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Sharks Make a Trade
As first reported by ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Sharks have acquired defenseman Brenden Dillon from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenseman Jason Demers and a 3rd round pick in 2016. Both defensemen have struggled so far this season but given that the 6’4″ Dillon brings impressive defensive credentials from his prior two seasons in the league, is two years younger than Demers, carries a cap hit over $2 million smaller and is the established left-handed shot the Sharks have been craving in their top four, it’s easy to see why Doug Wilson pulled the trigger on this deal.
During his rookie season in the lockout-shortened year, Dillon logged 21:22 a night while receiving more defensive zone starts and facing the toughest quality of competition on the Dallas blueline save for regular partner Stephane Robidas. Despite those impediments, the Stars were a significantly better possession team with Dillon on the ice compared to off it. They also allowed shots at a lower rate with Dillon on the ice than with any other regular defenseman.
I know the game wasn’t close, but in their 101-88 win over the Utah Jazz, the Golden State Warriors showed off the advantage that a deep bench and plenty of flexibility can create.
Six different players scored double figures for the Warriors who had only one player — Harrison Barnes — play more than 25 minutes. Barnes had 14 points and 11 rebounds and though he only shot 36 percent from the field, impacted the game on both ends. Not a lot was needed from Stephen Curry, who played a mere 25 minutes finishing with 8 points and 10 assists on 33 percent shooting from the field.
But even in a blow out win, the Warriors bench continued to prove its worth by scoring 42 of the Warriors’ 101 points. Marreese Speights continued his hot start to the 2014 season putting up 14 points in only 16 minutes. Speights’ contributions are important for the Warriors who seem to lack a legitimate frontcourt offensive threat off the bench if Speights struggles.
Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa and Andre Igudoala all played well and provided the Warriors with an added level of production they did not have last year.
Pablo Sandoval received a five-year contract offer from the Boston Red Sox on Friday, according to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
The offer is worth $95 million, according to the report.
Earlier on Friday, Fox Sports reported that the Padres were going to make an offer to Sandoval.
On Thursday, Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans said in a radio interview that the team feels they are still “in this thing.”