Clipprs’ Frank on Morris: ‘We obviously depend on his scoring, shooting ability, and defensive versatility’

The Los Angeles Clippers have re-signed free agent Marcus Morris Sr., the team announced on Wednesday.

According to reports, it’s a four-year, $64 million deal. 

“We are delighted that Marcus has chosen to continue his career with the Clippers,” President of Basketball Operations Lawrence Frank said. “We obviously depend on his scoring, shooting ability, and defensive versatility. With his experience, toughness, and team-first approach, we will look to him as a leader as well.”

The Clippers acquired Morris, 31, during the 2019-20 season from the New York Knicks. He appeared in 19 games as a Clipper, averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in 28.9 minutes. In the 2020 NBA Playoffs, Morris shot a playoff career-high 47.5 percent from behind the arc and averaged 11.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 29.8 minutes.

Before joining the Clippers, the nine-year veteran appeared in 43 games for the Knicks and averaged career-highs in points (19.6), three-pointers made (2.7), and three-point field goal percentage (43.9). 

Morris was a valuable contributor for the Clippers last season. You could argue that the Clippers may have overpaid for Morris, but when you consider how much this team gave up in terms of draft picks(Paul George trade), Los Angeles has to go for it all, and bringing Morris backs helps the Clippers do just that, and while losing Montrezl Harrell to the Lakers was a blow for the Clippers, replacing him with Serge Ibaka might have been an upgrade, especially on the defensive end. Just like last season, it appears the Clippers and Lakers will be battling it out for supremacy in the Western Conference, which should be a lot of fun.

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Mahomes leads all players in Pro Bowl voting by fans

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes, with 143,355 votes, leads all players​​ in balloting for the 2021 Pro Bowl.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson (139,839 votes) ranks second overall, while Minnesota running back DALVIN COOK (131,875 votes), Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce (127,868 votes) and Arizona wide receiver DeAndre Hopkin (127,039 votes) round out the top five.

Two of the top five vote-getters – Mahomes and Cook – are age 25 while six first- or second-year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

The PITTSBURGH STEELERS lead all clubs in total votes received. The KANSAS CITY CHIEFS, SEATTLE SEAHAWKS, GREEN BAY PACKERS and BUFFALO BILLS round out the current top five.

Fan voting for the 2021 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones at NFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 17.

During the final two weeks of 2021 Pro Bowl voting – December 1-17 – fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Roster selections are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 18.

The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995. The roster reveal will be aired on NFL Network in late December.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-FIVE VOTE-GETTERS

POS.

NAME

TEAM

VOTES

QB

Patrick Mahomes

Kansas City Chiefs

 143,355

QB

Russell Wilson

Seattle Seahawks

 139,839

RB

Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings

 131,875

TE

Travis Kelce

Kansas City Chiefs

 127,868

WR

DeAndre Hopkins

Arizona Cardinals

 127,039

NFL PRO BOWL MOST VOTES BY TEAM

TEAM

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kansas City Chiefs

Seattle Seahawks

Green Bay Packers

Buffalo Bills

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

POS.

CONF.

