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    Kevin Durant has officially requested a trade from the Brooklyn Nets and the Miami Heat roster has the pieces to get a deal done. Things have rapidly disintegrated in Brooklyn, with Kyrie Irving loudly exploring his options before deciding to opt-in to the final year of his contract, followed quickly by Kevin Durant officially requesting a trade. Pretty much every NBA team is likely kicking the tires and seeing if they have anything that would interest the Nets. Any team chasing Durant won’t just have to put together a package that’s compelling to the Nets, they’ll also need to be able to stand above every other offer being made. For a team with a veteran-heavy roster and most of their future draft picks already owed to other teams, youth and draft capital are going to be at a premium.What would the Brooklyn Nets want in a Kevin Durant trade from the Heat roster?The youthful talent part of the trade package would have to start with Tyler Herro, who won last year’s Sixth Man of the Year and is in line...
    Getty Ryan Succop #3 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrates an extra point kick with Bradley Pinion #8 during Super Bowl LIV. We are finally in the dog days of summer which means there aren’t many transactions happening around the league. However, the Atlanta Falcons announced a move on the last day of the month as they signed veteran punter Bradley Pinion. Welcome to Atlanta, @bpinion05‼️ pic.twitter.com/aV6cNUu9qd — Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) June 30, 2022 ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here! Join Heavy on Falcons!Pinion Was the Only Punter Drafted in 2015Pinion, 28, was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (No. 165 overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.  The Clemson Tiger product was the only punter to come out of that draft class. As a rookie with the Niners, Pinion put up 91 punts for 3,969 net yards, averaging 43.62 yards per kick. His success continued during his second year in the league when he finished the season with 100 punts for 4,402 total...
    The Knicks punted their first-round pick this year but their Summer League squad still features members of the last two draft classes. Quentin Grimes, Miles McBride, Jericho Sims and Trevor Keels highlight the roster of 15, which will be coached by assistant Dice Yoshimoto and open in Vegas on July 8 against the Warriors. The notable absence is Rokas Jokubaitis, the 34th overall pick in 2021 who played in last year’s Summer League but remained in Europe last season. According to a report from Basket News, Jokubaitis underwent ear surgery after his campaign with Barcelona in Spain and is expected to remain overseas unless he’s called up by the Knicks or they trade his draft rights. The 21-year-old Lithuanian had an up-and-down Summer League experience in 2021 and improved with time. He averaged just 7.8 points for Barcelona last season but shot an efficient 58% — including 57% from beyond the arc. Grimes, McBride and Sims all cracked the Knicks rotation and are making their second Summer League appearances. Grimes cracked Tom Thibodeau’s starting lineup before suffering a dislocated knee, which...
    Teams led by LeBron James aren’t supposed to miss the postseason. That’s why Los Angeles has a lot of work to do this summer. It’s hard to classify the 2021-22 Lakers’ season as anything other than a disaster. LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and Russell Westbrook were supposed to lead Los Angeles to a title. Instead, they rode injuries and dysfunction to an ugly 33-49 regular-season record. Former head coach Frank Vogel was the fall guy for the team’s failure to stand up to lofty expectations. Darvin Ham has been hired to inject some new life into the veteran roster but it’s unclear just how much power he’ll have over such a star-studded roster. In particular, Ham is tasked with finding a way to get something out of Westbrook. He’s a talented, but deeply flawed player whose lack of shooting ability and need to dribble the basketball can irritate teammates. Expecting him to live up to his $47 million+ salary is a pipe dream. Expecting him to contribute to winning basketball during the regular season should be the Lakers’ goal. It...
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Georgio Chiellini is hoping Los Angeles FC’s young roster can help him at least partially rediscover the fountain of youth. In return, the veteran Italian defender looks to help the club capture its first Major League Soccer championship. “I would say that LAFC is the perfect team for me because the team is full of young players. I think they can help me,” the 37-year old Chiellini said Wednesday during his introductory press conference at Banc of California Stadium. “Surely it’s impossible for me to have the same physical characteristic like 10 years ago, but I can bring also something to them, and we have to create a good mix with experience and enthusiasm with younger players in order to become a winner.” LAFC went into Wednesday night’s match against FC Dallas with the league’s best record at 10-3-3. LAFC won the Supporters Shield as the league’s top team in the regular season in 2019, but has not had postseason success. It missed the playoffs for the first time last year. “The team is fantastic,” Chiellini...
    According to an NBA source familiar with the situation, the Miami Heat are willing to extend a fully guaranteed contract for the maximum-allowable three years to free-agent power forward P.J. Tucker. The Heat’s offer is built off the $8.4 million non-Bird salary-cap exception, which would put the team’s standing offer at $27 million over three years. The Heat do not appear poised to put their $10.3 million mid-level exception into play with Tucker because utilizing that exception would trigger a hard cap, which could limit or even preclude trade possibilities for the team both this offseason and then at the 2023 NBA trading deadline in February. Tucker, who had pushed for the third year to be guaranteed, is believed to be seeking the Heat’s $10.3 million mid-level exception, which would result in a package worth $33 million over the three years. With Tucker having turned 37 in May, teams utilizing salary-cap exceptions to sign the veteran power forward are limited to three-year packages due to the NBA’s over-38 rule that limits long-term deals with older players. Although they either would...
