Warriors passed on Afflalo deal? 

August, 22, 2014
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In a story today by Ric Bucher of BleacherReport.com centered around Klay Thompson reportedly being unhappy about being tossed around this summer in trade talks involving Kevin Love, there is another nugget in there regarding a move Golden State could have made with Orlando for Arron Afflalo.

'Bell cow' role for Muscle Hamster? 

August, 22, 2014
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As a rookie, Doug Martin cranked out 1,910 yards and a dozen touchdowns, while averaging 4.6 yards per carry and 9.6 yards per catch. Last season, he averaged only 3.6 yards per carry and 5.5 yards per catch in six games before his season ended due to an injury.

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It's never too early to look ahead, and that's a big part of what we do here at Rumor Central, so lets turn our attention to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Will a new-look Lakers team with Byron Scott running the show, Kobe Bryant back on the court and new additions like Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle be enough to contend for a playoff spot in the Western Conference next season?

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Gardenhire to return for 2015? 

August, 22, 2014
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The Minnesota Twins sit firmly in last place in the American League Central, and are facing the possibility of a fourth consecutive season with 66 or fewer wins. That lack of recent success certainly raises the question as to whether or not the time has come for a change of leadership in the dugout.

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Pelicans over injury woes? 

August, 22, 2014
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Injuries shortened the seasons of the New Orleans Pelicans' nucleus last season, from Anthony Davis (ankle, back) to Jrue Holiday (leg) to Eric Gordon (knee) to Ryan Anderson (neck).

Davis is over the ankle and back troubles that cost him 15 games in his second NBA season, but what about the others?

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How Bernard James signing impacts Mavs 

August, 22, 2014
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By resigning 29-year-old center Bernard James, the Dallas Mavericks have 15 players with fully guaranteed contracts for next season -- the limit during the regular season.

That could make it a bigger challenge for a couple of forwards to make the roster.

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Will Jason Terry play for the Kings? 

August, 22, 2014
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After Jason Terry was traded from Brooklyn to Sacramento in a trade deadline deal this past February, he stayed in Dallas to rehab his injured knee and didn't appear in a single game for the Kings.

There has been some doubt whether Terry, entering the final year of his deal that pays him $5.45 million in 2014-15, will ever play for Sacramento. So where do things stand now with training camp already looming?

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Mets still looking for shortstop? 

August, 22, 2014
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The New York Mets are likely to spend the rest of the 2014 season trying to figure out if either Ruben Tejada or Wilmer Flores is indeed the long-term answer at the shortstop position. So far, the pair have combined to hit just .229 on the year.

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Projecting the new-look Wolves rotation 

August, 22, 2014
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Minnesota may not win many games next season without Kevin Love on its roster, but by adding Philadelphia to the deal and landing Thaddeus Young without giving up Anthony Bennett, the Timberwolves have no shortage of talent. Still, we're talking about a team projected by the ESPN Forecast panel to finish near the very bottom of the Western Conference in 2014-15.

Here's an early look at what the Wolves projected rotation under Flip Saunders.

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Is Vick OK with being a backup? 

August, 22, 2014
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Although there was supposed to be a quarterback competition between Geno Smith and Michael Vick, it never came to fruition. Smith is going to start in Week 1 for the New York Jets, and Vick never really made an on-field case to convince coach Rex Ryan otherwise.

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(UPDATE: According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, following a successful Thursday throwing session, "Joaquin Benoit looks as if he will avoid the disabled list. The right-hander... could return to game action as soon as Friday." However, the smallest setback would likely result in a quick decision to indeed send Benoit to the DL.)

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Cuddyer staying in Colorado? 

August, 22, 2014
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After hitting for the cycle on Sunday, there had been some rumors that perhaps the Colorado Rockies were going to move Michael Cuddyer to a contender. However, a hamstring injury to the outfielder seems to have sent any chance of a deal right out the window.

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During the first two Cincinnati Bengals preseason games, Giovani Bernard led the way for their backfield, followed by veteran BenJarvus Green-Ellis and then rookie Jeremy Hill.

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Will Votto be back? 

August, 22, 2014
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With no timetable set for his return and his team falling lower and lower in the standings, could the Cincinnati Reds simply decide to shut Joey Votto down for the remainder of the season and hope his injuries heal in time for the start of 2015?

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Might Manziel play alongside Hoyer? 

August, 22, 2014
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So, Brian Hoyer will be under center this weekend for the Cleveland Browns' third preseason tilt and Week 1 of the regular season. The general expectation is that Hoyer will get a three-week test run leading up to their Week 4 bye, at which point things may be reassessed, and Johnny Manziel could get a shot at displacing the veteran for Week 5.

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