Terry Rozier’s Deal With Hornets Stokes Hilarious Twitter Reactions

NBA free agency is already off to a wild start.
Less than an hour before free agency began Sunday, the Athletics’ Shams Charania reported Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier is headed for the Charlotte Hornets in a three-year, $58 million sign-and-trade deal.
And it didn’t take long for Twitter to bid Rozier farewell.

good for him. 16-6-5 as a starter and led a young team to Game 7 of the ECF. Better starter than off the bench. Good luck Scary Terry!!
— IvanDTerrible (@IvanDTerrible2) June 30, 2019

— JohnnyUofAngst (@TheRealestJMark) June 30, 2019

— Wheels (@_DrewWheeler) June 30, 2019

— Johnny Congdon (@congdonsation) June 30, 2019

Others, however, expressed some concern over the Hornets’ decision to take the guard on for nearly $20 million a year.

— Board Man (@kevbo58) June 30, 2019

— Not Depressed Lakers/Steelers fan… (@Jay89504559) June 30, 2019

— KJ Doyle (@KJDoyleGBS) June 30, 2019

— ⁶˕∘₂₃˕∘² (@KingBrowKlaw) June 30, 2019

— just another geek (@sir_parth22) June 30, 2019

— chris (@MootswangDFS) June 30, 2019


NBA Rumors: Kemba Walker Reportedly Agrees To Four-Year Deal With Celtics

It has been expected that Kemba Walker would sign with the Boston Celtics for the past few days, but now that the clock has struck 6 p.m. ET, we can make it official.
Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141 million max deal with the Celtics, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Free agent Kemba Walker has agreed to sign a four-year, $141M maximum contract to join the Boston Celtics, Excel Sports agent Jeff Schwartz tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

Walker will replace Kyrie Irving as Boston’s point guard. Irving signed a four-year deal with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, per ESPN.
Terry Rozier, Boston’s other option at point guard, was reportedly sent to the Charlotte Hornets Sunday in a sign-and-trade deal, effectively replacing Walker. The remainder of the deal has yet to be reported, but it appears it won’t end in Al Horford returning to the Celtics.
Walker averaged 25.6 points, 5.9 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 82 games last season.

NBA Rumors: Al Horford Returning To Boston Reportedly Still Unlikely

With rumors of a potential sign-and-trade swirling, the chances of Al Horford returning to the Boston Celtics began to look more and more likely.
Terry Rozier was reportedly dealt to the Charlotte Hornets in a sign-and-trade deal Sunday evening, with speculation increasing that Boston was setting up to re-sign Horford. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem like that’s the case.
A source close to Horford tells Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald that the veteran big man will not end up in Boston after all, despite the Celtics salary cap moves.

Source close to Horford says that even after all the Celtics' cap gymnastics, he will not be winding up back in Boston.
— Steve Bulpett (@SteveBHoop) June 30, 2019

The potential sign-and-trade deal would allow the Celtics to keep its $9.3 million mid-level exception by operating as a team over the salary cap. Still, bringing back Horford remains difficult.
Of course, free agency technically still has not begun yet, so we will have to wait until 6 p.m. ET to find out more.

Twitter Explodes Over Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant Commitments To Nets

NBA free agency hasn’t even begun yet, and already Twitter is doing it’s thing.
Just one hour before free agency is set to begin, multiple reports emerged suggesting both Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant intend on signing with the Brooklyn Nets once free agency begins at 6 p.m. ET. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported Brooklyn had an “undeniable vibe of confidence” Sunday afternoon.
And, naturally, Twitter promptly exploded.

Great googly moogly that’s a haul.
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) June 30, 2019

— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) June 30, 2019

The Nets out here looking at the rest of the NBA like:
— Emmanuel Acho (@thEMANacho) June 30, 2019

Nets fans atm pic.twitter.com/kcKPjC74y4
— Tony Stark Fan Account (@NelsonSuarez156) June 30, 2019

@JamesSasso @JordAmdu @GarrettSorel @Doug_Gausepohl pic.twitter.com/PpFAghAfbo
— Dan Croop (@DanCroop) June 30, 2019

Knicks fans, however, weren’t as thrilled.

