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Free agency turning into bargain hunting for NBA clubs

first_imgThe biggest deals of NBA summer — like Chris Paul, Paul George and LeBron James getting contracts that will pay them a combined $450 million over the next four years — are almost certainly all done. A blockbuster trade involving San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard can obviously still happen, and at some point Carmelo Anthony’s exit from Oklahoma City to a new home, mostly likely Houston, will get finalized.But most teams have exhausted their salary cap space for next season, so the annual shift into fill-out-the-roster mode has essentially arrived for the majority of clubs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Here’s a look at some of the bargains that have already been found this summer, and a look at others who are bargains waiting to happen:BARGAINS FOUND In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Chan finally ends drought with Ginebra: ‘I’m now comfortable with my team’ BARGAINS OUT THEREDWYANE WADEIf he returns to Miami — and that’s no lock — the sense is that it’ll be for $5 million. A Hall of Famer who can still play and willingly accepts a bench role for small money is a steal, especially when considering how much he means to Heat fans.VINCE CARTERHe’ll almost certainly get the veteran’s minimum from a good team, give it good minutes off the bench and use his experience — the 41-year-old has basically spent half his life in the NBA — to become the sage of whatever locker room he calls home next season. If he doesn’t score a point, he’ll still be worth the $2.4 million.MICHAEL BEASLEYHe was really good at times for a really bad Knicks team last season. And he’s still a gifted scorer. Put him on a good team, and the second unit will immediately get better.MARCUS SMARTMany would be surprised if Boston lets the restricted free agent go elsewhere, and Smart’s value to the Celtics is clear. But it’s been one of the soap operas of this summer: What is taking so long?DIRK NOWITZKI Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs This could go down as the bargain of the summer, if Cousins returns to previous form and fits his enormous game — and enormous personality — into the Golden State system. When he comes back from his Achilles tendon injury, the Warriors could have five players from the 2018 All-Star Game in their starting lineup. Had he not gotten hurt in January, somebody would be paying at least $20 million and probably a lot more to Cousins this season. If this experiment works, and if the Warriors are healthy at playoff time, a fourth championship in five seasons will be the way Golden State closes out its time at Oracle Arena.JUSUF NURKIC$48 million, four years, PortlandNot all bargains are for small dollars. Nurkic is durable, and he’s one of 13 players who averaged 14.3 points and 9 rebounds last season. But there’s at least 24 centers alone who will be paid more next season than Nurkic.WAYNE ELLINGTON$6.3 million, one year, MiamiAll Ellington did last season was make more 3-pointers than any Heat player had in any season, ever. And he didn’t even get a raise. It’s not that Miami doesn’t value Ellington but he appeared to get caught in a numbers crunch. The Heat have tax concerns that kept them from being able to offer him more, and other teams probably knew that they would have to offer significantly more to get Ellington out of Miami. He’s also a key voice in the Heat locker room, and if Miami is going to get out of the first round Ellington will likely have to play a key role.RAJON RONDO$9 million, one year, Los Angeles LakersRondo and LeBron James have had battles aplenty over the years. Don’t think for one second that James wasn’t down with the Lakers making this move. On the day before Game 4 of the NBA Finals, the day before James’ last game as a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers, he told a story about facing Boston many years earlier and being impressed with the way “Rondo was calling out sets every time” down the floor. James values smarts in teammates and Rondo has plenty of smarts, so if this works the $9 million will be a pittance to the Lakers. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team He’s “out there” on paper only. Nowitzki is eventually going back to Dallas, probably for about $5 million once again, but it’s impossible to list NBA bargains and not include him. He’ll spend what may be his final NBA season grooming Luka Doncic. The best player in Mavs history is about to become the best mentor in Mavs history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 19, 2017 DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks on against the Washington Wizards in the first half at Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Rob CarrEven after roughly $1.5 billion in new contracts were hammered out during the first two weeks of free agency, there is still plenty of shopping for NBA teams to do over the coming weeks.Most of it will be for bargains.ADVERTISEMENT ISAIAH THOMAS$2 million, one year, DenverIt seems so long ago that Thomas was averaging 30 points and answering questions about the max contract he would be signing. Except it wasn’t a long time ago — it was at the 2017 All-Star Game. So much has happened in the last 17 months, and Thomas playing through a hip injury has clearly cost him tens of millions, at least temporarily. Now he’s starting anew in Denver, with a coach in Michael Malone who believes fully in him, and that chip Thomas had as a No. 60 overall draft pick is squarely back on his diminutive shoulder. His massive deal may be waiting, but consider this: No fewer than 33 players will make more this coming season than Thomas has made in his entire career. “It’s all good though…. I’ll just stay on that slow grind,” Thomas said on social media after agreeing with the Nuggets.DEMARCUS COUSINS$5.3 million, one year, Golden StateADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Vehicle owners stranded at Supenaam