    There’s only been one question in Chicago about this summer’s NBA free agency — will Zach LaVine be on the Bulls next season? That decision could be made by the end of this week as the NBA trade window opens at 5 p.m. Thursday night, at which point teams can begin negotiating deals with free agents. Executive vice president of basketball operations Artūras Karnišovas didn’t tip his hand on whether the Bulls will dish out a maximum deal to LaVine — which tops out close to $215 million with a five-year commitment — but he remained bullish on the team’s ability to return the All-Star to Chicago. “We’ve been very open that we hope that Zach is here for a long time,” Karnišovas said. “Nothing has changed. … I’m confident.” If the Bulls are successful in keeping LaVine, their next concern quickly moves to his left knee. LaVine underwent a scope surgery in May to clean up a nagging injury that dampened his performance through the final third of the regular season. “I think he’s going to be healthy and...
    Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh could push the front office to extend a key foundational piece. We are a little less than a month away from the official start of training camp for the entire New York Jets roster and what better time to check in with our expert writers Paul ‘Boy Green’ Esden Jr and Michael Obermuller. This mailbag column will discuss potential preseason extensions and trades that could be on the horizon, as well as our mindset heading into the 2022 season and more. Before we get started, below are links to our latest weekly chats with fans: Week 44: Shocking cuts, year 2 leaps/regressions & the free safety battle. Week 45: Top offseason storylines, surprise starters/benchings. Week 46: OTA concerns, roster longshots & predicting the next FA signing. Week 47: Ring of Honor snubs, season predictions & closing the eastern gap. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Potential Preseason Extensions & Trades Play "We Can Bring The Best...
    SAN FRANCISCO — For only the third time in his 12-year major-league career, Brandon Crawford is headed to the injured list. His slide into home plate Tuesday in Atlanta, bruising his left knee, was only the latest in a series of ailments that has left the Giants’ shortstop banged up for the majority of the season. After attempting to play through it Saturday against the Reds, it also proved to be the final straw to convince Crawford and the Giants that their best move would be a little time off. “He hasn’t been the healthiest version of himself all year,” said manager Gabe Kapler, who consulted with Crawford and decided the 10-day IL offered them the best chance at rediscovering his production from a year ago. The Giants placed Crawford (left knee inflammation) on the 10-day injured list before their series finale Sunday against Cincinnati, recalling first baseman/outfielder Yermín Mercedes to take his place on the active roster. In 11 previous MLB seasons, Crawford had required only two IL stints (4/26/17-5/11/17, right groin strain; 7/19/21-7/29/21, left oblique strain) and has...
    The St. Louis Cardinals brought back Albert Pujols this season but, rather than just a farewell team, the club is overusing The Machine.  Bringing back Albert Pujols for a pseudo-retirement tour was always the right move for the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2022 season. Having said that, manager Oli Marmol has been handling The Machine a bit differently than most fans would’ve expected coming into the year. Through 73 games this season, Pujols has appeared in 39 of them for St. Louis, a number that includes 30 starts. And as the team is still attempting to run well out in front of the NL Central race midway through the campaign, it’s hard to ignore that Pujols’ starts have resulted in a 14-16 record for the Redbirds. It’s safe to say at this point that the Cardinals and Marmol are using Pujols too often given the state of the roster right now and, more importantly, how the veteran and future Hall of Famer is performing on the year.Cardinals overusing Albert Pujols is impossible to ignoreOverall, the numbers for the 42-year-old...
    The Miami Heat seemingly prioritized offseason flexibility and older prospects over NBA lineage when it came to filling out their summer roster in the wake of Thursday’s draft. So it’s off to the Los Angeles Lakers for Scotty Pippen Jr., the undrafted Vanderbilt guard, and on to the Toronto Raptors for Ron Harper Jr., the undrafted Rutgers guard, both of their fathers NBA champions with the Chicago Bulls. Also headed to the Lakers’ summer roster is undrafted LSU center Shareef O’Neal, the son of Heat championship center Shaquille O’Neal, who had a pre-draft workout a week ago at FTX Arena. Instead, with their two two-way contracts already filled, by in-season additions Javonte Smart and Mychael Mulder, the Heat took a more methodical approach with the players added for their offseason roster that will compete in summer leagues in San Francisco and Las Vegas. In the hours after the Heat selected Serbian big man Nikola Jovic at No. 27 with their lone pick of the draft, the Heat reached agreements on tryout contracts with numerous undrafted players. St. Bonaventure’s Jalen Adaway:...
    Getty New York Jets linebacker and team captain C.J. Mosley on November 4, 2021. The New York Jets were the fourth-worst team in 2021 and the second-worst the year before that. They also have the longest NFL playoff drought, and it’s not even close. The new regime aims to change that. Led by general manager Joe Douglas and head coach Robert Saleh, this front office and staff have had one thing on their mind since entering the building — championships. That may sound bold coming from a franchise that has not made the postseason since January of 2011. Douglas and Saleh don’t care if it does, and neither does this young roster captained by veteran linebacker C.J. Mosley. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! ‘Playoffs or Bust’During an exclusive interview with Mark Inabinett of AL.com, Mosley set the record straight on where this roster’s mindset is heading into 2022. “I’m really expecting playoffs or bust,” he proclaimed. “Obviously, that’s my goal every year, but...