Knicks fans rn: pic.twitter.com/jIMQaJfU0m
— Wojnabombski (@informalcasual) June 30, 2019

Knicks fans pic.twitter.com/y2qfqSaoyr
— Cardi T (@TheSportsHubb) June 30, 2019


every Knicks fan: pic.twitter.com/X8UWvdoIf8
— Matty Pawsox (@PrimeNerlens) June 30, 2019

The 2019 offseason just continues to drop jaws.

NBA Rumors: Terry Rozier Heading To Charlotte Hornets In Sign-And-Trade

It appears Terry Rozier’s time in Boston is over.
The Celtics point guard is heading to the Charlotte Hornets in a sign-and-trade deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. Rozier will sign a fully guaranteed three-year $58 million deal.

All three years and $58M will be fully guaranteed for Terry Rozier in Charlotte, league sources said. https://t.co/1DjsUGzHcn
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 30, 2019

Rozier landed in a great spot, as he’ll get the starting job in Charlotte in addition to a lucrative contract.
The remainder of this sign-and-trade deal remains unclear, but the end goal for Boston would be to re-sign Al Horford.
The Celtics expect to sign Kemba Walker when free agency opens on Sunday evening.

NBA Rumors: Kyrie Irving Reportedly Set to Sign With Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving is teaming up with Kevin Durant.
The former Boston Celtics’ All-Star point guard is set to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Nets will also sign center DeAndre Jordan.

Brooklyn is making a clean sweep tonight: Brooklyn will sign Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

Irving will sign a four-year deal worth $141 million, while Durant will sign a four-year $164 million deal, per Wojnarowski.

Sources: Durant will sign a 4-year, $164M deal with the Nets; Irving will sign 4-years, $141M.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019


NBA Rumors: Kevin Durant Reportedly Set To Sign With Nets Sunday Night

After plenty of speculation, it appears we have an answer to where Kevin Durant will sign when free agency opens.
Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday night, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Kevin Durant is planning to sign with the Brooklyn Nets, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

Wojnarowski is reporting that Durant will make a formal announcement on “The Boardroom” Instagram account at 6 p.m. ET.

Durant's planning to make a formal announcement on The Board Room Instagram at 6 PM. Durant's camp won't confirm his decision, and says "Details will be revealed at 6." https://t.co/ZpHcKFQTDd
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

Durant is expected to sign a four-year $142 million deal, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

BREAKING: Kevin Durant plans to sign max deal with Nets, sources tell @ShamsCharania. pic.twitter.com/14fFTQENtT
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) June 30, 2019

NBA Rumors: Celtics, Trail Blazers To Call Enes Kanter Sunday Night

The Boston Celtics are expected to sign Kemba Walker when free agency opens, but it appears they’ll be exploring some of their other needs on Sunday night.
Both the Celtics and the Portland Trail Blazers are expected to “have a phone call” with center Enes Kanter on Sunday, according to ESPN’s Marc J. Spears.

Blazers free agent center Enes Kanter is expected to have a phone call with Portland and Boston when free agency begins tonight, a source said.
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) June 30, 2019

The Celtics were tied to Kanter in earlier offseason rumors, so this isn’t a huge surprise.
The Turkish big man averaged 13.7 points and 9.8 rebounds on 54.9 percent shooting across 67 games last season with the Trail Blazers and New York Knicks. Kanter doesn’t move all that well on the defensive side of the ball, but the 27-year-old would certainly fill one of the Celtics’ biggest offseason needs.
Of course, all of this could change if the Celtics figure out how to keep Al Horford while bringing in Walker.

PawSox Win Series Fueled By 4-Hit Day By De La Guerra

PawSox Win Series Fueled By 4-Hit Day By Infielder Chad De La Guerra Who Continues To Swing Hot Bat

