New York Teams

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

With the Knicks agreeing to a 4-year, $72 million deal with Joakim Noah, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne, the club now turns its attention to shooting guard. It's main targets are Eric Gordon and Courtney Lee, per sources. Depending on the value of the first year of the deal, the club could have around $15 million in available cap space. The entire $15 million can't go to shooting guard, obviously. The club has only six players under contract & has many holes to fill.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Brooklyn targets Kent Bazemore (Hawks) and Jared Dudley (Suns) both signed elsewhere. The Nets still have needs at the wing, power forward and in the veteran leadership department. And that's just some of them.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yoenis Céspedes didn't hit his 20th HR last season until 8/14/2015*, still finished with a career-high 35 home runs. "La Potencia" just hit his 20th HR of the 2016 season... on July 1st. Mets lead the Cubs 10-1 after 5 innings at Citi Field.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

Yoenis Céspedes didn't hit his 20th home run until August 15th last year; still finished with a career-high of 35. He just hit his 20th of the 2016 season... on July 1st.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing is done yet but some members of the Knicks' organization told people earlier in the day that they expect to have at least $11 million available if and when the deal for Joakim Noah is finalized. Members of the Knicks' organization, including Phil Jackson and Steve Mills, are meeting with Joakim Noah in an Orlando-area hotel at the moment. Most of the remaining cap space is expected to be used on a shooting guard. The Knicks' available space can increase, of course, if they get rid of some players on the roster.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Hamilton was my Rip Van Winkle-level sleeper this summer as a free agent. Great snag by Sean Marks for the Nets at $6 million for two years.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Justin Hamilton, a journeyman center who was playing in Spain, will receive a two-year, $6 million contract from Brooklyn, his agent said. The Nets earlier agreed with PG Jeremy Lin on a three-year, $36 million deal.

Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nets have signed center Justin Hamilton to a two-year contract, according to his agency.

Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer 

From Jay Paris on-site in San Diego for Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran will be idle this weekend in San Diego. "He's improving," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's just not where he needs to be.'' Beltran's sore right hamstring had him out Friday against the San Diego Padres. He could be down the next two games, too. "I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't play,'' Girardi said. Beltran walked as a pinch-hitter in Thursday's win over the Rangers. He didn't play Wednesday, one day after getting hurt. "As I've said the last few days this was what worried me that he would have to play the field,'' Girardi said. "If he was DHing, it might be a little bit quicker. But we have to make sure he is OK.''

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3hBrian Windhorst and Ramona Shelburne

Sources: Wade intensifying talks with N.Y., Bucks

Dwyane Wade's talks with other teams, including the New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks, are picking up, and he could schedule meetings next week, sources said.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek and executive Clarence Gaines Jr. are among those on hand for the Joakim Noah meeting in Orlando.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Phil Jackson and Steve Mills are at an Orlando area hotel to meet with Joakim Noah tonight.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's David Wright predicting what impact Jose Reyes will have on the Mets while also being highly critical of Reyes' domestic-violence incident.


Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's David Wright discussing the process going forward from his discectomy and fusion as well as answering whether he will play again this season, which seems doubtful. "You can do the math," Wright said.

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Buddy Ryan remembered by former players

Buddy Ryan was remembered not just as a defensive master who won two Super Bowls and spawned a legacy carried on by players and twin sons now coaching in the NFL.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

David Wright, at Citi Field, says he will play again. It did not sound realistic that he will play this season, though. He said he will lose about 5 percent mobility because of the fusion surgery, but suggested that would be a non-issue and the neck otherwise should be as good as new. He had a significant rupture to a disk that needed to be removed, as well as fragments that needed to come out. He said he did not have a problem with the Mets showing interest in a long-term third baseman, Yulieski Gourriel. Wright said he will watch home games from the bullpen because he cannot be bumped and is helpless to defend himself in the dugout.

Joe McDonald ESPN Staff Writer 

The New York Islanders made the Andrew Ladd deal official. "Andrew is a highly skilled, versatile, heart-and-soul type of player and we're thrilled to welcome him to the Islanders organization," said GM Garth Snow. "He's a leader and proven winner who will help our team continue to build towards a Stanley Cup championship."

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Friday's Mets-Cubs lineups

Jacob deGrom will start on the mound for the Mets. The Cubs counter with Jason Hammel.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Guard Austin Rivers is scheduled to meet with the Knicks in Orlando at some point today, per league sources. Rivers is one of the shooting guards the Knicks have interest in. Courtney Lee and Eric Gordon are also on the club's radar, sources say.

Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer 

Terry Collins said Juan Lagares will start Sunday against Jon Lester. So he will be activated from the disabled list by the end of the series against the Cubs. Lagares is in the lineup for Game 1 of Binghamton's doubleheader on Friday night.

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Maybe Zen will trump hard numbers

If the Knicks sign Joakim Noah as reported after acquiring Derrick Rose last week, ESPN Stats & Info notes they'll have added two of the least efficient players during the past NBA season. Noah's effective field-goal percentage of 38.3 percent was the worst in the league. Rose had the third-fewest win shares for players who logged at least 2,000 minutes (0.4).

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