NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 83
NBA Fearless Forecast Weekly Rank: 83
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NEW YORK — Pulling on a Toronto Raptors jersey didn't quite feel real for Khem Birch. The Canadian centre grew up watching the team play on TV with his dad, even as the Raptors struggled through the early 2000s. "But we always supported them just because they’re the home team and that’s why it means so much to me," Birch said Sunday before stepping on the court for his Raptors debut in New York. "My dad used to always complain about the team, yell at the TV and stuff, and now I’m on the team. So this is just a surreal moment." The 28-year-old joined fellow Montreal forward Chris Boucher in the Raptors front court after the Orlando Magic waived Birch earlier this week. Birch tweeted "A dream come true" about joining the Raptors. "Playing for this team means a lot to me," he said Sunday. "I’m just so happy to be here right now." The six-foot-nine Birch was averaging 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 19.8 minutes per game this season with Orlando, but had been keen for a bigger role with more playing time. He should get that with the Raptors. Toronto's front court has been a glaring weakness this season since the departure of Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka last off-season. And there are places Birch can grow his game, said Raptors coach Nick Nurse. "He's a rebounder, screener, roller, needs to be a good defensive player in that role and protect the rim some, execute the schemes, et cetera, finish at the rim when given an opportunity," he said. "But doing that at a high level with energy consistently night after night and in more minutes than 10 or 12 in a particular game." Birch was one of two NBA players — Detroit guard Cory Joseph was the other — who played for Nurse and Canada at the 2019 World Cup in China. Birch has said he wants to play in the Olympics, and intends to play in Canada's last-chance Olympic qualifier in Victoria this summer. Birch said he's looking forward to reuniting with a coach who "gives great confidence to his players." "He has a culture, I think, that's pass first and if you play defence and then let the offence come naturally," the centre said. "There's just like a flow and that's what made me more comfortable for Team Canada. You don't really showcase one person over the other, everyone gets involved and that's what gives me great confidence." Birch played college basketball at Pittsburgh and UNLV. After going undrafted, he played in the NBA G League, then Turkey and Greece before he signed with the Magic in 2017. He was part of the Orlando squad that lost to Toronto in five games in the first round of the playoffs in the Raptors' championship run in 2019. Set to become a free agent this summer, Birch said he's not focusing on securing a new contract. "I just want to have a good playoff push," he said. "So that’s my goal right now. I’m not really worried about free agency, I just wanna help this team win basketball games." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 11, 2021. The Canadian Press
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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Kings traded forward Jeff Carter to the Pittsburgh Penguins late Sunday night for a pair of conditional draft picks. Kings vice-president and general manager Rob Blake said the franchise will have a conditional third-round selection in the 2022 NHL draft and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2023 draft. Pittsburgh GM Ron Hextall spent seven seasons with the Kings as assistant general manager, including when they won their first Stanley Cup in 2012. Carter has played 16 years in the NHL with the last nine-plus seasons coming with the Kings, who he helped to a pair of Stanley Cup titles. The 36-year-old forward was acquired from Columbus during the 2011-12 season. During his time with the Kings, he led the team in power-play (57) and game-winning goals (44), was second in goals (194), third in points (383) and fourth in assists (189). In 40 games this season, Carter has eight goals and 11 assists. He leaves Los Angeles tied for 10th in franchise history in goals and first in overtime goals with 11. The Kings are likely to miss the post-season for a third straight season. They have won only three of their last 10 and are six points out of the final playoff spot in the West Division. Pittsburgh is in third place in the East Division, but just two points behind Washington and the New York Islanders for the lead. The Penguins have weathered a series of injuries to remain in contention and Carter's arrival — with the Kings picking up 50% of his $5.2 million salary — give them more experienced depth up the middle with the playoffs approaching. The move is the first splashy acquisition for Hextall, who was hired in February to replace Jim Rutherford. Hextall and Carter have a history together. Hextall was Philadelphia's director of player personnel when the Flyers selected Carter in the first round of the 2003 draft. Hextall was assistant general manager for the Kings when they acquired Carter at the 2012 trade deadline. Four months later, the Kings won the Stanley Cup