NBA Rumors: Celtics Reportedly Believed To Be Al Horford’s ‘Mystery Team’

With less than three hours left before the start of free agency, the Boston Celtics find themselves at the heart of a plethora of rumors.
A potential sign-and-trade deal with the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets looms, per ESPN, which means the possibility of bringing back Al Horford becomes all the more likely.
League executives believe that the Celtics are the mystery team out there for Horford, according to The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor.

There are some league executives that believe the "mystery team" for Al Horford is…the Boston Celtics.
But keeping Horford's rights would require a number of complicated maneuvers, including a double sign-and-trade involving Kemba Walker and Terry Rozier. It wouldn't be easy.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) June 30, 2019

The center position is Boston’s glaring hole heading into July, even with the exciting addition of Walker.
The 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, which makes the Horford re-signing much more plausible.
So can Boston pull off the sign-and-trade? Maybe. But that could very well be the fire behind the murmurs of the Celtics being Horford’s mystery suitor.

NBA Rumors: Terry Rozier Has Drawn Interest From These Six Teams

The sun appears to be setting on Terry Rozier’s time on the Celtics.
In fact, a number of teams have already expressed interest in the outgoing Boston guard.
According to The Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach, Rozier has drawn interest from six teams: the New York Knicks, the Phoenix Suns, the Dallas Mavericks, the Chicago Bulls, the Orlando Magic and — of course — the Charlotte Hornets.
It’s worth noting that Rozier’s name reportedly has been floated as a piece to a potential three-team trade between the Celtics, the Hornets and the Brooklyn Nets that would supposedly send Rozier to Charlotte. Should that reported plan not pan out, however, it’s still likely the 25-year-old will land with one of the aforementioned teams.
NBA free agency, by the way, begins at 6 p.m. ET.

NBA Rumors: Celtics Exploring Three-Team Sign-And-Trade For Kemba Walker

All signs are pointing to Kemba Walker wearing a Boston Celtics uniform next season, but how that gets done is still up in the air.
The Celtics are “showing interest” in a sign-and-trade deal that would involve Kyrie Irving going to the Brooklyn Nets, Terry Rozier going to the Charlotte Hornets and Walker heading to Boston, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. This potential deal would allow the Celtics to keep its $9.3 million mid-level exception by operating as a team over the salary cap.

Sources: Boston's showing interest in a 3-team sign-and-trade w/ Kyrie Irving (Nets), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and Terry Rozier (Hornets). Boston wants to create a full MLE and would likely need to surrender at least a first-round pick to Nets. So far, talks are exploratory.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019

Of course this scenario is extremely complicated, but if it gets done, the deal would be a huge win for Boston.
Bringing back Al Horford remains difficult, but this potential deal would allow the Celtics to keep the rights to the veteran big man with the ability to re-sign him.
The Nets would receive at least a first-round pick in this scenario, as they would be helping a conference opponent in the Celtics. Boston needs to make the deal worth Brooklyn’s while.
Time will tell if the deal gets done, but it appears that talks are underway.

Bruins’ Torey Krug Calls Out Kyrie Irving, Sends Boston Fans Into Frenzy

Torey Krug just landed the equivalent of his Game 1 check on Robert Thomas on Twitter.
With NBA free agency set to kick off Sunday evening, the rumor mill is firing on all cylinders and Kyrie Irving’s tenure as a Boston Celtic officially will be over soon. the All-Star point reportedly is expected to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.
That report has Irving’s comments from October, when he stated he would re-sign in Boston resurfacing. And Krug decided to call out the obvious, quote retweeting the Celtics’ tweet with a couple spot-on emojis.
— Torey Krug (@ToreyKrug) June 30, 2019

And of course, the replies are full of Boston fans applauding the call out.
Irving was a rather constant headache during the season, and he only has infuriated fans more since the season has ended.
Meanwhile, Krug has expressed interest in playing in Boston forever, and odds are Krug is less likely to go back on those comments.

Red Sox Will Turn To David Price To End Losing Streak Vs. Blue Jays

The Boston Red Sox will turn to David Price to stop the bleeding when the team returns to North America.
Price will get the ball when Boston squares up against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday.
For the second straight start, Price will be on six days of rest. It worked for Price last time, as he held the White Sox to two earned runs in six innings in a win. Lifetime against the Blue Jays, Price has dazzled, going 22-3 with a 2.37 ERA. Toronto has yet to name a starter.
See more on Price in the “Red Sox Final,” video above, presented by Rodenhiser Heating & Cooling.

Alex Cora Still Believes Red Sox Can Win World Series After London Sweep

It was not a great trip across the pond for the Boston Red Sox.
Boston dropped both games against the New York Yankees at London Stadium, giving up 29 runs in the process. The latest loss drops Boston to 11 games back in the American League East. And with a struggling bullpen, the gap between the Red Sox and the top contenders in the league seems to be growing larger.
But Alex Cora still is confident the Red Sox “have the talent” win another World Series.
Hear the manager’s full comments in the “Red Sox Extra Innings,” video above, presented by W.B. Mason.

