ST. LOUIS — Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers was removed from Friday’s game at St. Louis after flying out to end the sixth inning.
Paul George, Thunder: George’s future is likely tied to whatever happens with James and/or Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. He could wind up in LA with some combination of James or Leonard, he could stay in Oklahoma City on a short deal or he could land with a wildcard like the Rockets or Clippers.
Trevor Ariza, Rockets: Ariza turns 33 this week, but he has established a role in Houston as a top perimeter defender who can knock down 3s and run the floor. If the Rockets get bold and try for James or George, Ariza would be gone, but that’s a longshot. He probably stays put.
The Warriors have also discussed offering Beasley the veteran’s minimum, according to the report. Beasley and Golden State star Kevin Durant are childhood friends.
Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game on a Knicks team that registered a 29-53 record last season.
Beasley was picked second overall in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Heat but he has struggled with consistency throughout his career. He’s also played for the Timberwolves, Suns, Rockets and Bucks during his 10 seasons in the NBA.
As for the financial piece in acquiring Thomas ($13 million average per season, matching Berry), the Patriots would add three years and $39 million on to the end of the 2018 portion of Thomas’ contract, allowing them to spread out salary-cap charges over four years. The $22 million guarantee at signing and $28.5 million guarantee overall matches the deal McCourty signed in 2015, which is always a consideration to maintain harmony in the locker room.