It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

It's Cold Outside, but Eagles Huddle Is Heating Up: Kolb & McNabb Rumors Flying

We're having a few technical difficulties today. This post comes from Kulp despite the name at the bottom.

Two very interesting reports on the quarterback situation came out
today, one of which may be tipping the front office's hand. First,
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio says the Eagles are telling teams inquiring
about both McNabb or Kolb that neither are in fact available. It's a
nice story, but as PFT's take already declared, nobody is buying it.
Especially if GCobb's source is accurate. His site
reported this morning the Eagles have approached Kolb's agent about a
contract extension
, which the team will not confirm or deny. This is
getting juicy.
Kevin Kolb signing a contract only makes sense if
the Eagles intend to make him the starter sooner rather than later.
He's made it very clear he wants to play and believes he is ready.
There is no way he would agree to terms unless the club gave him some
indication he was going to be the man.

No matter what the team is saying, if they go
through with an extension for Kolb, it's extremely difficult to believe
Donovan will be an Eagle this season. Why would he accept that? He
would be taking all the risk on the final year of his contract, knowing
the entire time he's not in their long term plans.

How would that even make sense from the team's
standpoint? If Kolb is their guy, why wait? I can't see the benefit to
an arrangement that has McNabb playing out the final year of his deal,
then walking away for nothing when they had every opportunity to trade
him for picks. If they believe in Kolb enough to extend him,
essentially choosing him, then they should be willing to show some
conviction and make the switch now.

Perhaps Cobb's source is jumping the gun on this
one. You could question the rationale behind negotiating a contract for
one guy before trading the other, making the case that revealing to the
rest of the league which one they're keeping reduces their leverage in
a trade.

If there is indeed a contract offer to one
quarterback, you can expect it to have major implications on the other.
When Kolb hears McNabb is re-upping, he'll opt to take his chances as a
free agent next year. If these reports are true though, we think you'll
be hearing about Donovan wanting out, and an organization happy to
grant him that request.

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

Best of NBA: Jaylen Brown, Celtics use 5-point possession to top Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Jaylen Brown sank a 3-pointer from the right corner while being fouled with 37.6 seconds remaining, part of a five-point possession for Boston that lifted the Celtics to a 104-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night.

The Celtics were down 96-95 when Brown connected while being fouled by Marcus Morris. Brown missed the ensuing free throw, but Detroit couldn't come up with the rebound, and Tobias Harris was called for a loose-ball foul. Marcus Smart added two free throws to put Boston up 100-96.

Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 33 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, but he went 1 of 11 on free throws and was taken out for some key possessions toward the end to prevent Boston from fouling him.

Lakers crushed by Spurs in first home game since front office shakeup
LOS ANGELES -- Kawhi Leonard scored 25 points and the San Antonio Spurs routed the Lakers 119-98 on Sunday in Los Angeles' first home game since Magic Johnson took over the franchise's basketball operations.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 16 points for the Spurs, who have won four straight and nine of 11.

Pau Gasol added 15 points against his former team, and the Southwest Division leaders had little trouble with the Lakers, who have lost four straight and 15 of 19.

Five days after owner Jeanie Buss put Johnson in charge of basketball operations, the Lakers' dismal season still hasn't changed much, although new Lakers acquisitions Corey Brewer and Tyler Ennis got limited playing time.

Rookie Brandon Ingram scored a season-high 22 points as the Lakers fell to 19-41, ensuring their fourth consecutive non-winning season (see full recap).

Antetokounmpo scores 28 as Bucks hold off Suns
MILWAUKEE -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 28 points, Tony Snell made a clinching 3-pointer from the corner in the closing seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held off the Phoenix Suns, 100-96 on Sunday.

Michael Beasley added 17 points and Malcolm Brogdon had 15 as the Bucks swept the two-game season series with the Suns. Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and Snell had 13.

TJ Warren led the Suns with 23 points. Alan Williams scored a career-high 17 points and tied his season high with 15 rebounds, while Devin Booker added 15 points and Eric Bledsoe had 11.

Clinging to a one-point lead, the Bucks came out of timeout with Monroe inbounding the ball to Antetokounmpo. He dribbled the clock down before passing to Brogdon, who whipped the ball to Snell in the corner. Snell hit a 3 with a defender flying at him.

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

NHL trade notes: Kings get Bishop from Lightning, Wild land Hanzal from Coyotes

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings acquired goalie Ben Bishop from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in a trade including goalie Peter Budaj and an exchange of draft picks.

The Kings will pair Bishop with Jonathan Quick in a remarkable veteran goaltending tandem down the stretch of the regular season. Quick returned only Saturday from a 59-game absence with a serious groin injury.

The Kings gave up Budaj, junior defenseman Erik Cernak, a 2017 seventh-round pick and another conditional pick. Los Angeles received Bishop and Tampa Bay's 2017 fifth-round pick.

Both teams are scrapping to get into playoff position over the next six weeks. The Kings (30-27-4) are just outside the second wild-card berth in the Western Conference, while the Lightning (27-25-8) are seven points back of a playoff spot (see full story).

Report: Wild get Martin Hanzal from Coyotes
A person with knowledge of the trade says the Minnesota Wild have acquired Czech center Martin Hanzal from the Arizona Coyotes.

The person spoke to The Associated Press Sunday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Details on the return to Arizona were not immediately available.

Hanzal was considered one of the top rental players available ahead of Wednesday's NHL trade deadline. The 30-year-old pending unrestricted free agent has 16 goals and 10 assists in 51 games this season and 313 points in 608 NHL games, all with the Coyotes.

The move signals an aggressive approach from the Wild, who lead the Central Division and Western Conference by three points over the Chicago Blackhawks.