    Getty Austin Seibert celebrates a kick in 2021 against Minnesota. The Detroit Lions have plenty of key roster moves set to play out in a few months time, and already, the process of thinking about what the team should do has begun. Roster projections are beginning to roll out, and amongst all of them, there are bound to be some surprises as it relates to what will happen in Detroit. One such projection was just made by ESPN and writer Eric Woodyard. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Woodyard, as part of a new series, revealed his 53-man roster prediction before training camp and ahead of the summer period and there were a few surprises. Perhaps the biggest was on special teams, where he had Jack Fox, Scott Daly and Austin Seibert representing the battery for the Lions this season. As for his explanation, Woodyard wrote, “Fox was named a Pro Bowler at punter in 2020, in addition to being named the NFC...
    Getty Former Seahawks cornerback Jayson Stanley is signing with the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears announced they have made multiple roster moves, signing cornerback Jayson Stanley while also placing veteran offensive lineman Dakota Dozier on injured reserve. Dozier, a free agent acquisition who inked a one-year deal with the Bears this offseason, was competing for a spot at right guard before going down with an apparent leg injury in the team’s June 14 practice. He had to be carted off the field, and while an official diagnosis has yet to be revealed, it looks as though his injury is a serious one. This would all but confirm that Dakota Dozier did indeed tear his ACL. #Bears https://t.co/0zfhvmuxIr — Aaron Leming (@AaronLemingNFL) June 21, 2022 It’s a significant blow for the 31-year-old Dozier, who appeared in just six games for the Minnesota Vikings last season, playing only on special teams. He had started all 16 games at left guard for the Vikings in 2020, and was expected to be a swing tackle for Chicago if he didn’t win the...
    Getty Allen Lazard #13 of the Green Bay Packers warms up before the game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. The Green Bay Packers might not have to worry about Allen Lazard’s contract situation for much longer based on the 26-year-old receiver’s social media. In a post to his Instagram story on Sunday, June 12, Lazard revealed he was back in Green Bay, Wisconsin, after holding off on signing his restricted free agent tender and skipping the Packers’ entire offseason program, including mandatory minicamp. He also shared a video of him catching a ride with Packers tight end Robert Tonyan. The Packers placed a second-round tender on Lazard back in March that would pay him a salary of about $3.98 million for the 2022 season, but he has not yet signed the tender and could be looking to negotiate a longer-term deal with the team instead of a one-year arrangement. Lazard, however, lacks leverage in a situation that could get worse for him if he hasn’t signed...
    Getty Quintez Cephus catches the ball for the Lions in 2021. The idiom “iron sharpens iron” has become a familiar rallying cry for the Detroit Lions in 2022, and the implication of the term for any team is better overall roster depth. No longer are the Lions soft at some key positions, which means there will be some intense competition all over the field this season. At wide receiver, that looks to easily be the case already as the team continues to get workouts in before a summer break ahead of training camp. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Detroit already has DJ Chark, Josh Reynolds and Kalif Raymond easily assumed to be part of the team at the position, as well as rookie Jameson Williams, who is dealing with injury. Theoretically, that could leave room for one more player if the team rolls with five wide receivers, which is what many roster projections have. The competition could be between Quintez Cephus and...
    Getty Dan Campbell walks off the field following the team's preseason game in July 2021. The Detroit Lions are pushing toward a new season, and this year, they figure to have some solid continuity at the key spot of head coach. Unlike 2021, the Lions are not transitioning to a new boss, which is the good news for Dan Campbell. The bad news? Heading toward a new season with a rebuilt roster, the coach might not be thought of that highly against his own peers. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Recently, Pro Football Focus and writer Conor McQuiston ranked head coaches in the league before the 2022 season in terms of analytics. As expected, Campbell was not within the top five or even the top 10. The coach was nestled way far back in the 23 spot and the “room for improvement” category for this coming season, and the analyst might not see a fast way out for the coach given the...
    Getty Dan Campbell working with Jared Goff and Lions quarterbacks in a 2021 game. The Detroit Lions have been attacking the offseason for the last few months trying to improve a roster that struggled to a 3-13-1 finish last season, and for the most part, they have done a good job of that. At this point, the bigger struggle for the team may be thinking about who will make the roster. Suddenly deep in plenty of key spots, the Lions will have a lot of big decisions to make about who stays and who goes when the rubber meets the road later on this summer. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! How could the Detroit roster stack up now? Here’s a look at where things stand as the team continues to push through the offseason program ahead of their elongated summer break before training camp.Quarterback (2)Jared Goff, Tim Boyle The Lions have kept three quarterbacks in the past, and did so last season....
