How to fix the Lakers

If there is one player that can drastically help the Los Angeles Lakers win a title this year, it is Rajon Rondo. Now, word today from Chris Broussard, is Rondo is being aggresively shopped. The Lakers covet a point guard like Rondo, so here is how the deal would have to work.

Los Angeles gets: Rajon Rondo, Jermaine O’Neal

Boston gets: Pau Gasol and Darius Morris

It even works with the ESPN Trade Machine so everything matches up with this deal. Here are the reasons both teams make this deal.

Los Angeles: It’s obvious. They want to land a top five point guard. (They had one in Chris Paul in the beginning of the season but David Stern nixed the deal). Trading Gasol frees up the money to acquire Rondo and build on him and Bynum as the cornerstones of the franchise for the next five years. Rondo currently averages right around ten assists per game and will make it easier for Bryant and Bynum to get open looks.

In addition, players such as Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace will be more involved in the offense. The Lakers take O’Neal back in this deal as well to bring back some size at PF to help with Murphy, McRoberts and Wallace along with the fact that O’Neal will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Boston:  The Celtics make this trade because they realize they are not contenders this season and want to sell their parts and rebuild ASAP. Broussard also mentions that the Celtics don’t trust Rondo as a cornerstone of an organization for years to come and would rather build around someone else. Gasol gives them a legitimate center who still has 2-3 good seasons left in him. Pairing him with Garnett gives them the best big men in the East.

Avery Bradley is more than ready to take over at the point guard position and the Celtics could have a chance to make a run with Bradley, Allen, Pierce, Garnett and Gasol. Or, they could decide to rebuild totally and ship off Pierce, Allen and Garnett more picks/players as well. But, Rondo will be the first domino to fall if/when the Celtics sell.

Overall, this deal works for both teams and should give both the opportunity to succeed in the near future.

Ryan Braun’s Suspension Overturned

National League MVP Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension was overturned Thursday by baseball arbitrator Shyam Das. Braun’s case marks the first time a player has successfully won a challenge in their positive drug test.

Braun was due into spring training tomorrow so it will help ease the media attention, at least a bit.

Braun released the following statement following the decision: “I am very pleased and relieved by today’s decision,” Braun said in a statement. “It is the first step in restoring my good name and reputation. We were able to get through this because I am innocent and the truth is on our side.

“We provided complete cooperation throughout, despite the highly unusual circumstances. I have been an open book, willing to share details from every aspect of my life as part of this investigation, because I have nothing to hide. I have passed over 25 drug tests in my career, including at least three in the past year.”

His attorney T.J. Quinn and Braun questioned the chain of custody and collection procedure. According to one source, the collector, after getting Braun’s sample, was supposed to take the sample to a FedEx Office for shipping. The collector thought FedEx was closed since it was late Saturday and felt the sample wouldn’t get shipped until Monday so he kept it with him over the weekend.

Policy states that the sample is supposed to get to FedEx as soon as possible.

Numerous clean athletes are furious with the latest issue in MLB’s Drug Testing system. Even some offenders of the drug policy are upset over the actions taken by the arbiter.

This will lead to more changes with the drug testing policy, you can be sure on that.

Jeff Carter Traded To Kings

The Columbus Blue Jackets have traded center Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft pick in either 2012 or 2013. If the Kings don’t make the playoffs, the pick is for 2013. If the Kings make the playoffs, the Blue Jackets can have the pick they desire.

Carter will now be reunited with forward Mike Richards, who was traded by the Flyers to the Kings last June.

During his young career, Johnson, a 25-year-old defencemen, has eight goals and 16 assists this season. In 343 NHL games, Johnson has 30 goals, 94 assists and 256 penalty minutes.

This is only the beginning of what could be a crazy NHL Trade Deadline.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter dies at 57

Gary Carter, the Hall of Fame catcher who helped the New York Mets win the 1986 World Series, died Thursday at age 57. The Carter family used this quote to address the public today.

