Trade Week Blockbusters

February 9, 2022

By: Carlos Alvarez

Good Morning,

We\’ve got trades in the NBA, another No. 1 takedown in college hoops and a full sprint to Super Bowl LVI. All that and more in today\’s edition.

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Trade Week Blockbusters


Blazers Ship McCollum to Pelicans; Kings & Pacers Swing 6-Player Deal


The NBA trade market picked up momentum on Tuesday with a pair of blockbusters featuring all-stars and young talent across the board. The Blazers started things off by sending C.J. McCollum to the Pelicans in exchange for a hall of players and picks. Later in the day, Indiana began its rebuild by shipping Domantas Sabonis and a pair of guards to Sacramento in a six-player swap. Plenty of rumors and discussions are heating up all week long with the NBA’s trade deadline looming on Thursday (3:00 pm ET).


Blazers-Pelicans Trade

Pelicans Get: C.J. McCollum, Larry Nanace, Tony Snell

Blazers Get: Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Didi Louzada, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, 2022 1st & 2nd-Round Picks


Pacers-Kings Trade

Kings Get: Domantas Sabonis, Jeremy Lamb, Justin Holiday

Pacers Get: Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Tristan Thompson


Additional Storylines

The Ringer: C.J. McCollum Trade Has Boom-or-Bust Potential for the Pelicans

ESPN+: NBA Trade Grades: Making Sense of the Shocking Deal Between the Kings & Pacers



Razorbacks Cut Down Number 1


Arkansas Snaps No. 1 Auburn’s 19-Game Win Streak (80-76, OT)


Another No. 1 has fallen! Auburn tumbled on Tuesday after multiple weeks atop the NCAA basketball rankings. The Tigers were upset by unranked Arkansas in an overtime thriller that went down to the wire. Razorbacks’ senior J.D. Notae poured in a game-high 28 points, including a go-ahead 3 in OT before Arkansas closed the door and stormed the court at Bud Walton Arena. Auburn had ridden a 19-game win streak to their first No. 1 ranking in program history, but a new No. 1 awaits next week — likely #2 Gonzaga or #3 Purdue.


Watch: Arkansas Stuns #1 Auburn (80-76, OT)


Other NCAA Basketball Highlights

#3 Purdue def. #13 Illinois (84-68)

#5 Kentucky def. South Carolina (86-76)

#14 Wisconsin def. #17 Michigan State (70-62)


Additional Storylines

CBS Sports: Dribble Handoff: Which Teams Not in Top 15 Are Final Four Surprise Contenders?

ESPN+: NCAA Tournament 2022 Bubble Watch: Brace Yourself for a Month of March Madness Bracket Selection Drama




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\"🏅\" OLY: Shiffrin Stumbles in Slalom Disappointment

Mikaela Shiffrin missed the fifth gate on the first run of her slalom attempt on Tuesday resulting in her second consecutive disqualification in Beijing. Team USA’s most notable skier was emotional after the fall, but she has three events remaining.


\"🏀\" NBA: Giannis Puts Up 44 to Beat Lakers

Giannis Antetokounmpo (44-14-8) flirted with a triple-double to garner Tuesday’s game ball in the Bucks’ win over the Lakers (131-116). Giannis was nearly perfect, shooting 17-for-20 from the field and 2-for-2 from deep. Milwaukee has won four straight.


\"🏒\" NHL: Crosby Scores No. 499 to Lift Penguins

The Penguins rallied to beat the Bruins on Tuesday (4-2) after David Pastrnak scored twice and Sidney Crosby netted his 499th career goal. With the win, Pittsburgh pulled within a point of the lead in the Metropolitan Division race.



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