first_imgSeveral vehicle owners and passengers who were on the Saturday morning ferry heading to Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) were left stranded on the ferry after the ramp at Good Hope/Supenaam developed a problem.Most of those vehicle owners had perishable items in their possession.According to information reaching Guyana TimesA section of the Good Hope/Supenaam Stelling, the ferry arrived at the Good Hope /Supenaam Stelling at about 7:30h, and began offloading passengers and vehicles. In that offloading process, problems developed with a truck and the ramp when there were yet almost 15 other vehicles to be discharged, hence those vehicles were left stranded.According to a businessman, the ramp at the Supenaam Stelling had developed a problem over 6 months ago, and despite several complaints having been made to the Transport and Harbours Dept, the problem has not been addressed.The businessman said the ramp has sunk by approximately six feet, making it difficult for heavy duty vehicles to be discharged from the ferry.“The ramp has a problem. It drop far below (the side of the ferry), and the trucks (are fetching) thousands of tonnes. This makes the problem worse. The ramp is also damaging other persons’ vehicles, but no one seems to care,” the businessman has said.Another businessman who was on the boat with perishable items in his vehicle said the truck was removed two hours later, and passengers disembarked the ferry at about 9:30h.Many persons were reportedly losing patience with officers of the Transport and Habours Department for allegedly acting very unprofessionally.Passengers and business owners are therefore calling on Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson to pay careful attention to the stelling, and to fix the faulty ramp.The ferry service is used by hundreds of passengers, since it’s cheap and safe compared to speed boats. Many persons and all vehicles use the ferry to travel to Georgetown to conduct business.last_img read more

5 schools closed to shelter evacuated residents

first_img… as Region 9 floods worsenAs water levels continue to rise rapidly throughout Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) docking several communities, five schools were closed and have since been turned into shelters as residents in affected communities are being evacuated.This was revealed by Minister of State Joseph Harmon on Thursday as he updated the media of the situation on the ground and Government’s response to the flooding in the region.“Twenty-five residents had been evacuated from their homes and housed in temporary shelters at Culvert City Nursery School, Tabatinga Community Centre and the Amerindian hostel; while additional affected residents were evacuated toThis road is completely covered as threatening water levels in Region 9 recordedrelatives’ homes on higher grounds,” he stated.Minister Harmon went on to note too that the Regional Emergency Operation Centre was activated on Thursday and has recommended the closure of five schools so that they can be utilised as shelters, including St Ignatius Primary. Access to this school is inundated and challenging to traverse.Among the other schools that have been given approval by the Education Ministry to be suspended are St Ignatius Secondary; Culvert City Nursery; Arapaima Primary and Secondary.The regional administration has indicated that it has the capacity to deal with the flooding as is, however, if the situation worsens, then external assistance would be required.Nevertheless, Harmon said the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) is in contact with the region and has identified and quantified the needs requirements in these communities based on preliminary assessments.“You’re looking at aviation fuel to support emergency evacuation should that become necessary in remove areas; water purification tablets; water storage containers, and food and bedding for the residents who are in shelters. I have been advised by the Civil Defence Commission that these items are available and can be deposited there on short notice,” the State Minister asserted.Moreover, he related that acting President, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, has since ordered that Ministers be dispatched to the region to assess the situation. To this end, Junior Public Infrastructure Minister Annette Ferguson has already left for Region Nine and is looking into “infrastructure matters”. Additionally, Minister Harmon, who has responsibility for the CDC, will also be travelling to the region today to also assess the situation.The Minister of State however could not give the extent of the floods, that a more updated assessment would be obtained and given today. But he did note that the floods are at the worst in the Lethem and Tabatinga surroundings.Threating water levelsHowever, Regional Vice Chairman Carl Singh told Guyana Times on Wednesday that communities in the South Pakaraimas and Deep South, and the Rupununi are still inundated.He revealed that at about 05:00h on Wednesday, the Moco-Moco and Takutu Rivers rose some six feet, while the Rupununi River also remains at a “very high” level. Up to late that evening, the water had not receded.“St Ignatius Secondary school was cut off, you have to use boats to get over the bridge; the entire Deep South is cut off; at Nasha Bridge, the water very high there. Nothing can be done in there,” Singh observed.Coupled with the flooding is reportedly a shortage of fuel in Region Nine which is blamed on the bad condition of Linden-Lethem trail. Only last week, a truck transporting fuel toppled while crossing a bridge.A temporary by-pass was carved out but according the Vice Chairman, the truck remains stuck on the bridge as drums of fuel are being shuttled to Lethem. (Vahnu Manikchand)last_img read more

