UPDATES & NEWS
ESPN sources say reps from Cavaliers, Suns, Rockets and Mavericks have all met with agent Rich Paul in Cleveland while LeBron James has been on vacation.
That's what we like to see: LeBron James being so above the rest of the NBA players that he can take a vacation while his agent makes the rounds and picks up offers for his client to look over at his convenience. Nothing says humility like letting someone else do the work for you. Hopefully he signs somewhere quickly and training camp and the season don;t get in his way. In fact, why don't we just let Lebron pick a playoff-bound team to join with a week to go in the season and just let him join for the playoffs? ANALYST: Howard Bender
Shin-Soo Choo is working through some major offensive struggles.
Choo's slash line of .096/.254/.173 is the stuff of which fantasy nightmares are made. His strikeout and walk rates are the same as they've alwys been, but his biggest problem right now is that he's swinging at and making contact with far too many pitches outside the strike zone. When he's up there hacking away, the contact that he is making is terrible. It's produced a 54.1-percent ground ball rate and a .111 BABIP. He needs to get out of his head and fix his batter's eye and once he does, the hits will start to come and everything should fall back into place for him. It's slow-going for sure right now, but he is not a player you really want to give up on just yet. Analysis: Howard Bender
Brandon Phillips posted his first extra-base hit of the season Monday,
If you're still riding the Brandon Phillips train, it is time to abandon. DatBPDude just isn't the player he was in his 20's with four straight seasons of decline in OPS. He failed to reach 18 homers last season with only eight, and ended his eight year streak of double-digit home streak. It is time to say good-bye to Mr. Phillips is he is still on your roster and hope for better days. Analysis: Rob Trayah