this fight coming off a unanimous decision win over Blachowicz in April. The 35-year-old UK star has shown plenty of promise during his three-year UFC tenure. His only loss came to current No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson.

UFC 191 features the flyweight championship rematch between Demetrious Johnson and John Dodson. A heavyweight tilt between former champions Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir is also expected to be on the card.

 

Jordy McElroy is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. He also is the MMA writer for FanRag Sports and co-founder of The MMA Bros.

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