Knights of Columbus Flyers open busy weekend with a tie

first_imgThe Flyers opened the scoring in the contest as Jacob Lang found the back of the net with 3:45 left in the first period. The teams would head to the dressing room with the score at 1-0 after the first period.The score would stay that way until the midway point of the second period. Two goals in 1:02 by the Warriors would give them the lead, however it would be short lived. The Flyers tied the game 21 seconds after the Warriors took the lead with a goal by Adam Bowie. The Warriors would regain the lead with less than a minute left in the second period and took a 3-2 to the intermission.The scoring would round out early in the third as the Flyers got the game tying goal only 40 seconds into the frame as Jacob Lang got his second marker of the game.- Advertisement -The shots at the end of the game were 30-25 in favour of Fort St. John, and Flyers goalie Brandon Clark got the start in goal.Scoring in order for Fort St. John were Jacob Lang, Adam Bowie, and Jacob Lang while the assists went to Adam Bowie who had two, Kolton Leslie, Jacob Lang and Brayden Davis.The KOC Flyers return to the ice again tonight as they take on the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers.Advertisementlast_img read more

Home comforts? Pochettino won’t let Spurs moan about stadium woe

first_img0Shares0000Home comforts? Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino refuses to let his players complain about their stadium woes © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Sep 25 – Mauricio Pochettino has warned his Tottenham stars not to use the club’s delayed new stadium as an excuse for their spluttering start to the season.Pochettino’s side have been forced to play their League Cup third round tie against Watford on Wednesday in Milton Keynes due to the on-going problems with the rebuilding of White Hart Lane. Tottenham had hoped to open their redeveloped stadium this season, but safety issues have severely delayed the project, meaning the north London club have returned to playing their home games at Wembley.With Wembley not ready to host a football match this week after the Anthony Joshua boxing bout on Saturday, Tottenham arranged to play as the ‘home’ team against Watford in Milton Keynes.It is not an ideal situation, especially as Tottenham have played only two home games all season, but Pochettino is adamant that shouldn’t be used as an excuse for the team’s inconsistent performances.“If there is one thing I didn’t want it is to give reason to the players to say, ‘If we don’t win it’s because of Milton Keynes, it’s because we don’t play at our stadium, it’s because we play at Wembley’,” he said.“I understand that it is not the same as playing in your home and the help from our fans will be fantastic in our new stadium and the energy is different playing in MK than your own stadium.“That is our responsibility, it is not to blame the venue or the fans or the chairman. I try to avoid the players finding excuses.”Tottenham should have settled into their new 62,000-seater stadium by now, had it not been delayed after failures to the alarm systems.Argentine coach Pochettino admits it is a frustrating situation, but he doesn’t want unhappy fans to create a negative atmosphere while the delay drags on.“I am the first that would like to finish the new stadium. If I have to go to work after training and help the builders finish the stadium as soon as possible so the fans will be happy, and all the players will be happy and the chairman will be happy, I promise I (will) go,” he said.“Of course we feel disappointed for our fans but they need to understand that is a venue for the rest of our lives and for the next generations and years and years and it is so important to finish (it) in the right way.“Maybe one or two months means a lot but in the end it is no time because the most important thing is to finish and in the future have a venue that is going to help us win trophies.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronald Koeman praises the Saints star who’s developed into a ‘complete striker’

first_imgSouthampton manager Ronald Koeman has heaped praise on in-form striker Shane Long, claiming the Irish international has been behind his side’s recent improved performances.Long has scored three goals and registered three assists in Saints’ last four games, helping Koeman’s team to 10 points from 12 in that run.The 29-year-old managed just five goals in the Premier League last season, his first at St Mary’s, and his manager is delighted with the improvement of a striker never considered much more than a workhorse.The Dutch boss said: “I remember when Shane came, I think in all aspects he has learnt a lot.“We did a lot with Shane in a lot of aspects of football and I think he is more complete as a player, as a striker.“His pace, his timing, his movements are full of confidence. It is a big example that you can still learn when you are 26, 27, 28. You can learn every day.“It is a big example of how you can develop with the help of coaches and that is nice to see.“He was always really excited to come to Southampton and I remember talking to Shane about training sessions, ours are a little bit different to the usual English striker.“He is really complete as a striker, in the box he is clever, he has a really good header, he makes it so difficult for the defenders because he is always on the move.”Koeman takes his team to White Hart Lane on Sunday, as the Saints face off against Tottenham – the only team the Dutchman has failed to beat since taking charge on the South Coast.A win in North London could move his side into fifth place, and Koeman remains determined his side have a chance of playing European football next season.If Liverpool beat Sevilla in the Europa League final and Manchester United beat Palace in the FA Cup final, eight English teams will be competing in Europe next season, but the Dutchman doesn’t want qualification out of his hands.He said: “(Eight teams in Europe) would be great news for us and great news for English football.“I was very happy about the final result of Liverpool. It is great for Liverpool and good to have an English team in the final.“First of all, if you can do it by yourself that is the best but if we need any help then we would like to have it.“The team is full of confidence. We don’t have injuries and the team is working hard, keeping the belief and keeping fighting for Europe. We are still in charge of that.” Shane Long celebrates scoring against Manchester City 1last_img read more

