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Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

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Could the Bulls benefit from Lakers, Magic problems?

Monday marked a big day in Los Angeles and Orlando. The Magic fired coach Stan Van Gundy and parted ways with general manager Otis Smith, and the Lakers were eliminated in Game 5 of the playoffs by the Thunder.

Trade rumors have been circulating since then about Dwight Howard's role, as well as moves the Lakers will make to improve next season.

Despite the shake up in Orlando, Howard still wants out. However the list of teams he'd like to play for doesn't include Chicago.

Although the "super team" idea of Rose and Howard together seems undesirable for the Magic's All-Star, Chicago needs to reevaluate how they will perform with their MVP out the majority of next season due to his ACL injury.

But the likeliness of Luol Deng being traded is slim due to his wrist injury, so any possibilities of Howard coming to the Windy City are looking pretty non-existent.

The Lakers' elimination in Game 5 on Monday will certainly result in trade rumors surrounding the entire team, aside from Kobe Bryant. Immediately following the game, NBA fans already began discussing Pau Gasol and the possibility of a trade via Twitter.

Many Bulls fans have been keeping an eye on Gasol for a good portion of the season, even entertaining the idea of a trade involving Carlos Boozer.

But a Gasol-Boozer exchange wouldn't happen.

Despite his struggles this season, Gasol is a better overall players, and Boozer didn't help his case by displaying a lack of hustle in Games 1-3 in the postseason. The Bulls are also looking to save money next season, and Gasol earns 4 million more per year than Boozer does, so this swap would not make sense for either team.

What trade options do you think are the most realistic for the Bulls?

Bears have fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII

Bears have fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII

The Bears pulled out a huge 25-20 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday Night Football at Soldier Field, extending their NFC North lead.

The offense looked great, the defense looked dangerous, and special teams came through in a big way. The Bears were clicking on all cylinders.

Not only are the Bears in a good position to win the division, but oddsmakers like their chances at winning the Super Bowl. (Yes, Super Bowl.)

According to footballoutsiders.com, the Bears have the fifth-best odds to win Super Bowl LIII.

Check it out:

Team Percentage
Kansas City 34.1%
LA Rams 22.3%
New Orleans 11.8%
Pittsburgh 8.1%
Chicago 6.2%

How about that?

Now, there's a lot of season left to play, but if the Bears keep playing like they did on Sunday night, their chances are pretty darn good.

The Bears will have the opportunity to host one of the teams ahead of them, the Los Angeles Rams, on Dec. 9, a game that got flexed to Sunday Night Football in Week 14. Will that be a preview of the NFC Championship game?

Time will tell.

The fun part is, we get to sit back and watch it all unfold.

White Sox among a whole bunch of teams reportedly interested in Nathan Eovaldi

White Sox among a whole bunch of teams reportedly interested in Nathan Eovaldi

The White Sox have already been linked to the two biggest names on this winter’s free-agent market, Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. And now they’ve been mentioned as one of a host of teams interested in one of the top free-agent starting pitchers, as well.

The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo listed the White Sox as one of the “early suitors” for Nathan Eovaldi. But they’re not at all alone, with Cafardo including the Milwaukee Brewers, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Angels, Boston Red Sox, Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants as other members of that group.

That’s a lot of competition.

It’s not terribly surprising to hear the White Sox have apparent interest in Eovaldi, as they’ve publicly stated starting pitching as a team need they’ll be addressing this offseason. They have two holes in their 2019 starting rotation thanks to Michael Kopech’s recovery from Tommy John surgery and James Shields’ departure. One way or another, the White Sox will have to fill those holes, though their financial flexibility gives them the option of going with a couple one-year fill-ins and waiting for their young arms to fill out the group in 2020, or adding someone for both the short and long terms.

Eovaldi would fall into the latter category after his breakout second half and postseason with the Red Sox, who acquired him in a midseason trade with the Tampa Bay Rays. After coming to Boston, Eovaldi posted a 3.33 ERA with 48 strikeouts in 54 innings. In the playoffs, he allowed only four earned runs over six appearances totaling 22.1 innings. That postseason run was highlighted by his six innings of one-run ball in the marathon Game 3 of the World Series.

All that success in a Red Sox uniform will likely get him a nice payday this winter, and perhaps that success is why, as Cafardo reported, Eovaldi “would love to stay in Boston.”

But it is worth noting that Eovaldi’s numbers prior to last summer’s trade were not nearly as wonderful. Before he missed the 2017 season while recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, he turned in a 4.42 ERA in 84 appearances, 81 of those starts, from 2014 to 2016 with the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees. His 8.2 K/9 and 1.6 BB/9 were good showings in 2018, but during that three-season stretch, those numbers were 6.8 and 2.5, respectively.

With Eovaldi coming off a career season, however — a season that saw him throw harder than he has at any other point in his career, a Tommy John success story — it’s no shock that interest in high around the league. As is the case with any top free agent, the rebuilding White Sox would likely have to get Eovaldi to buy into planned long-term success versus the ability to win multiple championships right now.

But they’re apparently interested, another potential example of their seeming willingness to land a big fish this offseason.