On Sunday the Pawtucket Red Sox defeated the Rochester RedWings 10-5 at Frontier Field led by the hot bat of Chad De La Guerra who recorded 4 hits in front of the 6,000+ fans in attendance. 
With the in the PawSox take two-out-of-three from Rochester and move to 33-47 on the season before heading home to McCoy Stadium for a three-game Fourth of July set starting on Monday. 
PawSox starter Darwinzon Hernandez battled allowing 2-runs in the bottom of the 2nd but was able to settle back down lasting 4.2 innings allowing the 2 runs on 3 base hits while recording 8 strikeouts and walking 3 batters. 
For Boston’s number 1 pitching prospect he has yet to record a win through 3 starts with Triple-A Pawtucket with a 5.68 ERA in 12.2 innings pitched. 
Pawtucket’s offense came to play in this series finale tying the game in the top of the 3rd inning on two consecutive groundouts. In the top of the 4th the PawSox took a lead on a Josh Tobias ground out and never looked back. 
The inning that made all the difference in the world though came in the top of the 5th when the PawSox drove in 5 runs highlighted by an RBI double by De La Guerra, a 2-run home run by Josh Ockimey, and an RBI triple by Cole Sturgeon breaking the game open with an 8-2 score. 
For Ockimey it was the sluggers 16th home run of the season. 
Pawtucket added another run in the top of the 6th on a De La Guerra single making it 9-2. Rochester wouldn’t go quietly however with the RedWings scoring two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning off reliever Jenrry Mejia. 
De La Guerra ripped an rbi double in the top of the 8th pushing the PawSox lead to 10-4 and then Rochester scored on a sac fly off Bobby Poyner in the home half of the inning. 
De La Guerra A Player To Watch In Pawtucket
Chad De La Guerra has had plenty of impressive days in the 2019 season and Sunday was another for the infielder. 
De La Guerra, a former Grand Canyon University standout went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIS on the day with his average on the season climbing to .324 with an OPS of .999 in 145 at-bats. De La Guerra has had plenty of pop too with 8 home runs and 26 RBIS and a total of 25 extra base hits with a slugging percentage hovering around .600. 
His 4 base hits matches his season high which came on June 20th when he went 4-for-5 against the Durham Bulls with 2 doubles, 1 home run, and 2 RBIS. 
Rehabber On My Mind And A Few Lineup Notes 
Steve Pearce, Photo Credit Tanner Rebelo
Another player to keep an eye on is the rehabbing Tzu-Wei Lin who was in the PawSox lineup once again making it 5 straight games for the utility star. Lin on Sunday went 1-for-6 with an RBI and stranded 6 runners on base. Lin played shortstop and hit out of the 2-hole behind Gorkys Hernandez. 
For those looking on an update on World Series MVP Steve Pearce, there isn’t one. Pearce who is rehabbing back from a low-back strain hasn’t appeared in a game with the PawSox for the past three days. No update for now. 
Also of note from Sunday’s game is the absence of outfielder Rusney Castillo who has been out of the lineup for two straight-days for Billy McMillon. 
Batter Up…
The PawSox will return home on Monday for a three-game set hosting the RailRiders at McCoy Stadium. 
After all three games the team will put on a Patriotic themed firework display starting on Monday when they will turn into the Hot Wieners once again with a special Rhode Island themed night planned. 
As for the rotation here is how it is shaping up for now: Erasmo Ramirez, Kyle Hart, and Teddy Stankiewicz in that order. 
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NBA Rumors: Nets Confident On Commitments From Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant

The clock is ticking towards the start of free agency, and rumors regarding the decisions of All-Stars Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are swirling about. But it appears one team believes they could acquire them both once the clock strikes 6 p.m. ET.
The Brooklyn Nets “sure seem to believe” they will get commitments from both Irving and Durant, as well as center DeAndre Jordan, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

An undeniable vibe of confidence is emanating from Brooklyn as we speak: The Nets sure seem to believe they are getting Kevin Durant's commitment tonight to go with Kyrie Irving"s … with DeAndre Jordan, Durant's close friend, to follow
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019

This comes shortly after Stein reported that Brooklyn was expecting a formal commitment from Irving at its practice facility on Sunday evening “in hopes” of pulling Durant away from the Golden State Warriors.

The Nets will have a formal commitment from Kyrie Irving at their practice facility in two hours, league sources say, and — as @NYTSports reported Monday — have been aggressively pursuing a Kyrie/Kevin Durant/DeAndre Jordan trio in hopes of luring Durant away from Golden State
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019

Durant will announce his decision Sunday night on “The Boardroom” Instagram account, which is his “company owned sports business network”, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.