NAME, TEAM

VOTES

QB

AFC

Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City

143,355

DE

AFC

Myles Garrett, Cleveland

95,374

QB

NFC

Russell Wilson, Seattle

139,839

DE

NFC

Brian Burns, Carolina

50,054

RB

AFC

Derrick Henry, Tennessee

126,799

DT

AFC

Chris Jones, Kansas City

54,987

RB

NFC

Dalvin Cook, Minnesota

131,875

DT

NFC

Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams

83,143

FB

AFC

Andy Janovich, Cleveland

50,640

OLB

AFC

T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh

69,924

FB

NFC

Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco

112,798

OLB

NFC

Khalil Mack, Chicago

47,689

WR

AFC

Stefon Diggs, Buffalo

109,537

ILB

AFC

Zach Cunningham, Houston

27,731

WR

NFC

DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona

127,039

ILB

NFC

Devin White, Tampa Bay

78,750

TE

AFC

Travis Kelce, Kansas City

127,868

CB

AFC

Marlon Humphrey, Baltimore

53,821

TE

NFC

T.J. Hockenson, Detroit

54,312

CB

NFC

Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans

31,053

T

AFC

Mekhi Becton, New York Jets

41,193

SS

AFC

Tyrann Mathieu, Kansas City

70,941

T

NFC

David Bakhtiari, Green Bay

82,172

SS

NFC

Budda Baker, Arizona

95,234

G

AFC

Joel Bitonio, Cleveland

58,977

FS

AFC

Justin Simmons, Denver

74,568

G

NFC

Alex Cappa, Tampa Bay

31,705

FS

NFC

Logan Ryan, New York Giants

42,722

C

AFC

David Andrews, New England

51,482

P

AFC

Braden Mann, New York Jets

26,248

C

NFC

Jason Kelce, Philadelphia

40,358

P

NFC

Johnny Hekker, Los Angeles Rams

41,011

K

AFC

Rodrigo Blankenship, Indianapolis

44,865

ST

AFC

Chris Board, Baltimore

40,379

K

NFC

Younghoe Koo, Atlanta

75,673

ST

NFC

Nick Bellore, Seattle

43,906

RS

AFC

Andre Roberts, Buffalo

50,847

LS

AFC

Kameron Canaday, Pittsburgh

48,869

RS

NFC

Cordarrelle Patterson, Chicago

79,010

LS

NFC

Hunter Bradley, Green Bay

45,837

*Vote totals through Wednesday, November 25 at 8:00 AM ET

Golovkin: ‘I have really missed boxing”

The Big Drama Show is back!  Gennadiy “GGG” Golovkin, boxing’s most dominant middleweight of his era, returns to the ring looking to make even more history when he attempts to make a division-record 21st successful defense of his World Middleweight titles.  Golovkin (40-1-1, 35 KOs), from Karaganda, Kazakhstan, has worn a world championship belt every year since 2010.  He will be making a mandatory title defense against undefeated top-rated contender Kamil Szeremeta (21-0, 5 KOs), from Biaylstok, Poland, Friday, Dec. 18, behind closed doors at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, FL.  The Golovkin-Szeremeta IBF/IBO Middleweight World Championship fight, and its action-packed undercard bouts, will be streamed live exclusively on DAZN in over 200 countries and territories.

“This is not just any fight,” Golovkin said.  “It is a fight with great meaning.  “I always have the greatest respect for all of my opponents.  I have really missed boxing and I wanted to fight this year.  The goal — fighting for a record twenty-first successful world title defense.”

“I want this title for Poland and my family.  GGG is a great champion, one of the best in history, but it is time for replacement.  Thank you for the great chance, I must take my opportunity to be the first world middleweight champion from Poland,” Szeremeta said.

Golovkin, who shares the record for consecutive World Middleweight title defenses, returns to the ring in his second reign as World Middleweight Champion. In a battle of former Olympic medalists, Golovkin regained the IBF middleweight title on Oct. 5, 2019, with a unanimous decision victory over Sergiy Derevyanchenko, a hellacious toe-to-toe slugfest that had the frenzied crowd at Madison Square Garden on its feet for the entire 12 rounds.  Many considered it the Fight of the Year.  Golovkin’s Big Drama Show has packed iconic arenas around the world, selling out Madison Square Garden, The O2 in London, the Fabulous Forum and StubHub Center in Los Angeles, and T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.  This will be his first time fighting in the Sunshine State.  His decade-long rampage on the middleweight division has also attracted millions of viewers who have watched him on premium cable, pay-per-view, and DAZN.

Now Golovkin faces his second consecutive top-rated contender in Szeremeta.  The former EBU European middleweight champion, eight years younger than the defending world champion, enters this fight like a hurricane gathering strength, having won three of his last five fights by knockout, including a second-round stoppage of Oscar Cortes on the undercard of Golovkin-Derevyanchenko.  His reign as EBU European middleweight champion included victories over Alessandro Goddi, Ruben Diaz and Andrew Francillette, who had a combined record of 79-4-4 when he fought them — a winning percentage of 91%.

Hawks’ GM: ‘Danilo(Gallinari) checks a lot of boxes for what we have prioritized

The Atlanta Hawks have acquired forward Danilo Gallinari  and cash considerations from the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for a conditional 2025 second-round pick in a sign-and-trade transaction, the team announced on Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s a three-year, $61.5 million contract.

“Danilo checks a lot of boxes for what we have prioritized. We wanted to add productive veterans and high-level shooting to our group and he provides both. At his size, he is one of the league’s most versatile and efficient scorers and he has proven to be the type of veteran you want in your locker room,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk.

Last season in 62 games with Oklahoma City, the 6-foot-10 native of Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy averaged 18.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 29.6 minutes (.438 FG%, .405 3FG%, .893 FT%), ranking 16th in the league in three-pointers made (178), tied for 19th in three-point percentage and sixth in free-throw percentage. Over the last two seasons, the 11-year veteran has averaged 19.3 points while shooting .418 3FGs (on 6.2 3FGA per game).

The 32-year-old Gallinari was the sixth overall pick by the Knicks in the 2008 NBA Draft following an Italian League MVP season with Olimpia Milano.

Steven Adams signs contract extension with Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans and center Steven Adams have agreed to a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it’s two-year, $35 million extension.

The 27-year old Adams was acquired by New Orleans in a four-team trade involving Denver, Milwaukee and Oklahoma City.

The seven-year veteran spent his entire seven-year career with the Thunder.  In 2019-20, Adams averaged 10.9 points on .592 shooting from the floor, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.1 blocks.

Selected 12th overall out of the University of Pittsburgh in the 2013 NBA Draft, Adams ranks fifth all-time in OKC/Seattle franchise history in blocks (531) and first in field goal percentage.

Eagles’ Pederson: ‘We’re still leading the division, so we have a lot to play for right now’

It has been a struggle for Carson Wentz and the Philadelphia Eagles this season. After ten games, the Eagles are 3-6-1, and Wentz has thrown a league-high 14 interceptions. However, fortunately for Philadelphia, they play in the NFC East. Therefore, with only three wins as they enter their Week 12 showdown against Seattle, the Eagles are in first place in the division. At this point, every team in the division has three wins, so anything can happen.

“Right now, we’re still in the hunt, we’re still leading the division,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said on Monday. “So, we have a lot to play for right now.”

After another subpar performance out of Carson Wentz, that included two interceptions, many feel it could be time for the Eagles to turn to rookie QB Jalen Hurts. Philly’s offense has struggled mightily and is 2-21 on third down conversions in the last two games. However, Pederson, who is sticking with Wentz, thinks the whole team needs to play better.

“We still have a lot to play for. We have a lot to fix. It’s not — in this city, the quarterback and the head coach, it’s all about the QB and the head coach,” Pederson said. “Everybody else can almost go by the wayside, I guess. So it’s almost like a two-man band. But there is enough work to be done, as I’ve mentioned, by all positions. Receivers can play better. O-line can play better..

“It was just another one of those days. Running backs, we need to hang on to the football. Quarterback needs to play better. Defensively, we have got to get off the field on third down. Got to be able to tackle better. Same way on special teams. Got to be able to tackle in space. There is enough to go around that none of it is excusable. We all hold each other accountable, coaches, and players. That’s why I keep saying that we have a lot to play for. There is a lot of pride here. That’s what we’re going to do.”

Wentz gives the Eagles the best chance to win, and while he has not played well this season, the Eagles are still in the mix, but the next four games will be brutal. After Seattle, they have @Packers, Saints, @Cardinals. Philadelphia could easily go 0-4 in those games, and even if they go 0-4, the Eagles could still be in the mix because the Giants, Cowboys, and Redskins are not good, so who wins the NFC East is anybody’s guess.

Cavaliers acquire McGee from Lakers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have acquired center JaVale McGee and a 2026 second round draft pick from the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for forwards Alfonzo McKinnie and Jordan Bell, the teams announced on Monday.

During the 2019-20 season, the 32-year-old McGee appeared in 68 games, averaging 6.6 points on .637 shooting, 5.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 16.6 minutes. McGee has appeared in 58 career playoff games, averaging 5.6 points on .612 shooting, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 12.9 minutes. Last season also marked McGee’s third NBA Championship after winning two titles with the Warriors in 2017 and 2018.

The 12-year veteran has played for Washington, Denver, Philadelphia, Dallas, Golden State and the Lakers.

