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NBA trade rumors: Timberwolves still looking to trade Ricky Rubio

One hot NBA trade rumor last week had the Timberwolves shipping guard Ricky Rubio off to Chicago for Jimmy Butler.

As it turned out, Minnesota sent Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and Cheap Jerseys Online China exchanged first-round draft picks in exchange for the Bulls’ All-Star forward.

But Rubio is still apparently on the market. ESPN’s Marc Stein reports sources say the T-Wolves “remain intent on trading Ricky Rubio as it searches for more shooting.”

For a player coming off career highs in scoring (11.1 points per game) and assists (9.1 apg), Rubio can’t seem to shake the trade rumors. Another recent rumor had him headed to the Knicks, for Derrick Rose. Although Rubio is one of the game’s best passers and a competent defender, he’s struggled with his shot at times.

If you were a team that wanted the upside of a prep position player in the first round, this was a pretty good draft, too. The Angels had to be thrilled to get Jordon Adell at No. 10 (rumors were the Brewers had their eye on him at No. 9), and Angels fans will love this guy, as a person and a player. The Royals got former Little League World Series hero Nick Pratto out of a California high school at No. 14, the Giants snagged Heliot Ramos from Puerto Rico at No. 19, the Rangers picked up outfielder Bubba Thompson at No. 26 and shortstop Chris Seise at No. 29 — seriously, does any team love high-upside prepsters Cheap Jerseys Paypal Free Shipping more than Texas?

Speaking of prep stars, the Pirates (RHP Shane Baz) and Marlins (LHP Trevor Rogers) are pretty pleased with their high-upside choices available when they picked, at 12 and 13, respectively. The Blue Jays had two picks, and they picked a smooth college middle infielder with a good bat at No. 22 (UNC’s Logan Warmouth) and a juco right-hander who hits triple-digits with his fastball at No. 28 (Nate Pearson). That worked out well. The White Sox went the college route, too, grabbing a masher from Missouri State (no, not Ryan Howard) at No. 11, Jake Burger.

There was an immediate change in Halladay’s repertoire when he got back to work after the All-Star break.

You’re so used to playing catch and four-seaming the baseball that your hand wants to go to that natural position. You have to keep reminding yourself, thumb underneath, thumb underneath.

After that meeting I took a baseball and marked it with my finger and thumb placement for the cutter. If the pitch was ever off, I could go back to the baseball and hold it. I still have that ball.

Whatever Rivera told Halladay, it worked. There was an immediate change in Halladay’s repertoire when he got back to work after the All-Star break.

The good: OK, this is where we talk about Aaron Judge for the first time. The big man had an outstanding April, with 10 home runs and a .303 average, but he really started to capture the baseball-watching-nation’s attention in May. In his first 11 games of the month, he hit .341 with a 1.169 OPS and popped four more home runs, including a massive 457-foot blast to center field on Mother’s Day. That was his third of the season of at least 450 feet, and a taste of what was to come — that jaw-dropping 496-foot blast he hit on June 11.

The bad: As you can see, the Jays played better in this stretch (8-5 in their 13 games), but the injuries just kept coming in May. Donaldson was still on the DL, and both Troy Tulowitzki and J.A. Happ joined him before the end of April. In the first couple weeks of May, those three were joined by Russell Martin (placed on DL May 8), Francisco Liriano (on DL May 11) and Steve Pearce (on DL May 15). Hard to Cheap Jerseys Online China find consistency without healthy players.

The ugly: The Rays opened May with back-to-back wins at Miami to pull to .500 and only 3.5 out of first place entering a nine-game home stand against three teams (the Marlins, Blue Jays and Royals) that were all struggling on the season. Perfect chance for Tampa Bay — which was 9-4 at home up to that point — to make up some Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal serious ground in the standings, right? Wrong. The Rays went just 3-6, dropping them to a season-worst seven games out of first after games of May 11.