Lou Williams Set to Become a Free Agent

Lou Williams Set to Become a Free Agent

Lost in the shuffle during a busy weekend of Phillies baseball and enjoying ourselves a ton, Lou Williams officially filed to opt out of the final year on his contract. The move was little more than a formality for the 76ers' leading scorer, who will test free agency after setting a career high with 14.9 points per game.

Lou could still wind up staying in Philly if the price is right, but it sounds like there is going to be some interest from the market. As much as they might miss his scoring though, we've probably seen the ceiling or close to it for Williams' abilities, and it's not something the team is in a position to overpay for at this point.

Andrew Unterberger discussed the possibility of moving on in his Exit Interviews:

Lou, don't go away mad / Lou, just go away. The career Sixer has expressed his desire to opt out of his contract this off-season, and will undoubtedly test the open market to see if he can starters' money, if not necessarily a starter's role. I pray that some near-contending (or totally rebuilding) team in need of a scoring punch does so, and the Sixers have the good sense not to match. Seven years with this guy has been plenty, if we don't cut ties now, he might still be taking contested late-shot-clock threes for us when he's 47. I'm worried he'll still end up back with the Sixers, though—the market may have dried up some for him after his shitty end to the season, and ultimately comfort and loyalty might win out, to the detriment of everyone.

Nick Menta also wrote about whether Lou's numbers could land him a better job:

Williams, who averaged 26.3 minutes per game last season, may be looking for a gig for as a starter, rather than as the change of pace, instant offense option off the bench he's provided the Sixers throughout his seven seasons with the team. And for as much criticism as Williams faced when his numbers and efficiency saw a dramatic decline in the playoffs, his regular season numbers might just be enough to convince a team to add him to their starting five next year.

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

Fletcher Cox among Eagles not at OTAs; Doug Pederson updates position battles

The Eagles had near-perfect attendance as they kicked off their Organized Team Activities (OTAs) on Tuesday morning, but there were a few notable absences.

Fletcher Cox, Jason Peters and Donnie Jones are not with the team.

"Obviously as you guys know too, it's a voluntary offseason program," head coach Doug Pederson said. "I've been in touch with all three of those guys, so we've communicated for the reasons for them not being here. But no worries with them going forward."

This is the second year in a row that Cox has missed the start of OTAs. Last year, he was waiting on his big contract, which came after the minicamp in June.

Cox, who signed a mega contract less than a year ago, send out an Instagram story on Monday in Philipsburg, Netherlands Antilles.

"The reason is satisfactory, but again it's a voluntary program," Pederson said. "I would love for everybody to be here. That's just me personally, I would love everybody to be here. But I know it's not always going to work out that way.

"Fletcher is one of the leaders on the football team and guys like that, you do expect to be here, but I get the rules, we abide by the rules and he's one of the guys too, at the end of the day, I'm gonna hang my hat on and go to war with."

As far as the guys who are with the Eagles this week, Pederson revealed some of the starters at positions in question (see OTA storylines).

Second-year guard Isaac Seumalo will begin OTAs as the team's starting left guard, taking Allen Barbre's place. Pederson did say Barbre is getting over a calf injury.

"This gives [Seumalo] an opportunity to work in there so we can get Allen," the head coach said. "Allen's a guy, as you guys know, one of those versatile offensive linemen who can play guard and tackle, so when we get Allen back we want to work him not just at guard but also at tackle."

Jason Kelce, who has been the center of plenty of rumors and whispers this offseason, is still going to take first-team reps at center, while Stefen Wisniewski and Seumalo will also get some reps at center.

And second-year player Jalen Mills and free agent pickup Patrick Robinson will start the camp running with the ones at corner (see players to watch at OTAs).

This first round of OTAs runs three days: May 23-25.

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

The Rockies Twitter account tweeted whole game in 'Rocky' quotes

If you watched Monday night's Phillies loss at the hands of the Colorado Rockies, you probably weren't very entertained -- unless you're a Rockies fan.

But if you followed the game on Twitter and happen to follow the Rockies' account, you may have been slightly more entertained.

Slightly.

They tried something we haven't seen from an opposing team just yet. They tweeted throughout the game using only quotes from the Rocky movie franchise.

Now, you can debate how successful of a move this was but you have to at least give them some points for creativity. And it's not like this was a playoff game with high stakes. This was a relatively boring Monday night game in the middle of May.

You can read our recap of the Phillies' 8-1 loss right here. Or here's how the night transpired on Twitter: