Why it's time to bench Johnson, Vasquez 

January, 24, 2015
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The Toronto Raptors have a 4-8 record in their last 12 games and Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun believes head coach Dwane Casey needs to drop two players from the starting group. Those players are forward Amir Johnson and guard Greivis Vasquez.

Nate Wolters' extended stay with Pelicans 

January, 24, 2015
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UPDATE: The Pelicans officially signed Nate Wolters to a second 10-day contract, per the club website.

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The New Orleans Pelicans had two open roster positions 10 days ago after a trade. The team lacked depth in the backcourt at that time so they signed free agent point guard Nate Wolters. That 10-day contract expires on Friday and according to his agent, the Pelicans are planning to keep his client in the fold for another 10 days.


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Cavs in the market for a PG 

January, 24, 2015
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The Cleveland Cavaliers have an open roster spot and most followers of the team believe they will eventually bring in a point guard via free agency or trade. According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon-Journal , the Cavs may be looking at point guards currently playing in China.

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Kelly Olynyk's expected extended absence 

January, 24, 2015
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Kelly Olynyk sprained his right ankle during the fourth quarter of Thursday's game in Portland and he left the team on Friday so he could return to Boston for more tests. His head coach thinks the big man could be out for several weeks, according to ESPNBoston.com.

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Ever since Matthew Stafford had his shoulder surgically repaired in 2010, he hasn't missed a game, so his backup has been glued to the bench.

Still, the Detroit Lions want to be prepared in case Stafford is felled by an injury, and with backups Dan Orlovsky and Kellen Moore set for free agency, it's a position the Lions may address long term via the draft.

To that end, the Lions met with a pro prospect this week at the Senior Bowl.

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Could Shields land on South Beach? 

January, 24, 2015
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The Washington Nationals were already the frontrunners in the National League East even before the blockbuster deal with Max Scherzer. Could the Miami Marlins answer their division rival with a deal for James Shields?

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Possible fits for Rafael Soriano 

January, 24, 2015
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A number of free agent relievers are still available a month before spring training, including Rafael Soriano, the owner of 207 career saves.

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Will a Papelbon deal get done? 

January, 24, 2015
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The buzz around baseball on Friday had the Philadelphia Phillies engaged in discussions to send closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Milwaukee Brewers, although a trade is not believed to be imminent.

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Can Steelers fix their weak pass rush? 

January, 24, 2015
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The Pittsburgh Steelers' once vaunted defense has been fading in recent years. No longer dominant, they finished in the middle of the pack in yards and points allowed in 2014, but they finished 26th in sacks as they were unable to generate any sort of pass.

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Harris downplays Knicks speculation 

January, 23, 2015
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Back in mid-November there was plenty of speculation regarding the possibility of Tobias Harris going back home to sign a contract with the New York Knicks. Well, on Friday we get another item out of New York touching on that topic.

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Trading WR Wallace an option for MIA? 

January, 23, 2015
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Mike Wallace's future with the Miami Dolphins appears to be tenuous. He hasn't been thrilled with his usage and was benched for the second half of their season finale after getting into a verbal spat with a coach, but he is one of the top deep threats in the game; thus the conundrum.

If the Fins front office decides they no longer want the headache he sometimes gives them, they could try to trade him, but doing so may not be very realistic.

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Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sports a salary-cap hit of more than $23 million for the 2015 campaign, which means that the Arizona Cardinals front office will have to make a tough call on whether or how to keep him on the team next season.

As his contract stands now, it carries $14.4 million in dead money. So, while the Cards would save about $9 million in cap space by cutting him, he still would count heavily against it.

Nonetheless, Cardinals president Michael Bidwill borrowed a phrase from Aaron Rodgers Thursday when discussing Fitzgerald's contractual situation.

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No cap relief if Kobe's season is done 

January, 23, 2015
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Kobe Bryant suffered a right torn rotator cuff as he went up for a dunk during Wednesday's game in New Orleans. There is a chance Bryant's season will be over after visiting with the team doctor.

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Patriots to rework Mayo's contract? 

January, 23, 2015
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The New England Patriots aren't thinking about Jerod Mayo at the moment -- they have some bigger things on their agenda. But once "Deflategate" and the Super Bowl are in the rear-view mirror, they will have to start focusing on the offseason.

At that point, they will have to decide what to do with Mayo's hefty contract, since it will pack a punch to their 2015 salary-cap.

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What's next for Mirza Teletovic 

January, 23, 2015
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Forward Mirza Teletovic was forced out of Thursday's game against the Clippers due to shortness of breath. Teletovic went to the hospital and tests overnight were bad enough that his third season in the NBA is over.

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