    Getty Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Albert Wilson. A former member of the Kansas City Chiefs has found a new home in the NFC. Wide receiver Albert Wilson has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter on May 31. Former Dolphins’ free-agent WR Albert Wilson has signed a one-year deal with the Vikings, per source. @DrewJRosenhaus and @RyanMatha confirmed the deal. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 31, 2022 The latest Chiefs news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Chiefs newsletter here! Wilson, 29, entered the league undrafted out of Georgia State in 2014. He signed with the Chiefs in May of that year and would remain in Kansas City for four seasons. During his time with the Chiefs, he accumulated 124 receptions on 198 targets for 1,544 yards and 7 touchdowns in 55 games played, according to Pro Football Reference. Read More From Heavy Bet $5, Automatically Win $200 on Any Game This Week After his one-year, $1.7 million deal with Kansas City expired following the 2017 season, Wilson signed...
    Getty Images Billy Donovan The Chicago Bulls are in full-on offseason mode at this point as the team looks for ways to continue to improve their roster. The top priority for the Bulls this summer is to re-sign Zach LaVine who becomes a free agent in July. While LaVine is the Bulls’ most important order of business, the team is also looking for other ways to enhance their current roster. Chicago has worked out a number of prospects for the upcoming NBA Draft on June 23. However, the team has also been looking at an overseas prospect.Bulls Showing InterestAccording to a new report, the Bulls are showing interest in adding Bul Kuol, the 2022 Rookie of the Year in Australia’s NBL to their Summer League team. The Chicago Bulls are showing interest in signing Australian NBL rookie of the year Bul Kuol to their Summer League team, per @Liam_Santa. — Daniel Greenberg (@ChiSportUpdates) May 31, 2022 The report comes from NBL analyst Liam Santamaria on the NBL’s Overtime show. Here's the link to it: https://t.co/7cLb8glSKc — Daniel Greenberg...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse BOSTON, MA – MAY 7: Bobby Dalbec #29 of the Boston Red Sox stands at first base during the eighth inning against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park on May 7, 2022 in Boston, Massachusetts. The White Sox won 3-1 in ten innings. (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images) Boston Red Sox fans shouldn’t get attached to these three players because they will be off the roster by July 1. The Boston Red Sox are like Frankenstein’s monster; alive! Their rough start seems to have been put in the past as the club roars up the standings and the MLB Power Rankings. They are a credible ball club now with a chance to become this year’s version of the 2019 Washington Nationals. In order to remain competitive, the Red Sox are going to need to make the tough decisions with their roster. This means demotions, DFAs, and promotion players to fill a need. By July 1, Red Sox fans should expect these three players to be gone.3. The Red...
    Getty Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Rodney Adams getting ready during an NFL game. The New York Jets are continuing to finagle with their 90-man roster as they head to the next phase of the offseason training activities. One of the most interesting position groups on the roster is wide receiver. A few years ago the depth chart was littered with guys that didn’t move the needle and now it is overflowing with talent. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! So Long Partner Play The Jets Zone: Brady Quinn, OTA notes, PLAYOFFS?!Boy Green hops on LIVE to talk about the Brady Quinn comments, some New York Jets OTA notes, and playoffs?! Feel free to ask a question or bring up a topic LIVE on the show and we'll answer it! Like the video and hit the subscribe button!2022-05-19T06:51:53Z On Monday, May 23 the Jets announced on their social media portals that they had waived wide receiver Rodney Adams from the roster. The 27-year-old...
    Getty Images Patriots DB Devin McCourty excited to return for his 13th season. There’s no secret the New England Patriots roster is aging. While Patriots HC Bill Belichick has attempted to add more depth and youth to the roster in the past NFL Drafts and FA. Sadly, the Patriots roster ranks among one of the oldest aging rosters in the NFL. However, this doesn’t mean the Patriots roster isn’t talented. In fact, Patriots DB Devin McCourty ranked 2nd amongst other DBs around the league in lowest passer rating allowed in coverage since 2019, according to Patriots Pro Football Focus.  Lowest passer rating allowed in coverage since 2019 1️⃣ Rodney McLeod: 52.62️⃣ Devin McCourty: 56.83️⃣ Harrison Smith: 57.4 pic.twitter.com/snqFNUqM6f — PFF NE Patriots (@PFF_Patriots) May 22, 2022 The 34-year-old safety returns to the Patriots for his soon-to-be 13th season. He’s played a pivotal role in the Patriots’ success within the last decade. He’s surmounted two Pro Bowls and three Super Bowl Championships. He’s managed to find ways to be productive, as well as, lead vocally in the secondary. This...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse The Minnesota Vikings are looking at improving as they go forward. What moves can Minnesota make with its roster to help make that happen? With a new head coach and a new vision for this franchise’s future, the Minnesota Vikings might be making some fairly significant changes here in the relatively near future. NFL franchises regularly shake up their rosters and move on from players in search of better fits for their team. Unfortunately for the folks on those rosters, that means that players will ultimately get cut and traded and moved on from. These sorts of things happen every year. It’s an unfortunate part of this business. So, with the Vikings trying to move forward, what changes might Minnesota make?Minnesota Vikings: 3 veterans now on the bubble as rookie minicamp wraps upNo. 3: Sean MannionHow much longer will Minnesota keep Sean Mannion? There’s nothing inherently wrong with hold on to the backup quarterback, but it’s reasonable to wonder if the Vikings wouldn’t benefit more from giving Kellen Mond some...
