After a few slow days in the sports world, there was big news from the NBA, as the NFL continues to dominate in the ratings and raked in billions in revenue last year. Let’s start with the NBA news.
The New York Knicks are looking to make a big splash with a trade for Utah Jazz star guard Donovan Mitchell. The hypothetical trade will send a whopping seven first-round picks, guards Evan Fournier and Quinten Grimes, as well as forward Cam Reddish. The Knicks will give a tremendous amount of draft picks; however, if they are able to add Mitchell, they will be able to form a formidable lineup. Jalen Brunson, Donovan Mitchell, RJ Barrett, Julius Randle, and Mitchell Robinson would be a tough lineup to match up against for many NBA teams. It will be interesting to see what the final deal will look like or if there will be a deal, but if the deal is finalized, the Knicks would be a competitive team, at the least.
According to ESPN’s NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, center Deandre Ayton agreed to a four-year, $133 million maximum offer sheet with the Indiana Pacers. The Phoenix Suns had 48 hours to match the largest offer sheet in NBA history. Shortly after, the Suns did match the offer sheet, but they could complete a sign-and-trade deal with the Pacers for center Myles Turner, although it seems like the Suns intend to keep Ayton.
The Suns made clear throughout free agency that the franchise intended to bring Ayton back – and were committed to spend in order to continue competing for a title around All-NBA star Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Ayton. Phoenix now goes approximately $15M into the tax. https://t.co/PCVHYtk6OH
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 15, 2022
The Utah Jazz made all veteran players available for trade, including sharpshooter Bojan Bogdanovic, several teams will be interested in trading for him.
Free agent guard Austin Rivers agreed to a one-year deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Following the Rudy Gobert trade, guard Patrick Beverley was included in the trade for Gobert, so the Timberwolves added Rivers to replace Beverley.
In 2010, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell set a total revenue goal of $25 billion by 2027. The NFL generated $11 billion in revenue in 2021.
Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns right tackle Mitchell Schwartz officially announced that he is retiring from the NFL. Schwartz was a four-time all-pro selection and won Super Bowl LIV with Kansas City.
As RedState’s Brad Slager reported Thursday, the NFL is set to announce its Sunday ticket service will move to a streaming platform. There are three suitors for the league rights: Apple, Disney, and Amazon.
New England Patriots traded wide receiver N’Keal Harry to the Chicago Bears. Harry preferred a fresh start and he will look to be the top wide receiver for the team. He is an excellent addition for young quarterback Justin Fields.