Monthly Archives: June 2017

Gordon Hayward told Jazz that he was refusing to choose that would be a free agent

All-Star swingman Gordon Hayward formally notified the Utah Jazz on Thursday that he is declining his $16.7 million player option for next season and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to league sources.

Hayward had a Thursday deadline to make the decision. According to league sources, he will visit the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat once free agency starts Saturday at 12:01 a.m. ET before granting a face-to-face recruiting meeting with the Jazz.

ESPN reported earlier this month that the Heat concerned the Jazz as much as Boston in free agency, but the Celtics have since amped up their interest in Hayward, who played for Boston coach Brad Stevens at Butler University.

The Celtics, sources say, have been focused in recent days on trying to secure a free-agent commitment from Hayward and then trying to complete a trade for Indiana’s Paul George, in hopes of potentially assembling another superteam in the Golden State mode by adding those two alongside All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas and former All-Star Al Horford.

But league sources say the Houston Rockets, Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers all remain in trade pursuit of George, which could enhance Utah’s odds of keeping Hayward.

‎The Celtics and Heat can offer Hayward a four-year maximum deal valued at $127 million. Only the Jazz can offer a five-year deal worth an estimated $180 million.

Adrian Peterson bought a pair of Yeezys for FB John Kuhn

John Kuhn and Adrian Peterson have spent most of their careers playing for two rivals, the Green Bay Packers and Minnesota Vikings, respectively. But this season, they’ll both suit up for the New Orleans Saints. It’ll be Kuhn’s second year with the team.

Peterson is aware that Kuhn will play an integral role in his success this season, so the former Vikings star went out of his way to give the fullback a fresh pair of cream Yeezy Boost V2s to show his appreciation.

And from the look of things, it gave Kuhn some added motivation to block for the seven-time Pro Bowler.

Usually, offensive lines reap these types of benefits, but the popular Kanye West shoe, designed by Adidas, is both expensive and hard to come by.

So it was probably a lot easier for Peterson to get his hands on one pair instead of five.

Peterson has scored double-digit rushing touchdowns in eight of his 10 NFL seasons. With Kuhn’s help, he’ll be aiming to increase that mark to nine seasons in 2017.

Peter Laviolette: Subban’s head was ‘crosschecked into ice’ by Crosby

Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette said he was perplexed by the officials’ decision in the first period of Game 5 on Thursday night, when Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby repeatedly slammed the head of Predators counterpart P.K. Subban into the ice during a scrum behind Pittsburgh’s net.

Crosby and Subban both got matching minor penalties for holding.

“I don’t understand it,” Laviolette said after Pittsburgh’s 6-0 win. “I really don’t understand the call.

“I saw my guy get his head crosschecked into the ice 10 times. I don’t even know what he did, P.K. I disagree with the call.”

Referee Brad Meier was right over both players watching the scrum unfold.

After the game, Crosby said Subban “lost his stick and he was doing some UFC move on my foot there. I don’t know what he was trying to do.”

When asked if it’s getting personal between him and Crosby, Subban said, “It’s hockey, man.”

“I’m not an official, so I’m not going to judge what’s over the line and what’s not,” Subban said. “I mean … at the end of the day, I just gotta play the game and play the game. If those opportunities come when someone does something that warrants a penalty, then it’s up to the officials to call it. If they don’t, then we just gotta move forward.”

Crosby also avoided a penalty in the second period. While on the bench, he threw a water bottle in the direction of Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm after Ekholm swung his stick and missed Chris Kunitz behind the play.

Crosby looked to be upset that a penalty wasn’t called on Nashville, but he told officials the move was unintentional.

“It’s just one of those things, it slipped out of my hand,” Crosby said. “I had a gesture with my hand, and before I knew it the thing was flying across the ice. I know you’re not allowed to do that, so I’m not going to start doing it in the Stanley Cup Final.”

The Penguins now lead the Stanley Cup Final 3-2.

Sidney Crosby denies P.K. Subban’s bad breath claim: ‘He made that up’

Sidney Crosby delivered a sharp rebuttal after P.K. Subban, Nashville’s All-Star defenseman, alleged the Penguins star made fun of his breath Saturday night during Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.

On Sunday, Crosby fired back at Subban and took issue with the allegation.

“Yeah, he made that up. I didn’t say that,” Crosby told reporters. Subban said Saturday that after he approached Crosby from behind and then got within close proximity, the Penguins’ captain made a verbal jab about Subban’s breath.

When asked if Subban was trying to get under his skin and see how he’d react to the claim, Crosby agreed, saying “that’s part of it.”

“He likes the attention and things like that,” Crosby said. “If he wants to make things up, what can I do?”

Things appeared to get testy between the star players toward the end of Nashville’s 5-1 win, in which the Predators and Pittsburgh combine for 70 penalty minutes,

“He told me my breath smelled, but I don’t know,” Subban told Pierre Maguire during a televised postgame interview shortly after the Predators won to cut the defending champions’ series lead to 2-1.

“I used Listerine before the game,” Subban continued. “So I don’t know what he’s talking about.”

On Sunday, Subban was informed by a reporter that Crosby would likely be asked about his claim.

“Are you guys gonna ask him that? Well, it’ll be interesting to see if he says what he said last night,” Subban said.

Crosby and Subban can continue their exchange Monday night when the Predators host Game 4 at Bridgestone Arena.