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Monday, December 10, 2018

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Report: Lakers among at least eight teams interested in Trevor Ariza

Trevor Ariza

The Los Angeles Lakers are said to have interest in adding Trevor Ariza when he becomes eligible to be traded, but it sounds like the Phoenix Suns are going to have no shortage of offers for the veteran forward.

According to John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 in Phoenix, the Lakers are one of at least eight teams that have expressed interest in acquiring Ariza. He adds that the Suns have not gotten close to an agreement with LA and have no interest in adding Kentavioous Caldwell-Pope.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Sunday that the Suns and Lakers are trying to involve a third team in trade talks, so Phoenix probably would not end up with Caldwell-Pope even if he was involved in the deal. Still, the Lakers are going to have to put together a fairly solid offer if almost every contending team wants to add Ariza.

Ariza can traded beginning on Dec. 15, which is the first day of eligibility for players who signed free agent contracts last summer. There was some talk that one of LeBron James’ ex-teammates did him a favor that allowed the Lakers to land ex-Suns big man Tyson Chandler, but that is far less likely to happen with Ariza. The demand for the 33-year-old is simply too high.

Dolphins already have decoration at stadium commemorating ‘Miami Miracle’

The Miami Dolphins pulled off one of their most dramatic victories in franchise history on Sunday, and they are already committed to getting as much mileage out of it as possible.

Less than 24 hours after they somehow scored a 69-yard touchdown to defeat the New England Patriots as time expired, the Dolphins added a graphic to an elevator at Hard Rock Stadium that shows Kenyan Drake capping off the “Miami Miracle.”

The historic ending may have been made possible by a very uncharacteristic mistake from Bill Belichick, but that only makes it sweeter for Miami fans. For a franchise that has been dominated by the Patriots for nearly 20 years, referencing the “Miami Miracle” whenever possible is not going to get old anytime soon.

D-Backs reportedly not blowing up roster despite Paul Goldschmidt trade

Zack Greinke

The Diamondbacks made one of the biggest splashes of the MLB offseason when they traded star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt to the St. Louis Cardinals, but that move was apparently not the start of a total rebuild in Arizona.

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the D-Backs have received interest in all of their players since they dealt Goldschmidt, but they do not plan to hold a fire sale.

That sounds like posturing more than anything. It’s hard to convince teams you plan on trying to contend in 2019 when you just traded away arguably your best player, so that is probably Arizona’s way of letting teams know they have not entered desperation mode. If they traded Goldschmidt, they are almost certainly willing to at least listen to inquiries about any player on their roster.

We already have heard numerous reports that the Diamondbacks are working hard to trade Zack Greinke, though they may have to eat some of his contract to do that. There are likely some players on their roster that they envision being part of their future, but the D-Backs are obviously willing to go through some huge changes. They don’t have to label it a “teardown,” but their offseason activity thus far tells the story.

LeSean McCoy reportedly considered day-to-day with hamstring injury

LeSean McCoy

LeSean McCoy has dealt with hamstring injuries at various points throughout his career, and the Buffalo Bills running back suffered another during Sunday’s loss to the New York Jets.

McCoy underwent an MRI on Monday, and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports that he has been diagnosed with a strain. He is considered day-to-day.

While that isn’t the worst news, any hamstring issue for McCoy is a concern given the severity of the ones he has dealt with in the past. He’s also 30 and is having the worst season of his career, so the Bills might end up taking that into consideration.

McCoy is set to count roughly $9 million against the salary cap in 2019, but the Bills insist they are not looking to part ways with him. However, he is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry this season and clearly on the downside of his career. If McCoy can’t stay healthy, it would not be a surprise if the team has a change of heart this spring.

Giants coach offers update on Odell Beckham’s quad injury

Odell Beckham Jr was surprisingly unable to travel to Washington with the New York Giants on Sunday because of a quad injury, and the team is hoping the star wide receiver will only have to miss one game.

On Monday, Pat Shurmur said Beckham came in “feeling a lot better” than he was over the weekend. However, the Giants coach would not commit to Beckham’s status for Week 15 one way or the other.

Beckham himself also acknowledged that he is feeling a bit better, but he made it clear there is still room to improve.

While the Giants are just 5-8 and set to miss the playoff again, Beckham has had an outstanding season. He already has over 1,000 yards receiving and has caught six touchdown passes, but there’s no reason to risk anything in what is essentially a lost season.

Missouri DE Tre Williams arrested on suspicion of domestic assault

Missouri is preparing to take on Oklahoma State in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve, but they may end up being without sophomore defensive end Tre Williams after he was arrested over the weekend.

Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Williams was arrested on suspicion of second-degree domestic assault on Sunday morning. Columbia Police Department spokesman Jeff Pitts said the arrest came after officers responded to a report of a verbal assault turning physical at around 1:45 a.m. The victim said she was driving when Williams became physically aggressive with her, and the police report stated that physical evidence was consistent with the description the woman gave of what happened.

Missouri coach Barry Odom said in a statement Monday that the team and university are aware of the arrest and have suspended Williams.

“We were made aware of the situation yesterday, and Tre was immediately suspended indefinitely from all team activities,” Odom said. “We will provide an update if his status changes.”

Williams posted bond of $4,500 and was released on Sunday. The redshirt sophomore started six games for the Tigers this season and recorded 2.5 sacks and 20 total tackles. He also has five tackles for loss.

Nuggets announce they have signed Nick Young

Nick Young snapchat

Nick Young has been looking for an opportunity to continue his playing career since the offseason, and a team has finally decided to add him to the mix.

The Denver Nuggets announced on Monday that they have signed Young to a contract.

Young won a championship ring with the Golden State Warriors last year. He averaged 7.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game during the regular season and played just 10.3 minutes per game in the playoffs.

Prior to joining the Warriors, Young spent four seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. The 33-year-old appeared to offer his services to his former team in a tweet earlier this season, but he should be pleased to be joining another contender. The Nuggets are off to a 17-9 start and look like one of the better teams in the Western Conference to this point.

Leonard Fournette seen on video threatening fan during loss to Titans

Leonard Fournette

Leonard Fournette has already been suspended one game by the NFL this season for his role in an in-game fight, and he will likely be hearing from the league again after he got into it with a fan during last week’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.

In a video that was obtained by TMZ, Fournette was shown arguing with a Titans fan during “Thursday Night Football.” At one point, the Jacksonville Jaguars running back told the fan he’s “too old” to be heckling players and challenged him to come down to the field so he can “beat your a–.”

“Facts, you’re too old for that. You’re too old for that,” Fournette said, according to TMZ. “Chill out. I’m not worried about you. You want to come down here? I’ll whoop your a–.”

The Jaguars are 4-9 after falling one play short of reaching the Super Bowl last year, so you can understand why they are frustrated. Fournette has also dealt with injuries that have limited him to just six games, and he was ejected from a recent game and then suspended for throwing a swing at an opponent and having it out with him in the tunnel.

At the very least, Fournette will probably be fined for cursing at the fan. It’s never a good look to clap back at opposing fans, especially when your team is struggling so badly.