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LeBron James was unable to finish out the Game 1 loss to the Spurs due to heat exhaustion and cramps.

What kind of cramps were they? You would think it would have been even easier for "whom we shall never ever refer to as the King again," to be able to walk, run, play without any balls getting in his way. Dude your team name is the Heat, you were excited to go to South Beach, yet you can't play without air conditioning? (The AC at the AT&T Center was broke during the game). Tony Parker and his sore hammy seemed alright. Old farts Ginobili, Diaw, and Duncan seemed fine. And don't give me, "The Spurs bench is deeper than the Heat," that is an excuse Scottie Pippen would use, not one you would hear from Larry Bird, Willis Reed, Michael Jordan, etc. James, before he got some San Antonio sand in it, had a game-high 25 points, with six boards, three assists, and four turnovers in 33 minutes of the 110-95 defeat.ANALYST: Michael Pichan

Klay Thompson has won the 3-Point Shootout.

If anyone took a Warrior to win the 3-Point Shootout versus the field, it was a safe bet. Klay Thompson upset the defending champion and his teammate Steph Curry to win the long range contest at the NBA festivities on Saturday night. Thompson shot an eye-popping 37-for-50 (74 percenty) from beyond the 3-Point arc during the contest. Steph Curry and Devin Booker of Phoenix were also in the final but Thompson's 27 points in the final round cemented his win. For the season, Thompson is averaging 21.3 points per game for Golden State and has shot 42 percent from 3-Point range thus far.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Karl-Anthony Towns won the NBA Skills Challenge.

Score one for the big men of the NBA. Karl-Anthony Towns not only was the first big man to win the Skills Challenge, he is the tallest ever. This was the first year that the contest was not solely for the guards. Towns joins Damian Lillard as the second rookie to win the contest. In the first round, Towns upset Draymond Green, then beat DeMarcus Cousins prior to defeating the Celtic guard Isaiah Thomas in the final. This contest was much better with the big men involved and Towns athleticism was on full display. He did take four three-pointers to win but arrived at the line before Thomas to cement his win and spite his teammate Ricky Rubio who doubted Towns being in the Challenge. More important for fantasy owners is that Towns has averaged 22.3 points, 12 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.9 blocks in his last ten games for Minnesota. He will look to finish strong in the NBA's second half.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Isaiah Thomas said he was approached by a player inquiring about Boston and it’s believed to have been Atlanta’s Al Horford.

Rumors at the All Star Game for the NBA? It is no secret that the NBA trade deadline is fast approaching. Teams will have to decide to be buyers or sellers this week. First time Celtic All Star Isaiah Thomas said a player asked him about Boston. There have been rumors linking the Celtics to Al Horford who is in the last year of a five-year contract with Atlanta. It is believed the Hawks will not give him a max contract, so Horford could be on the block. Thomas has made no qualms about wanting more talent to be in Boston, so four time All Star Horford wold be an improvement. There is much to speculate on with no games, but monitor the trade market for Horford this week.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

ESPN’s Chris Broussard said the Heat are gauging trade interest in Hassan Whiteside, and Miami appears open to considering a Whiteside trade.

With the trade deadline looming and the Heat looking to shake things up with the roster, could they trade their valuable young center? Hassan Whiteside has upset his coach with on the court issues, like his one-game suspension for an elbow which will keep him out of the first game following the All Star Weekend. But the problems run deeper for Miami who do not have the cap space to re-sign Whiteside this summer. While Whiteside does have value on the open market, will a team be willing to give up much for a player who is likely to explore free agency? Rumors have the Heat trying to gauge interest in their center who is averaging 12.2 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game and is only 26. But it remains to be seen if they can get full market value for Whiteside.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Cris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports that there is "pretty good chance" the Nets will offer Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas the general manager job.