    CHICAGO (AP) — Gabriel Slonina, the 18-year-old Chicago Fire goalkeeper who’s viewed as a potential future standout, will remain with the American national team program and turn down an invitation to join Poland. Slonina announced his decision Friday in a statement. “Being Polish means being extremely hard working, having faith, never taking no for an answer, pushing through hard times, and taking care of your family,” Slonina said. “With that being said, my heart is American. This country has given me and my family all the opportunities I could ask for. It’s pushed me and supported me through good and bad. “I understand the privilege of wearing the badge, and the only time I’ll put my head down is to kiss it. America is home and that’s who I’m going to represent.” Slonina was listed on Poland’s 39-man roster, which was announced Tuesday by coach Czesław Michniewicz ahead of four Nations League matches next month. “His heart was telling him where to go, and that’s a really important part of the equation,” U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter said...
    Getty Cody Martin of the Charlotte Hornets and Caleb Martin, now of the Miami Heat, could be offseason targets for the Boston Celtics. On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics just pulled off a massive Game 2 win over the Miami Heat. They are now just three wins away from a berth in the NBA Finals. Despite this, the front office still needs to be looking ahead to free agency to find ways to improve the roster. As seen in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, injuries can be a killer. Marcus Smart and Al Horford were both out, and while Boston’s depth is better this year than in years past, there could still be some improvements to the bottom half of the roster. According to an anonymous Eastern Conference GM, Cody Martin and Caleb Martin are potential targets for the Celtics this offseason. The GM, who spoke with Sean Deveney of Heavy.com, noted that they could be perfect fits in Boston’s system. “Either one of the Martin twins, both are going to be on the market (Caleb...
    Getty New York Jets youngster Lawrence Cager making a play during a contest versus the Indianapolis Colts. Back in early January, the New York Jets brought back Lawrence Cager on a reserve/futures contract. Although there was a catch, Cager would have to transition from wide receiver to tight end. How is he doing four months later? We decided to check in to find out. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Impressive Sight to Behold Play New York Jets 2022 Schedule Release Party: Instant Reactions & PredictionsBoy Green hops on LIVE to break down the 2022 New York Jets schedule: – Top takeaways – Immediate prediction – Answering your LIVE questions/comments Make sure you LIKE the video on YouTube & hit that subscribe button!2022-05-13T13:09:57Z Cager provided a Twitter update on Tuesday afternoon saying his weight is at 241 pounds and he is down to eight percent body fat. 241 8% body fat ???? — Lawrence Cager (@lawrencecager3) May 17, 2022 To put that...
    The Chicago Fire’s Gabriel Slonina, an 18-year-old viewed as a goalkeeper of the future for the U.S. national team, was listed on Poland’s 39-man roster announced by coach Czesław Michniewicz on Tuesday ahead of four Nations League matches next month. Slonina, who turned 18 on Sunday, became Major League Soccer’s youngest starting goalkeeper last Aug. 4 at 17 years, 81 days, in a 0-0 draw against New York City. He started 11 league matches last season. including the final 10, and has started the first 11 this year. Born in Addison, Illinois, and of Polish descent, Slonina attended U.S. national team training camps in December and January but did not get into any matches. He has played for the U.S. at several youth national team levels. Under FIFA rules, a player may appear into up to three matches for a national team before turning 21 without being tied to the team. Slonina is among five goalkeepers on Poland’s roster, joining starter Wojciech Szczęsny of Juventus and Bartłomiej Drągowski of Fiorentina, Kamil Grabara of Copenhagen and Łukasz Skorupski of Bologna. Zack...
    Getty Falcons release No. 20 Kendall Sheffield The Atlanta Falcons are continuing to perfect their roster ahead of the 2022 season. On Friday the 13th, the team not only traded for promising Raiders wideout Bryan Edwards, but they also released cornerback Kendall Sheffield along with tight end Ryan Becker, as reported by ESPN’s Michael Rothstein. #Falcons release of CB Kendall Sheffield frees up $2.5M in cap space. Move came much later than expected, but the cap space was too tempting. https://t.co/bLE87RjG60 — Kevin Knight (@FalcoholicKevin) May 13, 2022 Per Kevin Knight of The Falcoholic, cutting Sheffield comes by no surprise and frees up $2.5 million bucks in cap space for Atlanta. ALL the latest Falcons news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Falcons newsletter here! Join Heavy on Falcons!Sheffield Was on the Hot SeatBefore cutting Sheffield, the Falcons’ cornerback depth chart consisted of Kendall Sheffield, A.J. Terrell, Casey Hayward, Isaiah Oliver, Darren Hall, Avery Williams, Corey Ballentine, Cornell Armstrong, Lafayette Pitts and Mike Ford. Atlanta kept six cornerbacks on their 53-man roster last season and Sheffield...