with Carter scoring eight goals during the post-season run. Carter joins a club that has won 8 of 10 to keep pressure on Washington and the Islanders for the top spot in the East. The Penguins have done it by playing the kind of responsible north-south hockey head coach Mike Sullivan covets and they've done it with centre Evgeni Malkin and rising winger Kasperi Kapanen nursing injuries. Both are expected back in time for the post-season. Pittsburgh will get a chance to ease Carter into the lineup. The Penguins are off until Thursday and are in a stretch that includes a series of games against also-rans in the East. Pittsburgh hosts reeling Philadelphia on Thursday before a weekend set against woeful Buffalo and three more games against the Devils. Carter's departure leaves only four members of the Kings' two Stanley Cup teams still with the franchise — captain Anze Kopitar, forward Dustin Brown, defenceman Drew Doughty and goalie Jonathan Quick. Carter will have one year left on his current contract, with a $5.27 million cap hit entering next season. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Joe Reedy, The Associated Press
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The banged-up Boston Bruins are getting a boost for their late-season playoff push by acquiring forward Taylor Hall in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres reached early Monday. The Bruins also added checking line forward Curtis Lazar, who has missed the past six games with an upper body injury. Buffalo acquired fourth-year forward Anders Bjork and a second-round pick in a deal completed in advance of the NHL’s trade deadline. As part of the deal, the Sabres agreed to retain half of the remainder of Hall’s one-year, $8 million salary. The NHL’s 2018 MVP was deemed expendable by last-place Buffalo, which is already re-tooling for the future beyond this season. The Bruins have lost two straight following an 8-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Sunday. At 21-12-6, they hold the East Division’s fourth and final playoff spot, and are four points ahead of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers. Boston has four players on injured reserve, including forward Ondrej Kase and defenceman Brandon Carlo. In the meantime, defencemen Charlie McAvoy missed his fourth game with an upper body injury, and defenceman Matt Grzelcyk is also sidelined. In a separate trade on Sunday, the Bruins also acquired defenceman Mike Reilly from the Ottawa Senators for a third-round pick. The Sabres, by comparison, continue to be in sell-off mode with the team all but mathematically assured of matching the NHL playoff drought record of 10 seasons. Buffalo traded defenceman Brandon Montour to Florida on Saturday, and previously traded veteran centre Eric Staal to Montreal. The Sabres began sitting out Hall for precautionary reasons since Tuesday in anticipation of him being dealt. Hall was the key to the trade because he was considered one of the few remaining impact forwards still on the market. Questions, however, have been raised as to whether his drop in production is the result of the 29-year-old having lost a step or because he’s playing on a struggling Sabres team which is 29th in goals-per-game. Hall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft, was limited to two goals and 17 assists for 19 points in 37 games, and is in the midst of a 16-game goal drought. That’s a considerable drop from his 2017-18 MVP season in New Jersey, where he posted career-bests with 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games. Hall is on to his fourth team in two years. He was traded by New Jersey to Arizona last season, and then became a free agent after negotiations broke down with the Coyotes as a result of internal turmoil, which led Bill Armstrong taking over as general manager. Buffalo acquired the 24-year-old Bjork, who had two goals and three assists in 30 games this season, a year after generating a career-best nine goals and 19 points in 58 games. Overall, the 2014 fifth-round draft pick out of Notre Dame has 16 goals and 39 points in 138 career games with Boston. Very little has gone right for Buffalo. Coach Ralph Krueger was fired on March 17, and the Sabres' season was undone by mounting injuries and having to pause for two weeks following a COVID-19 outbreak in early February. Hall was among the most sought-after forwards on the free agent market in October, and surprised many by signing with Buffalo. He was reunited with Krueger, who played a key role in mentoring Hall during his first three seasons in Edmonton. Krueger pushed for the signing, making the case to management that Buffalo was one player away from being a contender despite coming off a season in which the team finished 13th in the Eastern Conference standings, and one spot from qualifying for the expanded playoffs. Hall was initially interested in staying in Buffalo on a long-term basis upon signing with the team. His focus began changing by eventually acknowledging he was open to waiving his no-trade clause last month while the team was in the midst of an 18-game winless skid — the NHL’s 14th longest. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/hub/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press