NHL arbitration: Calvin de Haan signs one-year deal with Islanders

Calvin de Haan and the Islanders avoided arbitration Wednesday, but the one-year agreement could be the beginning of the end of the defenseman’s tenure with the club. A career-long Islander since being selected in the first round, 12th overall, in 2009, de Haan is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

The two sides were far apart on their arbitration numbers. de Haan sought $5 million in 2017-18 while the Isles countered at $1.95 million. They reportedly settled at $3.3 million on the one-year deal, close to the midway point.

Thornton had surgery to repair his knee in late April, and his expected recovery time means he’s unlikely to return to the ice until around the start of next season.

Wilson told reporters when the team announced the injuries in April, You see a player play with that type of injury, it tells you all you need to know about him.

That injury situation, along with Thornton’s age and salary, led the Sharks to leave their longtime star unprotected in the recent NHL Expansion Draft. He scored 50 points last season, a far cry from his career-high of 114 points 10 years ago, but his experience not to mention his popularity with fans will continue to be an asset for the Sharks.

Thornton has 1,391 career points, which ranks 23rd in NHL history. His 1,007 career assists rank 13th on the career list and his 937 points in a Sharks uniform ranks behind only Patrick Marleau (1,082 points).

Thornton’s signing comes on the same day Mr. Shark, Patrick Marleau, signed a three-year deal with the Maple Leafs to end his 19-year run in San Jose.

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NBA free agency rumors: Kyle Lowry too smart not to realize he needs Raptors

Kyle Lowry is no dummy.

This is a guy who has been in the NBA for 11 years, who was the 24th pick in the 2006, just behind Josh Boone and well behind his Villanova teammate, sixth pick Randy Foye. Lowry had to battle Mike Conley for playing time in his early days in Memphis, and he did not come upon his first major NBA contract until he re-signed with the Raptors in the summer of 2014, inking a four-year deal worth $48 million.

During its history, First Take has often gone on the road during big sporting events like the NBA Finals and the Super Bowl.

Since I started working on this program, I’ve been amazed and impressed by the fact that when we take this show on the road, there are several hundred people waiting as early as three or four hours before the program even starts in line just to get in and get a seat in the studio, most recently during the NFL Draft in Philadelphia. We expect that will be the case in Oakland, Cleveland or, in the case of Boston, if the Celtics pull of what people consider would be a major upset of the Cavs, Roberts said. It gives talent an opportunity to interact with fans.

If you’ve ever experienced it in person, it’s just like one big party going on. There’s several hundred to a thousand people sitting in the audience just enjoying themselves. The talent really enjoys it as well.

If Portland keeps all three picks, another $4 million would be added to the cap, which means $10 million more in tax payments. That could be deferred by choosing overseas players who remain out of the NBA next season.

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NBA Draft rumors: Potential Sixers-Celtics trade will reveal Danny Ainge’s plan

How long a game is Danny Ainge playing, anyway?

That’s the question coming out of the reported deal between the Sixers, who hold the third overall pick in this year’s draft, and the Celtics, who have the top pick. Dealing away the top pick likely means Boston will pass on the draft’s consensus best player, Washington guard Markelle Fultz. But it will set up the Celtics to choose Kansas small forward Josh Jackson, should they wind up with the No. 3 pick.

All they had to do was… hit 13 3-pointers in the first half and 24 for the game, both finals bests. Cleveland shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc for the game.

All they had to do was… tie the franchise-record for most points scored by a trio in a playoff game with Kyrie Irving (40), LeBron James (31) and Kevin Love (23) combining for 94.

All they had to do was… limit Stephen Curry, a two-time MVP who’d been averaging 28.6 points per game in three finals contests prior to Game 4 to 13 points. It was Curry’s worst scoring output in these playoffs. He went 4 of 13 from the field (30.8 percent), and 2 of 9 from 3-point range (22.9 percent), also lows for this postseason.

The three-year rule is especially pertinent under the current CBA. With rookies locked into four-year contracts, teams have the 2017 season to decide whether their 2014 draft picks are worth keeping around. They also need to make a decision on their first-round picks, who are eligible for a fifth-year option in 2018 but could also see a massive extension if they’re good enough.

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When is NBA Draft 2017? Date, time, draft order, how to watch

The 2017 NBA Draft has already been shaken up by a blockbuster trade between the Celtics and 76ers, which gave Philadelphia the No. 1 pick and, presumably, Markelle Fultz.

That, of course, shook up our latest NBA mock draft, which now projects the Celtics to draft SF Josh Jackson at No. 3. That assumes the Lakers still take UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball at No. 2, but Ball to the hometown Lakers may not even be a lock.

Green trolled James at the Warriors’ championship parade Thursday with a Quickie shirt (using the same Q as seen on the outside of Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena) after James sported an Ultimate Warrior look at the Cavs’ parade in 2016.

James responded with a that’s what she said joke on Instagram. It didn’t take long for Green to fire back with a comment on James’ newly shaved head, saying Them Dubs finally made him go bald!

From Romania, he was able to fly to London and with the help of Homeland Security, the State Department and others, he was able to fly back to the United States.

While that headache is over, Kanter’s struggles still continue. He’s still receiving death threats and says he hasn’t spoken to his parents in a little over a year. He wants to be a voice for others who may not have the same stage he does as a professional basketball player.

I’m getting death threats almost every day, still, Kanter told CBS. I believe when I leave this set, when I leave this room, I’m going to keep getting death threats, but you know what? I stand by what I believe.

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NBA Finals 2017: Cavaliers must make long list of fixes ahead of Game 2

After taking a 113-91 beatdown by the Warriors in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, the Cavaliers believe they have a recipe to turn things around in Game 2. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe, though, and cooking it all up won’t be easy.

Among those ingredients: Turn the ball over less, play better transition defense, be more physical, get better production from role players and get in a better frame of mind.

That’s a pretty long list. Let’s look at each point.

Turnovers. In Game 1, The Cavaliers committed 20 turnovers that led to 21 Warriors points; Golden State turned the ball over just four times. The 16-turnover difference is the largest in an NBA Finals since at least 1970-71, when Elias Sports Bureau starting keeping track, per cleveland.com.

Before the series even started, Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue knew turnovers would spell disaster for his squad. If we’re turning the ball over, we’re dead, Lue said.

Mentally, you must be strong to come back from an injury like this, Parker told French website RMC Sport, translated via NBC Sports. I do not want people to think it was my last game, that I was not going to come back, because in my head, I will come back.

I hope that the Spurs will offer me a final contract. I will be entering my final contract year, it will be the first time in my career that I will be free agent. I’ve already said it several times, I want to play three more seasons, do the 20 seasons with the Spurs, and I think it’s two decades. I want to continue to perform well on the floor.

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