That number could shrink to six if DeAndre Jordan opts out of his $24.1 million player option and Milos Teodosic is waived by July 15.
Even if Jordan does opt in, the center’s tenure in LA could be short-lived. Because of the lukewarm market in free agency, the best option for Jordan would to be opt in and ask to be traded (similar to what former teammate Chris Paul did last June).
Beside Jordan and Teodosic, Tobias Harris, Marcin Gortat, Boban Marjanovic, Wesley Johnson, Sam Dekker and Patrick Beverley are in the final year of their contracts.
Because Beverley was signed under the 2011 collective bargaining agreement, the guard’s $5 million contract would be used in a trade and not his smaller guaranteed amount.
One would have thought that Eric Bledsoe found a home in Milwaukee. The disgruntled guard, traded from Phoenix in November, was considered a perfect complement to Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton.
Now, after a disappointing postseason that saw Bledsoe struggle and the arrival of first-round pick Donte DiVincenzo, Bledsoe is on a $15 million expiring contract and might not remain in Milwaukee.
Forty years after Louisiana Lightning’s historic season for the eventual World Series champions, the 24-year-old Severino is on pace to rewrite the team’s record books. Entering his start Sunday night against the same rival franchise Guidry and Dent helped beat for that famed American League East title, Severino is on track to whiff 278 batters.
What’s more, Severino’s Yankees and this year’s Red Sox have spent much of the first half separated for the division lead by mere percentage points, which means this anniversary year could well end with another Yankees pitcher setting another organizational strikeout record at Fenway Park on another season’s final day. New York travels to Boston in late September for what could be a division-deciding three-game series. Similar to the 1978 pennant chase, the 2018 playoff push could be finalized on a single afternoon at Fenway.
Severino, for his part, said he isn’t on strikeout watch.