NBA Trade Deadline
The final day to make deals in the NBA was last Thursday and, while a lot of the huge names that were in trade discussions, the likes Jimmy Butler, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all staying put, there still was plenty to talk about as the clock struck 3 pm. Fans in this country are certainly aware of how busy the Toronto Raptors were, and they definitely made a statement to the rest of the league; we want to win. Acquiring star big man Serge Ibaka for Terrence Ross and a first round pick, the Raptors also went out and brought forward-guard PJ Tucker back to the team. Tucker, a former second-round pick of the Raps in 2006, was dealt by the Phoenix Suns for Jared Sullinger and two second round picks. He was waived by the team in 2007, and he went on to play in Israel, Ukraine, Italy and Germany until 2012. Having developed his skills internationally, Tucker returned to the NBA for the Suns, where he has spent the last five seasons. Despite a lot of the big names not moving at the deadline, some notable names did switch uniforms. Taj Gibson was dealt by the Chicago Bulls along with Doug McDermott and a second round pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Cameron Payne, and Anthony Morrow. The Rockets moved Canadian Tyler Ennis to the Los Angeles Lakers and also moved K.J. McDaniels to the Brooklyn Nets. The Milwaukee Bucks acquired a second round pick as they sent Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets. Finally, in the biggest deadline day deal, the Philadelphia 76ers traded young, stud center Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a 2017 first-round pick.
NHL Trade Deadline
A lot of hockey fans, after seeing the landscape of the trade market following Wednesday’s deadline, were likely feeling physically and emotionally spent as, especially in the days leading up to the deadline, there seemed to be a nonstop barrage of deals. The excitement began on Sunday night, when, seemingly out of the blue, the Los Angeles Kings made a major splash, acquiring goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning for Peter Budaj, Eric Cernak and two draft picks, one of which being conditional. Following that, roughly ten minutes later, it came out that Martin Hanzal was leaving the Arizona Coyotes along with Ryan White and a pick for the Minnesota Wild in exchange for a first round pick, a second round pick, a conditional fourth round pick, and Grayson Downing. That started a landslide of moves, as on Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Brian Boyle, the Montreal Canadiens and Dallas Stars swapped defensemen Greg Pateryn and Jordie Benn, the Ottawa Senators got Alex Burrows from the Vancouver Canucks and, in the biggest deal even now, the Washington Capitals acquired Kevin Shattenkirk from the St. Louis Blues for a couple depth forwards, a first-round pick and a conditional second rounder. The Habs remained very busy leading up through the deadline with two deals. Marc Bergevin sent out a draft pick and David Desharnais to Detroit and Edmonton respectively, bringing in Steve Ott and Brandon Davidson. In addition to Burrows a couple days prior, the Canucks also decided to move out another longtime forward in Jannik Hansen to the Sharks for prospect Nikolay Goldobin and a conditional fourth round selection. Like has become the norm for the NHL deadline, on the actual final day to make deals, many teams went quiet. The Bruins added some depth scoring with the acquisition of Drew Stafford from the Winnipeg Jets for a conditional draft pick. The Ottawa Senators surprised some people as they sent former first round pick Curtis Lazar to the Calgary Flames along with Mike Kostka for promising young blueliner Jyrki Jokipakka and a second rounder. The Philadelphia Flyers also went out and acquired Valtteri Filppula and two draft picks for veteran defender Mark Streit, the latter of which was traded not too long after to the Penguins.
Dana White, UFC announces return of Georges St. Pierre
Fans of the UFC and Mixed Martial Arts, in general, have been clamoring for a long time about when GSP would finally step back into the octagon. After years of anticipation, it was announced on Wednesday that St. Pierre would indeed be returning to the UFC after the fighter expressed interest in coming back in the summer. He will not be fighting in the 175-lb weight class like he did in his previous stint, but will instead be moving to the 185-lb weight class. While the date of the fight has not been nailed down as of yet, it is known that it will be in 2017 and will be against Michael Bisping. When the fight does eventually take place, it will see Bisping put the Middleweight Championship on the line, which has caused a bit of controversy. The main reason for this is that there are other potential contenders for the title, Yoel Romero being at the top of that list and GSP is getting a title shot the moment he walks back into the cage. However, it is hard to argue that Dana White and the UFC knows just as well as everyone else does that, realistically, a GSP vs Bisping fight will sell more tickets and pay-per-view buys than a Romero vs Bisping fight. This is down to simply the star power that GSP has, and will easily create more revenue on this side of the border given the Canadian’s obvious popularity in this country. St. Pierre’s last bout was back on November 16, 2013, in his controversial split decision win over Johny Hendricks.