Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

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Inside the Carmelo Anthony trade negotiations

By Jon Fucile
WickedGoodSports.com

Carmelo Anthony is just another athlete in a long list who has gone public with his wishes to join a new team and didnt exactly helping his current team make a deal or get any value from him on his way out.

Anthony finally stopped being a jerk and accepted a trade to the Knicks Monday night, ending the trade saga and finally allowing Denver to move on.

Maybe Anthony wasnt just being a jerk though. Maybe all of the offers were so enticing he simply couldnt decide! A Wicked Good Sports insider was able to get the inside scoop on some of the offers floating around out there before Carmelo finally ended up with the Knicks:
TRADE OFFER 1
To New Jersey Nets: Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups, Free Ski passes for everyone!
To Denver Nuggets: Four first round picks, Devin Harris, Jay-z, The Situation, Snookie
PROS:
- Carmelo no longer has to be constantly bored and cold in Denver
- Two most annoying cast members of that terrible Jersey Shore show will hopefully freeze to death in the Denver wilderness

- The Nets may move to Brooklyn and Anthony would reportedly super duper love that.

CONS:
- Sucks for Jay-z because no one in Denver has heard of rap music
- The Nets, much like Denver, never really win anything. Ever. At all.
- Carmelo is closer to New York and will be over covered every day by ESPN

- With the audition of some members of the Jersey Shore cast, the percentage of Colorado residents with STDs will go up by 30 in just one week

TRADE OFFER 2
To New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony, John Elway
To Denver Nuggets Wilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, A-Rod, Mike DAntonis mustache
PROS:
- Spoiled brat Carmel Anthony gets to go to his preferred destination
- John Elway can throw wicked spirals all the way down the court for the worlds longest alley-oops.

- A-rod get can back on steroids and no one will notice because no one cares about anything that goes on in Colorado
CONS:
- For the Knicks, they totally lose out on this deal because DAntonis mustache is pretty epic.

- ESPN would show even less hockey highlights as they document Carmelos every pass, dunk and shot because hes playing in New York now.

TRADE OFFER 3
To Charlotte Bobcats: Carmelo Anthony, Peter Forsberg, Tim Tebow
To Denver Nuggets: Michael Jordan (as an owner, not a player), Dale Earnhardt Jr, Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson
PROS:
- Peter Forsberg can do his retiring, unretiring, retiring gig in another sport
- Tim Tebow might get caught with some Nascar groupies and his wholesome boy act will be shattered for good

- Dale Earnhardt Jr can start his basketball career and finally play a real sport. If he gets glued to the bench, he already has lots of practice sitting down. Nascar sucks.
- Carmelo Anthony can paint numbers on the side of his car and when he gets pulled over for speeding he can just tell local cops he got lost on his way to the race track

CONS:
- Michael Jordan will run another pro team into the ground
- Carmelo Anthony only has one first name and may not fit in with the Bobby Joe and Susie May two first name fans.
- It is still Charlotte.
- It is probably way too hot to wear those head bands Carmelo is so fond of.

Maybe Charlotte would have been the best option for the rest of us.

Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

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Wednesday's Red Sox-Rays lineups: Ramirez gets night off

Hanley Ramirez is getting a night off as the Red Sox look for their third straight win against the Rays tonight at Tropicana Field.

Travis Shaw will play first base, with Brock Holt at third.

Tonight's lineups:

RED SOX:
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Mookie Betts RF
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Sandy Leon C
Brock Holt 3B
Travis Shaw 1B
Andrew Benintendi LF
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Rick Porcello P

RAYS:
Logan Forsythe 2B
Kevin Kiermaier CF
Evan Longoria 3B
Brad Miller SH
Matt Duffy SS
Logan Morrison 1B
Steven Souza Jr. RF
Corey Dickerson LF
Bobby Wilson C
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Matt Andriese P

Report: Rather than release Stork, Patriots trade him for draft pick

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Report: Rather than release Stork, Patriots trade him for draft pick

When word leaked this morning that the Patriots would release center Bryan Stork, the first question that popped to many people's minds was: "Couldn't they have traded him?"

