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Four-team, 11-player trade could send Howard to Brooklyn

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Four-team, 11-player trade could send Howard to Brooklyn

While the Bulls prepare for the July 11 signing period to begin, when they will sign guard Kirk Hinrich, decline a team option on guard C.J. Watson, and make an important decision on whether or not to match Houston's offer sheet on center Omer Asik, the Eastern Conference could look a whole lot different by the time the 2012-2013 season tips off.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that a four-team, 11-player, five-draft pick trade is in the works that would have All-Pro center Dwight Howard land in Brooklyn to play with the new-look Nets.
Here is what Wojnarowski makes of the proposed trade involving the Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and a fourth team:
Brooklyn would receive: Dwight Howard (ORL), Jason Richardson (ORL) and Earl Clark (ORL).
Orlando would receive: Brook Lopez (BRK), Damion James (BRK), Sheldon Williams (BRK), Luke Walton (CLE), three first-round draft picks, and an additional first-round draft pick from an undecided fourth team
Cleveland would receive: Quentin Richardson (ORL), Sundiata Gaines (BRK), Kris Humphries (BRK), a first round draft pick and 3 million
The fourth team would receive: MarShon Brooks (BRK)
The Nets have already made perhaps the two biggest moves of the off-season, agreeing with point guard Deron Williams to a five-year, 100 million extension and trading for All-Star shooting guard Joe Johnson. Securing Howard's services would give the Nets a "Big Three" of their own, but would leave them little depth behind them and forward Gerald Wallace.
Orlando makes out pretty well in this scenario, grabbing a starting center in Lopez and potentially four future first round draft picks. The only question is whether paying for Luke Walton's 6.1 million contract next season is worth it.
Cleveland would receive Humphries, one of the most improved players in the NBA from a season ago, but he has just one year remaining on his contract. But an additional first round pick and the 3 million to get rid of Walton's contract could be worth it.

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Who deserves the blame in the Bears loss to Miami?

David Haugh, Adam Jahns and Patrick Finley join Kap on the panel. The Bears lose a rough one in Miami as Matt Nagy goes conservative at the end zone. Does the rookie coach deserve all of the blame? Dave Wannstedt joins the guys to discuss.

Plus the guys discuss the Cubs’ newest hitting coach/scapegoat, Brandon Saad’s upcoming healthy scratch and Bobby Portis betting on himself this season. 

Listen here or in the embedded player below!

Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

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Cubs executive Jason McLeod reportedly linked to Giants' GM opening

Is this the offseason that Cubs executive Jason McLeod finally becomes an MLB general manager?

According to Bruce Levine, the Giants are reportedly interested in McLeod, the Cubs senior vice president of scouting and player development, for their vacant general manager position.

McLeod joined the Cubs' front office in 2011 alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer. Before the Cubs, he spent six years in the Red Sox front office and two in the Padres' (with Hoyer, who was San Diego's general manager from 2010-2011). 

Of course, the Giants' reported interest in McLeod doesn't necessarily mean that he will interview for the job. However, it's worth noting that McLeod interviewed for the Twins' general manager job in 2016; he also withdrew his name from consideration for the Padres' general manager job in 2014. 

In addition to the Giants, McLeod's name has been linked to the Mets' general manager vacancy. This is more speculation, but the point is that it seems to be only a matter of time before McLeod is hired as general manager elsewhere.

For what it's worth, though, McLeod is under contract through 2021 and has previously said that he is grateful to be with the Cubs. 

“I’m exceptionally grateful,” McLeod said. “All of us are. Look at where we are at this moment in time with this team," McLeod said in 2016. "I can’t imagine a better environment, a better culture to work at in baseball.

"We’ve been together a long time. We’re friends. We’re good. We embrace the fact that we are good. And we challenge ourselves to be even better.”