    Getty Head coach Frank Reich and the Indianapolis Colts have signed a veteran offensive lineman. Rumors have circled all offseason that the Indianapolis Colts were interested in signing a veteran offensive tackle in free agency. Those rumors came to fruition on May 10. The Colts have announced they have signed veteran offensive tackle Dennis Kelly. Entering his 11th NFL season, Kelly has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans and Green Bay Packers. His signing gives the Colts two offensive linemen who have experience at left tackle to compete with rookie Bernhard Raimann this summer. The Colts also announced four other roster moves on May 10. Indianapolis has released linebacker Malik Jefferson and tackle Shon Coleman. The Colts have also waived tight ends Farrod Green and Eli Wolf. We have signed T Dennis Kelly and released T Shon Coleman and LB Malik Jefferson. We have also waived TE Farrod Green and TE Eli Wolf. — Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 10, 2022 ALL the latest Colts news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Colts newsletter...
    The Miami Dolphins offseason makeover is nearly complete. The Dolphins entered 2022 with the most cap space in the NFL, and that kind of financial freedom allowed the team to have an active offseason. Two of the team’s top free agents — defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and and tight end Mike Gesicki — were retained, and Miami re-signed most of last year’s contributing defenders. Then the Dolphins extended the contract of the team’s best player (cornerback Xavien Howard) and potentially add six new starters, two of whom (receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Amstead) are Pro Bowl-caliber talents. While minor alterations will continue to be made before July’s start of training camp, let us look at the depth chart and break down each unit as the Dolphins enter phase two of the offseason workout program. Quarterback (4) Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Skyar Thompson (R), Chris Streveler Miami will spend a third season investing in Tagovailoa, the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, to see if he can establish himself as a franchise quarterback. Tagovailoa, who owns a...
    The A’s continued their roster reshuffling by bringing up Luis Barrera from Triple-A Las Vegas Monday, making the left-handed hitting outfielder the 11th rookie currently on their 26-man roster. Outfielder Billy McKinney, a former A’s first-round pick who was batting just .096 (5-for-52), was designated for assignment to clear room for Barrera. Barrera becomes the 17th rookie on the A’s this season, which is already four more than they employed all last season. In addition, Barrera becomes the 38th player on the A’s through just 28 games – Tampa Bay has used an American League-leading 39 players through Monday. Related Articles Oakland Athletics | A’s losing streak hits nine games, Laureano goes hitless in 2022 debut Oakland Athletics | Ramón Laureano leads off in return to A’s lineup vs. Twins Oakland Athletics | A’s suffer eighth straight loss as offense continues to be a big problem Oakland Athletics | Rookie Logue impressive, but A’s still lose their seventh straight game Oakland Athletics | Slumping Oakland A’s face busy road ahead ...
    Getty San Francisco 49ers defensive back Jaquiski Tartt making a play on the ball during an NFL contest. The New York Jets could go back to the well to add some more talent on the defensive side of the ball. Gang Green has used every avenue at their disposal to add talent across the roster, but there is still a lot more work that needs to be done. An analyst had a very interesting suggestion on who the green and white should consider adding next. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! A Fit That Just Makes Sense Play Takeaways from New York Jets Rookie Minicamp, Zach Wilson is looking BEEFYBoy Green is LIVE to talk about major takeaways from New York Jets rookie minicamp + throw out some saucy predictions for 2022 + answer your LIVE questions!2022-05-08T21:48:29Z On the Badlands feed, analysts Joe Caporoso and Connor Rogers were exploring potential additions to the Jets roster over the coming weeks. “You want another safety...
    Getty Former NC State running back Zonovan Knight taking a moment to appreciate his work on the football field. All of the players that heard their names called on draft day by the New York Jets are getting a lot of love. Deservedly so for all of the hard work they put in over the last batch of years at the collegiate level. However, some of the players that joined the team by unorthodox means are floating under the radar and could surprise during the 2022 season. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! A Player Worth Circling Play VideoVideo related to 21-year-old tag champion listed as ‘player to watch’ for jets: insider2022-05-08T15:21:33-04:00 After the Jets wrapped up the 2022 NFL draft, they immediately went to work on the undrafted free agent market. Gang Green officially announced ahead of rookie minicamp that they had signed five guys to the 90-man roster including running back Zonovan Knight out of NC State. The 21-year-old is affectionately...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse TORONTO, ON – APRIL 27: Jackie Bradley Jr. #19, Alex Verdugo #99, and Enrique Hernandez #5 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate defeating the Toronto Blue Jays in their MLB game at the Rogers Centre on April 27, 2022 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Mark Blinch/Getty Images) These three glaring roster holes will keep the Boston Red Sox from going to the World Series. Early results for the 2022 Boston Red Sox have not been promising. They were one of four teams that began the year looking like they could contend for the American League East crown. Right now, they appear likely to finish in fourth place ahead of only the Baltimore Orioles. The reason for this is partly because of injuries, partly because of unforeseen struggles, and also due to the fact that they simply didn’t have the best roster. Normally one of the big spenders in the offseason, Boston didn’t do much other than adding free agent Trevor Story. While Story has struggled, he’s hardly one of...
