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 - Pelicans reportedly messed with Lakers
It's been reported that the New Orleans Pelicans never seriously considered trading Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers before today's 1 p.m. trade deadline, and that the conversations surrounding a trade were just intended to confuse the Lakers and cause uneasiness in the locker room. The Lakers made an offer for Davis which included six roster players, and then the Lakers lost 136-94 to an Indiana Pacers team playing without its best player. So, it's certainly possible and very funny if so, but it could also be that the Pelicans were just trying to claim responsibility to further humiliate the Lakers. Either way, if the Pelicans are mad at the Lakers for whatever role they may have played in Davis asking for a trade, I don't believe them. However, Davis could still be traded to the Lakers today.
Second Base - Flyers host Grande Prairie Athletics for Game Two tonight
The Flyers trailed the Athletics 4-1 after two periods in Game One, but found their game late and came back briefly before losing 5-4. The two teams play in Fort St. John tonight at 8:30 p.m. in game two, and the Flyers are hoping they can carry over that momentum to tonight's game. This is a series that hinges on home ice, with both teams playing better in front of a home crowd and a full bench, and I expect tonight's game to be a back adn forth battle with neither team getting a big lead.
Third Base - NBA Trade Deadline hours away
We're just four hours from the NBA Trade Deadline, and I'm very excited. It seems like some really big names could be dealt today, perhaps to the Toronto Raptors. But I also feel that none of the big names, such as Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal or Mike Conley, could be traded. There were some minor deals last night, with players like Otto Porter and Iman Shumpert being dealt, but no trades involving star players and contending teams, besides the 76ers getting Thobias Harris two days ago. Trade rumours surrounding Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley, persist, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, so that's something to watch for today, and it would be a big deal if Lowry was to be traded, in my opinion.
Home Base - Marner, agent backtrack from "low-ball" comments
Now that Auston Matthews has signed his extension, all eyes are on if the Leafs can lock up Mitch Marner as well. Initially, after Matthew's deal, Marner's agent Darren Ferris said that the Leafs had low-balled Marner in negotiations. This didn't seem true, and the next day Ferris was walking it back, saying he was talking about last summer, and Marner said he wasn't aware of the comments. This is a good sign, it seems like Ferris realizes playing hard to get won't do his client any good, and hopefully that means Marner can be signed before the offseason.
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