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Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Word on the Street: Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010
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Andre Iguodala to the Bulls?

Andre Iguodala, a guard for the 76ers, reportedly told Philadelphia team management that if the team does not begin to consistently put some wins on the board, he will ask for a trade, according to ESPN.com.

The 6-foot-6, 207-pound guard won the World Championship with Team USA over the summer and doesn't want to waste another season losing in Philly. Iguodala may come to the Windy City because his agent, Rob Pelinka, also represents Carlos Boozer and may try to follow in the footsteps of CAA, the agency that brought LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh all together in Miami.

The ESPN article speculated that Iguodala for forward Luol Deng would make the most sense, but if the Sixers were to part with their star guard, that would indicate a sign of starting fresh and thus wouldn't want to take on Deng's long-term, expensive contract.

Iguodala, a 26-year-old native of Springfield, Ill., has averaged at least 17.1 points per game the past four seasons while approaching 5 assists per contest. He also set a carer high with 6.5 rebounds per game last year and is on a hot streak to begin 2010-11 with averages of 18.5 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds per contest. (ESPN.com)

Diamondbacks to pursue Konerko

Reports surfaced on Saturday that the Arizona Diamondbacks would pursue White Sox free agent first baseman Paul Konerko and make him a priority this offseason. Konerko went to high school in Scottsdale, Ariz., and spends his offseason in the area. (MLB Trade Rumors)

Rasmus headed to Sox?

A day after an alleged trade of manager Ozzie Guillen to the Marlins was nixed, the White Sox are reportedly interested in St. Louis Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus. The Sox have been clamoring for a left-handed run producer for quite some time and Rasmus would fit right in. He spent a majority of last season as the No. 5 hitter for the Cardinals, racking up a .276 batting average with 23 homers, 66 RBIs and 85 runs.

The 24-year-old is also a very talented defender and his acquisition could mean a move of Alex Rios to right field. Though it is just speculation at this point, the Cardinals might ask for Chicago right fielder Carlos Quentin in exchange for Rasmus. (Chicago Tribune)

Favre expects to start Sunday

Brett Favre, the embattled Minnesota Vikings quarterback, is saying he expects to be in the starting lineup Sunday to continue his streak of 291 straight games started. Favre has been dealing with a plethora of injuries this year, including a fractured ankle suffered this past Sunday against Green Bay.

Minnesota head coach Brad Childress said he will most likely wait until just before the start of the game to make his final decision on whether Favre will start or not. (ESPN.com)

Girardi inks deal with New York

Though the Cubs decided they would go the way of Mike Quade as manager a couple weeks ago, their pursuit of Joe Girardi can not conceivably take off again until after the 2013 season. The former Cubs catcher and skipper of the Yankees for the past three years signed a new contract with his team that is worth roughly 9 million. (Salt Lake Tribune)

Bochy could have been a Cub

Bruce Bochy, the current manager of the San Francisco Giants, was allegedly the fallback option for Cubs general manager Jim Hendry for the successor to Dusty Baker as Cubs skipper had Lou Piniella not taken the deal. According to Chris De Luca of the Chicago Sun-Times, Piniella originally wanted to manage the New York Yankees and if that occurred, it would have been Bochy--not Joe Girardi-- as the Cubs manager.

Bochy has managed his Giants to the World Series and is currently just two wins away from a championship. Piniella, on the other hand, announced his retirement earlier this summer and enjoyed three-plus seasons of disappointment in Chicago. (Chicago Sun-Times)

Notre Dame honors fallen student

Prior to Saturday's Notre Dame-Tulsa matchup, a moment of silence was observed and a prayer was offered in memory of Declan Sullivan, the student who died Wednesday.

Sullivan, the 20-year-old videographer for the ND football team, was in a 50-foot tower when disastrous winds knocked the tower over and he perished in the fall. The winds reportedly gusted up to 51 mph at the time of the accident. (ESPN.com)

Giants knocking out QBs with authority

Jay Cutler knows the pass rush of the New York Giants all too well. After suffering nine sacks in the first half of the Bears' Week 4 Sunday night matchup with the Giants, Cutler was knocked out for the rest of the game and the subsequent week's game with a concussion. The Giants later knocked backup Todd Collins out of the game with another vicious hit.

Now, after taking out Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo Monday night, the Giants have officially knocked out five different quarterbacks in seven games thus far in the 2010 NFL season. Carolina's Matt Moore and Detroit's Shaun Hill round out the list of the battered and bruised QBs. (Boston Herald)

High School Lites Week 9 football roundup

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High School Lites Week 9 football roundup

High School Lites featured plenty of great action on Friday night as NBC Sports Chicago had highlights of many of the area's top matchups. Some playoff dreams came to fruition while others crashed and burned. 

