Lakers reportedly have deal for Pelicans’ Davis
Two people familiar with the situation say the New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to trade six-time All-Star Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for point guard Lonzo Ball, forward Brandon Ingram, shooting guard Josh Hart and three first-round draft choices.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade cannot become official until the new league year begins July 6. ESPN first reported the trade.
The deal pairs the 26-year-old Davis, who is among the game’s biggest stars, with 34-year-old superstar LeBron James. It also gives the Pelicans promising young players and the opportunity to acquire more.
New Orleans has the first pick overall in Thursday’s draft and will have the Lakers’ fourth overall choice.
It remains to be seen, however, how well Ingram will recover from a blood clot that sidelined him for part of last season. (AP)
Blackhawks trade for Maatta: The Chicago Blackhawks acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft.
The Blackhawks had been looking to upgrade their blue line after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The 24-year-old Maatta, who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, ranked third on the Penguins with 116 blocked shots in 60 games last season.
Kahun, who turns 24 on July 2, played in all 82 games for Chicago in his first NHL season. The Czech-born German finished with 13 goals and 24 assists.
Maatta’s contract runs through the 2021-22 season with an average annual value of $4,083,333. (AP)
Kings buy out Phaneuf: The Los Angeles Kings have bought out the final two years of defenseman Dion Phaneuf’s contract.
The 34-year-old veteran spent 93 games with the Kings, who acquired him in February 2018. Phaneuf scored 16 points and racked up 68 penalty minutes, but the former Maple Leafs captain occasionally sat as a healthy scratch last season for the first time in his career.
Phaneuf had two years left on a seven-year, $49 million contract through the 2020-21 season. (AP)
Holmes off U.S. roster for Gold Cup: Midfielder Duane Holmes has been dropped from the U.S. CONCACAF Gold Cup roster because of a left quadriceps strain, and he has been replaced by midfielder Djordje Mihailovic.
The U.S. Soccer Federation announced the change Saturday, four days after the Americans replaced injured midfielder and defender Tyler Adams with Reggie Cannion.
Holmes made his U.S. debut on June 5 against Jamaica.
Coming off a 1-0 loss to Jamaica and a 3-0 defeat to Venezuela, the U.S. opens its Gold Cup title defense against Guyana on Tuesday at St. Paul, Minn., in the Americans’ first competitive match since the October 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago that ended a streak of seven World Cup appearances. (AP)
Truck Series race pushed to Sunday: The NASCAR Truck series race at Iowa Speedway was postponed until Sunday because of inclement weather in Newton, Iowa.
Qualifying was canceled as well, so the field for Sunday’s start will be set by owner’s points. Sixteen-year-old Chandler Smith will start from the pole in his series debut in the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 truck, followed by Grant Enfinger, Stewart Friesen and Matt Crafton.
Sunday’s race will start at 11 a.m., followed by an Xfinity race at 4:30 p.m. (AP)
STLFC loses road match: Bethlehem Steel (4-7-4) scored three first-half goals and went on to a 3-1 win over visiting St. Louis FC Saturday night in Pennsylvania.
Kadeem Dacres came off the bench to score in the 85th minute for STLFC (5-3-4). (Joe Lyons)