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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart seem happy about trade to Pelicans

Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart seem to be happy about their trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Ingram posted a smiley face emoji on his Instagram Story not long after news of his trade to the Pelicans was reported.

Hart was also smiling on his Instagram Story:

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday that the Los Angeles Lakers traded Ingram, Hart, Lonzo Ball and three first-round draft picks to the Pelicans for Anthony Davis.

Though Ingram had plenty of playing time with the Lakers, he has been a part of trade rumors for nearly two years and may find a measure of relief in finally seeing that come to an end. The same goes for Hart, who also may see an opportunity for more playing time now.

Only 21, Ingram is recovering from thoracic outlet decompression surgery in March. He was the No. 2 overall pick in 2016 and averaged 18.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season, his third in the league.

Hart is returning from knee surgery. He was a first-round pick by the Lakers in 2017 and averaged 7.8 points per game last season.

Pelicans reportedly open to trading No. 4 pick in draft

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The New Orleans Pelicans may not be done making big trades.

News broke on Saturday that the Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade that will send Anthony Davis to to the Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and three first-round picks. One of those picks includes the No. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft, which the Pelicans are reportedly open to dealing.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski says the Pelicans are already receiving interest from teams looking to trade up for the No. 4 pick.

LA Times Lakers reporter Brad Turner adds that the Pelicans are looking into trading that pick.

New Orleans already has the No. 1 overall pick and is expected to take Zion Williamson. The Grizzlies are expected to take Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick, and there is some belief the Knicks will take RJ Barrett third. That would leave the team picking fourth with the option of anyone else who is available — guys like Darius Garland, Jarrett Culver, and De’Andre Hunter, to name a few.

New Orleans is in a good spot to rebuild their team even after losing Davis.

Report: LaVar Ball visibly upset after learning son was traded to Pelicans

LaVar Ball Crying Jordan

LaVar Ball did not have the best reaction upon learning his son had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to one observer.

Los Angeles-area high school sports reporter Dylan Stewart tweeted that LaVar was at the Drew League Saturday to watch youngest son LaMelo play and looked visibly upset upon hearing the trade news announced.

His video reaction was shared on social media.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news on Saturday that Lonzo Ball had been traded to the Pelicans as part of a package to acquire Anthony Davis. Lonzo, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three draft picks are going to New Orleans for Davis.

LaVar, the outspoken father of Lonzo, had previously cautioned the Lakers against trading his son.

LaVar’s vision included all three of his sons playing on the Lakers. While the Lakers did draft Lonzo No. 2 overall in 2017, they ended up trading him as part of the package to acquire Davis as they aim to seize a window of opportunity next season, spoiling Ball’s vision.

What’s interesting is what will happen with Lonzo in New Orleans; LaVar previously indicated he did not want his son playing there. Will they try to force a trade or give it a chance since the Pelicans’ future is looking positive with Zion Williamson and the No. 4 pick coming?

New Orleans Pelicans tweet reaction to Anthony Davis trade

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The New Orleans Pelicans are off and running this offseason, starting with a major trade of Anthony Davis that was agreed to on Saturday.

The Pelicans agreed to trade Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, and three first-round draft picks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Pelicans seemed to confirm the trade on Twitter by tweeting a video of the Joker character from Batman saying “and here we go.”

This is the start of a major offseason for the Pelicans as they look to rebuild their team. The only player they have under contract long term is Jrue Holiday. They will likely be adding Zion Williamson in the draft, which will give them a great core. On top of that, they have added Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart, and they will have the opportunity to add another major player with the No. 4 pick. Plus they’ll have two future first-round picks from the Lakers to add.

David Griffin is doing major work in laying a foundation for the Pelicans during his first month on the job as their franchise leader.

OJ Simpson joins Twitter, says ‘I killed her’ after seeming to get hacked

OJ Simpson

OJ Simpson officially joined Twitter on Friday night and has already made headlines for some of his messages.

Simpson’s first tweet contained a video message he recorded for his followers. In his video, he said he had some “getting even to do.”

His second tweet is what caught everyone’s attention. He tweeted “I killed her.”

His other tweets that followed included him using the N-word and asking where the b—– at. It looked as if he had been hacked.

Simpson seemingly launching his Twitter account comes the week of the 25th anniversary of the murder of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and Ronald Goldman.

The Juice has been out of prison since his release on Oct. 1, 2017 due to parole. He was imprisoned for nine years due to felony kidnapping and armed robbery. He was acquitted in 1994 for the murders of Brown Simpson and Goldman in a highly-publicized court case

Lyoto Machida beats Chael Sonnen with two big flying knees

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida beat Chael Sonnen via second-round TKO during their fight at Bellator 222 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Machida knocked Sonnen to the ground in the first round with a big flying knee and dominated him the rest of the round. He caught him again with a flying knee in the second that effectively ended the fight.

The official time of the stoppage was 22 seconds into the second round.

The win marked Machida’s fourth in a row and makes him 26-8 in his career. Sonnen’s defeat ended his fifth fight with Bellator. He went 2-3 during his five-fight deal and announced after his loss that he was retiring.

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Chael Sonnen retires from MMA after loss to Lyoto Machida

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA following his loss to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222 in New York on Friday night.

Sonnen lost via second-round TKO after being knocked down by a flying knee and becoming unable to defend himself. He was interviewed after his fight and announced his retirement.

“I’ve got one thing to say. I had a hell of a lot of fun. I had a good run. Scott Coker gave me a 5-fight deal. He let me honor all five fights, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m walking out. I appreciate the memories, and goodbye,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen laid down his gloves in the ring, which is a tradition for fighters upon retirement after a fight.

The 42-year-old ends his career 31-17-1.

Beyond his trash talk, he is perhaps best known as a fighter for his two-fight series with Anderson Silva. Their first fight in 2010 went five rounds before Sonnen tapped and earned Fight of the Year honors. It came at a time when Silva was at his peak and considered invincible.

Sonnen beat the likes of Shogun Rua, Yushin Okami, Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson during his career.

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Patrick McCaw is living it up after winning third title in three seasons

Patrick McCaw

There is one common thread to the past three NBA championship teams, and it’s not what you would think. Patrick McCaw has been on the championship team each of the past three seasons.

McCaw played 71 for the Golden State Warriors as a rookie and won the title in 2017. He played 57 games for them the following season when they won it all, making it 2-for-2. As if that weren’t enough, he was waived by the Cleveland Cavaliers in January and claimed by the Raptors, who went on to win the title this year.

So how does McCaw feel about being a 3-time NBA champion in his three seasons in the league? He showed his mood on Instagram Friday:

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McCaw is almost halfway to a Horry and at 23 still has plenty of time to match Big Shot Bob’s mark of seven.