Bay Area Topics
Point guard Stephen Curry on Monday was named the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week for games played Nov. 3-9, making it a two-week sweep of Warriors to win the award.
One week after his backcourt partner, Klay Thompson, won the award, Curry nabbed the honor for averaging 30 points, 7.3 assists, 6.0 rebounds and 3.3 steals in three games during which the Warriors went 2-1.
Ray McDonald was absolved of any wrong-doing in his pending domestic assault case when the Santa Clara DA on Monday ruled that no charges will be filed to a lack of evidence.
The 49ers defensive lineman released the following statement hours after the decision was made:
“I appreciate the seriousness of the situation and I understand and respect that law enforcement had a job to do, which is why I cooperated fully with their investigation from beginning to end. I am relieved that the DA’s office has rightfully decided not to file charges. I want to thank everyone who was supportive during this difficult time.”
Giants Free Agency Update
The Giants are one of six teams showing “preliminary interest” in free agent outfielder Torii Hunter, according to Fox Sports.
The 39-year-old outfielder just finished a two-year, $26 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. He .286 with 33 doubles, 17 home runs and 83 RBI in 142 games in 2014.
A’s Free Agency Update
With the likelihood of the team losing starting shortstop Jed Lowrie via free agency, the Oakland Athletics are keeping tabs on a few available options in the free agent pool. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Athletics are “checking in” on shortstops Asdrubal Cabrera and Stephen Drew as possible backup plans in the likely scenario of Lowrie leaving Oakland.
Although neither of the two shortstop options produced the offensive numbers that would gauge much interest from teams in 2014, their defensive ability could lead the Athletics to buying low and hoping for the best. Former Los Angeles Dodgers’ shortstop Hanley Ramirez is available on the open market this offseason, but it can be rightfully assumed that Oakland will be unable to land him due to the fact he is way out of the team’s price range.