“I am deeply saddened to tell you all that my precious dad went to be with Jesus today at 4:10 pm.,” his daughter Kimmy Bloemers wrote on the family’s website. “This is the most difficult thing I have ever had to write in my entire life but I wanted you all to know. He is in heaven and has reunited with his mom and dad. I believe with all my heart that dad had a STANDING OVATION as he walked through the gates of heaven to be with Jesus.”

Doctors found four brain tumors last May. After months of chemotherapy and other treatments, doctors believed everything was under control. Sadly, back in January, more tumors were found and this time, could not be treated.

Carter, was an 11-time All Star. He finished his 19-year career with a .262 average, 324 home runs and 1,225 RBIs. In addition, he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 after retiring in 1992.

AJ Burnett trade to Pirates “close”

After much speculation on a trade for AJ Burnett, it looks as though it may be finally completed by this weekend. Joel Sherman on the New York Post believes this trade will definitely be completed and Burnett will not be in Yankees camp when all players need to arrive next week.

Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York believes the Yankees will receive 13-15 million in salary relief in this deal. Also, he mentioned the Yankees will recieve grade A level prospects in return.

As a sidenote, ESPN learned that AJ Burnett rejected a trade to the Angels that would have given the Yankees Bobby Abreu. Burnett rejected the deal because his wife is afraid of flying and didn’t want to travel across the country.

Overall, say the Yankees get 14 million back on Burnett’s remaining 33 million dollars, the Pirates will pay 42 percent of his remaining deal. For a pitcher that has back to back seasons with an ERA of five, this is a steal for the Yankees. They will save approximately 7 million for the next two seasons and will use that money to go sign a DH (Ibanez/Damon) and a utility infielder in Eric Chavez.

When camp opens next week if the Yankees have subtracted Burnett and added Ibanez and Chavez, they completed a wonderful offseason.

 

Patriots Gronkowski has ankle surgery

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski had arthroscopic surgery on his ankle Friday, according to to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The recovery time is somewhere in the 10 week period.

Gronkowski suffered the injury in the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens. Bernard Pollard made the tackle after a Gronkowski reception and Gronk’s ankle was caught underneath him as they both fell to the ground. Pollard has been bad news for the Patriots as he has been part of the season ending injury to Tom Brady back in 2008. In addition, he was on the field for the play where Wes Welker tore his ACL and missed the 2009 playoffs.

This is more news that will affect Gronkowski. After claiming to be 100 percent in the Super Bowl, he turned out to be a major non factor catching only 2 passes for 26 yards. After the game he was seen dancing and jumping up and down during the Patriots post Super Bowl party.

Now comes word of surgery for Gronkowski after he stated that wouldn’t be necessary. Patriots fans cannot be happy with either bit of information. But, at least their owner seems to be ok with it.

“He’s a young single guy. I’m not sure that Rob … I think he does everything, and then some, that he’s asked to do as it relates to the locker room, the football field, the weight room. And he brings huge time, energy and passion to that.” Kraft stated.

He continued saying, “As 21- and 22-year-old guys grow up and mature, different things happen. He hasn’t broken any laws, he doesn’t do anything else. I think it’s hard to place value judgments on things that are personally right for different people.”

I bet this is just a cover. With his wife passing this year, this season meant more to him than most people know.

Chad OchoCinco Changes Name Again

You won’t be seeing this name on his jersey anymore. According to a report from TMZ.com, Chad OchoCinco is changing his last name back to Johnson. This is because he plans on marrying his “Basketball Wives” fiancee Evelyn Lozada in July in Florida.  You can see the report here. He plans to legally change his last name back to Johnson so Evelyn doesn’t have to take that last name when they tie the knot. Can you blame her?

The real issue for OchoCinco is whether or not he has a team to play for next season. After having only 15 receptions for 276 yards and a TD with the Patriots, he probably won’t be on their roster next season. The question is whether someone else thinks he still has enough left in the tank to be a real contributor.

I think a team who needs another piece to their offense would be a nice destination for OchoCinco (Johnson). He still can be somewhat of a deep threat and if he is figured into an offense, he could bring some coverage his way. Plus, he showed everyone he can mature and play a full season without being stupid.

Texans anyone? They would sure be a good fit in my opinion.