Ike's role in Pittsburgh 

April, 19, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates needed an upgrade at first base and Ike Davis needed a change of scenery. The two sides finally came together Friday night when the Bucs acquired Davis from the New York Mets for or pitcher Zack Thornton and a player to be named.

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The Detroit Lions' top needs arguably are at wide receiver and safety. Early on this offseason, we saw wideouts Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans connected to the Lions in the first round of mock drafts. However, their draft stocks have increased to the point where neither of them may be available at No. 10.

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The Sacramento Kings have made it no secret that they'd like to re-sign Isaiah Thomas and keep him for the foreseeable future, and that appears to be fine by Thomas -- a restricted free agent this summer.

“I would love to stay,” Thomas said in Friday's Sacramento Bee. “I don’t like change of scenery. I don’t like change, so I would love to stay. I’ve been here for three years and it would be great to be here for awhile. But you never know what will happen.”

It's that last part that has to be concerning for the Kings, because there are at least two teams that could go after Thomas with a big offer sheet.

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Kings willing to pay to keep Gay? 

April, 18, 2014
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According to a report Friday, the Sacramento Kings hope to bring back Rudy Gay for next season.

The 27-year-old Gay averaged 20.1 points in 55 games with the Kings this season and posted a career-high 18.40 PER in the process, but he can become an unrestricted free agent if he opts out of his contract that is due to pay him $19.3 million next season.

According to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee, though, the Kings will try to keep him even if Gay opts out.

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Did Peyton, Gase violate CBA? 

April, 18, 2014
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Per ESPN Alabama/SEC reporter Alex Scarborough, Nick Saban hosted Peyton Manning and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase last week for two days.

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Where James Young is drafted 

April, 18, 2014
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Kentucky lost a freshman to the NBA on Thursday as athletic swingman James Young made his jump to the league official.

The Wildcats are still awaiting decisions from projected lottery pick Julius Randle as well as twins Aaron Harrison and Andrew Harrison, Dakari Johnson and Alex Poythress, while Willie Cauley-Stein has already announced his decision to return to UK for a third season.

So where can we expect to hear Young's name called on draft day this June? Here's the latest.

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Is Carlos Santana hurt? 

April, 18, 2014
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After going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts on Thursday, Carlos Santana of the Cleveland Indians has now had only two hits in his last 32 at-bats, good -- or, rather, bad -- for a .063 batting average since April 8.

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Bigger year for Rondo in 2014-15? 

April, 18, 2014
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Rajon Rondo averaged 11.7 points, 9.8 assists and 5.5 rebounds in the 30 games this season after returning from ACL surgery, showing much of the same skills that he did prior to the devastating knee injury.

With the 28-year-old point guard now ready for a full offseason rest and rehab, both Danny Ainge and Brad Stevens envision a big season for Rondo in 2014-15.

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Chemistry the culprit in Detroit? 

April, 18, 2014
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To say that the Detroit Pistons underachieved this season would be a massive understatement.

The offseason additions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings were supposed to make the Pistons one of the most exciting teams in the league, but things started rocky and never improved as the team struggled through a miserable 29-53 season.

Was chemistry the culprit in this downright disappointing campaign?

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ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter tweeted Friday morning that, "49ers are not expected to pick up the fifth-year option on LB Aldon Smith's contract, per league source."

Read on for some thoughts on Smith's short- and long-term future with the Niners.
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The San Francisco 49ers have been extremely patient with Aldon Smith and his off-field problems, but with his recent arrest at LAX and a trial on gun charges and a DUI coming up April 29, he is on thin ice with the NFL.

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Nash's role for next season 

April, 18, 2014
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If Steve Nash ends up taking the court next season, he understands that his role could be more limited.

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Offseason key for Richardson? 

April, 18, 2014
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Trent Richardson is supposed to be a star franchise running back, since, in essence, he is worth two first-round picks. That's because the Cleveland Browns drafted him third overall in 2012 and the Indianapolis Colts gave up their 2014 first-rounder to acquire him in September. Thus far, though, he's been a complete bust for the Colts, as he mustered just 458 yards on 157 carries (2.9 YPC) last season.

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With new ownership taking over in Milwaukee, there's no guarantee that Bucks coach Larry Drew will be back next season after a league-worst 15-67 record in 2013-14.

But one person who will be back is Giannis Antetokounmpo, who showed great promise as a rookie and is set to take part in the Las Vegas summer league following the June draft. Here's what Drew says the Greek Freak will have to improve upon heading into next season.

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Why Mike Brown will return 

April, 18, 2014
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Mike Brown had a lot of critics this season due to the lackluster play from the team, which ended up with them back in the lottery. Despite the poor season, Brown has received backing from several players.

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