With the New Jersey Nets looking to replace deposed general manager Billy King, their focus may be on a member of the Denver front office. Arturas Karnisovas has been linked to the Nets job and is a hot commodity in NBA circles. Many teams are jealous of the improvements that the Nuggets have made in running the team and the young talent they have amassed. There is nothing official at this time, but Karnisovas did meet with the Nets earlier this week when the Nuggets were in town. If Karnisovas was to leave, rumors believe that former player Chauncey Billups could move into the Nugget front office to replace him.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Robert Griffin III passed his exit physical with the Redskins paving the way for his release.

In the ever changing landscape of the NFL, a quarterback who was thought to be a building block for the Redskins, is nearing his release. Robert Griffin III emerged from his physical unscathed which paves the way for his release. Many teams are rumored to be interested in Griffin, but the early front runners include the Kansas City Chiefs and Dallas Cowboys. Although his future destination is unknown, one thing is certain, Griffin will not be the quarterback for Washington in 2016.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

C.J. Anderson said he believes Peyton Manning "should ride off into the sunset" after Denver's Super Bowl victory.

It would appear teammate C.J. Anderson agrees with the overwhelming narrative at the end of Super Bowl 50. His quotes about QB Peyton Manning "riding off into the sunset" would be appropriate especially in light of the recent USA Today article accusing Manning of covering up an incident while in college. As to his statistics, Manning had his lowest quarterback rating since his rookie year with a 67.9 for the 2015 season. He had 17 interceptions against nine touchdowns in the regular season and was reduced to a game manager in the Super Bowl. Perception would tell you going out on top is the best, Manning could be wise to do so.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Coach Adam Gase could give quarterback Ryan Tannehill more freedom and control of the offense.

If Adam Gase can help turn around Jay Cutler, he may be able to teach Ryan Tannehill some new tricks as well. Tannehill did surpass 4,000 yards for the second consecutive season in 2015, but since entering the league in 2012, no quarterback has been sacked more times. When Gase arrived in Chicago, he cut down Cutler's sacks to 29 last year from 38 the season prior. For perspective, Tannehill was sacked 45 times last year. In an effort to keep Tannehill upright, Gase will try to provide his young quarterback with more freedom and to make quicker reads. Gase has extensive background with offensive sets and should make the Dolphins attack more fluid. Tannehill was ranked 21st of 32 quarterbacks in both completion percentage (61.9) and quarterback rating (88.7) in 2015. With a new coach and opportunity, here is hoping that Tannehill can take a step forward in his development.  Analysis: Greg Jewett

Ketel Marte will go into the 2016 season as the Mariners starting shortstop.

Marte had a .283/.351/.402 batting line last season in 57 games last season as a rookie. It was a very promising start for Marte, who was one of the Mariners top prospects last season. He'll be a solid fantasy value in the later rounds next season thanks to his plus speed. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Breshad Perriman (knee) is expected to be ready for the offseason program.

Perriman missed 2015 due to a recurring PCL injury, but has made a smooth recovery. Given the Ravens' lack of receiving depth, Perriman could be quickly thrust into a big role next season. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Cowboys believe Byron Jones' best position is safety.

Jones was forced to play all over the field last season due to injuries, but the Cowboys will look to set up an alignment that will allow Jones to shine at safety this season. He could be in for a big season if Dallas can provide some stability on the field. Analysis: Ben Diamond

Eagles have not started contract negotiations with impending free agent Walter Thurmond.

The 28-year old will be a free agent this season, and while the Eagles plan to try and resign him, talks have not yet occurred. At this point, it sounds like the Eagles and Thurmond will have negotiations near the combine.  Analysis: Ben Diamond

Orioles appear to have basic framework of 3-year deal with Yovani Gallardo, though the sides are discussing options, opt-outs and other details.

The Orioles look to have a deal in place, so now it's just coming down to specifics. It's likely a 3-year deal without including opt-outs and options. The Orioles have come under fire for this signing, given Gallardo's future prospects and that the team is losing their first round draft pick as a result of the signing. Analysis: Ben Diamond

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