    The Miami Dolphins offseason makeover is nearly complete. The Dolphins entered 2022 with the most cap space in the NFL, and that kind of financial freedom allowed the team to have an active offseason. Two of the team’s top free agents — defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah and and tight end Mike Gesicki — were retained, and Miami re-signed most of last year’s contributing defenders. Then the Dolphins extended the contract of the team’s best player (cornerback Xavien Howard) and potentially add six new starters, two of whom (receiver Tyreek Hill and left tackle Terron Amstead) are Pro Bowl-caliber talents. While minor alterations will continue to be made before July’s start of training camp, let us look at the depth chart and break down each unit as the Dolphins enter phase two of the offseason workout program. Quarterback (4) Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater, Skyar Thompson (R), Chris Streveler Miami will spend a third season investing in Tagovailoa, the No. 5 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, to see if he can establish himself as a franchise quarterback. Tagovailoa, who owns a...
    Getty Amon-Ra St. Brown and Kalif Raymond celebrate a play in 2022. The Detroit Lions approached the 2022 offseason as well as the NFL draft with the knowledge that they needed to add to the depth of the team to make the future look a bit brighter. As it stands today, that mission can be proclaimed as accomplished. Detroit managed to fill needs on both offense and defense, and while they hit the defensive side a bit harder, it’s easy to see how the entire team benefitted from the moves that were made. The latest Lions news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Lions newsletter here! Join Heavy on Lions! Detroit added to the depth at linebacker, along the defensive line and in the backfield. They also added a few well-placed offensive pieces to the wideout and tight end room. As a result, there are shaping up to be some fun battles during camp at several spots to see what players will stand out. What positions now offer the most intrigue in terms of...
    Getty New Orleans Saints DB Tyrann Mathieu. The NFL Draft is now in the past for the Las Vegas Raiders so they can really focus on the pieces that are currently on the roster. It’s been a busy offseason for the team as they’ve retooled the roster under new head coach Josh McDaniels. While they’ve added some notable players and let go of others, there are still some holes on the roster. Perhaps the biggest hole is at safety. 2021 second-round pick Trevon Moehrig is a stud and should be starting for a long time. Unfortunately, he’s the only safety on the roster who is clearly a starter. The Raiders signed Duron Harmon this offseason, who has been a good player for a long time and has experience in Patrick Graham’s style of defense, but he’s 31. Johnathan Abram was a first-round pick and showed flashes last year but his coverage issues make him a bad fit in Graham’s defense. Former Kansas City Cheifs All-Pro safety Tyrann Mathieu was commonly linked to the Raiders this offseason but the...
    Getty New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh patrolling the sidelines of an NFL game. With the 2022 NFL draft in the rearview mirror, it is time for the New York Jets to fill the remaining holes on the roster. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will this Gang Green team. However, with free agency and the draft over, the remaining needs on the team are glaring. Fortunately, there may be a clear path to filling one of their biggest holes on the roster. ALL the latest Jets news straight to your inbox! Join the Heavy on Jets newsletter here! Join Heavy on Jets! Are You Saying There’s a Chance? Play New York Jets just KILLED the 2022 NFL DraftBoy Green hops on to react to all of the selections, breaking down expectations, & answering all your LIVE questions and comments on the New York Jets! Make sure you like the video and hit the subscribe button!2022-05-01T10:53:43Z Following the conclusion of the 2022 NFL draft, each NFL reporter for ESPN was tasked with proposing and...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Twins announced Monday they are placing Miguel Sano and Kyle Garlick on the 10-day injured list. The team is recalling infielder Jose Miranda, its No. 3-ranked prospect, and pitcher Jovani Moran to fill the vacant roster spots. #MNTwins announce the following roster moves to trim the roster from 28 to 26: pic.twitter.com/nkFy1CcRo0 — Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 2, 2022 Sano is batting just .093 this season, with one home run and three RBIs. The Twins said he has a knee sprain. Garlick hit two home runs in the team’s Saturday win over the Tampa Bay Rays. He’s got three on the year, with a .238 batting average. Miranda was the Twins’ minor league Player of the Year last season. He’s hitting .256 for the Saints his year. Moran appeared in five games for the Twins last season and has made six appearances for the Saints this season. The Twins also optioned catcher Jose Godoy and pitcher Cole Sands to the Saints.
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luis Arraez and the Minnesota Twins agreed Sunday to a one-year contract worth $2,125,000, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for June 10. The agreement for the infielder/outfielder was at the midpoint of the $2.4 million he had asked for and the $1.85 million the Twins had offered. He can earn an additional $75,000 in roster bonuses: $37,500 each fr 152 and 157 days on the active roster. Luis Arraez (credit: David Berding/Getty Images) Arraez is hitting .299 with one home run and seven RBIs in 21 games this season. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time after earning $611,000 last year, when he batted .294 with two homers and 42 RBIs. Twenty players remain scheduled for arbitration hearings, which run through June 24. Hearings before three-person panels usually take place in February but were delayed this year because of Major League Baseball’s lockout. (© Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Luis Arraez and the Minnesota Twins agreed Sunday to a one-year contract worth $2,125,000, avoiding a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for June 10. The agreement for the infielder/outfielder was at the midpoint of the $2.4 million he had asked for and the $1.85 million the Twins had offered. He can earn an additional $75,000 in roster bonuses: $37,500 each fr 152 and 157 days on the active roster. Arraez is hitting .299 with one home run and seven RBIs in 21 games this season. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time after earning $611,000 last year, when he batted .294 with two homers and 42 RBIs. Twenty players remain scheduled for arbitration hearings, which run through June 24. Hearings before three-person panels usually take place in February but were delayed this year because of Major League Baseball’s lockout. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    The Miami Dolphins added Texas Tech wide receiver Erik Ezukanma, California outside linebacker Cameron Goode and Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson with their three picks on the final day of the 2022 NFL draft on Saturday. After the Dolphins started their draft with the third-round selection of Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall on Friday, Ezukanma was chosen in the fourth round, No. 125 overall, Goode was picked with the team’s early seventh-rounder, No. 224, and Thompson with the later seventh-round pick at 247. It was mildly surprising Miami let its four selections go by without picking an offensive lineman, specifically a center to compete with Michael Deiter. The team addressed last year’s troublesome offensive line from 2021 with free-agent pickups of left tackle Terron Armstead and guard Connor Williams but no center. “We were following our board,” Dolphins general manager Chris Grier said following Saturday’s slate of picks. “We don’t reach for people. We tried to move up a couple of times, but we had limited resources in terms of being able to move around. As we said before, just because...
