Monday Rumor Roundup 

December, 22, 2014
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It already has been a busy shopping season for the San Diego Padres, and next on the Christmas wish list could be a deal for Phillies ace Cole Hamels.

Would Pirates deal a shortstop? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Pittsburgh Pirates flew under the radar in the pursuit of Jung-Ho Kang, but they were the surprise winners in the bidding bid for the power-hitting Korean shortstop.

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How waiving Smith impacts Pistons 

December, 22, 2014
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The Detroit Pistons waived forward Josh Smith on Monday via the "Stretch Provision" and this transaction impacts the team in four areas.

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Where will J-Smoove land? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Detroit Pistons stunned the NBA on Monday with the announcement that forward Josh Smith was been released. The Pistons have been trying to trade Smith since he is not a good fit, but have found no takers willing to offer a good package. The Sacramento Kings where willing to take on Smith last summer, but they were offering a bunch of bad contracts that Detroit was unwilling to take on.

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Could Hamels land in San Diego? 

December, 22, 2014
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Do the San Diego Padres have room for another big ticket item as part of their Christmas spending spree?

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How can Saints help Brees for '15? 

December, 22, 2014
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The New Orleans Saints' relevance in 2014 was buoyed longer than it should have, thanks to the lousy play of every team in the NFC South, but their postseason hopes were formally dashed Sunday with a 30-14 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

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Checking in on Josh Gordon's struggles 

December, 22, 2014
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Fantasy owners who rolled the dice by drafting Josh Gordon as a lottery ticket back in September failed to get the playoff payoff for which we were hoping. He totaled 15 catches for 195 yards on 29 targets during his first two games, but he managed only nine receptions for 108 yards on 18 targets during the past three outings. He has yet to catch a touchdown in 2014.

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Brewers interested in Craig? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Boston Red Sox have a surplus of outfielders and would like to find a new home for Allen Craig who posted a dismal .215/.279/.315 slash line for the Cardinals and Red Sox.

A report last week by Jon Morosi had the Red Sox in “active” trade talks with at least one unidentified team. A big issue is the three years and $25.5 million left on Craig’s contract, along with an option for 2018.

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Brewers may have interest, but that is no guarantee. “There are so many teams who have mixed feelings on whether Craig will bounce back to be the hitter he was before last season,” Cafardo writes.

Craig can also play first base, but the Brewers filled that void by trading with Toronto for Adam Lind.

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Why rookies Gilbert, West were benched 

December, 22, 2014
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The Cleveland Browns may have stumbled and bumbled their way out of the playoff chase by losing three straight games heading into Week 16, but that didn't stop coach Mike Pettine from making a point with a pair of his rookies Sunday, despite losing one more game.

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Can Bosh return on Christmas day? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Miami Heat have been without starting center Chris Bosh for the last five games due to a strained calf and he's hoping to play on Christmas day against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Possible fits for Ryan Howard 

December, 22, 2014
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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro gets credit for candor last week, admitting that a parting of the ways with Ryan Howard may be best for both sides. But is there a market for a 35-year-old first baseman who had a career low .690 OPS last season?

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Time to sit Kobe Bryant? 

December, 22, 2014
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The idea of lowering Kobe Bryant's minutes has been up for discussion since the start of the season since this is his 19th year in the NBA and now head coach Byron Scott may actually follow through with that plan. In fact, he may sit Kobe Bryant for entire games moving forward, according to The Orange County Register.

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Andrea Bargnani scoffs at return to Europe 

December, 22, 2014
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Forward Andrea Bargnani has only played a few minutes this season due to lingering issues with a hamstring strain and a calf strain. Bargnani is feeling good and he should be available for game action soon. Bargnani was asked about his future on Sunday and he scoffed at the idea of going back to Europe next season, according to the New York Daily News

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Rugby star considering DET, SD? 

December, 22, 2014
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The Detroit Lions were among the teams showing interest in Australian rugby star Jarryd Hayne a few months ago and things have heated up in recent weeks between the two sides. However, Hayne had been working out in California, and the San Diego Chargers could get into the mix, too.

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Stephenson not an option for Pacers? 

December, 22, 2014
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Lance Stephenson is currently off the trade market, if the scuttlebutt out of Charlotte is true, since the team wants evaluate his future after he recovers from a nagging groin injury. A return to the Indiana Pacers has been the favorite speculation, but that is probably not an option for two reasons: 1) financial; 2) team chemistry.

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