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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.

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 31st homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

Sosa's 18th homer of June and 31st of the season came off the Tigers in the Cubs' brief 2-game Interleague series in Detroit. 

Sosa connected in the first inning off Tigers starter Seth Greisinger, going back-to-back with Mickey Morandini. 

The Cubs wound up getting out to a 5-0 start in the game but still lost 7-6 on a Gabe Alvarez single in the bottom of the 11th.

The aforementioned Morandini homer was only the 3rd of the season for the Cubs second baseman. He finished with 8 homers on the year and 224 total bases on 172 hits in what was a very good offensive season. Yet it paled in comparison to Sosa, who had nearly 200 more total bases (416) and a slugging percentage nearly 200 points above Morandini's (.647 to .471), a testament to how truly incredible Sosa's season was.

Fun fact: Tony Clark was the Tigers' cleanup hitter that day. Clark is now the head of the MLB Players Union.

Fun fact No. 2: Paul Bako was the Detroit catcher in the game. He later became the Cubs backup catcher in 2003 and 2004, when he posted a .611 OPS in 119 games over the two years.

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Mitch Trubisky jersey sales trending in right direction

Positive press about the Chicago Bears' offseason is having a strong impact on the jersey sales for the team's highest-profile player, Mitch Trubisky.

According to Dick's Sporting Goods, Trubisky's No. 10 is the fifth-most popular jersey among offensive players over the last 30 days. He's No. 6 among all players, regardless of position.

The Bears' offseason has been full of superlatives since their aggressive approach to free agency. The signings of Allen Robinson, Trey Burton and Taylor Gabriel put the spotlight on Trubisky and the potentially surging passing game. The second-round selection of Anthony Miller and word of Kevin White's offseason emergence has turned positive momentum into higher-than-anticipated expectations for Trubisky this season.

For Chicago to have any chance at meeting those expectations, Trubisky, who's entering his first full season as a starter with a new head coach and offensive system, has to thrive. Fans must be confident that he will, considering the investment they're making in his jersey.

Trubisky ended his rookie season with four wins in 12 starts, throwing for 2,193 yards with seven touchdowns and seven interceptions. He completed 59.4 percent of his passes. He should have a much more productive season in 2018 with his new arsenal of skill players and an innovative coaching staff, led by coach Matt Nagy and offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.