Going For Two? Hamilton-Phillies Rumors Grow Legs While Soriano for Brown Being Discussed

Going For Two? Hamilton-Phillies Rumors Grow Legs While Soriano for Brown Being Discussed





Last week, Josh Hamilton and Alfonso Soriano were brought up
as potential fits for Philadelphia. On Tuesday evening, each was being linked
to the Phillies in potential deals.

First, 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano reported the club offered the
free-agent Hamilton a three-year contract worth an astounding $80 million. A
short time later, Jon Heyman for CBSSports.com filed a report that had Ruben
Amaro Jr. sending Domonic Brown to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Alfonso

Both of which are just wow. We’ve been talking about both
players for awhile now, but obviously there is a lot more substance here.

It’s hard not to like Hamilton – the 2010 AL MVP – at three
years, even if the $26 million-plus per is a tad outrageous. He is still producing
at a high level, so over a short-term deal it seems like a safe bet the Phils
would be getting what they were paying for. Assistant GM Scott Proefrock didn’t
do anything to put out the flames on the stove in a televised interview on CSN.

“We’ve been involved in talking to multiple players that
fill the need for that bat in our lineup," Proefrock said. "Josh is
certainly one of those guys that could fit that bill.”

"Any team would be better for having him on the
club," he continued. "Whether it’s a fit for us remains to be seen.”

Obviously the Phillies are going to do their due diligence on
a guy like Hamilton. The supposed offer for Soriano was far more surprising.
Heyman adds the Cubs would probably pay all but $10 of the $36 mil on the final
two years of his contract… not too shabby.

Soriano turns 37 in January, and is not the player he was in
his prime. That said, with 32 home runs (5th) and 108 RBI (3rd)
in 2012, he seems to fit the bill of a right-handed power bat who could hit
behind Ryan Howard.

Of course, that means the organization would be giving up on Dom Brown, once thought to be a prospect of the highest caliber. Then
again, I suppose even mention of either of these moves possibly becoming a reality doesn’t
say too much for his current standing anyway.

You know what? I say what the hell – why not get both? That’s
right: sign Hamilton, then trade for Soriano! What’s the problem, you don’t
think the Phillies could swing that?

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Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”