More NBA Contract Talks, Goodell Touts an NFL Streaming Service, and More – Opinion

Two NBA stars go in different directions in contract talks, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wants to move to a “streaming service.” Let’s start with the NBA news.

NBA Roundup: 

James Harden, Philadelphia 76ers’ star guard signed a two-year deal to remain with the Sixers, but he took a $15 million pay cut to help improve the team’s roster. Harden has a burning desire to win a championship and this deal is an important step in the construction of a championship team.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has signed an extension to his contract worth approximately $122million for a two year period.

ESPN’s Zach Lowe spokeAbout the Kyrie–to-Lakers Trade Talks:

“[The Lakers]Guess what, AD and LeBron have the same team? That’s not enough to win the championship … you need Kyrie Irving … and Kyrie Irving, if you don’t get traded to the Lakers … you can sit at home just like you did for almost all of last season.”

Free-agent Frank Kaminsky agreedTo a one year deal with Atlanta Hawks

New York Knicks have released Taj Gibson, a veteran player. signOnce he has cleared waivers, he will be with the Washington Wizards

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban spokeJalen Brunson chooses the Knicks to the Mavs

“It really wasn’t about the money. We really didn’t get a chance to make an offer. It was Jalen’s choice … and I understand it.”

NFL Roundup:

Miami Dolphins notIn contract talks with Mike Gesicki. In 2022, he will most likely be on the franchise tag.

The Dallas Cowboys and tight end Dalton Schultz will “make another run” at a long-term contract extension.

It appears unlikely that the Cincinnati Bengals and safety Jessie Bates will agree on a long-term deal before next week’s deadline.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke about a “streaming service” in his interviewCNBC.

“I clearly believe we’ll be moving to a streaming service … The consumers want it,’ says Goodell of NFL direct to consumer service he says is in ‘early stage.’”

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Robby Anderson blamed the New York Jets for quarterback Sam Darnold’s struggles. Darnold will be competing with Baker Mayfield, the new Panthers quarterback.

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals’ legend wide receiver still believes in Kyler.

“Obviously, the schedule’s really tough early in the season I know they’re going to be without Hop, but I know Kyler has the ability and the fortitude to be able to lift this team up.”

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