GARDA ARREST 42 YEAR OLD AFTER DRUGS BUST IN ANNAGRY

first_imgA 42 year old man was arrested this morning following a planned search of a house at Meendernasloe , Annagry.Gardai executed a warrant to search the premises and the man was subsequently arrested for possession of a controlled substance.He was charged under the misuse of drugs act before being released and will appear in court on October 11th. EndsGARDA ARREST 42 YEAR OLD AFTER DRUGS BUST IN ANNAGRY was last modified: September 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

GAA NOTES: NAOMH BRID

first_imgThe club held a very successful fashion show on Saturday night in. the Central Hotel with over 40 models strutting their stuff with clothes from Donegal Towns finest retail outlets.Over 140 people came to witness a great night of entertainment and made the show special. Star of the show was undoubtedly “Donna” who surprised all with her choice of clothing and groovy movement on the catwalk.Entertainment on the night was provided by a terrific up and coming country singer who has performed for audiences in America, a local musician the excellent Dylan Johnston and of course our local band The Rockhill Ramblers who provided the post show entertainment. The club would like to extend its sincere thanks to the management and staff of the hotel, the organizing/ finance committee, the participating clothing retailers, the hairdressers and make-up artists, the models, those who sponsored spot prizes and our MC for the night Mark Dorrian. A heart felt thanks also goes out to all those who attended and made the night a memorable one for all involved.The club also launched their 2012 calender on the night too. With pictures of locals as you never seen them before this calender is a must buy. The calender is now available for purchase at the reasonable price of €10.The club have decided to donate money from every purchase to charity and have chosen STOP, a suicide awareness and prevention organisation as their charity. This is a worthwhile cause so don’t miss out on your purchase as demand is high.The club extends its appreciation to the sponsors within our new 2012 calendar for their support in this novel venture for the club, also thanks to Margaret Carr Flynn of Ocean FM and Matt Britton of the Donegal Democrat for their coverage of the show and calendar release. There is an executive meeting taking place on Friday night at 8.30pm in the Clubhouse. All executive members are asked to attend.Anyone who wishes to have any information included in the club notes should contact Shane Walsh on shanew03@live.ie by 6pm on Monday evening.GAA NOTES: NAOMH BRID was last modified: November 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:NAOMH BRID GAA NOTESlast_img read more

Watford forward commits long-term future to club

first_img Latest Premier League News Watford chairman and chief executive Scott Duxbury said on the club’s website: “This is a just reward for Isaac’s continued hard work and application this season.“We look forward to seeing him develop further over the coming years.”Success joined Watford from Granada during July 2016 for what was then a club-record fee believed to around £12.75million.The 22-year-old has scored three goals in six starts so far this season. Success has scored three goals this season but only one has come in the Premier League Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury no dice Watford forward Isaac Success has signed a new long-term contract, the Premier League club have confirmed.The 22-year-old, who first joined the Hornets in July 2016, has committed himself for another five years, keeping him at the club until 2023. Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED tense 2 2 huge blow center_img Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won gameday cracker shining REVEALED Javi Gracia has also secured his long-term future in Hertfordshire Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City This comes just 24 hours after head coach Javi Gracia signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road.Watford are ninth in the Premier League table and will look to respond from last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Liverpool when they travel to Leicester on Saturday. Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card deals last_img read more

REVEALED: RETIRED DONEGAL HSE MAN GETS NEW JOB…WITH HSE!

first_imgTHE former chief executive of the North-Western Health Board has landed a consultancy job with the HSE.Retired Pat Harvey walked away with a golden handshake severance payment of a whopping €255,256 and a staggering annual pension of €64,000.He is currently receiving €20,520 a year from the Department of Heatlh for chairing the Health Sector Implementation Body. Five other ex-HSE executives have also landed consultancy jobs.Mr Harvey is a former CEO of the North Western Health Board and now working as an independent management consultant, Mr Harvey has also held the position of General Manager at both Letterkenny and Sligo General Hospitals.The government is under pressure from within its own ranks as well as opposition parties to stop the practice of handing out consultancies to retired government staff.However a source in the Department of Health told donegaldaily.com: “It’s a catch 22 situation. We’d like to appoint others to these sorts of positions but they are positions which require vast experience and people like Mr Harvey may well have retired but they continue to offer enormous benefits to the system. “The remuneration isn’t vast considering the amount of experience he gives us.”REVEALED: RETIRED DONEGAL HSE MAN GETS NEW JOB…WITH HSE! was last modified: September 28th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more