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Saints owner to reportedly purchase Hornets

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Saints owner to reportedly purchase Hornets

With a cloud of darkness still hovering over the New Orleans Saints from an under-the-table bounty scheme they ran from 2009-11, owner Tom Benson has reportedly reached a deal to buy the New Orleans Hornets.

According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, the league reached a tentative agreement early Friday morning with the Saints owner to buy the team for 338 million, according to a source with knowledge of the discussions.

The league had no objections to Bensons purchase as the Saints and Hornets are in the same city.

The New Orleans Times Picayune first reported the sale of the Hornets to Benson this morning.

A source indicated that Tom Benson spoke with Stern on Monday, and the deal came together quickly after that discussion. Benson will have to pay approximately 10 percent of the purchase price immediately. The NBAs Finance Committee is expected to approve the sale Friday morning before the Board of Governors meeting adjourns, with final approval on the sale expected later in the spring.

The Hornets have the Western Conference worst record at 16-42, but under second-year head coach Monty Williams, they have competed hard on a nightly basis.

Its unclear whether a name change would be coming as Benson might want a name that connects more with the tradition of New Orleans and he will also have the task of trying to extend the services of unrestricted free agent Eric Gordon and unrestricted free agent Chris Kaman.

Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

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Podcast: Albert Almora Jr. dishes on his role and the Cubs’ unsung hero that keeps things loose behind the scenes

Albert Almora Jr. joins Kelly Crull on the Cubs Talk Podcast to weigh in on a variety of topics, including his budding bromance with rumored Cubs target Manny Machado, his expanded role and how he spends his time off away from the ballpark.

Plus, Almora has a surprise pick for the organization’s unsung hero, stating the Cubs would’ve never won the World Series without this guy.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here:

Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

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Bulls Talk Podcast: How NBA Draft combine impacted mock drafts

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski and Kendall Gill discuss the NBA Draft and what happened at the NBA combine that shifted most experts mock drafts.

Kendall also explains why a "promise" to draft a player isn’t guaranteed. He also shares his experience on getting drafted by the Hornets and why he initially felt they were the wrong team for him.

North Carolina "News and Observer" Duke basketball beat writer Jonathan Alexander gives us his opinion on Wendell Carter and the other Duke draft prospects including why he thinks Carter will be a future all-star. Also includes an interview with Carter from the draft combine.

Listen to the full Bulls Talk Podcast right here: