Lost Nets The Simmons-Harden Trade

After a weekend of NBA playoff action, no semi-final berth has been clinched. If the Celtics knock out the Nets tonight, it would be the first time the two preseason Finals favorites (Lakers) haven’t reached the second round.



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In February, the James Harden-Ben Simmons blockbuster looked like a win for both sides – but that was assuming the latter would play.

Now the Sixers are a win moving forward, while the Nets are on the verge of being eliminated – and two months since the trade, Simmons still hasn’t adapted.

Reportedly, when he told the team he wouldn’t be playing on Monday, he was met with “surprise and disappointment”.

Simmons’ experience is only the last failure in a very disappointing season for a team with the second payroll ($174.8 million) in the NBA.

  • The Nets traded Harden and Paul Millsap to Philly for Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round picks.
  • Despite shooting 41% (2nd worst in a career), Harden is on the court and a key piece in Philadelphia’s pursuit of the title.
  • Simmons is owed $113.7 million until 2025.

Brooklyn may have saved face by avoiding the $260 million five-year extension Harden would demand this summer – but the Nets have already committed $116.4 million to Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Simmons for next season.

With a year to go until the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Brooklyn — the third-seed in the Finals entering the playoffs — is likely heading for a first-round exit.

Meanwhile, Simmons will watch from the sidelines”painless.”

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Last season, Twins outfielder Byron Buxton finally showed the talent that made him MLB’s top prospect in 2014 and 2015 — and forced Minnesota into a long-term bet on him despite lingering injuries.

Those worries haven’t exactly gone away – he’s already missed a week this season with a right knee injury – but the good news is that Buxton’s escape continued in 2022.

On Sunday, he homered twice against the White Sox – including a titanic one in the 10th inning Blast — to seal the Twins’ fourth straight win and the AL Central lead.

From the start, Buxton justifies November seven years, $100 million extension that keeps him in Minneapolis until 2028.

  • He beats .351 with a .946 SLG (1st) and six HR (T1).
  • Despite a limited AB (37), he produces a 1.2 WAR (T5).
  • Its HR of 469 feet is the longest HR in the Statcast era (since 2015).

The only real blow to the 28-year-old was his inability to stay on the pitch. It is played more than 100 games once during his eight-year career (140, 2017).

But when healthy, few can match his raw talent, raising the prospect of a top AL MVP award – Buxton currently has the fourth-best odds to win (+950).


After another defeat to city rivals Liverpool on Sunday, the possibility of relegation is a reality for perennial Premier League stalwarts Everton.

With six games to play, they are 18th in the table and two points from safety – a position that would see them fall from the English top flight. for the first time since 1951.

While it’s hard to pinpoint what went so wrong for Everton, clues point to a series of poor return on investment among players and managers.

  • from Everton $390.7 million transfer fee total value ranking sixth in the Premier League.
  • Five players – Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alex Iwobi, Yerry Mina, Michael Keane and Jordan Pickford – cumulatively represent $183.8 million these transfer fees; all have been subject to legal issues, injuries or poor form this season.
  • After finishing 10th last season under Carlo Ancelotti, the Toffees are 8-5-19 under three different managers this season.

A Premier League drop would mean at least one season of significant revenue loss.

Premier League clubs have published a combined revenue of $6.6 billion in 2018-19 – while EFL Championship clubs only generated $998.8 million.

If Everton end up being relegated, they will at least get a cash injection to help them land on their feet – the Premier League have instituted parachute payments to relegated teams which run for three years.

Tennis: With Sunday’s Barcelona Open victory, 18-year-old Carlos Alcaraz moved up to 9th in the ATP rankings, the youngest man to break into the Top 10 since fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in 2005; Alcaraz has won three tournaments and $2.6 million in prize money in 2022.

Basketball: Naasir Cunningham signs with Overtime Elite, with one catch: ESPN’s No. 1 prospect for the Class of 2024 won’t be paid a salary to remain eligible for the NCAA.

NFL: Georgia DE Travon Walker is now the favorite (-160) to be picked No. 1 by the Jaguars in Thursday’s draft; Walker opened up to +3000 to be picked first.

F1: Max Verstappen won the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix; Verstappen and Charles Leclerc each won two of the first four races of the season.

Boxing: Tyson Fury defeated Dillian Whyte via sixth-round TKO to retain the WBC Heavyweight Championship; Fury announced his retirement from professional boxing after the match, but also said he was planning a future “hybrid” fight against UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou.


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