Thursday, July 3, 2014

Leadoff with Lee 7.3.14

-The Cleveland Indians rallied in the 8th inning to beat the Dodgers 5-4 in L.A. After being behind 3-2, the Tribe scored 3 times to take the lead and keep it. Trevor Bauer got the start going 5 2/3 innings giving up 6 hits, 3 earned runs, 2 strikeouts and 2 walks in a no decision. Bryan Shaw got the win with the Tribe's rally and Cody Allen recorded his eighth save of the season. The Indians went 4-4 on their recent road trip and return home Friday to start a three game series with the Kansas City Royals.

-The Cavs have met with restricted free agent small forward Gordon Hayward. It is believed the Cavs will offer him a max contract of $15 million per season, but there are some conflicting reports that say otherwise. Hayward averaged 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the Utah Jazz last season.

-Former Cavs guard CJ Miles visited the Indiana Pacers Tuesday night and was offered a contract Wednesday afternoon. Miles and the Pacers agreed to a 4 year deal worth $18 million dollars. NBA contracts can't officially be signed signed until July 10th.

-Free agent forward Carmelo Anthony was in Chicago Tuesday, and visited the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks Wednesday. Amoung the people who met him in Houston Dwight Howard, James Harden, coach Kevin Mchale and Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler were there to help pitch the Rockets to Anthony. Guard Jeremy Lin would have to be traded to clear enough cap room to sign Melo. Lin tweeted a bible verse yesterday morning and was feeling disrespected by the Rockets as they showed Anthony wearing a number 7 jersey, the same number Lin wears currently. Carmelo Anthony will meet with the LA Lakers today.

-What will happen with the Heatles? Lebron James is reportedly looking for a max deal. Chris Bosh is looking for a deal upwards of 15-18 million and not the rumored 12 million. Dwayne Wade won't get a max deal because he can't stay healthy. Miami targeted center Marcin Gortat and Kyle Lowry, who both re-sign with their current teams in Washington and Toronto, respectively. So what does that do to the big 3? How can they improve and get the key free agents they need to make it past the Spurs next year? All these questions will be answered once Lebron James returns from vacation and figures out what the best option is for him. There is no way they can bring in free agents if LBJ signs the 5 year max contract and if James doesn't sign one Bosh won't get one either. That's if they choose to stay in Miami. So what will they do? Could this be Lebron's homecoming? We shall see..

-New Orleans Saints hybrid tight end Jimmy Graham lost his appeal on being franchise tagged as a wide receiver rather than tight end. Graham played two-thirds lined up as a wide receiver in 2013 rather than on the offensive line as a traditional tight end. Graham will be paid under the tight end franchise tag at $7 million per year as opposed to the wide receiver tag which would have paid him $12 million per year.

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