The daily sports news cycle is crazier than ever. Don't have the stamina to keep up to speed? Around The Bases is your daily morning destination to stay in the know on the biggest stories in both local and professional sports. We’ll start at first base with an intriguing story or event, and bring you home with a must-read story in the North Peace sports scene.
First Base - Nick Foles voids option, will hit free agency
Predictably, the Philadelphia Eagles picked up the $20 million option for Nick Foles this year, as starting quarterback Carson Wentz is still due just $7 million this year and they could keep their one-two punch in tact. But it seems like Foles didn't like the idea of riding the bench again and making more money than the starter in the process, so he voided the option and will hit the free agent market. This is too bad for the Eagles, but there's not much they could have done. If they traded him last year they wouldn't have gone on the playoff run they did. There's a small chance Foles won't get a $20 million per year offer, but there's a lot of teams looking for quarterbacks and I think he'll get the payday he's looking for.
Second Base - 76ers trade for Thobias Harris
Hours after losing to the Toronto Raptors 119-107, the Philadelphia 76ers went out and made a deal the day before the trade deadline, in hopes to situate themselves as one of the teams to beat in the East. The 76ers get Thobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Los Angeles Clippers, in exchange for Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, two second round picks, and a first round pick in both 2020 and 2021. There's a lot of moving parts and the 76ers are giving up a lot, but they're hoping they'll be a good team for years to come and won't miss the picks. This puts a bit of pressure on the Toronto Raptors and other teams in the East to keep up in the arms race.
Third Base - Raptors win, Lowry in trade rumours
The NBA Trade Deadline is tomorrow at 3 p.m. ET. While the focus on if the New Orleans Pelicans will trade Anthony Davis and to whom, Raptors fans should pay attention too. First, there's still the possibility the Raptors could make an all-in move for Davis or another star, or just add another shooter to help bolster the starting rotation. A report came out yesterday that said Jonas Valenciunas and Kyle Lowry were included in a trade offer for Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr., but that the Memphis Grizzlies turned it down. Either way, Lowry said he's not worried about the rumours, and played like it in a 119-107 win over Philadelphia in which he had 20 points and 6 assists. I hope Lowry doesn't get traded, though if the right deal came along, maybe I'd be OK with it. I have no idea what's going to happen in the next 28 hours, but it will be fun to watch, and hopefully the Raptors are a better team by tomorrow afternoon.
Home Base - Leafs sign Auston Matthews to 5 year. $58 million extension
Well, it didn't take near as long as the William Nylander deal, so I'm thankful for that. And I'm glad the Toronto Maple Leafs were able to sign Auston Matthews yesterday to a five year extension woth $58 million. Yes, it's not the eight years that we all expected, but it does keep his cap number lower which is good for the Leafs, but increases the chance that Matthews could leave after the contract is up, or demand even more money. Next up for the Leafs and GM Kyle Dubas is signing Mitch Marner to an extension as well. Though his agent says he won't negotiate until the offseason, getting Marner extended now lets Dubas get a head start on making some deals going forward to make the cap situation more manageable, and also lets him potentially make another trade this year before the deadline, since he would know how muhc cap room he's dealing with.
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