We’re at the dead period where there’s nothing really going on in sports. The ESPYs were last night (Nick Foles won for Best Championship Performance), but outside of Jim Kelly and the 141 women who were victims of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, you shouldn’t really care. It’s not the end of the world if Philly Special lost to a buzzer beater in the women’s basketball National Championship.
The big stories that happened yesterday were the trades. Finally. After a small snag in physicals, Manny Machado was traded to the Dodgers for five prospects. Despite the Phillies reportedly being aggressive, John Middleton and company could not land him. In fact, the Brewers were considered the second best offer. So much for being bold.
Out of nowhere, Kawhi Leonard was traded to Toronto, of all places. The offer of DeMar DeRozan, Jakob Poeltl, and a protected 2019 first-round pick could have easily been beaten by the Sixers, who are still without a GM.
But despite both teams not getting big stars, it was probably the right thing to not trade for either guy. The Phillies can get better with other trades, and they need help nearly everywhere, but especially in the bullpen. They’re already exceeding expectations by leading the NL East at the All-Star break.
As for the Sixers, they still have young talent that will improve from last season and remain one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. Nemanja Bjelica would’ve been nice, but he’s deciding whether to go to Sacramento after he thought he was being devalued at $4.4 million, despite verbally agreeing to a deal. What they really need is a GM.
Both teams are fine. The world is not ending (yet), and there’s still plenty of time left. Trades can happen any minute and opinion can be easily swayed to more optimism.
Check out a brand new episode of the Crossing Broadcast as well that discusses the trades and other things.
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