In a separate transaction with the Milwaukee Bucks on November 18th, the Cavaliers acquired the Bucks’ 2025 second round draft pick in exchange for the draft rights to Ilkan Karaman (originally drafted in 2012 by the Brooklyn Nets). The protections on the first round pick for the first allowable draft (2022) previously conveyed to the Cavaliers from Milwaukee in a trade on Dec. 7, 2018 have been removed, making it an unprotected first round pick.

Hawks’ GM: ‘Rajon(Rondo) is an intense competitor, a proven winner and a true student of the game’

The Atlanta Hawks have signed free agent guard Rajon Rondo, the team announced today.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, it a two-year, $15 million deal.

“Rajon is an intense competitor, a proven winner, and a true student of the game,” said Hawks President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Travis Schlenk. “His resume and experience speak for themselves. We’re excited to add him to our group.”

The 34-year-old Rondo, a two-time NBA champion (including in 2020 with the Lakers), four-time All-Star, and two-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member, has led the NBA in assists three times and in steals once.

In 873 career regular season games (729 starts) with Boston, Dallas, Sacramento, Chicago, New Orleans, and the Los Angeles Lakers, he’s averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 assists, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.7 steals in 31.0 minutes (.458 FG%, .316 3FG%, .606 FT%). The 6-foot-1 Rondo has 121 games of career postseason experience (105 starting assignments), averaging 13.3 points, 9.0 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 35.9 minutes (.444 FG%, .320 3FG%, .648 FT%).

Among active NBA players, the 14-year veteran ranks fourth in assists (7,215, 15th overall in NBA history) and sixth in steals (1,451).

The 21st overall pick in the 2006 NBA Draft by Phoenix, Rondo was traded to the Celtics on draft night. He earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors in 2010 and 2011, All-Defensive Second Team in 2009 and 2012, Third Team All-NBA in 2012, and Second Team All-Rookie in 2007.

Rondo is a proven winner and last season with the Lakers proved that. Now, he brings his winning mentally to a young Hawks team ready to next that step.

Watch Live! Danny Garcia virtual media workout

Two-division champion Danny “Swift” Garcia will hold a virtual  media workout ahead of his FOX Sports PBC Pay-Per-View showdown against unified welterweight world champion Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. taking place Saturday, December 5 from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Garcia will be joined at his workout by his father and trainer Angel Garcia.

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Vikings’ Cousins: ‘Just a heartbreaking loss today’

The Minnesota Vikings have been hot over the past three weeks. After starting the season 1-4, Minnesota reeled off three straight victories, and it appeared the Vikings were moving in the right direction. However, Sunday’s result might have you questioning that.

With the struggling Cowboys in town, Minnesota had a chance to get to .500, but trailing 28-24 late in the fourth quarter, Cowboys QB Andy Dalton threw a two-yard touchdown pass to TE Dalton Schultz, and Dallas(3-7) would go onto defeat Minnesota(4-6) 31-28.

“I don’t think we played well enough to win today,” Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer said after the game. “We had our opportunities, made too many mistakes. Had three fumbles in the first half, lost two. We had too many penalties. We weren’t good in the red zone on defense today. Obviously we can’t get the fourth-down play to win the game. We have to get back to work. We had a good week of practice but just didn’t play well enough; I don’t think.”

Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, who threw for 314 yards and three touchdowns on Sunday, called the loss “heartbreaking.”

 “Yeah, just a heartbreaking loss today,” Cousins said. “It was hard-fought, it was back and forth. It’s one of those games, and so many NFL games are like this, but one or two plays makes the difference in the end. You know that going in, and you feel that during the game, but we just didn’t come out on the right side of enough of those plays to win the game, obviously. Still, a lot of football to be played, but we have to bounce back quickly and get back on track. There are positives to point to, but ultimately when you don’t win, you leave the stadium feeling sick to your stomach.”

This is a game the Vikings had to win. If they get by Dallas, Minnesota would have been two games behind the Packers for the top spot in the NFC North after Green Bay fell to the Colts on Sunday.

Minnesota will be kicking themselves after this disappointing loss. There is still a decent amount of football left for the Vikings, but a loss like this is unacceptable for a team looking to make a run at the playoffs.