    From South Florida to the Canadian border. The Buffalo Bills continued their trend of collecting players from Florida’s southern tri-county area with their first two selections of the 2022 NFL draft. Selected first with the 23rd selection was Benjamin and Florida cornerback Kaiir Elam, and with their next pick, at 63, the Bills snapped up Georgia running back James Cook, who attended Miami Central. Take a look at Buffalo’s burgeoning collection of players with local roots toiling professionally in upstate New York, a stone’s throw from Niagara Falls. James Cook, Miami Central, running back Cook, the younger brother of Minnesota Vikings star running back Dalvin Cook, gained 1,012 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as Georgia went on to win the national championship last season. Kaiir Elam, Benjamin, cornerback The 20-year-old Elam enters his rookie season looking to make an “immediate impact” after the Bills moved ahead of the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the draft to land him. He is fresh off a three-year stay with the University of Florida, where he compiled six interceptions, 79 total tackles,...
    Getty Evan Fournier, New York Knicks When the New York Knicks inked Evan Fournier to a four-year $73 million deal, the idea was that his shooting would help take the team to the next level. New York’s success in the 2020-21 season was heavily predicated on their impervious defense, and in adding additional firepower, the notion was that the team would continue to improve, however, the shooters the team added were never known for their defensive prowess. Unfortunately, the Knicks regressed throughout the year, missing the playoffs as a result. Fournier wasn’t to blame for the team’s struggles, but he also wasn’t leading the charge to turn the season around. Now, as the front office begins to pick up the pieces of another failed season, Fournier’s position on the roster has come under question, as his salary and fit both project to become problematic for the team in the coming years. According to an Eastern Conference executive who spoke to Heavy.com under the condition of anonymity, there are paths the team can explore to end their partnership with...
    BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – APRIL 15: Manager Aaron Boone #17 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at the Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 15, 2022 in Baltimore, Maryland. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) The New York Yankees seem to always be in World Series contention, but they have some holes that could keep them from serious consideration this season. The Yankees made some key moves between the end of the lockout and the beginning of a shortened Spring Training. Anthony Rizzo signed a two-year contract with the Yankees worth $32 million. He can opt-out after this season. In 16 games he’s hitting .250/.382/.571 with an wRC of +181 and five home runs. He has taken over at first base for the Yankees. The Yankees traded with the Minnesota Twins to acquire Josh Donaldson who is in the penultimate season of a four contract worth $92 million. There is also a mutual option for 2024....
    The Atlanta Hawks’ run in the playoffs lasted one round, as they were eliminated by the Miami Heat. Here are three players who likely won’t be back next season. The Atlanta Hawks had to get through the play-in tournament to clinch a spot in the playoffs. They did just that, defeating the Charlotte Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers to earn the eighth-seed in the Eastern Conference. But, it was not an easy task facing the Hawks, as they had to take on the 1-seed Miami Heat. On Tuesday, Apr. 26, the Heat defeated the Hawks 97-94 in Game 5 to win their first round series. Atlanta, who made it to the Conference Finals last year, is going home in the first round. Now, the Hawks will have to look at their roster and see who will come back and who will go as they look to improve their roster alongside star Trae Young. Here are three players who may not be back with the team next season.Atlanta Hawks roster: Will Lou Williams be back next year?Lou Williams is an unrestricted free...
    Next1 of 3Prev postUse your ← → (arrows) to browse  (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) These three glaring roster holes could get in the way of a World Series repeat for the Atlanta Braves. There may not be another parade for the Atlanta Braves at the end of this season. Repeating as champions is tough enough. A slow start at the beginning of 2022 is showing the Braves may not have what it takes to make the same push they did in 2021. The roster isn’t getting the same magic out of some key players who excelled for them last year. Add in injuries to some core players, there’s a reason why the Braves may not escape April with a winning record. The team does have time to turn things around and we shouldn’t expect them to dive into MLB’s basement. However, these three glaring roster holes could stop the Braves from winning the World Series.The Braves desperately need Ronald Acuna Jr. back in the outfieldRonald Acuna Jr. suffered a major season-ending injury last year and should be back sometime...