The Daily News, Beilein Takes Reassignment, NHL Trade Deadline & Much More

February 20, 2020

John Beilein will no longer be the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, the veteran coach will stick with the organization in a different role. Beilein, 67, finished his first season as an NBA head coach with a horrendous 14-40 record.

Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Kevin Love said it was “super powerful” for John Beilein to deliver a speech to the team after he resigned as head coach Wednesday.

“I’ve never had a coach who stepped down or was fired and came in and talked to us,” Love told reporters. “But just seeing him being vulnerable and treating us with respect and empathy, I thought it was super powerful.”

The New York Knicks acquired Moe Harkless from the Los Angeles Clippers in the Marcus Morris trade just before the trade deadline. Harkless went from being on a title contender to playing for a lottery team. It’s quite the change of scenery for the small forward. However, Harkless is living a childhood dream. He’s a Queens native, so playing for the Knicks is something he’s always wanted to do.

Leon Rose is getting his business ducks in a row and taking care of his remaining clients before de-certifying. Then the power agent from south Jersey will take over basketball operations for the New York Knicks, a daunting task that has only brought heartache and unemployment (albeit often with a hefty payout) for those who’ve tried under James Dolan.

General manager Mitch Kupchak described the Charlotte Hornets’ course at mid-season in an interview with the Observer and one other local media outlet Wednesday. In a 40-minute meeting, Kupchak covered a lot of ground. He even used the word “rebuild,” a term he avoided the past few months despite it being the obvious description of what the Hornets are doing.

Dustin Byfuglien doesn’t appear likely to play an NHL game this season, but he’s suddenly an intriguing option ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline. The Winnipeg Jets are reportedly attempting to exhaust all options on potential deals for the imposing rearguard and talks with suitors have picked up in recent days.

Artemi Panarin minced no words and finally admitted what we all assumed: He was really upset when the Blackhawks traded him to Columbus during the 2017 off-season.

“When I played here in Chicago I (thought) I would play here my whole life,” Panarin said after scoring his 30th goal of the season during a 6-3 Rangers victory over the Hawks Wednesday at the United Center. “And then that happened. It still confuses me.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins could be busy prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on Monday at 3 p.m., general manager Jim Rutherford said.

Despite acquiring forward Jason Zucker in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 10, the Penguins are looking for more help at forward, and may seek reinforcements on the back end as well.

“If we could add another forward to give us a little more balance in our Top 12, we’d do it if it’s someone who we think is the right fit,” Rutherford said.

The New York Rangers have made their second acquisition of the week as they acquired Jean-Francois Berube from the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Wednesday night. The return for the Flyers will be named later.

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Max Veronneau in a trade Wednesday that sent forward Aaron Luchuk and a conditional sixth round pick in 2021 to the Ottawa Senators. Veronneau has appeared in four games for the Senators this season without registering a point.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have reportedly considered signing Jameis Winston to a two-year contract with a team option in the second year. According to ESPN’s Jenna Laine, such a deal would likely pay Winston $27 million per season, which is about the same as the franchise tag for quarterbacks,

Antonio Brown’s got lightning-fast reflexes but even that wasn’t enough to keep him from getting hit in the head by an errant piece of gym equipment.

The out-of-work NFL star appeared to be working out at his 84/7 training facility in Florida pushing big weight on the bench press when another piece of gym equipment got loose and crashed down on his head.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took longer this time around to make a decision regarding his football future, but coach Sean Payton doesn’t foresee much changing in how his new contract gets done, he said on WWL Radio on Wednesday.

“Every time that subject has come up and it’s come up a number of times where they’re working on a a contract and they always seem to get it done in an efficient manner,” Payton said of Brees’ past one-year deals. “I think that won’t be any different this time around.”

Minnesota Vikings pass-rusher Everson Griffen has opted out of the final three years of his contract, ESPN’s Courtney Cronin reports.

Griffen earned the right to void his remaining years by meeting performance-related incentives in his deal: securing more than six sacks and playing more than 57% of defensive snaps during the 2019 season.

More NFL is inevitable because the NFL, for now, is king and royalty does not retain the throne by magnanimously decreasing all that’s stashed in the overflowing till. More real games (and, as a huge bonus, fewer fake games) and more playoff action are all coming, some of it for the 2020 season, and if you want to get all purist on us and resist, go right ahead. But more is upon us and it is not a bad thing.

Melvin Gordon is still expected to be well taken care of by an RB-needy club though, and Hall of Fame halfback LaDainian Tomlinson believes he knows which one it’ll be. For his money, Tomlinson predicts Gordon signs on with the Miami Dolphins in 2020.

Even though the Cleveland Indians appear ready to start this season with Francisco Lindor, the San Diego Padres reportedly still have their eyes on the four-time All-Star.

Per The Athletic’s Dennis Lin, the Padres “remain interested” in acquiring Lindor, but “the likelihood of such a deal remains unclear” at this point.

Justus Sheffield, the ending to his tale has yet to be written. He’s experienced only the struggles and the setback. But the Mariners hope, and he said he believes, that the rest will begin to fall into place this season.

“Not very many players get to stay in the big leagues without some trip back to the minor leagues to reposition and move forward again,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “I wouldn’t qualify this as a year where he really has to put up. But this is a year I’m sure that he will tell you that he really wants to get over that hump and turn into a consistent big-leaguer.”

There is nothing Alex Rodriguez likes more than being the center of attention. Now, on ESPN’s premier baseball game broadcast, A-Rod will be just that.

ESPN decided its new “Sunday Night Baseball” broadcast team will be Matt Vasgersian and Rodriguez, with Buster Olney returning as the dugout reporter,

The only change is that ESPN has dropped Jessica Mendoza from Sundays.This means, more than ever, Sunday nights will be the Alex Rodriguez Show.

Left- hander Tony Cingrani has actually revealed flashes of assurance because he made his big league launching with the Reds in 2012, however injuries have actually knocked his profession off training course in the last few years. Cingrani, that most just recently took a major league pile with the Dodgers in 2018, amounted to simply 22 2/3 innings that year and after that really did not join in the bigs whatsoever last period.

He undertook shoulder surgical procedure in June, as well as the Dodgers traded Cingrani to the Cardinals in July That was an economically inspired proceed the component of both groups, however, as the Cards understood he would not pitch for them in 2019.

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