Red Sox Notes: Bullpen Sinks To Embarrassing Low In MLB London Series

Just when you thought you couldn’t feel any worse about the Boston Red Sox bullpen.
The Red Sox began their London Series with the New York Yankees two days removed from a bullpen meltdown against the Chicago White Sox. And, well, Boston’s reliever group picked up where it left off, surrendering a whopping 20 runs over two embarrassing games at London Stadium.
After allowing 11 Yankees to score in Saturday’s series opener, the Red Sox bullpen squandered a 4-2 lead Sunday, allowing 10 runs — including a nine-run seventh inning — in a 12-8 defeat. For the series, Red Sox relievers surrendered 21 runs on 23 hits over 12 1/3 innings. If you include Wednesday’s loss to the White Sox, Boston’s bullpen has allowed 24 runs on 29 hits over its last 15 1/3 innings. The Red Sox have blown 17 saves, good for second in Major League Baseball. At this time last year, they had blown only seven saves, the fewest in the game.
At this point, “disaster” is the only word to describe the team’s bullpen.

Red Sox bullpen:
17 blown saves, 2nd-most to Mets
4.39 ERA, 17th in MLB
45 HR allowed, 18th in MLB
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) June 30, 2019

Red Sox manager Alex Cora has remained positive despite the group’s struggles all season, but even he now seems to be fed up.
“Tomorrow’s supposed to be an off day, it’s not going to be one for me,” Cora who noted he thought Red Sox pitchers were tipping their pitches, said after the game, as seen on NESN’s postgame coverage. “There’s going to be a lot of people working on this and trying to figure out what’s going on. Some of it is execution, some of it is details.”
When asked whether he’s concerned about overworking his bullpen, Cora added: “I mean, it’s the nature of the 162 games and the games that we play.”
So, where does Boston go from here?
The Red Sox have talented arms in the minors — Darwinzon Hernandez and Durbin Feltman, to name a couple — but if they were ready, they likely would be here right now. As for the current members of the bullpen, it’s hard to imagine them turning things around anytime soon. It’s not their fault, they are what they are.
There’s a reason why Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier, Brandon Workman and Marcus Walden never have been trusted high-leverage relievers in their careers: They’re not good enough. Yes, Barnes and Brasier were great during the 2018 playoffs, but it’s become clear those performances were outliers. Plus, if the Red Sox really trusted them in the late innings, they wouldn’t have used their starters as relievers throughout the team’s run to a World Series title.
That leaves the trade market, which Boston reportedly is “surveying.”
But, with his team now 11 games back of first place in the American League East and currently out of the Wild Card picture, it’s fair to wonder whether Dave Dombrowski has waited too long.
Here are some other notes from Sunday’s game:
— After a surprisingly effective start to the season, March Walden has taken a turn for the worse.

Walden has put on 25 base runners and counting in his last 13.2 innings over 15 appearances. He's given up runs in 7 of the 15. His OPS allowed is around .900 for the past month. Cinderella's carriage hit midnight on this one.
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) June 30, 2019

— On the flip side, Colten Brewer has rebounded from the disastrous beginning to his Red Sox career.

12 games, 12.1 IP, 1 ER from Brewer out of the pen this month.
— Red Sox Stats (@redsoxstats) June 30, 2019

— The story of the 2019 Red Sox in two tweets:

The Red Sox have now scored 21 runs in this series. Pretty good!
Slight problem, though: Boston’s bullpen has also allowed 21 runs in this series which isn’t good!
— Mike Cole (@MikeColeNESN) June 30, 2019
— If you like offense, then the London Series was for you.

Count for the two days for the two teams in London: 50 runs on 64 hits. So far.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 30, 2019

— Boston now is 1-6 against the Yankees this season. The defending champs are a combined 16-23 against the seven teams ahead of them in the AL overall standings.
“It was eye opening, the last two days,” Cora said. ” … Right now, they’re a lot better than us, so we need to get better.”
— The Red Sox never have come back from an 11-game deficit to finish in first place. The franchise record occurred in 1988, when Boston erased a 10-game deficit to win the AL East.
— Cora, as he should, believes his team is capable of turning things around.
“We can win the World Series. We have the talent to win the World Series.”

