Friday, February 20, 2015

The Raven Report 2.20.15 #NBATradeDeadline #BigTen #LAStadium

By @nevaRWilliams

- There was an insane amount of movement around the Association Thursday afternoon as the NBA trade deadline approached. Here's a run down of all the action:

3 Team Trade
Miami acquired: PG Goran Dragic, SG Zoran Dragic from PHX

Phoenix acquired: SF Danny Granger, two 1st round picks from MIA, SF John Salmons from NO

New Orleans acquired: PG Norris Cole, C Justin Hamilton, SF Shawne Williams from MIA

3 Team Trade
Phoenix acquired: PG Brandon Knight, PG Kendall Marshall from MIL

Milwaukee acquired: PG Michael Carter-Williams from PHI, C Miles Plumlee, PG Tyler Ennis from PHX

Philadelphia acquired: Draft Picks

3 Team Trade
Detroit acquired: PG Reggie Jackson from OKC

Oklahoma City acquired: C Enes Kanter, SF Steve Novak from UT, PG D.J. Augustin, SF Kyle Singler from DET

Utah acquired: PF Kendrick Perkins, PF Grant Jerrett from OKC and draft picks

3 Team Trade
Boston acquired: PG Isaiah Thomas from PHX, PF Jonas Jerebko, SF Luigi Datome from DET

Phoenix acquired: SG Marcus Thornton from BOS and a 2016 1st round pick

Detroit acquired: SF Tayshaun Prince from BOS

Minnesota acquired PF Kevin Garnett from Brooklyn for PF Thaddeus Young

Portland acquired SG Arron Afflalo, SF Alonzo Gee from Denver for PF Thomas Robinson, SG Will Barton, PF Victor Claver, protected 2016 1st round pick

Houston acquired PG Pablo Prigioni from New York for G Alexey Shved and two 2nd round picks

Houston acquired PG K.J. McDaniels from Philadelphia for PG Isaiah Canaan and a 2nd round pick

Sacramento acquired PG Andre Miller from Washington for PG Ramon Sessions

Philadelphia acquired C JaVale McGee, (top 18 protected) 2015 1st round pick, rights to F Chukwudiebere Maduabum from Denver for the rights to G/F Cenk Akyol

New Orleans acquired G Ish Smith, rights to Latavious Williams, cash & draft considerations from Oklahoma City for draft considerations

Whew…… that's a lot of bodies changing zip codes.

- The Big Ten Conference is considering ruling freshman athletes ineligible so that they could "adjust to college life". Assuming the title of "A Year Of Readiness", they are gauging interest from members and other conferences to find out the benefits regarding the discussion. Maryland president Wallace Loh told the Maryland student newspaper, "If they do well because they spend more time, get more academic advising their freshman year, they're going to graduate". Loh continued with "I think it's worth spending an extra year of financial support to ensure that they graduate".

Personally, this might be one of the DUMBEST ideas that has been floated around college sports in some time.

- The San Diego Chargers and the Oakland Raiders have come up with a plan to build a shared $1.7 billion stadium in Los Angeles area Carson, California. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that both teams are looking for solutions to stay in their current cities while proposing the shared stadium plan.

- Last weekend at the box office saw "Fifty Shades of Grey" coming in at #1 and domestically grossing $81.6 million, despite negative reviews. Spy thriller "Kingsman: The Secret Service" came in at #2 with $35.6 million. Rounding out the top 5 were "The SpongeBob Movie" ($30.5M), "American Sniper" ($16.4M) and "Jupiter Ascending" ($9.4M).

Opening this weekend are comedies "Hot Tub Time Machine 2" and "The DUFF", along with Kevin Costner's latest sports drama "McFarland, USA". Will "Fifty Shades" remain on top? With 2 comedies being released and it not having the draw of the Valentines Day crowd, I believe it will be knocked out of the top spot.

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