Well, hours after the news broke, they apparently did:

And a few minutes later, Ian Rapoport came through with more information:

 

Curran: Does soon-to-be-sidelined Brady feel threatened?

Curran: Does soon-to-be-sidelined Brady feel threatened?

FOXBORO -- This sounds absurd, I understand. But Tom Brady isn’t taking for granted that teammates will regard him as the team’s unquestioned leader in this tumultuous 2016.

If he did, he wouldn’t have stated on FOUR different occasions Monday how crushing it was to miss last Thursday’s game because it prevented him from fulfilling what he sees as his duty.

His irritation wasn’t simply about missing out on reps and getting in rhythm. It circled back to leadership, responsibility, the sand draining from his NFL hourglasss and his teammates counting on him.

To wit:

I feel like that’s what my job is and responsibility is to go out there and be with my team, so it was tough not to be out there.”

I’ve always felt like the team is counting on me to be out there, and I’m going to do everything I can to be out there playing. I wanted to go the other night, but I think Coach [Bill Belichick] made a great decision.”

“I’d like to be out there every time I get a chance to play, so you only get so many opportunities a year. I’m getting so many opportunities left in my life, so I’d like to take advantage of any opportunity, any and all of them if possible. When you see your teammates out there in their uniforms and ready to go, you want to be out there with them.”

“I was just, like I said, bummed that I couldn’t be out there with my teammates and taking the practice field, I love practicing, so to have the chance to go out there, you like, as a guy who’s been here for a long time, to show your leadership through example and be out there whenever you can be out there because that’s what the team is counting on.”

Is he crazy? Is he being insecure? How could he be perceived as anything but the alpha dog for the Patriots? They don’t need to see him out there to feel led by him. His resume doesn’t just speak for itself, just run the film from the AFC Championship Game and see possibly the most courageous performance of Brady’s career in Denver.

Why the urgency to pee on his territory?

Maybe it’s because Brady got the quarterback job in the first place because his predecessor treated the position like his birthright.

Brady knows the threatening, would-be replacement won’t come right out and say, “I’m the captain now.”

No, the would-be replacement shows up early with sharpened pencils and open ears and does everything he’s asked until -- one day -- the guy who owns the job isn’t there. And then, slowly, life with would-be replacement gets to feeling . . . almost normal. Livable even.

Jimmy G. may not know “Art of War” from arts and crafts, but Brady will presume he does and that the passage “To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy” is tattooed inside Jimmy’s lower lip.

And Brady, knowing another Sun Tzu trope states: “A leader leads by example, not force,” has immediate concerns about how he can lead by example when he’s down until October, for God’s sake.

I asked Garoppolo on Wednesday if he has to step gently in taking control of a team temporarily that is/has been and will be Brady’s.

"It’s a tough situation at times,” admitted Garoppolo, who doesn’t seem to have a mutinous cell in his body. “It’s one of those thing where, if you start worrying about that then you can’t worry about whatever it is you’re supposed to be focused on. Your reads, your checks, whatever it may be. You just have to go about your business the same way you always have. I’m not trying to do something crazy that I’ve never done before. I’m just trying to be myself and do what I do.”

I asked Garoppolo if Brady has flat-out said to him that Garoppolo should just do his thing and take control.

In replay, Garoppolo said, “We have a ton of conversations on a day-in, day-out basis. We’re together 24-7. But he’s been helpful this whole way. Whether it’s encouragement, helping me with little things, he’s been nothing but help and I thank him for that.”

Brady is 10 days away from being sent out into the NFL desert to wander for a month. This is uncharted territory for him. He’s 39 and has -- for 16 years -- seen older teammates taken out behind the stables and not come back.

Ludicrous as it is on the face of it -- especially since Brady is signed through 2019 and Jimmy is up in seven months -- adjusting to the reality of someone else squatting down in his huddle may be the hardest part of it all.