Thumbs-up: Hornets say additional testing shows no break for Malik Monk

Three days after suffering a broken thumb, Charlotte Hornets guard Malik Monk has been told it’s actually not that bad.
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The Hornets announced Tuesday that additional testing showed no break in Monk’s right thumb.

Sonny pitched Ryan Johansen Womens Jersey his butt off, Bird said. He threw the ball great all day. To be able to pick him up … it’s big.

Part of what has helped Bird pick up his pitchers offensively in recent nights has been the pleasure he has taken in some of the finer details of the work he has put in behind the scenes.

Sometimes the way to get an edge is getting a step ahead of your competition. The Brewers and Pirates play a doubleheader on Saturday. The respective closers, Corey Knebel and Felipe Vazquez are likely already rostered in your league but with two games, there’s a few relievers to look at, especially in points leagues where innings, strikeouts and perhaps holds are scored. While Josh Hader joins Knebel and Vazquez as probably unavailable, the Brewers recently advanced top pitching prospect Corbin Burnes, planning on using him in the bullpen. Long term, he still projects as a starter or even trade bait for someone like Manny Machado or Jacob deGrom. Grabbing him in advance of Saturday’s twin bill gives you a shot at a quality reliever and maybe a sneaky save (he earned one in his debut) in the event Knebel is taxed in the opener.

Other than Paul, the Rockets have signed players to only minimum salaries this summer. They are at a standstill with restricted free-agent center Clint Capela after Houston’s initial offer was well shy of the big man’s expectations.

We know we’re going to be in the luxury tax, and if you want to compete for a championship, I feel like unless you get real lucky, you’re going to be in the luxury tax, Fertitta told ESPN before the Rockets’ summer league game Monday against the Clippers. So it is what it is. … It never even came up in any discussion.

With 11 players on the roster, Donald Penn Jersey the Rockets’ payroll stands at $118.5 million, approximately $5.2 million shy of the luxury tax.

Sources told ESPN that the Rockets’ initial offer to Capela was in the four-year, $60 million range, with the blossoming star center seeking a deal similar to Oklahoma City Thunder big man Steven Adams’ four-year, $100 million contract. The Rockets plan to pursue forward Carmelo Anthony after his expected departure from the Thunder via being waived or bought out, league sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.