Red Sox Wrap: Bullpen Implodes As Yankees Cap London Series With 12-8 Win

Well, things across the pond went about as poorly as they possibly could have for the Boston Red Sox.
After giving up 17 runs in the London Series opener on Saturday, Boston’s bullpen imploded again as the New York Yankees rode off with a 12-8 win at London Stadium on Sunday. Boston’s offense started hot, and threatened late, but could not sustain an attack as their losing streak moves to three games.
The Red Sox moved to 44-40 with the loss while the Yankees move to 54-28 with the win.
Here’s how it all went down:
The Yankees scored 29 runs in two days. Yeah.
— Eduardo Rodriguez labored into the sixth inning. The southpaw tossed 115 pitches, going 5 1/3 innings while allowing two runs on four hits. He struck out five and walked four.
The Yankees tagged Rodriguez for two runs in the second inning. Two walks sandwiched around a single set up Gio Urshela to bring in New York’s first run. Brett Gardner then drove a single through the infield to make it 4-2.
— Colten Brewer took over with one out in the sixth, striking out two and walking one to end the frame.
— Marcus Walden failed to record an out in what was a disastrous seventh inning for Boston.
Walden allowed a leadoff double to DJ Lemahieu then walked Aaron Judge. That set up an RBI double from Aaron Hicks to make it 4-3. Gary Sanchez gave New York their first lead of the day with a two-run single, ending Walden’s stint.
— Matt Barnes did not provide any relief, recording just one out and getting tagged for three runs on three hits and walk. Urshela gave the Yanks a 7-4 lead with a line drive to center tht plated two runs.
— That brought us to Josh Taylor, who immediately walk Brett Gardner. Lemahieu then clubbed his second double of the inning, making it 9-4. Hicks followed with a sacrifice fly. Then Michael Chavis could not handle a slow spinner, which allowed Gardner to score, capping a 9-run inning.
— Didi Gregorius jumped in on the action in the eighth, drilling a mammoth home run off Ryan Brasier. Brasier allowed three hits, striking out one.

Didi makes it look easy. #LondonSeries
— MLB (@MLB) June 30, 2019

— Steven Wright tossed a spotless ninth.
— Boston’s bats were cooking early.
Xander Bogaerts got the Sox on the board early with a two-run home run off Yankees “opener” Stephen Tarply. J.D. Martinez followed with a solo shot. Just two batters later, Chrisitan Vazquez made it a 4-0 ballgame.

The Red Sox picking up right where they left off yesterday #LondonSeries
— ESPN (@espn) June 30, 2019

— The Sox used six hits and a walk to plate four runs in the eighth. Vazquez drove in two runs with a two-out single to make it 12-6. Eduardo Nunez then drove in a run with a double which set up an RBI single from Sam Travis to make it 12-8.
— Martinez had three hits for Boston. Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Marco Hernandez also had multiple hits.
Not tremendous.

Red Sox bullpen:
17 blown saves, 2nd-most to Mets
4.39 ERA, 17th in MLB
45 HR allowed, 18th in MLB
— Jason Mastrodonato (@JMastrodonato) June 30, 2019

The Red Sox will get a day off Monday, but will remain on foreign soil, heading to Toronto for a three-game set against the Blue Jays beginning Tuesday. First pitch from Rogers Centre is slated for 7:07 p.m. ET.

2019 NASCAR Live Stream: Watch 400 From Chicagoland Online

After taking in some road-course racing last week, NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series is back to left turns only.
Drivers are set to compete in Sunday’s 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. Austin Dillon will start on pole, with Kevin Harvick, Daniel Hemric, Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch rounding out the top five.
Martin Truex, winner last week at Sonoma, will have to fight his way through the pack from 18th.
Here’s how and when to watch the 2019 400 online and on TV:
When: Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports

NBA Rumors: Al Horford ‘Likely’ To Turn Down This ‘Massive Offer’

There still is the slightest glimmer of hope that Al Horford will be back with the Boston Celtics, but the center is generating a good amount of buzz heading into free agency.
It seemed likely that Horford would be back in Boston next season, but since opting out of his contract, Horford has been targeted by a number of teams looking for a big man. Horford reportedly will receive a “massive offer” from the Sacramento Kings when free agency opens up at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The New York Times’ Marc Stein reported the offer could be four years in excess of $100 million.

A well-placed league source tells The Sacramento Bee the Kings are expected to make a massive offer to Al Horford when free agency begins at 3 p.m. PDT, and there is mutual interest on both sides. I'm told Horford's camp has not scheduled meetings with any teams today.
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) June 30, 2019

A confirmed Al Horford suitor at last' The Kings "definitely" have significant interest in Horford, according to sources briefed on Sacramento's thinking — and have the cap space to pay Al the reported four-year deal worth in excess of $100 million circulating for the past week
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 30, 2019

According to The Athletic’s Sam Amick, however, Horford is “likely” to sign elsewhere.

Despite the Kings' significant interest in Al Horford and plans to make a massive offer, a source tells @TheAthletic that they are under the impression he's likely heading elsewhere.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) June 30, 2019

At this stage in his career, it seems most logical for Horford to be eyeing a contending team as he tries to haul in an NBA championship. So, it makes sense that Sacramento might not be at the top of the 33-year-old’s list.