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Watching the playoffs, dreaming of future free agents– “Heading into the 2013/14 season, the Thunder will be paying Kevin Durant $18.8M. Russell Westbrook just signed a 5-year $80M extension this past January. Oklahoma City is even scheduled to pay Kendrick Perkins $8.5M that year. If I’m Serge Ibaka’s agent, I’m probably starting his contract talks by saying: ‘Umm…we want $10M more than Kendrick Perkins, I think we can all agree that’s fair.’ Ibaka, also a RFA that year, has a qualifying offer at $3.3M. My thought is Serge will end up getting somewhere between $8 and $10M per season, and OKC figures out a way to keep him. I expect Harden to get more. That, combined with Ibaka’s unique skill-set in comparison to Durant and Westbrook, will be why he stays in OKC over Harden.” [Bowers/Stepien Rules]
Call me skeptical– “Mike Holmgren mentioned high expectations for fourth-year receiver Mohamed Massaquoi and Shurmur was asked about him, as well. “I think he’s had a great off season,” Shurmur said. “I’m very pleased with where he is. He’s come in healthy. He’s taken advantage of the off-season and he’s made plays out here. That’s money in the bank for him as he gets ready for training camp.” Massaquoi had just 31 catches for 384 yards and two touchdowns in 2011 in 14 games. He had 34 receptions for 624 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie and 36 catches for 483 yards and two touchdowns in 2010. He also was knocked out of a game with a concussion by the Steelers’ James Harrison. He also missed two games in 2011 with a concussion.” [Greetham/OBR]
“In order to trade for an impact player who could help the Indians in a pennant race, they would normally have to give up a top major league-ready, or nearly ready, prospect or two as part of the package. That animal doesn’t exist in the Indians’ system right now.” [Ingraham/News Herald]
Dan Coughlin on Tribe player/manager Lou Boudreu– “Lou was the shortstop. He ran the team from the middle of the infield. Owner Bill Veeck had brought in old timer Bill McKechnie as baseball’s first “bench coach” to advise the young manager, but the responsibility still fell on the shoulders of Boudreau, who turned 31 years old that summer.
That is only part of the story, however. Boudreau responded with the greatest offensive season of any Indians’ shortstop ever – maybe the best year by a shortstop in baseball history. Boudreau batted .355 – second only to Ted Williams’ .369. Lou hit 18 home runs and 45 doubles. He drove in 106 runs and scored 116. Lou was a shortstop and he put up numbers that would have made Joe DiMaggio proud.” [Coughlin/The DiaTribe]
Finally, a candidate for quote of the year. Broncos head coach John Fox– “I think our passing game is way further along now than it was at this time a year ago” [Shutdown Corner]