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Steve Blake posts second career triple-double in Wednesday's whopping of the Cavs in Cleveland. Blake finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and 15 assists.

Blake's performance, a night after going 0-for-2 from the floor in his first game back from injury, went off in his second game back, which is more of an indication of how poor of a defensive team the Cavs are then it is anything else. So, do not read too much into Blake's breakout game and look for the trifecta in the Cavs next game against the Wizards, meaning the third point guard to post a triple-double against them in as many games.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Philip Rivers says trade talk didn’t come from his side.

This whole situation has been much to do about nothing. Rivers said he planned to play out his contract which expires after 2015 instead of sign an extension which caused rumors to swirl. "A lot of moving parts and lots to think about. Location, family, team … All I can say at this point regarding an extension is I’m willing to listen to anything. I’m also willing to play it out. I’m just fired up to be the Chargers QB in 2015," Rivers said. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Bradley Beal (ankle) will suit up for Game 2 against the Hawks on Tuesday.

This is just official confirmation on Beal's status for Game 2 against the Hawks. The 21-year-old will be in the Wizards' starting lineup despite dealing with quite a few ankle injuries in his short NBA tenure. He practiced on Monday with little problems and should be in good enough shape to continue his strong playoff run in Game 2 against the Hawks. Analysis: Drew Phelps

Update: Marlins have released Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The veteran catcher is now officially on the market. Salty has drawn interest from the Royals, Rays, and Diamondbacks but his services will be primarily as a backup.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Goran Dragic will opt out of his contract by the end of next month, and it is unlikely there will be any drama as he and Miami sketch out a new deal to keep him in town.

"As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing," Dragic said. "The next three, four, five years, I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff." We see big things from Dragic if he ends up staying in Miami for the 2015-16 season.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

Jarrod Saltalamacchia will not be traded. He's going on release waivers.

We saw Salty get designated for assignment by the Marlins last week and now it seems the team has no intention of trading the veteran catcher. The Royals, Rays, and Diamondbacks are said to be interested in his services but primarily as a backup.  Analysis: Drew Phelps

John Wall said he got two opinions on his hand/wrist just to make sure everything is ok.

Wall injured his wrist Sunday and was dealing with significant swelling in the hand and thumb. It's subsided somewhat, but not in full, but Wall isn't going to let that stop him from playing in Game 2. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Thunder consulted with Kevin Durant on the hiring of Billy Donovan, but not Russell Westbrook. This has Westbrook upset with organization.

Westbrook was the dominant force driving the bus this season, but we all know this is Durant's team. Hopefully ego won't tear up the foundation of what could a a championship caliber team next season, but they're going to have to do something to appease Westbrook and make him feel loved. Analysis: Howard Bender

Rougned Odor is a candidate to be demoted.

He's currently slashing .146/.263/.244 with a 21-percent strikeout rate and a 50-percent ground ball rate. There hasn't been a point at all where it even looked like he was going to work himself out of this slump, so the Rangers are going to have to take a hard look at what they have, which isn't much. If you've been saddled with him in AL-only play, we hope you've already found at least a viable placeholder. Analysis: Howard Bender

Christian Yelich (back) will likely be activated from the disabled list Friday.

Yelich started his rehab assignment Sunday at High-A Jupiter and the original word had him ready to return Thursday. There's been no report of a setback at all, but it now appears that Friday is the target date. Analysis: Howard Bender

Joe Blanton has a May 15 opt-out in his minor league contract with the Royals.

It's pretty routine for a veteran on a minor league deal. If the Royals don't promote Blanton, he can opt out and sign with another team. Whether any other team is willing to give Blanton a big-league deal, though, remains to be seen. Analysis: Howard Bender

Browns head coach Mike Pettine said on a radio interview "it’s fair to say" Josh McCown is the favorite to start entering training camp.

Whether it's McCown or Johnny Manziel is probably irrelevant as this team is still in shambles no matter who plays the part of the rudder. Obviously the team's goal is to have Manziel be their quarterback of the future, but he obviously still has much to learn. McCown is more than capable of driving this team to a last-place finish and with such a limited group of offensive weapons, won't be a useful asset, not even in two-quarterback leagues. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Brewers have made it clear to other teams assessing possible trade options. They are not willing to deal catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

It's like the body isn't even cold yet and the league is looking to already harvest the Brewers' organs. With Milwaukee struggling as much as they are and now dealing with a coaching change, other teams looking to add a piece here and there are naturally kicking the tires. The Brewers may have even spread the word a little, but obviously Lucroy will not be dealt. Analysis: Howard Bender

The Nationals will promote top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to High-A Potomac this week.

Giolito already dominated at Low-A, so now that extended spring training has come to an end, they'll move him to High-A and begin his regular season. It's unlikely he ascends too quickly, but the Nationals could be aggressive with his development if he doesn't look like he's being challenged on a regular basis. Analysis: Howard Bender

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