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“Did the Hornets make [the Darren Collison trade] because Paul has given them reason to believe he won’t demand a trade/bolt after his contract is up, or did they make the move in an attempt to convince him to stay? And isn’t that the relevant question (that nobody has really been asking) with regards to Gilbert/LeBron? If you want to make things even more interesting on that front, consider that the Hornets now have Trevor Ariza, whom LeBron allegedly wouldn’t give an “I’m staying in Cleveland after 2010″ guarantee to last off-season.
If this is the Hornets trying to pressure/guilt the franchise into giving them a commitment, shouldn’t the fact that LRMR manages Paul and LeBron is CP3’s best friend give them some pause on that front?” [Cavs the Blog]
Linebacker D’Qwell Jackson’s reported window of 4-8 weeks to heal his pectoral injury may be a bit optimistic. [Lane Adkins/The OBR - S/R]
Three Browns make the list of “32 Great Receivers,” none of which is Braylon Edwards: “My hero … and I sense that I probably rank him here too low. They called him the Wizard of Oz before Ozzie Smith … and it really is remarkable that there were two Ozzies at almost exactly the same time who both played with such flair. They both made amazing diving plays. No ball ever seemed out of reach with Newsome, who Bear Bryant called the greatest athlete he ever coached.” [Joe Posnanski]
If you’re looking for a player to watch to fill in the absence left by LeBron, here are 10 young up-and-coming guys that could do the trick. [Stepien Rules]
And finally, scarlet and gray consistency: “When it comes to the NCAA ruling class it appears that the bigger you are, the harder you fall. Yet if there’s any exception to the rule it seems to be at Ohio State, where the Buckeyes have gone eight decades without a major slump. The Buckeyes have racked up 34 Big Ten titles in 98 years. That’s one title every 2.88 years on average.” [Off Tackle Empire]