Watch tomorrow as the IHSA playoff brackets are revealed tomorrow on NBC Sports Chicago+ at 8 p.m. Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

DRIVE: Prairie Ridge: Episode 10

Wintrust Athlete of the Week: Back of the Yards QB Jeremiah Harris

St. Xavier Team of the Week: De La Salle Meteors

Friday's Top 25 Games

No. 1 Lincoln-Way East 18, No. 19 Bolingbrook 14 

No. 2 Prairie Ridge 55, Dundee-Crown 14

No. 3 Maine South 56, Niles West 9

No. 4 Marist 42, Joliet Catholic 14

No. 5 Lake Zurich , Mundelein

No. 6 Phillips 53, Clark 0

No. 9 Homewood-Flossmoor 50, Sandburg 14

No. 10 Barrington 40, Conant 19

No. 11 Huntley 45, McHenry 7

No. 12 Naperville Central 35, Lake Park 21

No. 13 Hinsdale Central 42, Hinsdale South 14

No. 24 St. Charles North 35, No. 14 Batavia 28

No. 16 Wheaton North 20, Waubonsie Valley 10

No. 17 Crete-Monee 52, Cahokia 8

No. 18 St. Rita 47, Marmion 14

No. 20 Lyons 31, Oak Park-River Forest 14

No. 21 Nazareth 48, Marian Catholic 7

No. 22 Oswego 30, Plainfield Central 0

Mount Carmel 35, No. 23 Providence 34

Other Highlights

Tinley Park 29, Evergreen Park 0

T.F. South 21, Oak Forest 14

Glenbard North 24, Neuqua Valley 14

St. Edward 29, Wheaton Academy 28

Marian Central Catholic 44, St. Patrick 21

Saturday's Top 25 Games

No. 7 Loyola vs. Brother Rice

No. 8 Glenbard West vs. Proviso West

Cubs will be open for business as Theo Epstein weighs trading hitters for pitching

Cubs will be open for business as Theo Epstein weighs trading hitters for pitching

Theo Epstein answered questions from the Chicago media for more than an hour on Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field, but the most interesting part might have been what the Cubs president didn’t say, something along the lines of: These are our guys.

Or at least Epstein didn’t give the same full-throated endorsement of The Core that he delivered after engineering the Jose Quintana trade with the White Sox this summer, getting an All-Star pitcher without giving up anyone from the big-league roster.

Whether it’s the way the Los Angeles Dodgers dominated the Cubs throughout the National League Championship Series that ended Thursday night, the inconsistencies and frustrations during a 43-45 first half of this season or the reality of losing 40 percent of the rotation, you walked out of that stadium club press conference thinking big changes could be coming.

“We’re going to pursue all avenues to get better,” Epstein said.

The Cubs already understood this would be a challenging time to dramatically reshape their pitching staff, with Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta, Big Boy John Lackey and All-Star closer Wade Davis about to become free agents.

The Cubs don’t really have many (any?) high-end, headliner prospects left to trade after borrowing heavily from their farm system to acquire Aroldis Chapman for last year’s World Series run and get Quintana to help solidify the rotation through 2020.

All of Major League Baseball is looking beyond this winter and preparing for the monster free-agent class that will hit the open market after the 2018 season.

Meaning it’s time for the Cubs to make some difficult decisions about all these young hitters they’ve collected.

“It may or may not be,” Epstein said. “Those choices, they’re not unilateral things. You can’t sit there and decide: ‘Hey, this guy, we’re moving him.’ Because you don’t know what the return might be. You don’t know how the different moving parts might fit together.

“I think going into the offseason prepared to make some tough choices and execute on them — and keeping an open mind to anything — is appropriate under the circumstances where we have some obvious deficits and we have some real surplus with talented players who are really desirable.”

Let’s assume All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo, MVP third baseman Kris Bryant and catcher Willson Contreras are essentially untouchable.

The Cubs used the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft on Ian Happ with the explicit idea that the college hitter should be on a fast track and could be flipped for pitching later: Is it time to sell high after the rookie just put up 24 homers and an .842 OPS?

During an exit meeting with Albert Almora Jr., Epstein said he couldn’t promise an everyday job in 2018, though the expectation would be more responsibilities: Think anyone else would be interested in a potential Gold Glove center fielder who’s already playoff-tested?

Do you want Addison Russell or Javier Baez as your everyday shortstop for the next four years? Is there an American League team willing to bet big that Kyle Schwarber will crush 40 homers a year as a designated hitter?

The Cubs have to ask themselves those types of questions, which could mean getting outside of their comfort zone and taking on some riskier pitching investments and sapping the strength that has turned them into the dominant force in the NL Central.

“We’ve really benefitted from having two or three extra — and ‘extra’ in quotes because they’re not really extra — starting-caliber players on the roster,” Epstein said. “That helped us win 97 games in ’15, 103 last year, 92 this year. That’s as big a part of the club as anything.

“Having an Addison Russell go down and being able to move Javy Baez to shortstop — that’s an obvious example of it. But those things show up every week for us. There’s a day where someone can’t make the lineup and someone else slides in and you’re still starting eight quality guys. That’s huge.

“Sooner or later, you reach a point where you have to strongly consider sacrificing some of that depth to address needs elsewhere on the club. There’s no sort of deadline to do that. But I think we’re entering the phase where we have to be really open-minded to that if it makes the overall outlook of the team and organization better.”

Translation: The Cubs are open for business. Make your best offer.