Finalized Trades, Coach Interviews, Anticipated Hibernation: A Non-MCW Sixers News Roundup

Finalized Trades, Coach Interviews, Anticipated Hibernation: A Non-MCW Sixers News Roundup

That Boy Jrue sure seemed to enjoy his honeymoon, as his vacation with new bride Lauren Cheney ended up delaying his trade to New Orleans--which could technically have been made official on Wednesday--until yesterday, when he finally became a Pelican, being formally introduced as the team's new point guard. As previously reported, Holiday's departure (along with the #42 pick in this year's draft, Pierre Jackson) comes in return for the #6 overall pick (and top-rated talent pre-draft) Nerlens Noel, and a future New Orleans first-round pick, which is permanently top-five protected. Noel remains on the shelf for some time as he recovers from his ACL tear, but at least GM Sam Hinkie no longer has to pretend like he's not even a part of the team.

In similar news, the Sixers' trade with the Rockets for troubled prospect Royce White and Turkish rebounding machine Furkan Aldemir for not much of anything in return has also officially gone through. News of this is mostly interesting for the way it was presented by the Sixers' PR, who framed the trade as a deal for Aldemir, with White as more of a footnote. This would seem to go a long way towards confirming the oft-posited theory that the Sixers aren't really all that interested in White, whose crippling anxiety struggles Hinkie got to witness first-hand as an assistant in Houston last year, but that they really see something in Aldemir, the 53rd pick in the draft last year. In any event, neither player is likely to contribute much to the Sixers next season.

With these moves finalized, I don't expect a lot of further activity for the Sixers this off-season--there may be a roster spot or two to be filled out by minimum guys, but most of the big-name free agents are already spoken for at this point, and the few remaining don't really make much sense for Philly anyway. There's always the possibility of more Jrue-like rebuilding trades to come, shedding players like Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, but my instinct is that those trades, if they are to happen, will come over the course of the season, rather than during the summer. Not a certainty by any means, but I'd bet that the roster they currently have is basically the one they'll take to the pre-season, if not opening night.

Of course, there is one important move still to be made for the Sixers, presumably: Hiring a head coach. You may have heard that the Sixers are the last team to still be searching for a coach, which is true, and furthermore, nobody in the organization seems to be treating the matter with any degree of urgency--we'll get one when we get one, seems to be the general approach. The team is making at least one proactive move, however, as CSN reports that the Sixers will interview Celtics assistant Jay Larranga, formerly in the hunt for the C's head gig that eventually went to Butler coach Brad Stevens. Hard to have much of a reading on that potential hire, but I'm mostly in favor of the Sixers going Young Unrpoven Assistant over Deposed Proven Curmudgeon or what have you. More to come on that if it seems like it's going to pan out.

What a crazy off-season it's already been, though, for the Sixers and the league at large. Certainly made the comedown from the high of the playoffs a lot more manageable for us NBA junkies out there.

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.