With Hakeem Nicks having left the New York Giants as a free agent, Rueben Randle will have a wide-open opportunity to make a significant statistical mark in 2014 as the No. 2 receiving option behind Victor Cruz.
The main reason why the Minnesota Timberwolves are open to trading Kevin Love (for the right price) is that his current deal is guaranteed only through the 2014-15 campaign. He has a player option (worth $16.7 million) for 2015-16, which means he can choose to leave the Wolves and become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

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WR Torrey Smith is entering the final year of his rookie contract and, with a cap hit of just over $1 million, is an absolute bargain for the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens have said repeatedly that keeping him for the long term is a priority, but will they get a deal done before the season starts?

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After the Dallas Mavericks secured free-agent SF Chandler Parsons this offseason, the writing appeared to be on the wall for verteran SF Shawn Marion: if he intends to play again in the NBA, it won't be with the Mavs.

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Twice last season, Clay Matthews broke his right thumb. Although he took part in the Green Bay Packers' first training camp practice Saturday, after skipping all offseason sessions to rehab the digit, he has not fully recovered.

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Last season, only the Philadelphia 76ers were worse from beyond the arc than the Detroit Pistons, which converted only 32.1 percent. That's a major issue for president/coach Stan Van Gundy, whose offensive system takes advantage of 3-point bombers. So he has been busily at work trying to repair that hole in their roster.

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Nats asked about Beltre 

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The Washington Nationals reportedly were thinking big regarding a fill-in for third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

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The San Francisco Giants upped the ante in the National League West race, acquiring right-hander Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox on Saturday for a pair of minor league pitchers.

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One of the reasons the Milwaukee Brewers are in first place in the National League Central is Francisco Rodriguez, who has enjoyed a bounce-back season with 29 saves. But the 32-year-old right-hander has hit a rough patch of late, allowing three homers in his last six outings.

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According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin wants to see better decision making, better accuracy and more play making out of QB Ryan Tannehill this season.

Of course, there aren't many quarterbacks in the NFL who couldn't use some improvement in each of those categories, but Philbin suggested that he may put Tannehill's legs to work more this season to take advantage of those play-making skills.

"He’s got play-making ability," Philbin told Salguero. "But even there, we’re looking for more.

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The Mariners apparently are not done looking for offensive help after landing Kendrys Morales from the Twins on Thursday. Seattle has made an offer to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Drew Stubbs, reports Nick Groke of the Denver Post.

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Raptors: Lucas Nogueira update 

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When the Toronto Raptors gained the draft rights to Lucas Nogueira, the No. 16 pick in the 2013 NBA draft, via a trade with the Atlanta Hawks, they said the plan was to bring him over immediately. That is apparently the case according to Encestando.

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The Oakland Athletics are looking to part ways with Jim Johnson, designating the struggling reliever for assignment after his ERA ballooned to 7.14 following a rocky outing against the Astros on Wednesday.

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Carlos Boozer: Lakers starting SF? 

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The Los Angeles Lakers formally introduced Carlos Boozer to the local media on Friday and he's thrilled to be with his new team. The Lakers were awarded Boozer as they put in the highest bid of $3,251,000 after the Chicago Bulls waived him via the amnesty provision.

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Kings: Casspi returns via free agency 

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Shortly after the New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Omri Casspi there was talk the Sacramento Kings had a lot of interest. Well, that is exactly what happened as they signed him to a one-year, minimum contract after he cleared waivers on Friday.

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